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A Completely Natural, Safe, Tried and Tested Diet and Exercise Program to Treat and Prevent Scoliosis!

Second Edition is Fully Revised and Updated

The second edition is revamped with the latest research and containing over 90 images of exercises demonstrated by professional trainers.

It provides the basis for Dr. Lau's program: Part 1 highlights current medical knowledge on Scoliosis, Part 2 outlines an in-depth nutritional program, and Part 3 teaches corrective exercises.

In this book you will: - Uncover the most recent research on the true causes of scoliosis - Discover how bracing and surgery treat merely the symptom not the root cause of scoliosis - Find out what latest treatment work, what doesn't and why - The most common symptoms scoliosis sufferers have - How a quick scoliosis assessment of a teenager can help with their quality of life in later years - Discover how lack of proper nutrition creates illness in our bodies and affects the normal growth of the spine In-depth understanding of how muscles and ligaments work on the common types of scoliosis - Customize an exercise routine unique to your scoliosis to suit even the busiest schedule - What are the most effective exercises for scoliosis and what should be avoided at all cost - Tips and tricks to modify your posture and body mechanics to decrease scolisosis back pain - The best sitting, standing and sleeping postures for scoliosis - Learn from others with scoliosis in inspirational stories and case studies

With painstaking research and years of practice, Dr. Lau separates fact from fiction. In this book, he busts popular myths, one by one, and explores what approach works, what alternatives a scoliosis patient has and how it is possible to create a comprehensive plan to achieve peak physical and spinal health.

Inspired by the extraordinary resilience of the Aboriginal groups of Australia and native African tribes that rarely suffer from scoliosis, Dr. Lau prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally designed for and need to survive on. This book will set you on the path to total recovery by simply following the three-step process.

“Modern medicine, alone, has failed to effectively manage the condition of Scoliosis,” said Dr. Lau. “The treatment program I designed combines ancient wisdom with modern research and technology, culminating in the best overall results. Today, as a practicing chiropractor and nutritionist, I am more certain than ever that scoliosis, and other disorders, can be prevented and treated effectively.”

Who is the Health in Your Hands Program for?

The book is easy to read for anyone even without medical knowledge to understand but is in-depth enough and fully referenced for fitness & rehabilitation professionals. Medical professional that have purchased the book include Chiropractors, Personal Trainers, Yoga instructors, Osteopaths, Medical Doctors and Occupational Therapist.

Testimonials

"I strongly recommend Dr. Lau's natural program as an effective and better alternative to conventional bracing and surgery. I am very impressed with the results! I think that every spinal specialist will find the information contained in this book useful." - Dr. Alan Kwan, D.O. Medical Director "The results were beyond my expectation with my scoliosis corrected. Even better, I avoided surgery! - Lucy Koh

The companion Scoliosis Exercises for Prevention and Treatment DVD is used to guide patients in properly performing the exercises detailed in the book. With ScolioTrack, patients use their iPhones as a tool to measure the curves in their spines and monitor their own progress.

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Eating your way to a healthier spine!

So, you think you’ve tried all options in your crusade against scoliosis? By now, you might have gone through the entire arsenal of bracing, exercise and even surgery. Unfortunately, your curve might still come back to haunt and cause more discomfort than ever before! Before you think, scoliosis correction is all about restoring your spine’s curve; it’s time to review the deformity again! Treating scoliosis requires a comprehensive approach, one which will restore your body’s natural alignment, along with preventing the inevitable spinal degeneration that comes with age.

Nature intended all mechanisms of the human body to function in unison and perfect harmony with each other. With even one of them not working in tandem, abnormalities and deformities are bound to occur.

Food we eat!

A wise man once said, “We are what we eat!” True to the core, it is! Our gut and digestive system form the base for a healthy body and mind. On the contrary, when our food intake comprises of food products that might not be right for our body, the results can be absolutely disastrous! Not only this, even if those food products are otherwise appropriate, they might not just suit your body.

That is where individual body typing comes in! Known as metabolic typing in the specialists’ jargon, it helps you to categorize your own, individual body type into three different categories and plan your food intake accordingly.

