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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553379887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553379884
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By a reader on 6 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
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 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 April 2005
Format: Paperback
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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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Cobham on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am a physical therapist with twenty years experience in soft tissue mobilization. I've studied numerous methods and techniques in resolving pain syndromes. I got the book on a client recommendation and was so impressed with the immediate results on myself that I started teaching my patients as soon as possible. Let me just say that both the staff and patients are benefitting. At first, the methods seem too simplistic. But the results are real. The Egoscue Method has taken precedence in my patients' rehab.
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