Prescriptive Stretching

Prescriptive Stretching

by Kristian Berg

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ISBN-13: 9780736099363
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 03/23/2011
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 195,402
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kristian Berg is a doctor of naprapathy, a medical therapy that focuses on manual manipulation and stretching of the spine and connective tissues. He has managed his own clinic in Stockholm, Sweden, since 1988. Berg participates annually in international training courses in dissection, anatomy, and manipulative techniques. At his clinic he has shown more than 30,000 patients the importance of stretching and muscular balance for overall health. Berg is also the principal at the Personal Training School and a lecturer in anatomy at the Scandinavian College of Naprapathic Manual Medicine in Stockholm. He is a highly regarded speaker on stretching and athletic training in Sweden and throughout Europe.

Before becoming a naprapath, Berg was a nationally ranked gymnast and a talented junior tennis player. More recently, he has competed as a multisport athlete and has climbed Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America. Berg currently resides in Svartsjo, Sweden.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Muscles of the Human Body

Stretching Fundamentals

Targeted Stretches

Programs for Pain Relief

Assessing Flexibility and Muscle Balance

Stretch Index

References

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"Prescriptive Stretching is a well-illustrated, scientifically sound book that will help you achieve better flexibility and improved wellness.”

Brad Schoenfeld MS, CSCS -- Author of Women’s Home Workout Bible and Sculpting Her Body Perfect

“In Prescriptive Stretching, Kristian Berg offers a recipe for a pain-free life with safe and easy stretches.”

Ulf Westerlund MD, PhD

“Prescriptive Stretching teaches the correct techniques for achieving balance in the muscles."