Through the metabolic typing, you will know all about…

- Foods and ingredients that are best suite your own genes- Food items that otherwise might be healthy, but are not right for you- Specific food groups that might enhance or deplete your energy levels- Foods that might facilitate your specific health goals, such as weight loss or gain and muscle toning
With such immense benefits of body typing in view, here comes ‘Your Scoliosis Cookbook’ – a one of its kind, never-before guide to customizing your diet and a vast collection of delicious, healthy recipes to suit your palette and treat scoliosis, all at the same time! The book brings to you the amazing and time-tested secrets of the optimal nutrition for spinal health in the form of an easy-to-follow guide. Just follow our step-by-step instructions on how to find out your own body type. Once you are done, all you need to do is to pick up the recipe to suit your taste buds and choose the ingredients according to the results of your Metabolic Type.

Whether you are the carbohydrate, protein or the mixed types, there is something in there, especially for you!

So, just explore, cook and feast!

With painstaking research and years of practice, Dr. Lau separates fact from fiction. In this book, he busts popular myths, one by one, and explores what approach works, what alternatives a scoliosis patient has and how it is possible to create a comprehensive plan to achieve peak physical and spinal health.

Inspired by the extraordinary resilience of the Aboriginal groups of Australia and native African tribes that rarely suffer from scoliosis, Dr. Lau prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally designed for and need to survive on. This book will set you on the path to total recovery by simply following the three-step process.

"Modern medicine, alone, has failed to effectively manage the condition of Scoliosis," said Dr. Lau. “The treatment program I designed combines ancient wisdom with modern research and technology, culminating in the best overall results. Today, as a practicing chiropractor and nutritionist, I am more certain than ever that scoliosis, and other disorders, can be prevented and treated effectively."

Who is the Health in Your Hands Program for?

Just so that you know the great results you are in for, here’s what this book will help you in:

- Reduce pain and inflammation related to scoliosis- Enhance spinal growth and development- Strengthen your muscles- Normalise muscle tightness’s- Rebalance your hormones- Boost you energy levels- Prevent spinal degeneration- Help you achieve your ideal body size- Reduces your allergic reactions- Give you a higher immunity- Improved sleep

The book is easy to read for anyone even without medical knowledge to understand but is in-depth enough and fully referenced for fitness & rehabilitation professionals. Medical professional that have purchased the book include Chiropractors, Personal Trainers, Yoga instructors, Osteopaths, Medical Doctors and Occupational Therapist.

An In-Depth and Unbiased Look Into What to Expect Before and During Scoliosis Surgery

Scoliosis surgery doesn't have to be a daunting, problematic and anxiety-ridden experience. In fact, with the proper information, advice and knowledge you can have the ability to make confident and informed decisions about the best and most suitable treatment options.

Dr. Kevin Lau’s latest book will help you to discover current and crucial information that will guide you in making informed decisions about your future spinal health.

You will:

- Learn more about the details of scoliosis surgery  – Including understanding components of the surgery itself such as why the rods put inside in your body during surgery (fusion) are meant to remain there.

- Uncover the sobering facts – For instance, you will learn that after surgery, there is a chance you may not return to full normalcy, in appearance or in activity level.

- Discover the factors that determine your long-term prognosis, including detailed case studies.

- Learn how to properly evaluate the risks associated with the many types of scoliosis surgery.

- Get great tips on how to afford your surgery and how to choose the best time, place and surgeon for your needs.

- Discover Over 100 illustrations to help make it as easy to read and understand.

Dr. Kevin Lau has made it his life's work to explore, investigate and share the truths about nutrition, diseases and healing. In The Complete Scoliosis Surgery Handbook for Patients, Dr. Lau explores the ins and outs of the scoliosis including the condition itself, surgery, and when a patient would benefit most from surgery. Dr. Lau reveals poignant and life-changing wisdom that no scoliosis sufferer should go without. Treat this book as your best friend and your guide on the journey to effective spinal health.

This book is a compilation of the wisdom of many spinal professionals, including surgery physicians, orthopedic doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors and includes valuable insights from real-life sufferers. Carefully examining each treatment avenue a patient may consider, it allows individuals to feel confident and informed throughout the decision making process.  

While Dr. Lau believes in and teaches non-surgical practices, he acknowledges the many benefits of scoliosis surgery and strives to keep his readers and patients educated about every viable avenue for effective scoliosis treatment.

