Friday Reads: Cure Back Pain

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives.”  If you are one of these people, you may be interested in a new book we received this month … Cure Back Pain:  80 personalized easy exercises for spinal training to improve posture, eliminate tension and reduce stress by Jean-François Harvey.

The author, who is an osteopath, kinesiologist and athlete, writes in a clear and conversational way.  Reading his explanations of evolution, how the body works, and how to do the exercises, is like having a trusted and expert guide leading you along the path to recovery.   Armed with his insights about why certain common treatments don’t solve back pain (taking pain relievers, doing sit-ups or wearing orthopedic soles, for example), the reader is educated, not just prescribed a set of one-routine-fits-all exercises.

A Publisher’s Weekly review highly recommends this excellent book and describes it as follows: “His spinal training regimen combines a number of exercise methods, such as yoga, Pilates, advanced stretching, rehabilitation exercises, qigong, and breathing exercises, as well as the principles of osteopathy, biomechanics, and the Godelieve Denys-Struyf method (a way to stabilize the spine that combines several therapies, including stretching, manual massage, reflex techniques, and muscle stimulation).  (…) Readers can choose which exercises suit their health issues and lifestyle, though Harvey recommends that readers consult with a doctor first.”

This book is on the NEW NONFICTION shelf with the call number 617.564 HAR.  Look for a bevy of new health, medicine and fitness books on this shelf over the coming weeks with numbers ranging from 613 – 618.

To your good health!

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