Jan Giaever MD -- Level 2 Sports Medicine Physician

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a full-time veterinarian and a naturopathic physician by training. I am also a former Big 10 lineman from Purdue, which makes me very interested in methods of healing and preventing the problems that come with living a full life. I have a lot of exercise books like Stretching by Bob Anderson and The Easy Stretching Workbook by Karin Smith. Prescriptive Stretching by Kristian Berg has a unique medical perspective. It explains the theory and practice from a professional clinical approach. Many questions about stretching are answered, and the stretches are anatomically illustrated by beautiful drawings. This book serves as a bridge from casual stretching to a serious student of science. It can be easily read, and it also serves as a well organized reference to specific areas of the body where stretching can help alleviate pain. This is a medical self-help book that would help most people. It is always good to have a way to learn the best ways to take care of your body and your health. Exercise is key to good health, along with diet. An exercise regimen needs to include stretching that is easy to do and effective when done correctly. This book will elevate your knowledge and your physical well being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept and stretching illustrations of safe stretches. I rate the booked higher, but you cannot adjust the size of the illustrations, even though the book is published in e-pub.
tinabeana33 More than 1 year ago
I am a High School Dance and Health teacher as well as an Athletic Trainer and got this book as an aid to both of my professions. I feel that Prescriptive Stretching is great for both the beginners and advanced/ professional users. The book begins with an overview of human anatomy and physiology. It then goes into the whys and hows to stretch. This point in the book is one of the points that struck me. In the section "How to Stretch," the author goes into PNF stretching. PNF stretching is something that I use often and feel that the general public should be aware of. I am pleasantly surprised that this was discussed in the book. The book continues on with a discussion on posture and continues with specific stretches for specific muscles. Although I do use many of these stretches as both a trainer and a teacher, there were a few that I was unaware of thus allowing this book to be beneficial for both the weekend warrior to the medical professional. Finally, the most impressive part of this book that I hope will be developed more in future editions is the "Programs for Pain Relief" section. This section discusses common aches and pains that people may feel and gives well developed stretching plans to aid in decreasing those pains. One great issue that the author describes is runner's knee. I find that so many people feel they are having serious knee problems when in fact it is runner's knee and with just a few stretches, can decrease the pain significantly. Whether you are someone just looking for a book to help you stretch or a medical professional looking for some ideas, this book does not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a physical therapist I find Prescriptive stretching a valuable tool in the clinic. Berg does a great job at simply describing the physiology and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system and the implications of stretching on the human body. Not only is he clear in his description of the type of stretch being performed, but his illustrations of the muscle as it is being stretched increases the effectiveness and therefore compliance with that particular stretch. I would have liked to see modifications for the more difficult stretches as these stretches cannot be applied universally. Lastly, Berg discusses PNF and other research articles but it would have been more helpful if he specifically cited which studies he was referring to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The key to this whole book is the last paragraph on pg iv..."The book is a tool....but only if you do them correctly" The author gives a thorough background for even the novice or lay exercise person. The explainations and diagrams are clear for each stretch. The wording at the beginning of each stretch prepares you for each area and any potential issues that may arise from doing the stretch. Each stretch is clearly explained, reasons are given for why there may not be success and then options are offered along with important cues. The end has a comprehensive chart to help you evaluate your body, a stretching schedule and program for pain relief. I tried most of the upper body stretches and several hip stretches and found that they were easy to understand and perform. My shoulders definitely felt more relaxed and less stressed after several days. But the key, as was pointed out, was awareness of posture and good body positions. This was emphasized throughout the stretches. I would recommend this book for people who do not have time for formal stretching but can do it at home.
KPatsas1 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
While most people (myself included) would think a book like this is just for fitness professionals, athletes, or people who at least work out regularly, Prescriptive Stretching is actually a great tool for everyone. It begins with an explanation that likens stretching to a necessary everyday task like brushing your teeth. The reason? To reduce, eliminate, or prevent pain that we all will inevitably encounter in our backs, shoulders, knees etc. from simple things like bad posture, crossing your legs, or carrying a bag on one shoulder too often. It focuses on the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (¿PNF¿) method of stretching, which was originally developed as a rehabilitation tool with highly successful results in increasing range of motion, muscle flexibility and strength. It explains the steps to proper PNF stretching in easy to understand terms, and offers complete and simple descriptions of 40 different stretching exercises that show specifically which muscle you are working. As a great ¿real world¿ tool, the book also provides stretching routines for common injuries and pain. I think it is essential book for anyone interested in good general health and maintaining their body. It certainly has a wealth of information, but would benefit if some sort of general stretching program (not just for injuries) was added in order to help everyday people implement stretching into their daily lives.
silentq on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I got this through the Early Review program, and I've been happy with all the Human Kinetics books that I've won, this one included. It was a pretty fast read, but applying the lessons learned will take a while. I was a bit disheartened to read that all my favourite stretches are specifically called out as not useful to dangerous, but it gives a good list of replacements. The focus is on doing the stretches correctly, in proper alignment, to benefit specific muscles. At the end, a shopping list of stretches is given for specific complaints (though it could have used an index of stretches recommended for certain sports). I brought the book to work to keep by my desk so that I can try to undo years of keyboarding.
