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Pete Egoscue learned a lot about pain when, as a Marine officer, he was wounded in Vietnam. He segued from patient to physical therapist, and now runs a famous clinic in San Diego, where he claims he's helped 95 percent of his patients cure chronic pain--including Jack Nicklaus and Charles Barkley, whose athletic careers he helped prolong. At the heart of his program are stretches and motion exercises to restore proper function to muscles and joints. His methods are often surprising and counterintuitive. For example, for foot pain, he suggests a series of hip exercises. In fact, this is one of the most startling books you'll read about the human organism. Egoscue has strong opinions about how modern life is changing the way our bodies function, reducing the tasks we must perform and thus reducing the functional range of motion of our muscles and joints. Fortunately, he offers movement exercises to restore what nature meant us to have.
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A celebrity physiologist shares his pain-relief method. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This book, or rather this method, completely changed my life after 1 neck injury and 2 repetitive stress shoulder injuries:
I had a friend tell me about this book and I had it on my shelf and would thumb through it occasionally and LIKE ALL OF THE PEOPLE LEAVING NEGATIVE REVIEWS I THOUGHT THIS DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANY HELP. After my first shoulder injury, a year in PT and yoga therapy I tossed this book straight into the garbage. Fast forward a year later and I hurt my shoulder AGAIN only WORSE! PT and yoga therapy got me out of pain but I never actually recovered - I couldn't get back to the computer (I was a graphic designer) or any work. I just kinda blamed the computer for my problems.
Welp, after I hurt my shoulder the second time, that really messed up my body. I lost a lot of muscle in recovery and everything got super tight all over my body, even with PT. So I remembered this book and purchased it again hoping it would help my tight calfs and hamstrings. I read it, understood the concepts and then tried the menu for tight calfs. It changed my life. In one day. I could move my back again. My calfs weren't tight. Like it was crazy - these exercises look ridiculous to someone who compares them to any other "normal" exercises or PT. Let me explain the difference to anybody who will hopefully listen.
Modern medicine and physical therapy ONLY work on the thing that hurts. They don't take into account the entire body and what could be really causing it. It is not holistic in the slightest. Trust me, I've been in 3 rounds of PT! Sure they might say hey strengthen your core in addition to what you have injured. Um, yeah, not the problem or the solution. Ever.
Yoga and flexibility exercises will also not answer your tight muscle problems. Sure you may feel better because you are literally stretching the fibers and the nerves, but it will not cure your problem and here's why: You are stretching the top layers of muscles, the superficial ones. But you are tight because the deep, super tight muscles are tight. You ain't never gonna get those babies to loosen up with normal stretches that only target the top layer of tightness. You're ALSO tight because you, like most people in the world who have a more sedentary and stressful life, have huge muscle compensation problems. Take me for example. Perpetual neck and shoulder tightness no matter what I did! Welp, come to find out, my hips were tight and weak A.F. and as soon as Egoscue fixed that for me, my shoulders released their tightness on their own. Like, so much so, I'd equate a SINGLE MONTH of Egoscue, twice a day, to basically what an ENTIRE YEAR of PT and yoga therapy couldn't even do for me. Yoga may make you more flexible and strengthen you somewhat, BUT, you are still not using the correct muscles to move correctly and exist in the world as your physical body was made to exist and move. My Egoscue therapist tells me on the regular of yoga people who come in and can touch the floor easily but who have crazy back pain and problems because they're body is not moving correctly REGARDLESS OF THEIR FLEXIBILITY. LIMBER DOES NOT EQUAL MOVING CORRECTLY.
Also, since everybody loves to try to be skinny and have abs: ALSO not going to help. With weight training and running and the likes, you are literally strengthening your muscle COMPENSATIONS and will eventually be really screwed because you're just asking to hurt yourself. When your joints don't move properly, neither will the rest of your body. And any like "leg lifts" and "squats" and the like are using huge muscle groups. Not the smaller muscle groups that are more like the fine motor skills of movement. BIG MUSCLES DO NOT EQUAL HEALTH OR PAIN FREE OR MOVING CORRECTLY. This is also where PT lacks, hugely. And the health and wellness industry in its entirety.
And lastly, manual therapy. Massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc. NEVER LASTS. It feels good in the moment but you have to keep going back. Why? Because if you're weak in the areas of your body that need to be strong and strong in the areas of the body that need to be weak or rather, take a back seat, you will always have problems in those areas no matter how good a massage or adjustment feels. It won't help in the long run, ever. Every time you go, you should just throw your money out the window and drive away, because that's the net benefit to your body.
After 6 years of increasing back pain, a neck injury, 2 shoulder injuries, and not being able to feel "free" in my body at the age of 31, I took to this like white on rice (after I threw the book away once, hehe). With the amount of PT and yoga therapy I did, I never should have had another relapse of the same shoulder injury. I go to the Egoscue clinic down the street and LIVE EGOSCUE, I do my exercises every day and have been able to completely change the posture of my entire body, fix my shoulders completely and get back to not only working on the computer again PAIN FREE but to be more active PAIN FREE as well. It's incredible. It's like getting handed back my life. Give it a try and reap the benefits! Be a critic and live pain full.
I have bought several copies of this book, one for myself and the others for family and friends. I first came to know about Pete Egoscue when I stumbled on his radio show many years ago and would listen as people would call in, he would give them little exercises to do while on the phone, and they would always notice a difference in their pain right away. I used it to help ease darn near debilitating sciatic pain when I was pregnant with my second child, and then later for shoulder pain when my children were older and I had thrown things out of whack loading them into car seats. I just sent this particular copy to my mom who also suffers from sciatica and various aches and pains. The exercises are easy to follow and doable for virtually any activity level.
I've been doing the Egoscue method for less than a week and my pain is already 95% gone. I've been in nearly constant pain for the last two years. I've spent thousands of dollars going to doctors and they barely helped me at all. I went to a general physician, a pain doctor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, physical therapist and none of them helped much. Tonight was the first time I watched a movie pain free in two years. Once you suffer from chronic pain you finally realize how much you value just doing simple things. I finally have my life back. Thank you Pete Egoscue.
This is a great book with good information but if you suffer from chronic pain like myself just doing the exercises in the book might help but I don't believe the book itself would be the cure for your pain. The reason I am saying this is because according to the book you have to diagnose the source of your pain and if you feel pain in different parts of your body like back and knee or neck and back then I believe it would be hard without the help of a physical therapist. After reading the book, which makes great sense because Pete sees our bodies as a whole, I believe it's necessary the help of a Egoscue instructor to help you thorough the process. Egoscue has over 400 different exercises for different cases and body imbalances. If I would pick one exercise in the book that's is the most important and gives the most pain relief is the Egoscue Tower. The Tower will correct your posture and also your body imbalances if done with the right E-Cises like they call in the book. Also a Egoscue instructor will make sure your are doing the exercises in proper form because a good exercise can turn into a bad one with made with poor form. However, the Egoscue method is not covered by most insurances and it's a relatively expensive exercise Program but if you have the extra money to spend its well worth the money and the best non invasive pain relief method I found out there and I have been searching for the past two years since I hurt my back. I would give a try!