What You Will Discover:

- Affording Your Surgery – Learn about the different costs associated with scoliosis surgery and find out what factors determine the final price, such as age, health and the severity of your curve.

- 7 Questions To Ask Yourself – The truth is that while surgery is suitable to some patients, it isn’t necessarily right for all. Consider these seven simple questions to help you determine if surgery is your best option.

- Factors That Contribute to the Progression of Scoliosis – Did you know that heredity, injury or genetic markers aren’t the only things that can spur your condition on? Simple factors like vitamin deficiencies, elevated enzyme levels and hormone levels can all contribute to a worsening of your scoliosis. Find out what you can do to minimize the risk of these factors and learn how your imbalances may be affecting your condition.

- Possible Complications – Surgery is a big decision and does not come without the risk of complications. Sometimes the complications are minor, like longer recovery times, but sometimes they can be life threatening or debilitating. Find out what factors lead to complications, how to minimize possible problems and how professionals go about testing you for these complications during surgery.

- Returning to a Normal Life – Likely the biggest question on a patient’s mind is “When will I return to normal?” Learn from real case studies, the successes and hardships surgery patients encounter on the road to a normal, healthy life.

Making an informed decision is the best way to ensure any success, and mental preparation is at least as important as the surgery itself. Knowing what to expect and how to mitigate the loss of money, time and effort will help you build a stable emotional foundation, minimizing fear, anxiety and surprises along the way. We all feel better knowing what to expect and this book will help you feel prepared, knowledgeable and in control.

Complete, easy-to-follow guide for managing your scoliosis during pregnancy!

"An Essential Guide for Scoliosis and a Healthy Pregnancy" is a month-by-month guide on covering everything you need to know about taking care of your spine and your baby. The book supports your feelings and empathizes with you throughout your amazing journey towards delivering a healthy baby.

By reading, you gain:

- In-depth and up-to-date information on scoliosis and how it can affect your pregnancy. Week-by-week information on what to expect during your pregnancy.

- Information that is suitable for all types of post-operative scoliosis cases and those that, to date, have not yet been operated on.

- Clear, compassionate and comprehensive answers to the common questions about scoliosis and pregnancy.

- Crucial decision making tools decisions for important issues including epidurals, birthing procedures, changes to the spine due to hormones, and more to protect your baby.

- Tips to help you minimize unnecessary weight gain and keep your nutrient intake high.

- The latest nutritional research that debunks pregnancy food myths and uncovers a number of surprising superfood choices.

- Expert advice on staying fit and eating right during each trimester of pregnancy. Self-care tips for side effects including nausea and back pain.

- Fun, fast, and safe scoliosis exercises during the month of pregnancy and postpartum. Tips for strengthening your pelvic floor, easing back pain, and losing belly fat postpartum.

- Relaxation tips to reduce pain and increase your comfort.

This book provides answers and expert advice for pregnant women suffering from scoliosis. Full of information to cope with the physical and emotional upheavals of pregnancy during scoliosis. From conception to birth and beyond, this guide will hold your hand until you become a happy and proud mother of a healthy newborn baby.

Understand your back pain in a whole new way and break the cycle forever.

Back pain is a serious problem, disabling over 5 million Americans and costing society $20 to $50 billion annually. Until recently both doctors and patients have misunderstood its true causes and have unwittingly fostered the pain cycle. Back Sense is the groundbreaking book that promises to change the way we approach the problem by proving that almost all chronic back pain is caused by stress and muscle tension, rather than by damage to the spine.

On occasion nearly everyone experiences short term back pain--from sore or strained muscles. But for many who come to treat their back gingerly because they fear further "injury," a cycle of worry and inactivity results, which actually increases muscle tightness and leads them to think of themselves as having a "bad back." In reality, most backs are strong and resilient--built to support our bodies for a lifetime. Contrary to popular belief, truly "bad backs" are extremely rare.

While seemingly abnormal disks and other parts of the back are, in fact, often present in those who suffer chronic back pain, they are also frequently found in those who have absolutely no pain whatsoever. Back Sense uses the latest scientific research to discredit the perfectly understandable, but counterproductive assumption that back pain is caused by these "abnormalities." Drawing on their work with patients and studies from major scientific journals and corporations such as Boeing, the authors have amassed conclusive evidence proving that stress and inactivity are actually to blame. Since conventional treatments of back problems encourage excessive caution, most sufferers get trapped in a vicious cycle in which concern about pain and physical limitations leads to heightened tension, more pain, and further distress.

