To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
How I Got My Wiggle Back: A Memoir of Healing Hardcover – February 1, 2012
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
The exciting new release from Amy Schumer. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From the Inside Flap
In How I Got My Wiggle Back, Anthony, the "blue Wiggle," reveals for the first time that as he and his group soared to fame and fortune, he was locked in a downward spiral that nearly ended his career. Anthony tells the story of the years he spent suffering from joint pain, multiple allergies, chronic headaches, and clinical depression. In this book, he also talks about his remarkable recovery and the simple techniques that can help anyone suffering with similar problems to regain their health.
Anthony Field has always been dedicated to The Wiggles and their mission to engage and inspire young children with music and entertainment. In How I Got My Wiggle Back, Anthony reminisces about the band's early years and his life from childhood to adulthood. He introduces his fellow Wiggles and recounts their leap from Australia to becoming world-class superstars. For fans, he describes in detail how the group develops its shows, the different roles each of its members plays, and the excitement of making children and their parents an integral part of every show.
Anthony's story of how he beat the mysterious illnesses that threatened to end his career is both inspiring and instructive. He tells the riveting story of how two wonderful doctors isolated the root cause of many of Anthony's physical problems and set him on the road to recovery; he also provides a prescriptive self-care health program of exercise advice and nutritional information with practical action steps to relieve pain and prevent and heal disease.
Filled with more than seventy-five photographs of Anthony and his fellow Wiggles from their early days through the present, and including photos of the fitness regime that now keeps Anthony at the peak of health, How I Got My Wiggle Back takes you backstage and beyond to experience the joy, pain, and ultimate triumph of a global superstar at the top of his game.
From the Back Cover
"Anthony Field's success in children's entertainment proves that he is an extraordinarily talented and creative man. How I Got My Wiggle Back, his memoir, reveals that Field is also remarkably generous, sparing no detail of his battle with illness in order to demonstrate the power of the uncommon therapy that healed him literally from head to toe. The astonishing modalities he describes that until now have been reserved for an elite few will transform your view of the human body and the healing process."
—Antonia Felix, New York Times bestselling author of Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream
"Anthony Field's journey is the stuff of heroes. He is the quintessence of noble tenacity and bright intellect, capable of pursuing every possible avenue of relief and balance."
—John C. McGinley, actor (Scrubs, Platoon) and author of Untalkative Bunny
Top Customer Reviews
And of course what really brought me to this book was that I also have depression, IBS, other body aches etc.
So when reading this book I got chills down my spine! The symptoms Anthony describes are very similar to my own. Luckily his symptoms were worse, but eerily similar. So similar I had to put the book down a couple of times, I was kind of afraid to read on, because I was fearful not to get my hopes up and that this book would just end up being another dead end.
Essentially Anthony fixes his physical problems with chiropractic treatment of his feet (mainly) and lower body. And then also later on fixes his digestive problems with nutritional treatment from another chiropractor.
So the book contains information on how to diagnose and treat yourself - in terms of your foot and lower body problems - which cause problems right up your body.
The trouble is, it's pretty incoherent in that the section entitled "What Can You Do?" commencing on page 129 is very hard to follow. There are a bunch of photos with captions and textual descriptions which are supposed to go with them. But they're far too brief and don't make a lot of sense to me. For instance there are 2 parts called "Release toe spring #1 and #2" with completely different pictures and explanations and also the photo for the part called "Release Plantar Calcaneoavicular" seems to be the incorrect one. And so on.
Does this make sense to anyone?: "Release Ankle Joint #1 Spring (Subtalar): Apply pressure at the ankle joint. Wiggle foot and ankle to feel the joint line. Move up the length of the joint.Read more ›
When I saw this book I was thrilled to see Anthony looking so, well, alive (we all remember the adorable but somewhat chubby Blue Wiggle.) I picked it up and brought it home to show my kids. Remember the guy that liked food from the Wiggles? I told them, Just look at this picture of him now on the rings!
I sat down and started reading. As I read a few things started to sound familiar, the chronic joint pain, the digestive upset, the general fatigue. I, like everyone else, know that I need to do better but how is that done when one Doctor tells you to take this pill for pain and another says to take this pill to counteract the pill for pain.
And then when you start an exercise program, it simply hurts too much to continue.
Anthony outlines a do-at-home program that anyone who has the determination can follow. Last night I did the foot stretches/ pressure points that he outlines in the book and for the first time in over a year, I didn't wake up with Achilles tendonitis so tight that I can't bend my foot.
That alone has given me incentive to take the next step. Although I can't really go barefoot in the North East US (it's winter now), I can look into getting a more flexible minimal shoe and be consistent with proper stretching. (as a note, his observation that a treadmill is bad because it only goes in one direction is spot-on, I used to walk 30 minutes on the treadmill everyday and still wondered why I had so much pain.)
Love the Wiggles, love Anthony's frank and funny voice. This book has given me hope.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this as a gift for my husband……he LOVED it as he loves the wiggles (with our 3 year old daughter) and identifies with Anthony and some of his medical issues. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jennifer
I am overjoyed with Anthony's book! Thank you Dr. Stoxen for your kindness and great work!
First portion of the book was interesting but sadly I gradually lost interest as I proceeded. I have seen Anthony in person. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by LYNN B. VAUGHN
Fantastic book, well written, easy to read and understand.
Great promotion for what worked for Anthony to get his health back and how you too can do the same. Read more
He makes sense.Not sure of the medical opinions he illustrates but if you love stories of personal triumph, its worth reading.Published on April 17, 2014 by Dennis
I really loved it Anthony is very enteraning and he is very fit and healthey now I would highly recamend this book!!Published on March 11, 2014 by Jena F
I'm so glad he got it back! If they haven't already they should each write their own story about their upbringing and about the Wiggles group and publish one big biography. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by PatriciaS
This is a very interesting and well written book. Through my two grandchildren I feel as though I know the Wiggles very well and was interested to read about Anthony's challenges... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by GRANNYJUDE