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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; New ed of 2 Revised ed edition (1 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684852527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684852522
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kit Laughlin studied oriental medicine during a five-year stay in Japan and, on his return to Australia, was the Japanese ambassador's personal shiatsu practitioner. In 1988 he was asked to treat the prime minister of Japan during his visit to Austral

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I've just dusted this book off again due to recent increased back pain (I'm a computer programmer). Looking at the notes I'd left in the book I first started following these exercises 9 years ago, whilst having Physio for my bad back, neck and shoulder.
Each time I follow this book my back gets better, then I get lazy and slowly the pain comes back again.
I read a lot of books 10 years ago for back pain - Overcome Neck and Back Pain came out best and has consistently worked for me. It is one of few books that I'll only lend out on the proviso that *it must come back to me*.
If your back hurts, I'd really suggest you take a look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 12 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
First of all a warning: I ordered a new copy of this book from Amazon recently as a gift, and although what arrived was new, it was not an "original" copy or the book but a bound collection of photocopied pages. I believe this is a Print On Demand book, however the quality of the scanning and copying of the images was so poor the the book was bordering on useless, so I sent it back and bought a second hand copy instead.
Now for the review: I first encountered this book in 2001, after a very severe stint of sciatica which had seen me off work for over a month. Although in time my pain had diminished enough for me to move around a bit and get back to work, I was still in a lot of pain and was very fortunate to stumble across Overcome Neck and Back Pain in a library where my girlfriend worked. I eventually bought a copy of my own, and have since leant it to friends who have had back pain or sciatica, and all of them have gone on to buy a copy themselves, which I think it testament to its effectiveness. I have often returned to this book myself over the intervening 10 years and would consider it to be one of the best purchases I have ever made.
Overcome Neck and Back Pain is essentially a Do-It-Yourself manual for the back. It is predominantly a book of stretches for the rehabilitation and prevention of muscle tightness leading to neck or back pain, although the audience of people who could benefit from it is much wider than those with neck or back problems as these can lead to many other issues such as sciatica, headaches, mobility problems, etc.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Great exercises, well illustrated. It worked for my back. 7 Aug 1999
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Format: Paperback
It can be very difficult to live with constant pain and tension in the back. I am 33 years old, physically fit and I love sports. That makes having back aches and stiffness all the more difficult to accept. I would try, weightlifting, massage, Yoga, and finally chiropractic. These all helped but I would still get muscle stiffness and I could see that one hip was higher than the other (a sign in my case of muscle spasm).
I really believe that you should be able to control your own body. Especially muscles. The thought that I had upper back muscles in spasm and I could not relax them infuriated me. Kit Laughlin's book helps you to step back from the pain, review hip posture and strenghten weak muscles. It takes you through a lot of well illustrated exercises designed to gently stretch lower back and neck muscles. The first time I tried his exercises I found a marked improvement. Yes, in the past, I had been given exercise sheets, many of them, but none of them came close to making me feel like I was getting control of the problem.
I am now using Kit's strengthening exercises. I know that no matter how long I sit at a computer or abuse my back, I'll still have a set of exercises that will relax my back.
If you are prepared to work on your back and exercise instead of accepting defeat, then this is the book for you.
I don't know if it will work for you, but it was just what I was looking for.
Good luck!
John Jackson
After experiencing back pain and stiffness for long periods, I sought the help of a chiroprator.
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
A self-service guide to relieve neck and back pain 8 Jun 2000
By Carol Wenzel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of training with Kit Laughlin and other Posture and Flexibility instructors. Prior to learning Kit's approach I often experienced muscle tension in my neck, shoulders and back. Starting with the very first lesson, I learned specific stretches which eliminate tension in these muscle groups.
In Kit's first book, `Overcome Neck and Back Pain', he introduces a self-service approach to relieve neck and back pain through improvement of whole body suppleness. He demonstrates stretches targeting not only muscles in the neck, shoulder and back, but also muscles in the pelvic area and legs which influence back pain, as the reader will learn. Specific back strengthening exercises are included to help the reader build up the muscle strength needed to maintain good posture and prevent back pain.
I have seen students of all ages and levels of flexibility benefit from using these techniques. Although a book can never replace hands-on instruction, this book will lead you on a path to overcome neck and back pain.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Simple, Effective Pain Relief 6 Jun 2000
By Fiona Leard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am not a sufferer of neck or back pain, however, with my occupation I come across many people who are. I'm a Fitness Trainer, and have taught many stretches from this book to people, who have gained immediate relief from their neck or back discomfort.
If you're looking for a self-help guide to eliminating your neck or back pain, this would be a great book to have. It explains how to find your own muscle imbalances and directs you to the most appropriate stretches for your problem area. The other great feature of the book is it offers so many variations to each stretch, so if you come across something you can't do, you will always find a version you can do. Many of the stretches can be done sitting in a chair. There are also plenty of clear pictures and diagrams to help you along the way.
You don't always have your massage therapist or physiotherapist at hand, but you can always keep this book close by. I believe for most people, if you follow the book carefully, you will develop a method to ease your pain whenever you need to, and keep your spine strong and healthy.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Overcome Neck and Back Pain Possible! 18 May 2000
By Cherie Seeto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Pain management can now be changed to permanent pain relief and improved function through strengthening and stretching. It is the only book on the market I would recommend to my clients. Easy to read, follow and understand, the best of East and West has been melded in to the safest, most efficient form of exercises for necks and backs I have ever seen or used. Highly recommended if you want to take back the responsibilty for how good your neck and back should feel.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great guide! 17 Feb 2004
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Very complete book with daily routines in the back. The description of exercises are extremely thorough. Much more complete than many other books out there. I have been through some rough times with my back and shoulders, and have searched widely for guidance to help me take care of myself - this one is a keeper. Doctors and Chiropractors are wonderful - but the ultimate responsibility is ours. My wife and I have referred to this book a few times a year for the last 4 - 5 years.
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