The authors of Back Sense--all three are former chronic back pain sufferers themselves--have developed a revolutionary self-treatment approach that works. It allows patients to avoid the restrictions and expense of most other treatments. After showing readers how to rule out the possibility that a rare medical condition is the source of their problem, Back Sense clearly and convincingly explains how chronic back pain results from other factors. Building on this idea, the book systematically leads readers toward recapturing a life free of back pain.
It is absolutely vital for anyone afflicted with a chronic illness to hold on to the fact that their body is a self-healing mechanism. If given the proper conditions in which to do so, the body will heal. That’s the core message of this game-changing book.
 
Fibromyalgia affects millions of people in the United States alone. It continues to be tricky to diagnose, but chronic fatigue, cold extremities, impaired memory, and debilitating pain in “pain points” throughout the body are nearly universal. Many people with fibromyalgia also report disrupted sleep, balance problems, muscle twitching and aches, dry mouth, below normal temperature, headaches, white spots on nails, tender neck muscles, abdominal tenderness, PMS and IBS. Some say it’s like having the flu—all the time. 

The conventional medical toolkit doesn’t have much to offer fibromyalgia’s sufferers. Enter this game-changing book. Here you will find self-tests and checklists to help you determine whether you are suffering from fibromyalgia and then the most effective self-care approaches, includingmassage and bodyworkelimination and rotation dietshypnotherapy and acupuncturedry skin brushing, herbs, and homeopathyamino acids, antioxidants, and other supplementsvarious relaxation techniquesand many others

Dr. Chaitow spares you countless hours and dollars as he helps you pinpoint treatments most likely to work for you. Fibromyalgia may not yet have a proven cause or cure, but that doesn’t mean you have to continue to suffer. Read this book and discover how to bring your body back into balance so that it can heal itself. 


UTILIZE THE BENEFITS OF GENTLE YOGA TO RELIEVE YOUR SYMPTOMS OF GENERAL ARTHRITIS

Over 50 million people in the United States alone struggle with arthritis, a painful and debilitating inflammation of the body’s joints.

In the medical world, the focus of arthritis treatment is controlling the pain and minimizing any joint damage, while working hard to maintain quality of life. As a result, many doctors will recommend adopting a healthier lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular physical activity. And as yoga remains the premier low-impact, high-result form of physical activity, many have reclaimed their lives from arthritis pain with the help of yoga.

Gentle Yoga for Arthritis shows you how to integrate yoga into any existing exercise routine, to improve your overall health and well-being. Yoga stances release muscular tensions, easing the strain on the body’s joints, while increasing balance, strength, and flexibility. Additionally, breathing techniques encourage better circulation to help your extremities stay loose and healthy.

Gentle Yoga for Arthritis also includes:
· An overview of the causes and symptoms of arthritis
· Helpful diet and lifestyle tips to reduce symptoms
· An introductory guide to understanding the benefits of yoga
· Important precautions to ensure safety during yoga practice

Whether you are beginning to experience arthritis symptoms, or whether you want to adopt a lifestyle to prevent arthritis from ever happening, Gentle Yoga for Arthritis is your complete guide to creating a customized yoga practice specifically for your needs.
If pain-free joints are the goal, qigong movements can help.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over fifty million Americans struggle with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Obesity and inactivity are proven aggravating factors, limiting mobility and making everyday activities difficult and painful. For many, arthritis progresses to the point where they will have to manage pain for years to come. Some will have little choice but to rely on prescription medication.
But for the millions of others with joint pain, there is hope. By committing to a series of simple exercises, we can remain loose and flexible. We can prevent and heal injuries to maintain flexible, healthy joints.
Motion is the key, and in this book Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming will get you moving. You will regain natural, pain-free motion, and suppleness with qigong, a timeless Chinese art that promotes healing, flexibility, and balance. The gentle, meditative movements emphasize proper motion in coordination with breath, making qigong the right choice for preventing, treating, and even reversing arthritis.
This book presents 46 simple qigong movements to help you loosen, stretch, strengthen, heal, and maintain comfortable, flexible joints for a lifetime.
You will learn what qigong is and why it is a good choice for treating arthritis and maintaining healthy joints
• 4 gentle torso-loosening movements
• 9 hand massage movements and techniques
• 6 massage methods for immediate relief
• 3 qigong movements for neck, spine, and waist
• 7 qigong movements for fingers, hands, and wrists
• 8 qigong movements for elbows and shoulders
• 4 qigong movements for toes and ankles
• 5 qigong movements for hips and knees

