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Myotherapy: Bonnie Prudden's Complete Guide to Pain-Free Living Hardcover – Sep 1984


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (Sept. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385277555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385277556
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,775,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bonnie Prudden has been actively involved in the physical-fitness movement for over six decades. Her studies on the unhealthy fitness level of American children and her report "The Report that Shocked the President" led to the formation of the President's Council on Youth Fitness under the Eisenhower administration. She had a weekely exercise spot on the "Today" show and wrote the exercise column for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. In the 40s and 50s she became a world class rock climber putting up 30 first ascents in the Shawangunks and was the first woman to earn a National Ski Patrol badge. She is the author of fifteen books, including two bestsellers PAIN ERASURE THE BONNIE PRUDDEN WAY and HOW TO KEEP SLENDER AND FIT AFTER THIRTY. In 2005 she was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame. In 2006 she was the first person to be inducted into the massage Hall of Fame and in 2007 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. At age 97 she continues to give lectures and interviews on safe, productive exercise for the prevention and relief of muscle pain. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 1997
Format: Paperback
Bonnie Prudden has written a detailed "how-to" for the control and removal of muscle spasm pain. She states in one chapter, "Acute pain rarely allows us to be stupid about our danger. Chronic pain doesn't either, but it takes longer to get its message across." She describes how old injuries, occupational demands, emotional stresses, and poor postural habits become locked into the body's memory to produce "trigger points" for pain years later. Example: she worked on some long-standing pain in cardiologist's lower back, and commented that his back was more like a violinist's than a doctor's. His reply: "Oh, but I was a violinist before I became a doctor."

The heart of this book is 200 pages of well-described and clearly illustrated technique. "Quick fix" is localized pressure on trigger points for short-term relief of muscle spasms. "Permanent fix" is a determined and more time-consuming effort to find and relieve both primary and secondary trigger points. Anyone who can read can follow the instructions and illustrations, and can give much-needed relief to a friend or loved one in pain.

Bonnie Prudden's technique, called "Myotherapy," has a few flaws. It requires some common sense; pressure point massage could cause real damage to a person with an injury rather than a chronic muscle spasm. Prudden writes as an intelligent layperson rather than a scientist or a physician, and has given totally anecdotal evidence rather than controlled studies. And finally, the technique is accessible to the general public, with no opportunity for anyone to build a profitable enterprise around it - so there is no incentive for anyone to popularize it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 1997
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My wife has had cronic lower back pain since 1984; due to a degenerated disc that has completely dissolved. Surgeons have constantly refused to operate and only pain pills could mask the pain until (in 1985) we discovered Myotherapy. The recommended techniques for the applicable areas have been and are still being used with great success. Both my wife and myself swear by the technique.
What is totally amazing to me is that every back surgeon, back specialist and GP that we have encountered over the years (save one) had not previously heard of Myotherapy. - - - a number of them have adopted it since (as part of their in-office treatments).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 1998
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I had very good results using the techniques in this book to treat my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and some other hand and arm aches and pains. My CTS is virtually gone and the other problems are much better and still improving.
I found it best to combine the methods from this book with those in Sharon Butlers Carpal Tunnel Syndrome book. The two combined plus a little bit of very gentle muscle building (especially of the muscles that open the hand) worked wonders.
I highly recommend this book.
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By Jim Hill on 21 Aug. 2014
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Very good reading and has very useful information. Delivered in time and arrived sately.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not quite massage, not quite acupressure - but it works! 2 Mar. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bonnie Prudden has written a detailed "how-to" for the control and removal of muscle spasm pain. She states in one chapter, "Acute pain rarely allows us to be stupid about our danger. Chronic pain doesn't either, but it takes longer to get its message across." She describes how old injuries, occupational demands, emotional stresses, and poor postural habits become locked into the body's memory to produce "trigger points" for pain years later. Example: she worked on some long-standing pain in cardiologist's lower back, and commented that his back was more like a violinist's than a doctor's. His reply: "Oh, but I was a violinist before I became a doctor."

The heart of this book is 200 pages of well-described and clearly illustrated technique. "Quick fix" is localized pressure on trigger points for short-term relief of muscle spasms. "Permanent fix" is a determined and more time-consuming effort to find and relieve both primary and secondary trigger points. Anyone who can read can follow the instructions and illustrations, and can give much-needed relief to a friend or loved one in pain.

Bonnie Prudden's technique, called "Myotherapy," has a few flaws. It requires some common sense; pressure point massage could cause real damage to a person with an injury rather than a chronic muscle spasm. Prudden writes as an intelligent layperson rather than a scientist or a physician, and has given totally anecdotal evidence rather than controlled studies. And finally, the technique is accessible to the general public, with no opportunity for anyone to build a profitable enterprise around it - so there is no incentive for anyone to popularize it.

However, if you have a stiff neck or back - you're sure you don't have a serious injury - and you have a friend who can read and follow directions - try this! The technique is surprisingly effective and long-lasting, and the price of the book can save you an expensive round of medical visits and therapies. Recommended.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly thorough! 24 July 2000
By "darshank2" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am very impressed with this book and have been recommending it to all my friends. Although the techniques described will not be learned in an instant, or on the first read, it should not be too hard for most people to figure them out from the detailed, thoughtful explanations in this book. Recently, I read a couple of books in the same vein that got me interested in the idea that chronic pain is largely created by muscle tension, so I was open to hearing her experiences ... and the conclusions she has come up with make a lot of sense. I especially found the corrective exercises to be *excellent*. I wish, though, that the exercises were presented together in one section .. it's a little hard to jump from page 20 to page 43 to page 67. However, this way of presenting it forces you to read the in-between text, which has much valuable information. I can't say much about the efficacy yet because I have only begun to apply it, but I expect it to be very helpful for my chronic "computer-neck" problems. Check it out!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
been doing exercises for years and they changed my life 20 Oct. 1999
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Format: Paperback
I have various problems: a bad upper back, minor arthritis in the knee. Years ago, I started "freezing up" from muscle tension and the inactivity that came from being immobile. I discovered this book and have been applying it to myself ever since. I haven't had any contact with her organization lately, but back then, they sold a curved piece of metal with rubber tips on each end called a "shepherds crook." I have been using it on my own back ever since. The technique combines pressing on points of the various muscles for 5 seconds or so, along with stretching exercise. It works.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Myotherapy has allowed my wife to not be totally bedridden. 2 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My wife has had cronic lower back pain since 1984; due to a degenerated disc that has completely dissolved. Surgeons have constantly refused to operate and only pain pills could mask the pain until (in 1985) we discovered Myotherapy. The recommended techniques for the applicable areas have been and are still being used with great success. Both my wife and myself swear by the technique.
What is totally amazing to me is that every back surgeon, back specialist and GP that we have encountered over the years (save one) had not previously heard of Myotherapy. - - - a number of them have adopted it since (as part of their in-office treatments).
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 13 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had very good results using the techniques in this book to treat my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and some other hand and arm aches and pains. My CTS is virtually gone and the other problems are much better and still improving.
I found it best to combine the methods from this book with those in Sharon Butlers Carpal Tunnel Syndrome book. The two combined plus a little bit of very gentle muscle building (especially of the muscles that open the hand) worked wonders.
I highly recommend this book.
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