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Prescriptive Stretching

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by Kristian Berg

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Elite athletes have long relied on personalized stretching programs to improve flexibility and prevent injury. What you might not know is that many of those targeted stretches have a much broader application, one that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine: pain relief.

Prescriptive Stretching features full-color anatomical


Elite athletes have long relied on personalized stretching programs to improve flexibility and prevent injury. What you might not know is that many of those targeted stretches have a much broader application, one that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine: pain relief.

Prescriptive Stretching features full-color anatomical illustrations and step-by-step instructions for 40 of the most effective stretches to eliminate pain, alleviate muscle soreness, improve balance and flexibility, and prevent common injuries. In addition, you’ll find sample stretching programs that you can follow as is or personalize to meet your body’s needs.

Best of all, Prescriptive Stretching shows you how to quickly assess your pain and identify the stretches to reduce discomfort. Specifically, you’ll find recommendations for these common ailments:


-Back pain

-Neck stiffness

-Shoulder soreness

-Golfer’s elbow

-Tennis elbow

-Runner’s knee

Whether you’re looking to increase range of motion or simply eliminate muscle pain and discomfort, Prescriptive Stretching has you covered. Comprehensive yet easy to use, it’s the guide you’ll turn to again and again.

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Human Kinetics Publishers
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8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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

Meet 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.

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Prescriptive Stretching 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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.
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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.