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Pain relief, like weight loss, is never short on new "breakthrough programs" promising results based on the latest scientific research, especially when it comes to arthritis. Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis covers much of the same ground that other books on the subject have in terms of diet, medications, and nutritional supplements, but what sets it apart is its focus on strength training as a means of relieving pain.
Bestselling author Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., along with her coauthors and colleagues at Tufts University, studied 46 arthritis sufferers over a period of four months. Half of the patients in the study completed a home-based strength-training program supervised by one of the researchers. The other half received only emotional support by the same researcher.
According to the Tufts team, patients who underwent the strength-training program experienced a 43 percent reduction in arthritis pain compared to only 12 percent in those that did not. They also reported a host of related benefits, including significant increases in mobility. The authors argue that strength training works primarily by building up the muscles supporting the affected joints, thereby taking pressure off these joints. The book provides a detailed summary of specific exercises that are recommended for specific types of arthritis pain, along with easy-to-follow illustrations demonstrating how each exercise should be performed. One example is a simple toe stand for ankle pain. Another is a back extension for lower-back pain. All can be done alone and in the privacy of your own home.
Additional points of interest include the chapters on joint replacement surgery and choosing the right medications, but it's the material on strength training that will make Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis a strong addition to the bookshelf of anyone suffering from this debilitating disease. (P. L. Jennings)