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Excellent coverage of hard to find techniques
on May 29, 2008
The Permanent Pain Cure covers the system that Ming uses to supplement the manual techniques he uses in his physical therapy practice. His methods comprise myofascial stretching and release techniques adapted largely from Guy Voyer, MD, DO and Mike Leahy's Active Release Techniques (ART). This is the only widely available book that I know of that teaches Voyer's myofascial stretching and ELDOA techniques (Ming does not use the term ELDOA, but rather spinal decompression stretches, which is basically what the French acronym ELDOA stands for). While the book does not cover the entire ELDOA and myofascial stretching system, it does teach key stretches that are probably of most benefit to the majority of readers. The ELDOAs that are shown appear to be selected according to the nerve roots that pass through the vertebral segments in question, e.g., delts, biceps, quads, hamstrings, etc.
Many of the myofascial stretches are slightly modified from Guy Voyer's original versions (at least the versions I know). However, I also think some of Ming's modifications are nice improvements. Another reviewer commented on the difficulty of the stretches. Having practiced many of Guy Voyer's stretches for the past three years and having attended his myofascial stretching seminar, I can attest to the difficulty of many of the stretches. This difficulty comes from the fact that many stretches require the simultaneous co-contraction of several muscles to create a properly targeted stretch. Another factor is that for many people, these stretches will target tissues that have never been stretched before, producing considerable resistance from the tight tissue. Consistent practice does make the stretches easier, and the payoff is well worth the effort. Some of the modifications Ming has made to the stretches make them easier to perform and give the user better leverage in some cases.
The middle section of the book covers a strengthening and conditioning program. There is nothing particularly remarkable about this section. It's good solid advice but nothing you can't find elsewhere (unlike the myofascial techniques).
The last section of the book teaches self soft tissue release techniques that are clearly modified from ART. These techniques are fairly easy to perform and in many cases can save the user the hassle and cost of seeking out an ART practitioner for minor issues. They are also excellent self maintenance techniques that can complement ART and other soft tissue work.
Overall, it's an excellent book and covers techniques that are hard to find without traveling to a few specialized (and expensive) seminars. I highly recommend it.