About the Book
Americans are ten times more likely to have back pain than people from traditional societies around the world. In Chad, the incidence of back pain is only five percent, while in the United States, 85 percent of the population will suffer from back pain in its lifetime. Doctors and experts from industrialized societies blame everything from our sedentary lives, age and stress, to bodies that are not evolved to stand upright. After a lifetime of research in anatomy and alternative medicine, as well as anthropological study in parts of the world where back pain is rare, pain specialist and author Esther Gokhale (Pron: Go-Clay) has found that the answer is much more basic.
In 8 STEPS TO A PAIN-FREE BACK (Pendo Press; April 2008; $24.95), Gokhale uses historical and scientific facts to show that most of what our culture has taught us about posture, including what most doctors recommend, is misguided and could be damaging.
In many cultures, people still have knowledge of natural posture and movement that prevents pain and enhances health. Both manual laborers and sedentary workers from remote Burkina Faso, villages in Brazil, and rural Portugal have not forgotten how to sit, stand, walk and sleep in harmony with their bodies’ design. As a result, they do not suffer from back pain. Inspired by their techniques, Gokhale has created a method of posture re-education that has guided thousands of her clients away from back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal ailments. Through her richly illustrated, step-by-step guide, she makes her method available to a wider audience.
IN 8 STEPS TO A PAIN-FREE BACK READERS CAN:
- Learn how to keep the back pain-free without time-consuming exercises, changes in working style and daily routine, equipment, medication or surgery.
- Transform everyday activities, such as sitting, standing, walking and bending into comfortable movements that can also protect bones and joints, and maximize the ability of muscles, arteries, veins and nerves to keep the body healthy and pain-free.
- Discover the power of stretchsitting and stretchlying, two revolutionary techniques that will decompress the spine, improve circulation and breathing, relax muscles and reduce stress while working at the computer, watching TV and sleeping through the night.
- Forget what you thought you knew about good posture. Never tense your muscles to “sit up straight” again. Return to the natural, healthy posture used by athletes and shared by children and people from traditional societies the world over.
A valuable resource, 8 STEPS TO A PAIN-FREE BACK offers breakthrough techniques for pain-free living.
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About the Author
Esther Gokhale (Go-clay) is an acupuncturist, author and expert in pain-free living. She developed the Gokhale MethodSM, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living. Esther has practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance, and yoga in her Palo Alto, Calif., wellness center for the past twenty years.
My Take on the Book
I have had lower back problems in the past and have tried numerous back exercises and seen numerous doctors over the years to see what I can do to help this problem that I have to deal with. So when I was asked to look at this book, I was excited to see if it might assist my back in feeling better longer than other methods I have tried in the past.
Some of the things I like about this book is that:
1. Gokhale provides many visual examples of what you should be doing to help your back to feel better.
2. Gokhale's method is simple, and is easily internalized.
3. Anyone can follow this method and make a substantive change to their life!
I also was impressed with how inexpensive the book was for what you get for the price. As I mentioned, the book has wonderful photos and illustrations that do a great job at allowing the reader to see what they need to to isually understand what they need to do to help their back. I also enjoyed the numerous excercises that were in the book as they were simple to follow and did not take long to complete.
If you are dealing with back pain in any sense, I highly recommend this book!
If this book sounds like something that you would like to have as a part of your own library you can find it on Amazon!
How would you like to win a copy of this book for yourself? I will be giving away two of these books to lucky readers! All you need to do is let me know why you would have an interest in this book to be considered. The contest will run for one week and will end on April 8, 2010.
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