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Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain [Hardcover]

Pete Egoscue
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April 1998
Pain Free shows readers how they can readily self-diagnose, treat and eliminate agonizing conditions such as stiff necks, sore shoulders and elbows, aching backs, hips and knees, shin splints, twisted ankles, and a variety of foot problems. Even many symptoms of arthritis can be eased, along with TMJ, severe migraine headaches, asthma attacks, and repetitive stress injuries. In this natural, head to foot guide to musculoskeletal pain, Pete Egoscue demonstrates that the body is designed to maintain and renew itself through adequate and correct motion, and then leads the reader through brief sequences of motioncises matched to each pain symptom, combatting the root cause of the pain: motion starvation. Each chapter covers a portion of the body vulnerable to chronic pain, leading the reader through the movements that ultimately solve the pain problem, without resorting to drugs, traumatic surgery or expensive physical therapy.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553106309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553106305
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,160,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a try. 6 Sep 2008
The idea behind this book is that you can relieve pain by normalizing your body's posture and movement. Likewise, the book's premise is that chronic pain is the result of imbalances in your body.

The cure? Exercises called "E-cises" that aim to get your body lined up properly and moving normally. All major areas of the body are covered such as the hips, knees, ankles, back, and so on.

I recommend this book for chronic pain sufferers- even if the theory of the book is incorrect, it will get you exercising which has been shown to help fight chronic pain. Foot pain sufferers might also find The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution helpful as well.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful method 13 April 2005
By A Customer
The power of Pete Egoscue's method is that he's always thinking of the alignment of the whole body, not just the area that is hurting. Some of the e-cises may look familiar, but their power is in the choice of the particular exercises for the particular problem, the order of the exercises, paying attention to the details of how to do them. The whole works out as much more than the sum of the individual parts.
The only drawback is that, at the beginning, an e-cise menu will tend to take quite a bit of time, particularly the all-important supine groin stretch. But, after you've done the exercises for a bit, this stretch will take a lot less time. However, in many cases, you will feel a difference after even one go at his exercises - either with pain relief or a feeling of moving better, straighter and more freely.
I've used it successfully for hip and knee problems in the past and now need to start again because I've been lazy and not been thinking about sorting out pain etc which has crept up on me.
(The other book I'd strongly recommend for anyone with musculoskeletal pain is Clair Davies Trigger Point Therapy Workbook.)
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Please pick and choose 16 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Suffering from low back pain, hip pain, and neck pain for over five years I was given this book to read. After one session of chapter 7 I felt relief in my hips and my knees were more directly positioned over my feet. But as I read through this book I came upon some disturbing statements made by the author. On page 137 he states that spinal stenosis, spondylolysis,spondylolisthesis,spondylosis,and scoliosis are also muscular conditions. It may be true that these conditions were caused by skeletal misallignment, but I can tell you that after suffering with spinal stenosis for all this time and finding out that my stenosis is genetic and to try some of the exercises he shows for the back for someone with spinal stenosis would be crazy. He constantly talks about the curve in the spine but if you have spinal stenosis the last thing you want to do is arch your back. To disregard these conditions in one sentence and to think they can be fixed with exercises that put you in more pain is wrong.Even though it sounds like I'm condemming this book I just wanted to show that you have to pick and choose what is right for you and not to take it all as gospel. Remember in this book he talked about helping jack nicklaus the golfer,well jack just had a hip replacement last week.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was desperate. 24 Mar 2014
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I discovered this book from a website that stated that this 'revolutionary' exercise regime could stop near enough any pain. I read this in a prone position on the bed due to having just had a microdiscectomy for a slipped disc in my lower back. My pain had returned after the op and I was desperate to find a way to reduce the pain or (wished to) get rid of it entirely. The book is cheap compared to back specialists so I bought it and read the bits that were aimed at my problem plus the beginning of the book.
I only did the exercises for a week and found that my pain increased instead. I immediately stopped the exercises and the pain went back to normal.

If anyone who is reading this is in the same position then I read the following advice on the web (which worked). Swimming is the best exercise to get blood flow to the disc area but only do breaststroke as crawl makes things worse.
Drink LOADS of water as this hydrates the discs making them more pliable.
Walk a lot as well. Slowly build up the distance you can walk without going in to excruciating pain.
Lastly, expect to be in pain for about four months before symptoms begin to reduce. Time is the healer.

On a final note on the book, I found it waffled on about its huge benefits but took an age to get there. I read the same thing a number of times until I eventually thought "GET ON WITH IT"! I've given the book two stars because it didn't work for me but if it works for someone else then it's worth a thousand stars to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helped a great deal 2 Feb 2013
By EG Hej
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The suggested e-cises helped ease my joint pains considerably. I recently had an op and had to stop them and the pains gradually returned. Can't wait to get the all clear so I can start them again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good informative and easy to read book. 8 Dec 2012
The book is well set out to find the relevant sections depending on what you need.

It's written in an easy to understand unpatronising manner and offers an interesting insight into alternative exercises instead of physio or an operation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pain Free by Pete Egoscue 6 Aug 2012
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There is more common sense and practical help in this book than in any other I have read on the subject of bodily pain. In only a few weeks it has made a big difference to me and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any one who suffers pain.Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, clear and easy to read with simple photos to show what to...
Great book, clear and easy to read with simple photos to show what to do and what's more- the exercises seem to help
Published 3 months ago by S2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Sadly in my own case began excises in book, you could see his theories, but medical condition worsened so could not continue. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debs
5.0 out of 5 stars It is early days but I feel like I could recommend it to friends
I have had back and hip ache for ages so was willing to put the time in to do the exercises in this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by anon
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money.
It appeared to me that it aimed to achieve a good centre of balance and prevent movement and postural strains. Read more
Published 8 months ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have if your in postural related pain.
I bought this book a good few years ago and still refer to it every now and then. The exercises do not requi
Published 9 months ago by Parminder Nagra
4.0 out of 5 stars very inspirational
simple techniques but big results, not to be missed if you want to develop a great understanding of human anatomy
Published 9 months ago by Mat B
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain free
Excellent book, gives a lot of very practical and easy exercises to do. It is then up to the individual to find the one which gives them most benefit.
Published 9 months ago by M Read
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This is an amazing book and really makes sense. just started the exercises and I feel weird after, like my skeletal structure has adjusted itself, but I felt totally out of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by amanda leonard
4.0 out of 5 stars Came as advertised
I bought this as a present so am unable to comment on the effectiveness of the topics discussed in the book, but it was delivered promptly and efficiently and was well packaged.
Published 11 months ago by pb
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative no nonsense approach to pain relief
A great product, great service, and value for money.
Provides an informative no nonsense approach to pain relief.
Many thanks
Published 12 months ago by David J Barnes
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