- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553380494
- ISBN-13: 978-0553380491
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
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Pain Free for Women: The Revolutionary Program for Ending Chronic Pain Paperback – July 1, 2003
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Women from every walk of life praise the Pain Free advantage:
“Thanks to Pete Egoscue, I’ve been pain free for ten years. But even more important, the Egoscue Method has empowered me with the tools to stay that way! It’s freedom in the truest sense of the word.”
— Carol LeBeau, news anchor and health reporter, KGT-TV, San Diego
“I was an eleven-year-old aspiring athlete when I first started working with Pete Egoscue. At eighteen, I made tennis history by winning nine straight matches to become the first woman qualifier to get to the semifinals at Wimbledon, a feat only John McEnroe had performed in men’s tennis. What a season! The Egoscue Method is a gift to women in every season of their lives.”
— Alexandra Stevenson, professional tennis player
“Pain Free for Women answers the many questions I have about my health and my children’s well-being. It has encouraged me to trust my instincts as a mom and to take charge of my family’s health.”
— Linda Lynch, former professional tennis player and mother of two
“When I first met Pete Egoscue, I had just had my fourth baby by C-section and was in the hospital recovering from emergency back surgery. I was so weak that I would lie on a futon in the family room as my children played around me! At twenty-nine, I didn’t think I would ever be able to play and be active again. Pete and the Egoscue Method showed me how wrong I was! Not only did Pete rehabilitate me and take me out of the severe pain I had dealt with for years, he enabled me to enjoy activities I never could in the past, such as riding horses, playing tennis, soccer, and basketball, running, and practicing yoga. I cannot rave enough about the Egoscue Method. Anyone who is in pain can change their life — it has been proven!”
— Sonia Jones, former model and mother of four
“Pete Egoscue changed my life in the most positive ways imaginable. Pain Free for Women is a must read for women of all ages — it’s a brilliant blueprint for enhancing the quality of one’s life.”
— Sheila Grant, arts patron, cofounder of a regional ballet in Texas, and civic leader
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
"Women today not only deserve but should expect a pain-free, active lifestyle, no matter their age, no matter their previous experience."
Pain Free for Women
In his famed San Diego clinic, Pete Egoscue has taught women of all ages and from all walks of life how to use the Egoscue Method for safe, effective, and permanent relief from chronic pain without prescription painkillers, physical therapy, or invasive surgery. Now he shares his specially adapted "Pain Free" program for women to use at home.
Whether you suffer from back or neck pain, joint discomfort or sore knees, or need more stamina, improved balance, and extra strength, here is a revolutionary and proven approach to self-care that promises optimal health through a simple set of exercises that will transform the way you move and feel -- forever!
Egoscue shows women how to take back their bodies by recovering and restoring a precious health asset -- full, free, flexible motion -- that he believes has been drastically reduced by our modern lifestyle.
As Egoscue explains, motion not only develops a woman's body but also maintains and rejuvenates it. Yet as her motion-deprived muscles disengage and weaken, it is common for a woman's body to lose alignment, leading to repetitive stress injuries, persistent pain, and general bad health. Even the simplest activities -- how she sits, stands, walks, works, lifts, and sleeps -- can trigger problems.
Focusing on proper alignment, posture, and muscle engagement, Egoscue provides simple but powerful techniques to restore flexibility and function while at the same time boosting energy, revving up the immune system, even raising the body's metabolic rate.
Theremarkable "E-cises" included within have also been linked to improved ability to fight disease, cope with aging, and recover from accidents and injuries. The "miracle" cure Egoscue offers is, simply, correct motion.
Organized by the seasons of a woman's life, Pain Free for Women pays particular attention to age-specific concerns such as puberty, childbirth, and menopause, as well as special issues such as arthritis, PMS, and depression.
At the same time, Egoscue shows how women can build a framework of healthy movement that will prevent illness and maintain pain-free good health throughout the journey of life.
According to Egoscue, reversing the effects of poor musculoskeletal fitness provides astonishing benefits, including:
-Better balance, posture, and breathing, as well as increased resiliency
-Effective and safe weight management
-Healthy bone density and visual acuity
-Heightened sex drive
-Delayed symptoms of aging
-Peace of mind and general tranquility
Extensively illustrated to demonstrate proper placement, posture, and movement, Pain Free for Women offers women of every age the possibility of feeling better than ever before.
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Pete Egoscue describes himself as an "anatomical physiologist." He never claims to be a licensed healthcare provider or a scientist (this last will be painfully obvious to any biologist); instead, his background is more like a personal trainer at the local gym -- but one who happens to attract, and have an interest in, people who are recovering from injuries or wanting to prevent them.
Except for the chapter on pregnancy-related exercises, this book is not really just "for Women." The authors actually go to great lengths in the introductory material to convince the reader that men and women have the same muscles and therefore need the same kinds of balanced, varied exercises. There are also suggestions for exercises that kids might enjoy at the end of the book. (The photos of the kids are absolutely darling.)
Not everyone can, or should, do all of the exercises in this book. This is intended primarily for people who are in basically good health and have no specific problems. As the authors say (read the first two full paragraphs on page 130), if you have pain in a specific spot, then you need to get the plain "Pain Free" book instead of this one.
For example, the time-consuming Supine Groin Stretch that normally takes 45 to 60 minutes is actually done "until your lower back settles into the floor" (page 159 and elsewhere), however long that happens to take. In my case, it takes about three seconds. Unfortunately, then I'm in serious pain and I can't always get up without help. In particular, I think that people with connective tissue disorders should take seriously the authors' injunctions against doing anything that hurts.
Having said that, a woman who is in basically good health, and who follows the directions in the book, is unlikely to hurt herself. These are really very common exercises. The suggested "menus" of exercises are combinations of standard physical therapy exercises, Pilates work, yoga positions, and calisthenics. They are pretty gentle, and most of them don't require much strength or energy -- the sort of thing you could do even if you were tired or not feeling very well.
There is really nothing 'revolutionary' about anything exercise he suggests, except perhaps his optimism that you will actually DO the exercises, instead of merely thinking about them.
This book will not be helpful for me because of my specific issues, but it may be useful for any man, woman, or teen who is in basically good health. And, as with any exercise program, books are only helpful to the extent that you get out of your chair and do the exercises!
I hope it will help him, I believe this one, also by Peter Egoscue will help me too, especially as I continue to build a habit of doing these extemely easy, no cost exercises to teach my body to re-alighn itself. Anyone can do it and this book also explains how much physical activity in childhood adds to strength and health in late adult life. Mr. Egosque says that older people have a better chance of recuperating using his techniques than younger ones who have been sedentary in childhood. He speaks of the bones, joints, ligaments, and also the organs which are dependent on physical activity from childhood on. I'd love to see mothers read it as well.