- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (February 29, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553379887
- ISBN-13: 978-0553379884
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain Paperback – February 29, 2000
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"This book is extraordinary, and I am thrilled to recommend it to anyone who's interested in dramatically increasing the quality of their physical health."
"Pete Egoscue has totally changed my life. Never have I experienced such complete pain relief as I have following the Egoscue Method."
"Pain Free is based on a very sound understanding of human physiology. It shows how we can break the circuit of pain and naturally heal one of the most significant disabilities of our time."
"Pain Free can help you transform pain into power, and hurt into heart. Egoscue's methods will help you feel at home again in your body!"
--Harold Bloomfield, M.D.
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Starting today, you don't have to live in pain.
That is the revolutionary message of this breakthrough system for eliminating chronic pain without drugs, surgery, or expensive physical therapy. Developed by Pete Egoscue, a nationally renowned physiologist and sports injury consultant to some of today's top athletes, the Egoscue Method has an astounding 95 percent success rate. The key is a series of gentle exercises and carefully constructed stretches called E-cises. Inside you'll find detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions for dozens of e-cizes specifically designed to provide quick and lasting relief of:
Lower back pain, hip problems, sciatica, and bad knees
Carpal tunnel syndrome and even some forms of arthritis
Migraines and other headaches, stiff neck, fatigue, sinus problems, vertigo, and TMJ
Shin splints, varicose veins, sprained or weak ankles, and many foot ailments
Bursitis, tendinitis, and rotator cuff problems
Plus special preventive programs for maintaining health through the entire body.
With this book in hand, you're on your way to regaining the greatest gift of all: a pain-free body!
the help of Pete Egoscue's revolutionary program of quick
stretches and strength-building exercises, you can cure
chronic pain, and do it naturally.
Pete Egoscue has shown thousands of individuals, corporations, schools, and championship sports teams how to eliminate pain without investing in expensive ergonomic devices or resorting to surgery or drug therapies. His groundbreaking book, with nearly 50,000 hardcover copies sold, shows readers how to:
Relieve lower back pain
Improve hip problems, sciatica, and badknees
Relieve migraines and other headaches, stiff neck, fatigue, sinus problems, vertigo, and TMJ
Relieve painful problems, like carpal tunnel syndrome, often misdiagnosed as arthritis
Prevent injuries and maintain health through stretching programs for the entire body
Filled with easy instructions, photos, and line illustrations throughout, this book will provide quick, effective pain relief. -->
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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.
Flash forward 6 weeks, I googled on a whim.. "How I fixed my chronic neck pain". I began coming across articles about how our poor posture year after year really wears on our neck. With that in mind, I began keeping my shoulders back as much as possible (no more slouching) and tried to stay as straight as possible. It helped slightly but I knew I'd have to work on that for a long time to come to actually see any difference. So then I came across an article a guy wrote where he had 6 HERNIATED DISCS in his neck and fixed them all in a few months by utilizing the exercise's in this book. My first though, "Yeah freakin right". Of course, I was skeptical but I was beyond desperate so I figured why not, and I ordered the book. I followed the instructions for the neck "e-cises" to a T. Did them in the exact order, for the time instructed every single day. Well, wouldn't you know.. in 2 days, my pain was gone. 2 DAYS! I was shocked. I literally cried the morning I woke up and realized I had zero pain. It was truly a miracle.
As I write this review, it's been about 8 weeks since I started the egoscue regimen, but I continue to do it daily and will do so for several months. Randomly I get some slight stiffness here and there, but shortly after I do the e-cises I feel a worlds better. (I chalk this up to the fact that because I have a herniated disc, it's going to take some time to get back to 100%.) One of the exercise's I do, where you sit up against a wall with your legs straight out in front of you, when I take deep breaths, I can literally feel a subtle popping in my neck. Not painful at all, but a popping like my neck is going back into alignment. It's so satisfying to know I could fix this debilitating problem all on my own with just about 20 minutes a day. I feel like a better Mom again, I'm sleeping better, more active, and in general beyond grateful I came across this book. I can't vouch for any other area's of the body because my pain was strictly in my neck so I only did those e-cises, but if they could clear up my pain in 2 days, I guarantee these methods will work for other areas of pain. Just amazing. So for all those out there suffering in pain, please know this. I was as skeptical as you are. I was as frustrated and depressed as you are, I was at my whits end and felt like I was either going to deal with dangerous pain killers forever or surgery that may not even work. You are not alone! Please just give this book a try and know there is real hope out there and you will get better. Best of luck to all of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart, Pete Egoscue!