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Arthritis: What Exercises Work: Breakthrough Relief for the Rest of Your Life, Even After Drugs & Surgery Have Failed Paperback – 15 Jun 1995

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (15 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312130252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312130251
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,171,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on a national survey in which arthritis sufferers indicated exrcises that helped them stop pain, this guide explains and demonstrates these exercises along with self-evaluation checklists and modifications for flare-ups. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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133 of 134 people found the following review helpful
This Book Does Work 10 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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After checking ARTHRITIS: WHAT EXERCISES WORK out of the library for the third time in a year, I broke down and bought it. It's terrific. The exercises are tied to specific joints, ranging from the small, fingers and toes, on to shoulders, hips, knees, etc. Some you can even do in bed, but many are much more challenging--there is a range. Doing these for just a couple of weeks increased my flexibility tremendously--washing my back, tieing my shoes, and so forth much easier. And I'm a 53 year old professional female who is in "good shape" with aerobics and strength training--but the targeted flexibility/joint exercises here were new to me. I highly, highly recommend.
58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Really truly helpful! 13 Jan 2007
By F.Faulkner - Published on Amazon.com
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I suffered for 8 months with inflammatory arthritis in my knees. I saw doctor after doctor, had test after test. The only solution was Celebrex which gave me chest pain. I got this book at our library out of desperation; I felt too young to lose my mobility. I'm thrilled to say these exercises were outstanding and really DO help.

Best of all, the are at least half a dozen helpful exercises for every joint area in the body starting at the top and going down - even the jaw is covered.

My husband started the exercises for back & jaw (he's got TMJ) and they helped him as well.

I can't thank the authors enough for compiling such an honestly helpful book. How refreshing to actually find something that does what it says it does. THANK YOU. I have some relief in life finally.
59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
This book is th BEST! 24 Sep 2005
By vyk_2000 - Published on Amazon.com
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I suffer with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis in my entire body! With inflammation in my entire body, mobility is very very limited! I tried these exercise every morning for a week. I couldn't believe how much my mobility had improved in that week. Now I do the exercises everyday at least twice a day. This book is definetly worth buying.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A mixed bag... 12 July 2010
By Michele McGlone - Published on Amazon.com
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Some parts of this book were good and some not so good.

Part 3, 4 and 5 are good. Part Three talks about aerobic exercise and 4 and 5 give details on exercises you can do for specific body parts and in special situations. The instructions are clear and there are good diagrams. Unfortuately, they don't give any advice on how many repetitions to start with and how many to build up to and which exercise to move on to when a particular excercise becomes too easy.

My problem is with Part 1. It has you go through some quizzes to put yourself in a "level" which they claim will help you pick or develop a program of exercises that suits your needs. But after you figure out your level, they never mention it again. There are two sample programs, one for level 4 (in bed) and one for level 2 (moderately active) and that's it. No program suggestions for the other levels and the excercises themselves are not given a label.

A bit disappointing.

But the exercises I am doing for my particular problem areas are good. I think the exercise sections make the book worth the money.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Exercise for arthritis relief without drugs or surgery 8 Aug 2008
By 2bluesky2 - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't have arthritis. I was just looking for exercises for body parts which don't get much attention in most programs. This book provided just what I was looking for. It has stretching and strengthening (gentle toning) exercises for your neck, jaw, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, back, hip, knees, ankles, and feet.

The authors' discussion of arthritis treatment is also very interesting. They say arthritis pain encourages immobility. But immobility exacerbates your problem. The solution for the suffering patient is to start moving the affected joints. Movement is much more effective than any drugs or surgery for long term care and even for recovery. The authors provide instruction for simple exercises for all of the most frequently affected body parts. Additionally, the authors discuss how general aerobic activity can also combat arthritis. They provide good suggestions for simple aerobic exercise.

The authors also provide an introduction to body relaxation techniques. They note that high stress is usually associated with arthritis, and so may be a triggering factor for it. I would have liked to have seen more discussion of this interesting theory. I also would like to have seen some discussion of how diet may affect athritis. Nevertheless, this book is a great collection of exercises for joints that you may not have been paying much attention to before.
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