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Every Body's Guide to Everyday Pain Paperback – February 8, 2016
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"In the first volume of a projected trilogy, Seattle chiropractor Liou presents a holistic approach to understanding, managing, and avoiding recurring pain. This veritable user's manual for "every body" ably explains why we get hurt and what we can do about it."- Publishers Weekly (BookLife)
About the Author
Ya-Ling J. Liou is a chiropractic physician who, after more than 20 years of clinical experience, continues to expand and share her intuitive body care techniques. All of her work takes into account the whole person, and aims not only to address the mechanical balance of the body, but also the chemical and emotional aspects that so often influence this balance.
Growing up with exposure to generations of Eastern as well as Western attitudes towards health provided Dr. Liou with a unique perspective on health care. She began her formal education in the area of applied sciences in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec, before completing a degree program at New York Chiropractic College.
Dr. Liou now lives, works and writes in Seattle. She taught anatomy, physiology and kinesiology at Seattle Massage School (currently Everest College and formerly Ashmead College), and later brought her multiple systems perspective to the Naturopathic Physical Medicine Department at Bastyr University in a mentoring program.
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The content is approachable, with helpful visual aids. It welcomes you to examine what you can do to manage your own body without leaving you with remorse for any of your past actions. No matter where you are now, this book will give you ideas on how to start helping yourself. It is also full of surprising and very helpful information that made me wish the content had been taught in physical education classes. Her book respects where you are in your understanding of your body and asks you to consider what your "stressors' are. The book reminds us to keep looking at our body as a whole so we can manage things before our bucket of pain and inflammation overflows.
Dr. Liou is a gifted practitioner. If you want to take an active role in reducing inflammation and avoiding pain, this book will complement your journey and may well become the philosophy that heals you.
I wanted to read this book because I had the question why if inflammation is part of the body's healing process why is it bad or you. The book answered this question. Also the book did end encouraging me to do certain steps to take down the inflammation(one knee is still slightly swollen).
I don't feel able to comment on the illustrations as I don't think my Nook displays pictures to their advantage.
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review
My perspective is one who experienced acute pain after a back injury, began healing, then fell into a life of chronic pain that stumped me. I couldn’t exercise it away although I was fit and knowledgeable about my body, so how was I suddenly someone with a ‘bad back’?
Section 1 Why Does it Hurt is the most impactful for me, especially Mechanical Triggers, it not only speaks to me, I can see my injury’s journey! “… prolonged imbalance…” and the Buddha figure calling to workers addressing over compensating muscles, leading to adhesions. Ah ha! The section on posture is fascinating! Section 2 How Do I Make it Stop is such a refreshing change to my exercise-centric regime, I now have companion guidance to further mitigate pain, so simple so why haven’t I seen this before? Section 3 How Do I Keep it From Happening Again is worthy of being its own pull-out booklet. Read it, study it, and do it! The Visual Guide in particular is so useful – take your new x-ray vision of your pain and key into how to move about correctly.
I have so many favourite parts to this book, and lines, it is just so well written: “No disrespect to them and their ominous tasks of controlling inflammation, but they quickly outstay their welcome!”, “… sucking in the stomach and tucking the butt doesn’t necessarily mean structural strength nor power.”, and my inner voice’s new go-to, “Stop it!”. So many sage statements, and none sound unauthentic or re-hashed.
Thank you, Dr. Liou. I’ve learned a new, more comprehensive, way to visualize pain and where the ‘triggers’ develop should I receive another ‘shot across my bow’ (your words, remember?). I typically envisioned pain as a singular phenomenon and perhaps point in my body’s space yet now I see there is so much more going on and occurring to reach a painful moment. This is beyond a quick-fix book or ‘pain 101’, and I encourage everyone who is perplexed by their own pain to read the entire series.