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Your Miraculous Back: A Step-by-step Guide to Relieving Neck & Back Pain

by Gerald M. Silverman

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I thought this book was better than most of the other books I've read on lower back pain. The suggestions in this book also seem to be very practical and also represent pretty much what works for me when I have a bad spasm. However, the author mentions that, using his method, you can expect to eventually stop having spasms in the future. I'm not sure how true that part is, but it's nice to think it's possible!

The method mostly boils down to: figure out what kind of pain you're having (muscular or from a joint/disc). If you suffer muscle spasms: rest a few days if the pain is unbearable, then use a tennis ball or a partner to find the spasm and do a deep massage (which is a cool idea I've never heard before), then do targeted stretches of the area. Pretty much all of the targeted stretches for the lower back are yoga poses (cat and cow, forward bends and back bends, twists), which he doesn't really mention, so I'm hoping that my yoga practice will help stave off future spasms.

The author discredits the ideas that just strengthening your core will prevent back pain, that you shouldn't move at all until the pain is completely gone, that it's all in your head (it isn't), or that you'll need surgery to fix your problem. This stuff is useful to hear because every time I've gone to a doc about my back spasms, I get some different bizarre response or treatment suggestion. It's incredible how little doctors seem to know about lower back pain. And honestly, half the time I wish I could make them feel how I feel so they don't just tell me to take some tylenol and I'll get better.

He also discusses common treatment methods such as physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation (which I'm sure he's a bit biased towards considering he's a chiropractor, and I would never consider doing in a million years), yoga, Pilates and tai chi. Also discussed are how to keep good posture, how to determine if your daily movements are contributing to your pain, and how to sleep at night to prevent pain.

Worth a read if you suffer from back or neck pain. If you're like me, you'll probably try anything, and the suggestions in this book are at least reasonable! ( )
  lemontwist | Nov 16, 2014 |
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