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Backache: What Exercises Work Edition: First [Hardcover]

Dava Sobel & Arthur C. Klein
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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760716579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760716571
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,044,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete picture of Back Pain 15 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I agree with the authors in the book that in most cases exercise is the best treatment for back and neck pain. The exercises they recommend are also commonly used in physical therapy, so are probably effective.
However, the book does not talk at all about disorders of the spine, and what contributes to back pain. (such as: funtional or anatomical leg length difference, pronated feet, misaligned knees, rounded shoulders, swayback, or flatback) Without an understanding of contributing factors, the exercises may do you no good whatsoever. (As an example, I was having only moderate success with exercise until I also worked on leg length and foot pronation issues.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my life 27 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've tried them all. Every threapy you can think of. Was about to give up and submit to surgery. Got a book club catalog in the mail that included this book. Decided to try once more. One of he best decisions of my life. I could not do one situp or push at the time . . . without back pain. I do 75 pushs a day and hundreds of what the book recommeds for addominal work. Do yourself a favor and get this book. Follow the instructions explicitly. Good luck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple 2 the point book 18 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback
ok have given 4 stars as have only just arrived at the exercise bit,but have to say so far no filler or waffle,looking forward to trying don't look complicated so good for me,I thought what have I got to lose how about you.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suffer Back Pain No More -- This Book is A Must Have !! 20 May 2002
By Carole Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I consider myself a quasi back pain expert. I had two herinated discs removed 10 years ago and believed that would be the end of my trouble; it was only the beginning. I have have 4 MRIs, five physical thearpy experiences, have seen othropedic surgeons, neurolists, and a pain specialist for cortezone shots. I currently have another herinated disc and a miscellaneous bulge at the site of the prior two surgeries. This book have provided me more knowledge of how to solve my problems than all the rest combined -- however, having all that experience makes me confident this book has the solution. Many of the exercises I was familar with from physical thearpy over the years. And yes, they told me I'd likely have to do exercises for the rest of my life. And that's what makes this book so handy, you don't have a thearpist with you day in and out, this book is very specific on how to do the exercises, how to progress, and what not to do. The advice is practical and well researched, and very much consistent with everything all the specialists have told me during my decade and a half of back problems. And now the REALLY GOOD News. I noticed improvement within a couple of days of starting the exercises. I have found I have to exercise both morning and night, but I am virtually pain free. I was at a point when I purchased this book, that I woke up every morning with some pain and much activity-limiting stiffness -- and periodically my back would "go out" and I'd spend a couple days in bed recuperating. Now I wake pain free; am able to start my day immediately. I remain careful about how I treat my back throughout the day, but I'm very confident my bed rest days are behind me! And I'm more limber, my balance has improved, as has my flexibility. I recommed this book highly!! The section on how to "find time" was very much appreciated and accurate, there are numerous opportunties throughout the day to do many of the exercises. Do heed what the authors say: PAIN is NO GAIN -- so start slow, be gentle, and don't push, this is not a race, for me - it was about getting my life back. Good luck to all, I can't tell you how thankful I am I found this book, I hope it brings you the same kind of improvement it did me.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my life 27 Oct 1998
By kburke@wwwebventures.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've tried them all. Every threapy you can think of. Was about to give up and submit to surgery. Got a book club catalog in the mail that included this book. Decided to try once more. One of he best decisions of my life. I could not do one situp or push at the time . . . without back pain. I do 75 pushs a day and hundreds of what the book recommeds for addominal work. Do yourself a favor and get this book. Follow the instructions explicitly. Good luck.
51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellow author, pain-doc recommends this book!! 16 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have recommend these exercises to patients, but more importantly, they can benefit anyone who doesn't want to develop back pain in the future. Unfortunately our medical model is one of treatment and not prevention. I agree with another reviewer that consultation with a qualified physician is recommended for any type of chronic severe back pain, but there are very few cases I have seen, including patients who have failed surgical treatment, who have not been helped by some way in using moderate regular exercise. These are great exercises to reverse the effects that our sedentary working society foists upon us. I recommend this book strongly but emphasize the importance of dispensing with the "pain-gain" concept and embracing the a-little-bit-every-day-in-a-consistent-manner-without-pushing-to-discomfort paradigm. Kudos to Dava Sobel and colleagues for an excellent write...May I recommend "The Care and Feeding of Your Brain" as a companion book for helping deal the distress, depression, and other cerebral manifestations that accompany chronic pain...All the best!! Kenneth Giuffre MD, author, "The Care and Feeding of Your Brain"
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense approach for back pain relief 17 Oct 2000
By John Gillin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have struggled for years with acute back pain. Reading Sobel & Klein's book gave me the answers I was looking for. After getting X-Rays and an MRI revealing that 4 of my discs were herniated from one degree to another. I made an appointment with a trained physical therapist and we set to work on a plan of stretching & strengthening the key muscles. Bingo! I have never felt better. M.D., Mary Pullig Schatz's "Back Care Basics" is excellent as well with an emphasis on Yoga the mental approach for successful rehabilitation.
60 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete picture of Back Pain 15 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I agree with the authors in the book that in most cases exercise is the best treatment for back and neck pain. The exercises they recommend are also commonly used in physical therapy, so are probably effective.
However, the book does not talk at all about disorders of the spine, and what contributes to back pain. (such as: funtional or anatomical leg length difference, pronated feet, misaligned knees, rounded shoulders, swayback, or flatback) Without an understanding of contributing factors, the exercises may do you no good whatsoever. (As an example, I was having only moderate success with exercise until I also worked on leg length and foot pronation issues.)
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