Your Miraculous Back: A Step-By-Step Guide to Relieving Neck & Back Pain

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Many of us complain about our "bad back," but this book argues that our backs are, without exception, amazing examples of bioengineering, capable of dramatic feats of strength, flexibility, and support. The epidemic of chronic, debilitating back pain that millions of Americans struggle with is really a manifestation of the culture we live in: sedentary lifestyles, inadequate exercise, and a lack of focus on extending range of motion despite the presence of pain. The book starts with a user's guide to the human ...

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Many of us complain about our "bad back," but this book argues that our backs are, without exception, amazing examples of bioengineering, capable of dramatic feats of strength, flexibility, and support. The epidemic of chronic, debilitating back pain that millions of Americans struggle with is really a manifestation of the culture we live in: sedentary lifestyles, inadequate exercise, and a lack of focus on extending range of motion despite the presence of pain. The book starts with a user's guide to the human back that explains the physiological function of this remarkable system of bones, joints, and connective tissue. Then it describes the kinds of pain that can occur in each of these systems so that you can design a recovery program that is right for your particular situation. The book works to debunk the myth that back pain is permanent or the result of damage to parts of the back system. Instead, it offers a progressive set of range of motion and stretching exercises. If practiced regularly and patiently, the techniques in the book will bring relief to anyone suffering from persistent pain in the neck and back.

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"A true back-owner’s manual. Required reading for any one who has had back pain, has it now, or will have it."
—Allen G. Zippin, MD, diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery

"Any book written to help people help themselves must contain technical details about how to do so—and this book is no exception. However, what distinguishes this book is that these gems are embedded in an account that personalizes Gerry Silverman to the reader. The stories of patients are presented with empathy and respect. The solutions to problems often enough originate in the application of some common sense plus some stretching and rubbing, so they are accessible to any one. The book is easy, appropriate, convincingly honest, truly clinical—as well, I am sure, as an authoritative guide."
—Harvey L. Lerner, MD, diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

"Healing is a spiritual as well as a physical challenge. Gerry Silverman has helped the work of healing with this wonderful book."
—Rabbi Marc Gellman, Ph.D., senior rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, NY

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With similar but contrasting approaches to back pain, these books identify back problems, evaluate various treatments, and suggest exercises for alleviating discomfort. Winter (orthopedic surgery, Univ. of Minnesota) and Bach (coauthor, ShapeWalking: Six Easy Steps to Your Best Body) begin by sharing remedies they claim should help 80 percent of back pain sufferers if done correctly. They proceed to a brief discussion of the causes of back pain and an evidence-based evaluation of surgical and nonsurgical treatments. A great deal of the book describes how to negotiate the medical system, e.g., how to choose the right medical providers and treatments and how to deal with physical therapists and insurance companies. Living Well offers excellent advice on doing your own research and becoming a strong self-advocate. A set of appendixes includes an annotated bibliography of books and web sites, a glossary, and a list of references. Chiropractor Silverman goes into greater detail regarding the causes of back and neck pain (Winter and Bach do not cover the neck in their evaluations) and includes a chapter on the healthy spine. He cites various causes of back pain-cultural, muscle, disk, and joint-discussing treatments and preventative measures. According to Silverman, psychological factors are more accurate in predicting cases of lower back pain than physical ones. His book features a chapter of success stories, information on myths and misconceptions, helpful "Think Back" sections concisely summarizing each chapter, and a bibliography. Living Well excels at describing what back pain sufferers can do to alleviate existing pain and how to navigate the healthcare system when a condition warrants medical treatment. Miraculous Back helps in understanding the physical and cultural causes of back pain and underscores prevention over treatment. Both books are recommended.-Elaine M. Lasda Bergman, Healthcare Assn. of New York State, Rensselaer Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572244528
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald M. Silverman, D.C., DACS, is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and a board-certified chiropractic physician in private practice in Hauppauge, NY. He interned in the Department of Radiology at Palmer College and is a diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He has completed postgraduate study at New York Chiropractic College in applied spinal disability and impairment rating and is a diplomate in applied chiropractic sciences. He has lectured at professional conferences and symposia.

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