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Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain Paperback – February 29, 2000
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A celebrity physiologist shares his pain-relief method.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fast forward to now, reading Pain Free by Pete Egoscue. At first, I jumped to the section on neck pain looking to see if these were the same neck exercises I'd already tried, and I was puzzled to see that there were no neck exercises at all! Huh? So I went back to the beginning. I had to read this book twice and get myself a couple of musculoskeletal diagrams off the Internet to better see what he was talking about, but then I started to learn some things. I learned that my habit of walking slightly duck-footed all these years matters. I learned that the callouses on my toes are another clue that I have not been walking in a balanced way. I learned that trouble with my feet will relay trouble up the line to my hips, lower back, upper back and all the way to my neck (and vice versa, from head to toe). I learned how my daily habits of using the computer, cooking, reading, etc. were keeping my head forward too much and my shoulders locked into what Pete calls "the box". And I learned that my habit of stretching against a tight muscle was actually making the muscles worse, not better. So, I followed his guidance using his e-cises and mindful walking (heel-to-ball-of-foot-to-toes) and after two months, my body actually feels normal. The muscles aren't knotted up, my neck and shoulders have really comfortable range of motion, and I haven't had a migraine yet. Even the callouses on my big toes have diminished!
I give the book 4 stars simply because: I had to get anatomical diagrams off the Internet (I would have preferred they be included in the book for quick reference); I would have appreciated a glossary of terms because I'm not an anatomist; and some of the illustrations needed more explanation for me to really understand them. But those are minor nits compared to the meat of what I learned and how much better I feel now.
These e-cises are simple, but not necessarily easy: It took some practice to work up to being able to hold some of the poses for their full duration because muscles had atrophied. But Pete's encouragement throughout the book really helped: Telling me that atrophied muscles are still there and can come back; And telling me that "a bone doesn't move unless a muscle moves it" was very important in getting me out of the 'hopeless victim' mentality that I adopted years ago.
I am very grateful to have found this book (steered onto it via another Amazon Reviewer's post), and grateful that Pete developed this body of knowledge and passed it along to so many people in pain.
It just occurred to me as I was rating another title about chronic pain that I'd never reviewed 'Pain Free,' one of my very favorite titles on the subject. You haven't read enough about anatomical structure and how it relates to your pain until you've read this book! It's been a while since I read it, honestly, and am due for a re-read, but I will say that the 'Pain Free' book, and especially the two Pain Free DVDs are the one thing I tell any of my friends suffering with chronic pain that they cannot live without. Never before have a total of $30 spent on books and DVDs changed my life. Do I still have pain? You betcha. I'm not as diligent as I should be in applying Egoscue's methods, and I have a very severe disabling pain condition. But I will say that Pete Egoscue got me moving, again, and the noticeable drop in my pain levels has almost literally been a lifesaver. The difference between an 8 and a 5 on the pain scale might not seem substantive to a person not intimately familiar with chronic pain, but let me tell you... it is HUGE when you're living with daily pain that affects even your basic standards and activities of life. This is ESSENTIAL reading for any pain management patient or physician.... physical therapists, mental health practitioners dealing with chronic pain with their patients... all of them should read it, as well. This book, and the related dvds, are not to be missed. I've tried everything from yoga to tai chi to very very mild aquatic therapy. I simply don't tolerate it well, as my pain and fatigue levels are just too high, daily. I give it my all, but before long am left with limbs trembling and literally ready to fall down and curl up in a ball. Egoscue may look similar on paper to some other mild exercise regimes, but is DIFFERENT. I don't know how it's different, but rather than that utter exhaustion of limbs, and rising pain levels, I end up a bit energized and certainly in less pain after a go at the exercises. If you suffer with pain... please... try Pete Egoscue's method!!!! The book and the DVDs made such a difference for me, and they just might for you as well. Just trust me.... if you've still got partial function in your limbs, there's no such thing as 'too old' or 'too hurt' to try this method. Obviously, check with your doctor, first... heck, take him/her a copy of the book, because I've been astounded how many exemplary pain management docs have never heard of this one. It is so worthwhile. I've read a good 100 titles on chronic pain/disability/wellness over my nine year struggle with severe myofascial pain and fatigue... 'Pain Free' is the best of them, truly.
Here is my review on the Pain Free DVDs and a link to grab them at Amazon. IMO, you really need those to get the full benefit of Egoscue's method. http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YW3RTD23JUP1/ref=cm_aya_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000PAU2ZS#wasThisHelpful
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