kssunflower on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When I received Prescriptive Stretching by Kristian Berg through Library Thing's Early Review program, I had no idea that it would literally change my life. By that I mean Berg gave me the information I needed to end what I thought was inevitable, inescapable chronic pain in my shoulder and neck. By discussing how the pain may have developed, the likely reasons it was persisting, and what I could do to relieve pain and prevent its recurrence, the author gave me hope. From the moment I began stretching the painful areas according the instructions in this book, I felt hope and relief ¿ no pain. I even gave up prescription muscle relaxants because I found I could relax those muscle through these stretches. The initial relief was sustained through continued stretching over time. I should send a thank you card to the author, illustrator, and publisher because this book has given me back flexibility and usage, and should I experience a flare-up, I now know what to do to attain relief.My physician had prescribed a couple of exercises, but this book gave me several more, and told me why each exercise was important. Most importantly, it told me common mistakes to avoid with each stretch, and additional comments that would maximize the benefit. For example, it may be necessary to do a stretch of another area before stretching the area that is causing you pain because our body is system of integrated muscles. It was as if I had a personal trainer by my side, encouraging, correcting me, and explaining everything I needed to know to make the stretching successful and avoid further injury.Mind you, this information is probably appropriate only if your pain is muscular in origin and not due to organic disease or significant orthopedic dysfunction or injury. However, if stress, poor posture, repetitive movements, incorrect movement, or too much activity after being inactive for a long period have your muscles cramping, pulling, or just plain in pain, this book is for you.The illustrations by Erik Beijer compliment the highly detailed, but easily read and understood, text. Those illustrations were the key to mastering this information for me. They helped me visualize the area I was stretching more clearly and gave depth of understanding impossible with only text or photographs. The three major segments of this book build on one another to give the reader an appreciation of how the muscular system works, and how to care for it when it doesn't due to inactivity, stress or injury.The first section of this book, Stretching Fundamentals, is invaluable to the average reader. Be sure to spend time reading through it. Berg has taken complex medical explanations and terms and made them accessible to us. Did you know there are 300 skeletal muscles and six types of joints? Do you know not only how to properly stretch (and why), but also how to avoid stretching that could be harmful to you? Everyone should regard this section as a basic user's manual on how the muscular system works because, if you understand that, you will know how to take care of it and avoid pain and minimize pain when it occurs.The second section, Targeted Stretches, is a thorough presentation that first identifies the muscle or muscle group to be stretched, factors that may be causing tightness (aka pain and discomfort), a flexibility test (if applicable) to see how far from the normal range you are, specific technique instructions, precautions to take, common mistakes to avoid when stretching, and what I believe amounts to trainer's comments that give you additional insights and tips. The illustrations of the muscles and stretches are clear and memorable.The third and final section, Programs for Pain Relief, is the shortest of the three, but it will tempt the reader experiencing pain to dive in right away. I would recommend reading that first section before seeking pain relief, because although I dove into this section, I found my work in it to be greatly enhanced by the informati
debherter on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is an excellent book designed to help you by guiding you to the exact stretches you will need to alleviate any pain and stiffness that you may have. Each stretch is illustrated and outlined thoroughly in the text, including information on how to stretch each muscle and how NOT to stretch particular muscles. Information is also include on how stretching can help with problems due to skeleton problems (such as joint pain and posture). Full diagrams of the skeletal and muscle systems are also included.The Table of Contents guides you to the following sections: Introduction; Muscles and Bones of the Human Body; Stretching Fundamentals; Targeted Stretches; Programs for Pain Relief; Assessing Flexibility and Muscle Balance; Stretch Index; References; and About the Author.If you want just one book to guide you in stretching buy this book. If you have other books on stretching and/or yoga, buy this a supplement to aid you in your current program of stretching.
BookWallah on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Very thorough detailed treatise on stretching. Book was laid out in three sections: anatomy/physiology, specific stretches, and programs for various conditions. Seems to be targeted towards semi-professional athlete and/or someone who has worked with a lot with a physical therapist before. Anyone with a strong sports and conditioning background should be able to glean they need to proceed to the correct exercises. My only concern is the exercises may be a little too technical for the casual person (e.g. opening with six different stretches for the neck might be overwhelming). Overall a useful tool for those seeking to improve their health, reduce pain and increase performance.
srtrent on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is not at all what I expected...but that is a good thing! When I received the book, I expected to find a list of various exercises with the basic how-to instructions that every other stretching book I've ever bought included. Imagine my delight when I found that this book takes stretching to an all-new level! Yes, there are many of the same stretches here that I've seen over and over...but this book actually tells what it is that can make each muscle too tight. For those people who have never studied the muscles of the body, the book starts out with some general information and muscle locations. It then goes on to explain why you should stretch and how to do it properly. The book then proceeds to my favorite section...and one that most stretching books don't include: what exercises NOT to do. This was probably the second most useful section for me.The next section is also one I have never seen in a stretching book before: posture. The book goes in depth in explaining how bad posture affects the whole body and causes pain.The book then moves into the targeted stretches. Each stretch includes an illustration showing exactly what muscle is being targeted. There is a section about the muscle itself that includes the most useful part of the book to me...what actually CAUSES that muscle to get tight. It goes on to give a list of the symptoms that will be felt when that particular muscle is too tight, which I found to be extremely useful in determining which stretches that I personally need to do. After that, it lists tests to do to see if your muscle is really too tight, since OVER stretching a muscle is just as bad as not stretching it enough. After that, it goes into detail about the technique of the stretch, including common mistakes to watch out for.The book does not leave you to figure out a routine for yourself, though, if you don't already have advice from a physical therapist. The last section of the book includes specific programs for pain relief depending on where your pain is. Ahhh...where was this book when I was in the military?
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NJM68 More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book on 8/14/11. The shipment came from Allentown, PA although the shipper is located in Bayonne, NJ. I live within 20 minutes of that location. Either way, The book has been sitting at a shipper facility since 8/18. It's 8/22- I don't have the book yet. Getting this book cheaper was not worth the unexpected wait time vs. buying it direct from BNN or in store. Shame on me.