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The Neck Pain Handbook: Your Guide in Understanding and Treating Neck Pain (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness) Paperback – June 16, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DiaMedica; 1 Original edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979356482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979356483
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received an advance review copy of THE NECK PAIN HANDBOOK through Library Thing's Early Reviewer program. At thirty years of age, I've suffered from mild to moderate neck and back pain for about ten years. I attribute the pain to a number of causes, including PMS, long hours spent working in front of the computer, poor posture, stress, and less-than-optimal sleeping conditions. (I'm a guardian to five dogs, three of which like to hem me in under the covers at night. Consequently, my back pain is usually at its worst during the first hour of my day.) Exercise, especially yoga, has helped some, but neck, shoulder and back pain is still an occasional inconvenience. Thus, I was hoping that MDs Grant Cooper and Alex Visco might be able to offer some additional advice for alleviating my neck pain symptoms.

THE NECK PAIN HANDBOOK is a nice introduction to the topic of neck pain. Cooper and Visco begin the discussion by outlining the structure and function of the human neck, so that the reader might gain an appreciation of her neck's complex makeup. They then shift focus to the many causes of neck pain, some of which are preventable. They discuss proper posture, and offer ten at-home exercises the reader can employ in order to prevent and/or alleviate neck pain. The authors also discuss more radical treatments for neck pain, including cervical collars (of which they are not big fans), advanced imaging studies, trigger point injections, Botox, topical pain relievers, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, x-ray guided injections and surgery.
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This book is very well written and simple in dealing with the causes and treatments of neck pain. I learned a lot from this book and a lot of the information surprised me. For instance, there are over twenty muscles in the neck. I was drawn to this book because of my profession, I am a 911 Operator and I am forced to be in a sedentary position for eight hour shifts. I can completely relate to neck pain and this book helped me with exercises that I can do when it starts to get stiff.
The authors have several case studies in the book and each one had varying degrees of neck pain. Most of the people were able to get thru their pain without surgery and continuing rehabilitation and exercises. I first thought that this book was going to be more technical than it was, but I found that the authors put everything into simple terms. The medical and anatomy background is very thorough and the reader is able to comprehend the information. I think somebody who has been thru Anatomy and Physiology can handle this book just fine.
The book covers more holistic and acupuncture which I found fascinating. Even better were the photos and illustrations for the exercises. I found these particularly helpful and have sense been incorporating some of the exercises in my daily regime. All in all, I highly recommend this book for anyone with a more sedentary lifestyle, not just people with chronic neck pain.
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I have suffered from neck, shoulder, and head pain for many years. I have been given muscle relaxants, painkillers, and steroid shots. I work from home and therefore I sit in front of a computer many hours a day. This leads to a very sedentary lifestyle. As the book pointed out, this is very similar to being bedridden. My muscles just sit there, doing nothing all day. I learned how to exercise and stretch them. And then more importantly, I learned how to adjust my chair and monitor and sit properly. This made all the difference in the world. I can sit and work all afternoon and not even notice a twinge.

The fact that this book is written by two physicians is what clinches for me. I feel I can trust what it says. Especially after putting it into practice and having it work so well. If you're a desk jockey as well, I highly recommend this book.
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I may be a little biased - take that into account when you read my review.
I was being treated by Dr. Visco just as the book was released; my happiness with his treatment may have clouded my judgement.

As I read through the book in his office, just a chapter here and there while I waited, I realized how so much of this stuff applies to my every day life.
Certainly, if I had followed the guidelines in the book, I'd probably never have needed Dr. Visco & his amazing partners and associates.

This book is a fairly simple read for a layperson. Language isn't terribly complicated, and there are visuals to explain most of what is talked about.
Simple concepts like ... (paraphrased) "mold your work environment to your body - not your body to the work environment" should have been obvious to me, but I never thought that way.
Heck, my car has a seat that adjusts forward and backward, angles the back, lumbar support, and an adjustable headrest. The steering wheel column and the attached controls also can be adjusted for depth and angle. I have all that adjustment for the car I use about 9 hours a week in commuting and other tasks.
I spend that much time fixing machines at a lab bench, programming or answering email at my desk, and on my back (or some other inconvenient position) changing wires in a floor, ceiling, or under a desk. --I'm a "computer guy" one job description won't cut it. But until recently, I just sat, stood, or worked around whatever 'stuff' was there.

Not only does the book address ergonomics, but also the basic anatomy of the back; who knew? really - there are tiny little muscles in the spine, and they need to be stretched and exercised!
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