The Yass Method for Pain-Free Movement: A Guide to Easing through Your Day without Aches and Pains

The Yass Method for Pain-Free Movement: A Guide to Easing through Your Day without Aches and Pains

by Mitchell Yass


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Chronic pain has become an international epidemic—an estimated one billion people across the world suffer from it every day. Many people attribute their pain to a cause that can only be fixed with surgery or medication, but what if the most common cause was one that did not require such extreme or pharmaceutical remedies? What if everyday pains could be addressed with basic strengthening techniques aimed at achieving our muscles’ optimal force output? What if we maximized muscle balance and functionality simply by ensuring that our muscles were used in the manner in which they were originally intended? Dr. Mitchell Yass, author of The Pain Cure Rx, presents an alternative model of treatment that can resolve pain quickly and effectively from the convenience of your own home. In his more than 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Yass has found that about 90 percent of chronic pain attributed to structural problems, such as herniated discs, stenosis, or arthritis, is actually caused by a muscular weakness or imbalance—all of which stem from the muscles' inability to respond to the forces created by performing everyday functional tasks.In The Yass Method for Pain-Free Movement, Dr. Yass focuses on enabling you to perform the necessary and normal activities that you need to do to go about your day without pain or discomfort. From getting out of bed to reaching a shelf to climbing the stairs to trying to travel comfortably on a plane, Dr. Yass identifies the muscles involved and provides easy-to-do stretches and exercises for fully experiencing life in a satisfying and pain-free manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401954611
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 516,431
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Mitchell Yass has spent the past 25 years developing his method of diagnosing and treating the cause, not the symptom, of pain. His unique Yass Method is based on carefully interpreting the patients’ symptoms instead of relying on diagnostic tests. Dr. Yass received a doctorate in physical therapy from the New York Institute of Technology and is the author of The Pain Cure Rx and Overpower Pain. You can visit him online at

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Discovering the True Source of Pain xii

Resolving Chronic Pain with the Yass Method xiii

Chapter 1 The Why of Your Pain 1

The Back Story 4

How Is the Yass Method Different? 4

So what is the Cause of Pain? 7

Is the Yass Method for Everyone? 8

Exercising the Muscle 8

Introduction to Strengthening Your Muscles 15

What Does It Mean to Isolate a Muscle? 15

What Causes a Muscle to Get Stronger? 16

Full Range of Motion with a Controlled Speed 17

Proper Breathing 19

Setting Up Your Strength - Training Regimen 19

Safe, Not Sorry 21

The Future of Your Pain 23

Chapter 2 Your Daily Life at Home 25

Good Morning and Waking Up 26

Getting Out of Bed 37

Morning Routines 42

Teeth Brushing and Hair Drying 43

Getting Dressed 50

Proactively Planning Your Day 63

Out the Door and on Your Way 63

Chapter 3 At Work 65

Do You Sit for a Living? 65

How Physical Is Your Work? 70

Carrying 72

Lifting 77

On the Phone 86

On the Computer 86

Your Commute to Work 89

Working at Home 91

Chapter 4 At Play and Physical Fitness 93

Warming Up 93

Stretching - is It Always Necessary? 94

Doing Too Much or Too Little 95

Taking a Break 96

The Myth of Giving Up What You Love 97

Are You a Weekend Warrior? 102

Taking Up a New Sport 106

Understanding Your Limits 107

Chapter 5 Sleeping and Relaxation 109

Why Pain Occurs at Night 109

Why Sleep Matters to Your Muscles 121

What Can You Do about It? 122

Being Proactive with Pain 123

When Medicine Matters 124

Is Your Body Too Tired? 124

Exercises Used in This Chapter 125

Chapter 6 On the Go - From Travel To Constant Motion 133

Shoes, Stilettos, Sneakers, and a Leg Up on Pain! 133

Runners Take Note 138

The Truth about Walking 144

Traveling without Pain 145

Driven to Pain 155

Taking a Hike 161

When Climbing Is the Problem 163

Exercises Used in This Chapter 167

Chapter 7 Special Situations and Aging 171

Understanding Your Predisposed Conditions 171

The Age of Your Pain 172

Muscle Strength and Balance 174

No Cane for You! 180

Keep Moving No Matter What 181

You're Younger than You Think 182

Aging Doesn't Mean Being Infirmed 183

Chapter 8 You're On Your Way to A Better Life 185

Resolve Pain for Life 185

Tune Up, Don't Give Up! 186

Appendix 187

Endnotes 209

Index 211

Acknowledgments 219

About the Author 221

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