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Every Body's Guide to Everyday Pain:

Every Body's Guide to Everyday Pain: "It Never Used to Hurt When I...?!"

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by Ya-Ling J Liou, Joseph E Pizzorno (Foreword by), Sandy Johnson (Illustrator)

For anyone who has found themselves thinking: “But it never used to hurt when I…!” Every Body’s Guide to Everyday Pain is written for them. This book sheds light on three burning questions: Why does it hurt? How do I make it stop? and How do I keep it from happening again?

In this first of a three-volume


For anyone who has found themselves thinking: “But it never used to hurt when I…!” Every Body’s Guide to Everyday Pain is written for them. This book sheds light on three burning questions: Why does it hurt? How do I make it stop? and How do I keep it from happening again?

In this first of a three-volume series, Every Body’s Guide to Everyday Pain is not about chronic, debilitating pain. Instead, it addresses the familiar bouts of everyday aches and pains that can easily lead to a lifetime of discomfort. Volume One – Put Out the Fire guides readers through an intuitive exploration of the why, what and how of everyday pain. Author Ya-Ling Liou, a seasoned chiropractic physician and teacher, turns complicated anatomical processes into easily understood concepts. Cartoon-style illustrations and easily grasped analogies describe clearly the intrinsic nature of the body’s mechanical, chemical and emotional causes of pain.

Comparing the pain caused by inflammation to “the body on fire,” readers are guided through the processes of “cooling the fire” and “fire-proofing the body.” Uncovering new ways to pay attention to the body, Liou describes exactly what to do about “nuisance” pain before it turns into a five-alarm fire.

Every Body’s Guide to Everyday Pain shows readers how to tap into the body’s innate common sense, and spells out in everyday language what they need to know to become their own experts in pinpointing and alleviating their nagging pain. Best of all, readers will find new hope knowing that they can return to a pain-free life.

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Publishers Weekly
In the first volume of a projected trilogy, Seattle chiropractor Liou presents a holistic approach to understanding, managing, and avoiding recurring pain. This veritable user’s manual for “every body” ably explains why we get hurt and what we can do about it. The book is divided into three sections. “Why Does It Hurt?” explains that inflammation, while generally “self-limiting and simply part and parcel of a healthy repair process,” produces chemicals that build up and “simmer” in the body until brought to a boil by one or more of three possible triggers: mechanical, chemical, and emotional. Mechanical triggers include compression or lengthening of the spine and supporting musculature; chemical triggers include low pH of lymphatic fluid, molecular repair of injured tissues, and cellular waste back-up; and emotional triggers include stress and self-image. “How Do I Make It Stop?” prescribes “stop, drop, and roll” floor exercises to put out the “fire” of inflammation, with illustrative photos and drawings. “How Do I Keep It from Happening Again?” includes over 50 pages of photos illustrating correct and incorrect posture. The conclusion caps off Liou’s many helpful suggestions by reminding readers that once the initial discomfort is gone, continuing efforts are needed to stay balanced and pain-free. (Booklife)

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Meet the Author

YA-LING J. LIOU is a chiropractic physician who, after more than 20 years of clinical experience, continues to expand and share her intuitive body care techniques. All of her work takes into account the whole person, and aims not only to address the mechanical balance of the body, but also the chemical and emotional aspects that so often influence this balance.

Growing up with exposure to generations of Eastern as well as Western attitudes towards health provided Dr. Liou with a unique perspective on health care. She began her formal education in the area of applied sciences in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec, before completing a degree program at New York Chiropractic College.

Dr. Liou now lives, works and writes in Seattle. She taught anatomy, physiology and kinesiology at Seattle Massage School (currently Everest College and formerly Ashmead College), and later brought her multiple systems perspective to the Naturopathic Physical Medicine Department at Bastyr University as an adjunct faculty member.

Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush' administration to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in November 2002, is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. A physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinicians Journal, a member of the scientific review board of the Gateway for Cancer research and Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his academic, professional and public affairs leadership. Dr. Pizzorno is the co-author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine, the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (1,000,000 copies in six languages), and six other books.

Sandy Johnson Illustration + Design transitioned from crayons to pencils in the 1950s,
notebook margins to sketchbook pages in the 1960s, dreams to reality in the 1970s, classic print to digital media in the 1980's resulting in sanjidesign.com an ever-evolving online portfolio.

Currently located in the historic, channeltown of La Conner, nestled within the Skagit Valley between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC...the studio is equipped with pencils, paints and digital tools: Photoshop, InDesign, Kodak as well as a diverse list of clients and credentials. . .

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Every Body's Guide to Everyday Pain: "It Never Used to Hurt When I...?!" 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very effective even thought I thought it did not fully apply to me. I have knee osteoarthritis so I do have a "chronic" condition which sometimes flares up rather then pain due to injury which I thought was the focus of the book. I wanted to read this book because I had the question why if inflammation is part of the body's healing process why is it bad or you. The book answered this question. Also the book did end encouraging me to do certain steps to take down the inflammation(one knee is still slightly swollen). I don't feel able to comment on the illustrations as I don't think my Nook displays pictures to their advantage. I received a free copy if this book in exchange for a honest review.