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8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot Paperback – Illustrated, April 1, 2008
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"The most lucid account I have read of how the human spine works, with handy lessons in how to stand, sit, walk, and sleep free of back pain." —J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize–winner in Literature
"8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back is the best back pain book on the market. I had significant problems with low back pain and sciatica for more than two decades before Esther Gokhale was able to help me. If I had found her earlier, it could have saved me a great deal of pain and grief.” —Paul R. Ehrlich, author, Human Natures and Population Bomb
"A great book for someone who is serious about achieving a pain-free back and willing to work to reach that goal." —American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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- Publisher : Pendo Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 244 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0979303605
- ISBN-13 : 978-0979303609
- Item Weight : 2.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.67 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The hard part is that changing your posture is difficult. It's a subconcious thing that you have to constantly remind yourself of during the first few months. But it is absolutely worth it. In the beginning it's tricky. But eventually it starts feeling unnatural to have your posture in the incorrect way, and it starts feeling natural to have it in the correct posture.
So eventually the correct posture starts to become subconcious.
Absolutely worth the effort, because it will mean a healthy back that isn't constantly being trashed by lousy posture.
If you don't fix your posture--your back is ALWAYS going to be a problem. That's what I've learned.
Check out her lectures posted on YOUTUBE as well. She's awesome.
Moreover, pain is weird, and highly subject to our beliefs about our own pain. Having said that, if you are desperate and need something to distract you from the awfulness of the pain and give you some hope, there are worse things you could do than to try this book. Just know that ultimately:
- its key claims lack any research basis
- its overall efficacy lacks (and will doubtless continue to lack) any corroborating clinical data
- if you're suffering from garden variety back pain that doesn't respond well (or at least doesn't require) back surgery, which is likely most of you, your best path forward as validated by quality research is a mix of graded therapist-guided exercise (by a good therapist who's aligned with current best research-guided practice) and psycho-educational measures to learn about pain science and master visualization / cognitive behavioral techniques.
This many years later, I continue to benefit and be grateful for the knowledge I gained from Esther's program. I'm pretty sure I've told everyone I know about it -- it's just that useful. And why live with back/shoulder/neck/leg/foot pain?
Developed sciatica about 7 yrs ago
........Unable to get up from sitting position w/o pain
........Experienced pain from a variety of common everyday movements
........Unable to hike w/o pain
Approx. 7 yrs ago I bought this book & started adjusting the way I sat, walked & slept
........Did daily exercises described toward the end of the book
........At the end of my 1st week; pain subsided when I got up from couch!
........In less than a months time; I was able to hike pain free!
Now, in 2018, I can say that I have been following the guidelines for 7 yrs & pain free for 7 yrs!
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I've really experienced relief from following the advice in this book.
It's clear, simple, with excellent illustrations. I wish I'd known this stuff from being a child . . .