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Jolie Bookspan, Ph.D. is an award-winning research scientist and former professor of anatomy and physiology. During her career she has been given the toughest assignments to find out why common training and rehabilitation techniques were not working, and what to do instead. The methods she developed are used by police, military, and top physicians and centers around the world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Healthy Learning; DVD Video edition (July 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585189847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585189847
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Research scientist in human survival in extremes of heat, cold, altitude, hypoxia, hyperoxia, G-force, immersion, hyperbarics, physical training, and injury. Was Professor of anatomy and physiology at a university in the mountains of Mexico where the entrance exam was just getting up there without a hypoxic event.

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Dr. Bookspan's approach is to teach you enough about body mechanics to understand how you are supposed to fit together, then give exercise suggestions aimed at either stretching tight areas out or sliding the parts that don't fit together back into place. A major theme is letting you feel how your muscles are supposed to work via the exercises so you can correct how you hold yourself and move all the time. Jolie speaks in terms of transferring what you learn about body mechanics by exercise into lessons for everyday life. Since the body is a system where misalignment in one area can cascade into pain in other locations, the book wraps up with some sample stories of people who started with one issue and then watched things go out of control from there. It details how these patients were eventually able to wean themselves off medicine (and often various quack "cures" like bad supplements) simply by focusing on how the body should work and exercising it until everything was back in place.

I suspect that the very active nature of these suggestions will be the main problem with this book for many people. Most solutions here are in the form of things you need to do every day for some period of time, perhaps even the rest of your life, in order to adjust your body to work the way it's supposed to as we all continue to get older. There are some quick-fixes to be found in this title, but that's the exception. For example, I had been suffering for about a year with problems related to what she calls forward-neck. In literally five minutes after reading her description of the problem (as part of the extensive free information given on the author's web site) and finally understanding what had gone wrong, I slid my neck back into place using one of her suggested exercises.
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I am a 39 year old professional woman. Dr. Bookspan's book is great and her techniques are so simple and effective. It is amazing. I got a new job last year where I had to drive up to three hours a day in L.A. traffic and write up a lot of reports. I started getting more and more upper back and neck pain. My left arm was tingling like it was hot with sunburn all the time, day and night; I couldn't move my shoulders much to put things on high shelves. I was scared that I had some kind of nerve damage.

My doctor said I had to quit driving to my job or else just live with the pain. Then my lower back cramped up one day when I tied my shoes and I couldn't stand up straight to walk around! I'm only 39 and I thought I was healthy -- what was going on? I spent $2000 on chiropractors and massages and though they helped me somewhat, it was only while I was getting the treatments. And I started to run out of money for treatments. NO ONE had any help for me; that is what I found so frustrating. No explanations, no reasons, no plans. I kept hearing, "strengthen your abs, do crunches, sit up straight, have good posture." I did lots of crunches, but I still had pain whenever I was driving, working, sitting, reading, etc. I tried to keep good posture, but "sitting up straight" hurt worse than slumping. The only thing that didn't hurt was laying flat on the floor. Great. Maybe I could get a job viewing the stars at a planetarium.

I found Dr. Bookspan's website online, read everything she had there, and bought two books: "Healthy Living" and "Heal Your Own Pain." Both are great and they complement each other. I started doing the exercises she recommended and right away things got better. Really.
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I've endured more-or-less constant pain in my back and shoulders for years due to chronic cervical disk issues. Physical therapy and related exercises have had little impact. Surgery and injections are risky in the cervical spine, so I live with it.

Enter Dr. Bookspan's guidance. Two of the simple exercises in the neck pain portion of this book provided an immediate degree of relief! The benefits were not temporary - I've enjoyed improvement every week for the past six weeks, along with the ability to reduce use of pain killers. It takes me about ten minutes a day to perform the exercies, and I'm already having occasional pain-free days. I expect a pain-free week soon, which would be the first in a long time.

Her innovative and novel approach works for me, and I'm grateful. Many thanks to Dr. Jolie Bookspan for publishing these remedies!
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For those wishing to fix their aches and pains without resorting to surgery or turning to meds, this is a powerful first step. And as noted in previous reviews, you need to get up off the couch and just DO IT! Dr. Bookspan takes a practical, functional approach to addressing many of the problems we encounter each day and zeros in on the fact that we are often our own worst enemy - we don't want the pain but we often inflict it upon ourselves through poor posture, lack of proper diet/exercise, and improper lifting, moving, sitting, etc. The exercises and stretching WILL remedy many of the readers problems IF properly applied and put into daily practice (yes, you have to follow the wisdom to gain the benefits). The trick is to apply them, use them, and develop an awareness of when you're moving/sitting/lifting/standing incorrectly. USE the stretches and exercises, make the changes and you will see the difference. The author does not suggest that you will never have to resort to surgery or medication; rather, you may not have to if you implement these practices. And wouldn't we all rather avoid going under the knife and not having to pop a pill? The book is a most worthwhile investment and should be read by every doctor as well so that they could dispense this wisdom as quickly as they take out their prescription pads.
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