Many people who live with joint pain rely on acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, and even surgery. By committing to a simple qigong practice, you can begin to take care of your own joints, with less reliance on others.
With a voice as disarmingly bold, funny, and unsentimental as its author, a thoroughly unconventional memoir that shatters the myth of the tragic disabled life

Harriet McBryde Johnson isn't sure, but she thinks one of her earliest memories was learning that she will die. The message came from a maudlin TV commercial for the Muscular Dystrophy Association that featured a boy who looked a lot like her. Then as now, Johnson tended to draw her own conclusions. In secret, she carried the knowledge of her mortality with her and tried to sort out what it meant. By the time she realized she wasn't a dying child, she was living a grown-up life, intensely engaged with people, politics, work, struggle, and community.

Due to a congenital neuromuscular disease, Johnson has never been able to walk, dress, or bathe without assistance. With help, however, she manages to take on the world. From the streets of Havana, where she covers an international disability rights conference, to the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, to an auditorium at Princeton, where she defends her right to live against philosopher Peter Singer, she lives a life on her own terms. And along the way, she defies and debunks every popular assumption about disability.

This unconventional memoir opens with a lyrical meditation on death and ends with a surprising sermon on pleasure. In between, we get the tales Johnson most enjoys telling from her own life. This is not a book "about disability" but it will surprise anyone who has ever imagined that life with a severe disability is inherently worse than another kind of life.

This groundbreaking new book examines the causes of psoriasis and arthritis and offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date protocol for reversing autoimmune disease. 

If you have psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis, it is crucial to understand how diet, gut health, and the microbiome can influence pain and inflammation. By learning which foods trigger flares and which foods help to calm the immune system, you can dramatically reduce the severity of symptoms and reclaim your health. 

In The Keystone Approach, acclaimed author Rebecca Fett draws on more than 400 scientific studies, along with her own battle with psoriatic arthritis, to provide a clear, evidence-based diet protocol. This innovative approach addresses the underlying causes of inflammation and autoimmunity, with a particular focus on healing the gut and re-balancing the microbiome.

In The Keystone Approach, You'll Discover: 

Which probiotics have been shown in clinical trials to rebalance the microbiome and halt inflammationWhy a Mediterranean diet is more effective at reducing inflammation than the autoimmune paleo dietHow animal fats and coconut oil can potentially trigger psoriasis and arthritis flaresHow avoiding certain grains and legumes can heal the gut and reduce immune activationThe precise mechanism by which sugar, starch, nightshades, and dairy can trigger flaresHow to identify your own food sensitivitiesThe current balance of the evidence for supplements such as turmeric, fish oil, vitamin D, and glucosamineThe latest science on low-dose naltrexone

Reviews: 

- Rebecca Fett has "done an excellent job in distilling very complex microbiome science and presenting it in a clear and engaging fashion." - Randy Longman, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

- "A most informative read for anyone afflicted with chronic inflammatory disease." -Michael Ozner, M.D., author of The Complete Mediterranean Diet 

- "Accessible, practical, and highly useful." -Rodney Dietert, Ph.D., author of The Human Superorganism 

- "For readers who want to learn more about the way diet can change their quality of life, this manual is easy-to-understand, full of relevant data, and well-organized. A helpful and well-researched plan for improving gut health, reducing inflammation, and avoiding disease triggers." - Kirkus Reviews

- "It's rare to find an alternative health book so thoroughly backed by scientific studies, but The Keystone Approach for Psoriasis and Arthritis is not only a specific, authoritative recommendation, but represents a satisfying intersection of traditional and alternative approaches to healing. It should be in any health collection where autoimmune diseases are of interest." Midwest Book Reviews

Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine and sacroiliac joints as well as other parts of the body, and that can eventually lead, in some patients, to complete fusion of the vertebrae and total rigidity. AS is not a rare health problem, but is in fact found in almost one percent of the US population, typically strikes young people and young families, and in its various forms is probably more common than rheumatoid arthritis. In this invaluable guide, Dr. Michael H. Weisman, one of America's leading authorities on AS, provides a down-to-earth, crystal-clear guide that is ideal for patients and their family. Dr. Weisman explains what AS is, discusses the genetic background to the disease (including the genes that researchers think may predispose some people to AS), explains how to diagnose the disease early and possibly prevent the later development of debilitating rigidity, the use of MRI for early detection, and much more. The book outlines which medications (such as TNF inhibitors) seem the most promising right now, the various drug side effects, the value of physical therapy, other treatment approaches, and whether surgery can be used to manage the complications of the disease. AS can lead to severe disability, but even those who have a milder form will experience painful "flares" alternating with periods of remission. Since it is a progressive disease in many patients, it is very important to reach patients as early as possible. This book will arm patients with the vital information they need to combat the disease. Laurie M. Savage, the Executive Director of the Spondylitis Association of America (SSA), the main patient support group world-wide, has written a foreword to the book. In addition, SSA will endorse the book and their logo will appear on the cover.
2010 had been a very good year for Bruce H. Kramer. But what began as a floppy foot and leg weakness led to a shattering diagnosis: he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a cruel, unrelenting neurodegenerative disease where the body’s muscles slowly weaken, including those used to move, swallow, talk, and ultimately breathe. There is no cure; ALS is a death sentence.

When death is a constant companion, sitting too closely beside you at the dinner table, coloring your thoughts and feelings and words, your outlook on life is utterly transformed. The perspective and insights offered in We Know How This Ends reveal this daily reality and inspire a way forward for anyone who has suffered major loss and for anyone who surely will. Rather than wallowing in sadness and bitterness, anger and denial, Kramer accepted the crushing diagnosis. The educator and musician recognized that if he wanted a meaningful life, embracing his imminent death was his only viable option. His decision was the foundation for profound, personal reflection and growth, even as his body weakened, and inspired Kramer to share and teach the lessons he was learning from ALS about how to live as fully as possible, even in the midst of devastating grief.

At the same time Kramer was diagnosed, broadcast journalist Cathy Wurzer was struggling with her own losses, especially the slow descent of her father into the bewildering world of dementia. Mutual friends put this unlikely pair—journalist and educator—together, and the serendipitous result has been a series of remarkable broadcast conversations, a deep friendship, and now this book.

Written with wisdom, genuine humor, and down-to-earth observations, We Know How This Ends is far more than a memoir. It is a dignified, courageous, and unflinching look at how acceptance of loss and inevitable death can lead us all to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

Safe Techniques to Reduce Pain, Build Strength, and Speed Recovery

Studies suggest that proactive strengthening and flexibility-recovery exercises can speed healing after spine surgery. Whether you're preparing for or recovering from spinal surgery, recuperating from a back injury, or just dealing with a back that has 'issues,' this book offers an effective program to help you manage pain and regain strength and mobility.

These exercises modify traditional Pilates routines to accommodate partially immobilized spines, making this routine safe and effective therapy for your fragile back. The exercises are designed to not compromise a spinal fusion. Instead, they will do what Pilates exercises do best-stretch, strengthen, and tone the trunk with precise positioning and movement, while avoiding potentially dangerous repetition and overexertion.

Pilates for Fragile Backs is an excellent program for people who have had spinal fusion. The simple but effective Pilates-based exercises will help tremendously in reducing pain and restoring mobility.
-Vijay Vad, MD, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and author of Back Rx and Arthritis Rx

…Adhering to a program of Pilates, as described in Pilates for Fragile Backs, under the guidance of a certified instructor can be a most useful means to improve back function and relieve pain. Clearly, this is a valuable therapeutic modality that is underutilized in today's current pain management programs associated with spinal disorders.
-Charles Birbara, MD, chief of rheumatology at Worcester City Hospital in Worcester, MA

