Back Pain Book Reviews

Here are some excellent books on how to deal with and manage back pain, they've certainly been instrumental in making great improvements to the health and comfort of my back.

8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back by Esther Gokhale

This book is quite unlike any other book I've seen on treating back pain. The secret to its success is in realizing over the past 60 to 80 years, the dramatic changes in how most westerners work and relax has led to the introduction of a number of very bad postural habits.

Huge increases in the amount of our time which is spent sitting both at work and leisure has ultimately created badly aligned backs in need of an entirely new approach and awareness of the way to use our bodies properly.

Research by the author took her to some remote areas of the world like Burkina Faso and the fishing ports of Brazil, and for good reason. Unlike their western counterparts, the inhabitants of these countries still use their bodies in a natural, stress-free way of working, doing the same things they've done for hundreds of years.

In the book these fundamental differences are illustrated by way of hundreds of beautifully taken photographs and illustrations and sets out an eight-step process to retrain and regain your body's proper posture.

It's important to follow the recommended sequence for managing your body alignment to restore the way it should work, as it shows you the bad habits you need to correct and what you need to replace them with. This book for the back comes highly recommended and will undoubtedly provide an effective method for eliminating back pain.

The Truth About Back Pain by Todd Sinett and Sheldon Sinett

In this book the authors begin by stating the three key causes of back pain to help the reader better understand why they are suffering. These are:

  • Structural
  • Nutritional
  • Emotional

The book is a result of 40 years of chiropractic working experience by the late Sheldon Sinett and his son Todd, who continues in practice in New York. Each of the three causes is covered in detail as well as why they cause people problems and what they need to do to resolve them.

Unsurprisingly, the first and commonest cause is your body's structural elements and how poor posture and alignment just serves to aggravate back pain. Included is an excellent set of exercises designed to help people boost their core abdominal strength to correctly support their spine. Next it looks at how certain foods can inflame back pain, explaining which foods to avoid and which you can safely eat, it's surprising how diet can effect body comfort.

Lastly, the author points out how people's emotional state can have an adverse effect on the comfort of their body. It follows that when the body is tense, pain is likely to be heightened and relaxation methods explain how to reduce tension, lower stress and reduce pain at the same time. The book is laid out in a logical progression on what actions people need to take to sort out their back pain.

The authors' wealth of experience treating back pain problems over many years has resulted in a well-informed solution to the problem and back pain sufferers will find its straightforward approach easy to follow and comprehend. All it needs is the discipline to do a 15-minute daily, non-strenuous exercise routine to return your body's core muscles back to shape, as well as knowing which foods to cut out and being aware of your emotions.

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief by Clair Davies

Author Clair Davies worked fulltime as a concert piano tuner and like many in his line of business, suffered terribly with all kinds of pains due to the very strenuous postural stresses typically found with this type of work.

It was getting to the point where he was probably going to have to quit the business, luckily he was able to discover a way to overcome his problem. What he found to be the prime cause of his problem, was seized muscles, because when a muscle has been abused continuously, it actually knots up with the end result being pain.

Muscles seized in this way are referred to as trigger points and the book explains how, by some simple application of pressure on the affected muscle, it can quickly be released and respond by functioning properly again without pain.

The book is brilliantly illustrated with detailed drawings of all the working parts of the body's muscle groups where problem muscles are located, and how they can adversely affect other parts of the body and cause pain that no amount of massage will help, because the problem is coming from another muscle that isn't obviously related to the problem. For example, pain in the hand may very well be coming from the shoulder.

The book runs to some 300 pages and illustrates and explains things in an easy-to-understand manner as well as detailing many case histories of real people the author has been able to help, some of whom had been receiving conventional treatment for some time which just wasn't working.

Releasing back muscles can be tricky to carry out by the sufferer; fortunately the author has discovered some clever ways to get around this, including the Theracane, a uniquely designed hooked stick, made specifically for treating hard-to-reach areas. This is a great book for people who are suffering with tight muscles which just don't seem to respond to the usual tried and tested methods of treatment.

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