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The Wharton's Back Book: End Back Pain--Now and Forever--With This Simple, Revolutionary Program [Paperback]

Phil Wharton , Jim Wharton , Bev Browning
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Sep 2003
A revolutionary programme for preventing and treating back pain written by renowned international specialists in sports training and therapy. Back pain affects about two thirds of all adults in the UK (as well as increasing numbers of children). The Whartons, whose practice covers a huge range of conditions and treats sports stars and non-athletes alike, have come up with a programme that really tackles this most costly and debilitating of ailments. The book is divided into five sections: understanding the back; prehabilitation; rehabilitation; when it's time to get help; lifestyle.
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  • Paperback: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547035
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 2.7 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim and Phil Wharton, a father and son team, are world-class trainers and physical therapists, whose clients range from medal-winning Olympic athletes and the Kenyan National Marathon team to Japanese dancers and classical musicians. UK clients have included Sally Gunnell, Liz McColgan, Sonya O'Sullivan and Daley Thompson. Working from their clinic in New York City, they are in-demand, on-call, world-travelling, record-breaking, medal-winning specialists with unrivalled expertise. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BACK BOOK 24 April 2013
By G
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Fantastic book. Came very cheap and in almost perfect condition. Great info, great pics. Well worth buying. Bought Wharton's stretch book as well but sent it back as it had limited info which I felt I had already covered being a sports therapist - but cannot fault the Back Book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sort your back problems 5 April 2010
An excellant book describing a complete stretch and strengthening regime to get you out of pain no matter what the cause. Good pictures and well described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thick book 17 Mar 2013
By Miss
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This book was recommended by Scott Jurek (ultra runner). It's a substantial book, very detailed and I'm looking forward to reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It works, if you work it! 21 Jan 2004
By David Smith - Published on Amazon.com
If a person with back problems reads and follows the advice in this book, their situation will improve. There is no magic fix for back pain, but the vast majority, regardless of the diagnoses, will be reduced or even eliminated by correcting the imbalances in the hips. This book tells how to do this. The imbalances were developed over many years, so it will take some time to overcome them. If you want a healthier back, this is the answer, provided you are willing to put in the time and effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Positive review 11 Sep 2003
By "mkarten" - Published on Amazon.com
I and my wife are physicians. She suffers from lower back problems. This book contains easy to follow picures and directions for the exercises. I was very pleased to see their balanced (and truthful) comments regarding durgs and alternative therapies. I agree with their advice toseek professional opinions as other diseases can mimick lower back problems.
A well written and illustrated book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is everything it claims it is. 23 July 2009
By Joshua R. Scrivner - Published on Amazon.com
Don't listen to the guy who says he is a martial artist. He was being negative, and didn't even include a measure of credibility such as his name, or martial arts of practice to back up his negative claim.

If you want to look at a sample of this book, go to Google books, and you can read the first 20 or 30 pages. when you do that you'll understand why this book can help you prevent back pain.

Everyone from Construction workers to those who sit in an office every day need to use this book. This book is a tool, that i use instead of going to the chiropractor, which i have now learned is useless, and perpetual.

I bought this book after reading some of the pages on Google books. I really liked the fresh approach to back pain, which chiropractors had not been able to help. The chiropractor i had attended would help my pain go away, and as if i was leaving a barber, or a gas station tell me to come back soon. The visit cost $75 each time i visited. I visited every other week, and sometimes once a week depending on weather i was working as a computer technician, or helping my father with some manual labor as part of his construction, and renovation company.

As i read this book i learned that your back and neck are not supposed to go out all the time, and this book taught me how to stretch properly so that my back wouldn't go out as much.

The thing that i didn't understand was that the stretches not only stretch your muscle, but they align your back while you are doing them, which is the same thing my chiropractor did, only he used an electrical stimulator to loosen my muscles, which did not strengthen them.

This book has helped me more than i thought possible. I didn't buy from amazon, i wanted to tell others what this book has done for me. I haven't been to the chiropractor in 3 months.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Money 12 May 2004
By Singlemalt - Published on Amazon.com
I bought the Wharton's Stretching book and liked it, finding it very useful as a martial artist. This book, however, merely rehashes everything in the Stretching book, but in an inferior manner. Although it has photos instead of drawings, the Wharton's Stretch book clearly shows acceptable ranges of motion for each stretch. In addition, the Back Book has a section on training with weights that bordered on ridiculous. The author's clearly know little about neither weight training as therapy nor weight training for strength and flexibility. This book was a real disappointment. Buy their first book, avoid this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where have you been? 14 Jan 2010
By R. Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking for exercises I can do since I have back problems. The thing is I also have neck problems and shoulder problems. I have gone to physical therapy, had surgery and still have problems. My sister just got licensed for personal trainer and between the two of us and consulting my orthopedic surgeon we have been able to find exercises that have actually helped me strengthen my back without makeing it worse. It has been doing better and so am I. Now I can get back on an exercise regime and know what I can do that won't hurt my back, but will actually help it. know matter what I would still always ask my doctor if the exercise was ok if there is a back problem first before I did it just in case. But I think the book is great. I bought one for my sister so she could have her own.
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