In my practice, I constantly emphasize the importance of proper spinal alignment, good posture and a strong mid-section. Pilates for Fragile Backs highlights these points in an easy-to-follow exercise program for patients suffering with chronic back pain. I have recommended this program to many of my patients, and they are thrilled with the results.
-Anthony S. Rainka, DC, South County Chiropractic, Sutton, MA

As a physical therapist, I have been able to utilize the exercises in Pilates for Fragile Backs with my clients. They have shown a reduction in pain, an improvement in posture and balance, increased strength, and healthier muscle tone. Best of all, the program does wonders for their self-esteem.
-Pam Craig-Stewart, PT, director of rehabilitation at Christopher House in Worcester, MA

This book is a much needed labor of love that offers clear and helpful advice for anyone who has ever lived with chronic back pain. The spine problems addressed in this book are very challenging ones for doctors and therapists alike, and the authors use their first hand experience with spinal trauma to break new ground for exercise therapy. A specifically modified Pilates program indeed offers the possibility of comfort and relief for a largely under-served group in our society.
-Ellen Kiley, RYT, therapeutic yoga practitioner specializing in scoliosis and spinal fusion

I underwent an anterior/posterior fusion (L4-S1) over a year ago due to degenerative disk disease with annular tears. Since then, Pilates has done wonders for me. I started pursuing basic lumbar stabilization mat work a couple of months following surgery. I had urged my neurosurgeon to allow me to begin sooner than usual because I'd had a big increase in pain. My physical therapist felt it had to do with the stiffness that begins to set in as the weeks go by without stretching and exercising. I had every confidence that Pilates would improve my situation and I swear by it! I've been back to work full-time. I am also walking about four miles, three days a week! I'm sure Pilates for Fragile Backs will be a major help to many others.
-Diana Stahl, Cincinnati, OH

Without doubt if you know what I am talking about here you will agree with me that Plantar fasciitis is an unpleasant problem that you will not want even your enemy to go through… they are induced pain that manifest under the heel.

As a matter of fact, this condition is commonly known to be induced by overwhelming or overstretching the plantar fascia, also known as the arch tendon of your foot.

Well, besides the above, which are the main triggers of plantar fasciitis …it is known to be triggered by a variety of other things such as the following:
Taking part in a lot of exercise, for instance, including too many kilometers to your strolling or activities, using damaged shoes, and over pronation .

Yes, over pronation occurs when standing for a long time…I mean pronation occurs as the foot rolls inside and the arch of the foot crushes, hence the term often used to refer to somebody who over pronates is one who have 'flat feet'.

Now, you need to know that pronation is a normal part of the gait cycle which helps to make available shock absorption at the foot. So, rolling your foot excessively inward while strolling or walking; and being on your feet all day long could give rise to the condition!

Anyway, I want you to get your copy of the book and avail yourself all the tips you need to manage the condition before it gets out of hand and keep you out of circulation! Yes, it can get worse, and I don't think you will like to experience that stage of the Plantar fasciitis development.
Arthritis is usually considered a disease of older adults, but nearly 300,000 children in the United States suffer from some form of arthritis or rheumatic disease, such as juvenile arthritis (JRA), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, or Kawasaki disease. Yet until now very little information has been available to guide parents and doctors in properly diagnosing such children. Here is a readable, reliable guide to the common causes of bone, joint, muscle, and arthritis pain in children, designed to help parents and physicians understand these disorders, arrive at the proper diagnosis, and choose the most effective treatment. In this comprehensive resource, Dr. Thomas Lehman--the head of one of the most prestigious pediatric rheumatology programs in the world--offers easy-to-understand information on the causes, symptoms, tests, and treatments for a wide variety of rheumatic diseases and childhood pain. Dr. Lehman writes with great clarity, providing numerous case examples that illustrate the topic at hand and offering practical, down-to-earth advice. Equally important, he answers the questions that parents are most likely to ask: What should they observe in their children? What questions should they ask their doctor? Which tests are necessary? What risk factors should they be aware of? And how can they help their children cope with the social and psychological aspects of their illness. The book summarizes diagnostic tests, discusses the most effective medications, and discusses physical therapy, alternative therapy, and surgical options that are available. Clearly written, thorough, authoritative, and up-to-date, It's Not Just Growing Pains is the definitive resource available on the subject for parents and health care professionals, helping them to understand the children's pain and find the best available care.
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