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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Publishing (4 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905367279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905367276
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gives a comprehensive account of a ground breaking piece of research conducted by the York Trials Unit, Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, funded by Arthritis Research UK. To date it is the largest piece of research done on yoga as a remedial aid. There are ten million people in the UK who are suffering from arthritis and related conditions. The aim of the trial was to assess the role of yoga in pain relief for this group of people. The results were exciting for yoga practitioners and arthritis sufferers. They showed a statistically and clinically significant improvement in the yoga group compared to the non-yoga group, all having started from much the same base. The most dramatic improvement was after the first three months. There is an excellent chapter on What to do if you get a sign of a painful back episode, which begins "Don't panic"! Even if you read nothing else in the book, these suggestions are worth a look. They are helpful, basic, sensible and safe. Advice is offered for different types of painful backs. This book is an impressive record of a project which will surely encourage the use of yoga as a remedial tool in the future. --Positive Health Online

Recently used in one of the biggest yoga studies ever into the effectiveness of yoga for lower back pain, this excellent book provides pain relief poses, and a core and progressive programme of yoga poses to aid rehabilitation and prevent future episodes. The book contains clear instructions and colour photography of each pose, and covers many handy topics including how to find a yoga teacher, committing to your yoga practice and the anatomy of the back. --Yoga Magazine

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs by Alison Trewhela and Anna Semlyen is a fantastic resource for therapists and clients to take care of their backs in an active and fun way. The book offers advice on daily activities, poses for sore backs, general poses to improve your core and how yoga can impact your life for the better. The book includes an array of images with clear descriptions including breath, variations, movements and mantras for each pose. You'll be saying, "Ahhhhhh" when you get this book in your hands. --Massage World magazine

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Linguist on 1 Dec. 2011
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Having been diagnosed with referred pain caused by compression in the spine, I was told to carry on taking the prescribed painkillers and do some exercises set by the consultant. These exercises did help with the pain I got in my feet, but did nothing (if not actually made it worse)for the pain in my back, shoulder and hip joints. So I took up Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs, a course offered by one of the Yoga teachers who took part in the trials on which this book is based. After 7 weeks, I'm virtually off the codeine-phosphate tablets (only rarely needed now) and I'm pain-free a lot of the time. And if I am experiencing pain, I can do a posture and find relief - even at work.

The book itself is very clear, with detailed instructions and clear photographs. The postures are explained in more detail in a later section of the book, allowing you to just look at the quick descriptions while you are doing the postures, and reading up in detail later. It gives you a course to follow, so you don't necessarily need to attend a class and allows you to practise at home, in the knowledge that you are doing the right kind of things safely. It is very gentle, taking into account that you might not be able to have the full range of movement / flexibility to do a classical posture, and it offers you lots of alternative ways to do the posture without hurting yourself.

I love the section "What to Do if You Get a Painful Back Episode", as it quickly gives you useful advice and postures that you can do almost on the spot, using office or home furniture to get relief. If you do decide to make Yoga part of your life, it also provides details as to how to go about finding a good teacher / class.

Finally, the book details the research the book is based on, which you can use to persuade sceptical medics.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Wade on 12 Mar. 2012
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I have had sciatica for a number of years for which I have been given painkillers by my GP practice and referred to physio at my request but had no resolution of the problem, if anything it was getting worse. I have practised yoga for many years but had virtually stopped because of the pain.

I bought this book after reading about it on the British Wheel of Yoga website. It is absolutely brilliant. Very informed. Very useful for beginners through to the experienced yoga practitioner. Lots of information presented in an easily accessible manner. I would say it is an extremely safe way to resolve lower back pain and get some movement back without doing any further damage.

I too love the Section "What to do if you get a painful back episode" which quickly gives you useful advice on some "first aid".

Unfortunately there are no teachers trained in this method local to me but hopefully that will change as more teachers take up the training.

Oh, and my sciatica is a lot better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 5 Feb. 2013
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I am a yoga teacher and bought this as many people come to class with lower back issues. I found it easy to use, I liked the easy to follow programs that were devised. The photos are in black and white and each is accompanied with an easy to read observations section and a benefits section. Many if not all of the poses are already known to yoga teachers, but having a nice structured plan and easy to read narrative makes it easy to get the benefits across to those not already converted to yoga. A diligent practitioner would benefit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Feb. 2013
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I bought this book because I signed up for a yoga for healthy lower backs 12 week programme and the course tutor recommended this book as essential reading.
It's proven to be a handy reference book containing useful photographs and guidance when practising the yoga positions at home in between classes.
Even if you're not signed up to a specific yoga programme, this book is still useful to help you learn and practice specific yoga positions for lower backs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 19 Jan. 2013
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A little difficult to follow in places. Easy back stretches that should be suitable for most people. Definitely better with a class tutor to work through the book with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs G M Roberts on 30 April 2014
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Bought the book to go with other products for a course in lower back pain. It's easy to follow ad the pics are great for following the course. It will be invaluable once the 12 week course has finished. Anyone attending a course for lower back problems I would suggest buying this book anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. J. Maubec on 19 Feb. 2014
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I bought this as an aid to teaching but it's so basic I have learnt nothing new. It's very repetitive with the majority of the book showing the poses in detail which isn't really needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Smith on 5 Dec. 2012
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Informative with good photographs and clear instructions.
Teaches gentle yoga and how to progress with care.
It would be a useful adjunct to those attending Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Courses.
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