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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (25 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039334312X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393343120
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Loren Fishman, MD, is a physiatrist and a professor at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He lives in New York City.


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This book gives an brief insight into different aspects of back pain. I've enjoyed other Loren Fishman yoga books so perhaps I was expecting too much, but it seemed a rehash of the postures and modifications in his other books.
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If you're suffering from back pain and are looking to take 1. Positive action 2. Ownership rather than more drugs 3. Want to find an accurate diagnosis for the pain, this a tremendously helpful book. It is clearly written by a doctor who is Iyengar yoga trained (very rigorous training). It explains the causes of different types of back pain and then gives good advice on what exactly to do about it. A waste of money if you sit down, read it and do nothing.
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Good. Would have liked a section on various back conditions.
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Great book
Helped me with my back problem
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HASH(0x8d6184d4) out of 5 stars One of the best 18 Oct. 2012
By PizzaPie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book far exceeded my expectations. The author being an MD explains exactly what causes various back problems and why. You can diagnose your own back problems by reading his easy to understand explanations and descriptions of back pain. But more that this, he gives a prescription, a yoga prescription for the different kinds of back problem, what to do if you are in pain, then what to do once the pain stops and how to then maintain a healthy back.

I experienced immediate relief after doing some of the asanas. A must read for anyone who has back pain.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d618720) out of 5 stars It worked for me 11 Aug. 2013
By Doctor.Generosity - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had one (very bad) episode of sciatica and occasional lower back pain. What medical science offers for this is 1) physical therapy. I find PT to be a real scam; very expensive and time consuming, with little instruction in what to do at home - after all, they don't get paid by your insurance company unless you go to their clinic. Or 2) corticosteroid shots which are not always effective, and are painful and risky.

I learned yoga stretches from this book and my lower back pains went away. This amazed me! Please understand I am a scientist by profession and not given to exaggeration or a generalized belief in New Age theories. But this worked, and quickly.

It seems to me that the difference between severe cervical pain and relative comfort is probably quite subtle realignment of the vertibrae or modest strengthening of the core muscles, which then hold the nerve fibers in a slightly different position. It seems these yoga stretches have that effect; drugs do not.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d6186e4) out of 5 stars Excellent resource, poorly printed 6 Feb. 2013
By Su Franklin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book with a wealth of helpful information and relevant advice BUT the print on demand version that I received had apparently lost its links to the pictures and they are all printed at very low resolution. As a print professional, I know that this is a serious issue with the printer, and I hope this is resolved for other readers.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d618cc0) out of 5 stars Pictures could be better. 28 Mar. 2013
By amber - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has good information. It is fairly easy to understand, however the pictures are in black and white so can be hard to follow. Sometimes a picture and the description do not obviously belong together.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d618a74) out of 5 stars Interesting and easy to follow 7 Jun. 2013
By TPG - Published on Amazon.com
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I've suffered from back pain for almost 30 years and am fed up. I read Fishman's NY Times pieces and so decided to give the book a try. I enjoyed reading the book and love the fact that he gives different exercises for different types of back pain. However, for me it is very, very difficult to know what sort of injury I have. Indeed, my back pain seems to be a mixture of different types of injuries, as I have different symptoms at different times.
The descriptions of the exercises in the book are fairly clear, but after supplementing them with some youtube videos, they were much clearer (perhaps the book should come with some youtube videos for readers which demonstrate exactly what the author is describing). This is the only reason for my giving four, rather than five, stars.
I did the exercises twice a day for about 10 days and felt much better, but I think that I went a bit too fast and strained my back a bit. I'm resting now and anxious to start anew.
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