The opening section describes the anatomy of your back clearly and simply. Profiling a range of common ailments, it explains how and why injuries occur, including causal factors such as genetic make-up and age, poor posture and movement, work, and common daily activities.
The second section offers a considered and insightful overview of the treatments for back pain, including a balanced assessment of the various options available, arming you with everything you need to make an informed choice when seeking medical advice or considering a range of conventional and complementary treatments.
The third and fourth sections provide no-nonsense advice on preventing injury and reducing your risk of future problems. The third combines invaluable instruction on making changes to your posture and movement with a range of practical strategies to help you to relieve the day-to-day burden of back pain and cope with common, everyday activities that non-sufferers take for granted. The fourth guides you step-by-step through a selection of easy-to-follow exercises, which will improve your mobility, flexibility, core stability, and strength, to help treat an existing condition or reduce your chances of future injury.
Comprehensive, informative, and authoritative, Essential Back Care is the ideal guide for anyone with back pain who wants to take an active role in their health care.
Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States. Twenty percent of American adults accept back spasms, throbbing joints, arthritis aches, and other physical pain as an inevitable consequence of aging, illness, or injury. But the human body is not meant to endure chronic pain. Miranda Esmonde-White has spent decades helping professional athletes, ballet dancers, and Olympians overcome potentially career-ending injuries and guiding MS patients and cancer survivors toward pain-free mobility. Now, in Forever Painless, she shows everyone how to heal their aching bodies and live pain free.
The root of nearly all pain is movement—or lack thereof. We need to move our bodies to refresh, nourish, and revitalize our cells. Without physical activity, our cells become stagnant and decay, accelerating the aging process and causing pain. People who suffer chronic pain often become sedentary, afraid that movement and activity will make things worse, when just the opposite is true: movement is essential to healing. In Forever Painless, Miranda provides detailed instructions for gentle exercise designed to ease discomfort in the feet and ankles, knees, hips, back, and neck—allowing anyone to live happier, healthier, and pain-free no matter their age.