Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living [NOOK Book]

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Here's an innovative and practical approach to eliminating chronic muscle pain, written by a popular occupational therapist with thirty years of experience freeing people from the discomfort of tendonitis, lower back pain, and neck and shoulder tension. These types of chronic pain can be caused by a number of factors, including old injuries, habitual movement patterns, problems with body alignment, psychological causes, and inability to sense your own body movements accurately. Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free ...

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Overview

Here's an innovative and practical approach to eliminating chronic muscle pain, written by a popular occupational therapist with thirty years of experience freeing people from the discomfort of tendonitis, lower back pain, and neck and shoulder tension. These types of chronic pain can be caused by a number of factors, including old injuries, habitual movement patterns, problems with body alignment, psychological causes, and inability to sense your own body movements accurately. Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living clearly and concisely explains the causes of persistent muscle pain and offers a therapeutic exercise program to address these problems and end pain.



This book explains the basic principles behind Williamson Muscular Retraining, which helps people to use their bodies more efficiently and gracefully, in a way that is practical and easy to understand. The problems of poor posture, muscle tension, and stress-caused pain are corrected by seeing them through the lens of kinesthetic awareness. The importance of kinesthetic awareness is typically overlooked precisely because it is lacking in so much of our population, including health care practitioners. Retraining for Pain-Free Living presents case examples of how people have used body awareness to improve how they sit, stand, and move - to rid themselves of ongoing muscular pain.


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Editorial Reviews

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Athletes can be in phenomenal physical shape but still out of touch with their bodies. This lack of "kinesthetic awareness" happens in average people, too, so that a "dysfunctional movement pattern" (DMP)-in which a muscle works too hard or not hard enough and becomes habitual-can develop. Injury, repeated motions and postures, and emotional stress can all contribute to DMPs, but a "repatterning" can take place with the therapeutic exercise program delineated here by occupational therapist Williamson. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in massage therapy, training in other body therapies, and courses in psychotherapy, Williamson presents movement awareness exercises as part of the conceptual background in Part 1 and alignment exercises for changing patterns of movement in Part 2. Williamson's true gift is guidance in understanding the connection among body movement, self-awareness, and relaxation. Highly recommended for public and consumer health libraries and of interest to practitioners who care for those with chronic muscular pain.
—Beth Hill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834824911
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 309,978
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Craig Williamson, MSOT, is an occupational therapist who treats patients with persistent pain problems. He is the pioneer of Somatic Integration (somaticintegration.com), an approach to muscular pain relief that includes muscular retraining techniques and specific, targeted exercises. He lives and practices in Portland, Maine.

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From the Introduction

Fifty-five-year-old Kevin came to my office after hearing about me from a friend. Kevin's doctor had recently told him that the lower back pain he had been feeling for months was caused by a combination of bulging and compressed discs in his lumbar spine. When I first saw him, he was a bit hunched over, walking with the typical protective posture of someone trying to avoid a sharp pain with every step.

Kevin had been an athlete his entire life. In recent years, he had been playing a lot of tennis and running four times a week. The pain in his lower back came on gradually over the course of several months. When I met him, he was spending most of his time lying down, and tennis and running were out of the question.

I taught Kevin how to relax his back muscles, how to use his abdominal muscles, and how to improve the alignment of his back and hips. I did this by first teaching him how to feel his muscles and to become aware of what they were actually doing. Despite being an athlete, Kevin—like most of the people who come to my office—was out of touch with his body. That changed quickly as a result of the exercises I taught him, all of which are included in this book.

Kevin learned how to sit and stand without overcompressing his lower back. Not rocket science, but since he had never learned about it before, it turned out to be of immeasurable importance to him. Within a month of beginning the exercises, he reported that the low back pain was no longer constant. After two months, he said that the pain occurred only intermittently or when he twisted too far in one direction. After four months, he told me that the pain was pretty much gone. After six months, he began running again. Ten years later, Kevin is still running and has no back pain.

Does this sound like fantasy or reality?

Physical movement is inherently pleasurable, yet many people do not experience it that way. If you spend some time at a playground with preschool children, you can't help but notice that most of them enjoy running, jumping, and moving in all kinds of ways. For adults, the main issue that interferes with the enjoyment of movement is physical pain.

To enjoy working in your garden, painting your house, carrying your child, or driving your car, you need to be able to move without pain. Some people seem to manage for a while by taking painkillers. But drugs simply mask the symptoms without addressing the cause of the pain. Unless the cause is addressed, symptoms tend to worsen over time. Ultimately, the experience, fear, and anticipation of pain inhibit an individual's activity. This means doing less work around the house, playing less frequently with children or grandchildren, getting less exercise, and so on. I tell people who suffer from chronic or recurring pain that their body is not an enemy. I show them what they need to know in order to make their body an ally. I tell them—and I am telling you now—that it is possible to change.

When you are free from physical pain, you are able to enjoy the simple pleasures of movement—from gardening to basketball and everything in between. When you are able to use your body without pain, you enjoy a sense of well-being.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    highly recommended

    If there is a book you can learn a lot about your body, this is it.

    You can correct many minor alignments by your self.
    My back pain is gone.

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