Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain

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Bantam Books, 2000 - Health & Fitness - 296 pages
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Starting today, you don't have to live in pain.

That is the revolutionary message of this breakthrough system for eliminating chronic pain without drugs, surgery, or expensive physical therapy. Developed by Pete Egoscue, a nationally renowned physiologist and sports injury consultant to some of today's top athletes, the Egoscue Method has an astounding 95 percent success rate. The key is a series of gentle exercises and carefully constructed stretches called E-cises. Inside you'll find detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions for dozens of e-cizes specifically designed to provide quick and lasting relief of:

Lower back pain, hip problems, sciatica, and bad knees
Carpal tunnel syndrome and even some forms of arthritis
Migraines and other headaches, stiff neck, fatigue, sinus problems, vertigo, and TMJ
Shin splints, varicose veins, sprained or weak ankles, and many foot ailments
Bursitis, tendinitis, and rotator cuff problems
Plus special preventive programs for maintaining health through the entire body.

With this book in hand, you're on your way to regaining the greatest gift of all: a pain-free body!

the help of Pete Egoscue's revolutionary program of quick
stretches and strength-building exercises, you can cure
chronic pain, and do it naturally.

Pete Egoscue has shown thousands of individuals, corporations, schools, and championship sports teams how to eliminate pain without investing in expensive ergonomic devices or resorting to surgery or drug therapies.  His groundbreaking book, with nearly 50,000 hardcover copies sold, shows readers how to:

Relieve lower back pain
Improve hip problems, sciatica, and bad knees
Relieve migraines and other headaches, stiff neck, fatigue, sinus problems, vertigo, and TMJ
Relieve painful problems, like carpal tunnel syndrome, often misdiagnosed as arthritis
Prevent injuries and maintain health through stretching programs for the entire body

Filled with easy instructions, photos, and line illustrations throughout, this book will provide quick, effective pain relief. -->

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Pete Egoscue's refreshing, maverick approach is prominently and elegantly intimated by this prefatory page:
"It has become obligatory for health books to carry a legal disclaimer. You've read
them: 'The following material is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician ....' And they go on to recommend that you consult a doctor before embarking on whatever program is being offered. They conclude with the author and publisher disclaiming any legal responsibility for adverse consequences. As I did in my first book, I will again urge readers who feel they need the disclaimer's protection and counsel to close these covers and leave the pages unread. My working principle as an author and exercise therapist is that the most important consultation is the one a person has with him- or herself. Health care starts with personal responsibility. Any disclaimer that suggests otherwise does a great disservice."
The tone set here continues throughout the book, as Egoscue lays out a compelling argument for the causes of chronic pain (he orders the book foot-to-head, covering all the joints and areas where it's common to have recurring episodes) and provides sets of exercises tailored to provide relief. I can testify to the effectiveness of the exercises, but the real value in this book is in the physiological and philosophical approach celebrating the musculoskeletal design of the body, condemning the way contemporary culture systematically starves our bodies of motion, and levels a devastating critique of the profoundly invasive surgeries and other techniques that are currently wielded against joint pain. ("Knee surgery," he snipes, "is the Midas muffler of orthopedics.")
This was a re-read. As the author helpfully points out, though, "Just reading this book will not help. You have to do the exercises."
 

Very informative

User Review  - Cathy H. - Overstock.com

Ecogoscue works directly with your anatomy and helps you reshape it to combat the forces of life. Read full review

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Peter Egoscue, an anatomical physiologist since 1978, operates the Egoscue Method Clinic in San Diego. His exercise therapy program is acclaimed worldwide for treating chronic musculoskeletal pain attributed to workplace and sports injuries, accidents, aging, and other conditions. He has been consulted by some of the biggest names in sports. He is the co-author with Roger Gittines of Pain Free at Your PC and The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion.

Roger Gittines is a writer living in Washington, D.C.

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