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If you suffer from back pain, as 85 percent of Americans do, you may think there is no way to bring about a complete end to your pain. Books, videos, and even doctors offer ways to manage the pain, but not to stop it. Finally there is a solution. andlt;Iandgt;Overcome Neck andamp; Back Pain,andlt;/Iandgt; the international bestseller, provides a means to end your back pain permanently through an easy-to-follow four-part program of structural analysis and correction, stretching, strengthening, and relaxing. andlt;BRandgt; Kit Laughlin spent years suffering from back pain, and, in search of relief, even traveled to Japan, where he found the solution. Using the principles of hatha yoga, he developed a combination of Eastern and Western medicine that provides a way to stop back pain and even protect oneself from future injury. andlt;BRandgt; Through clear, instructive photos and easy-to-follow instructions andlt;Iandgt;Overcome Neck andamp; Back Painandlt;/Iandgt; shows the beginner how to use stretching, strengthening, and relaxation to end the pain. andlt;Iandgt;Overcome Neck andamp; Back Painandlt;/Iandgt; also provides instruction in more advanced techniques, with an explanation of the principles behind the movements. The comprehensive text offers solutions for athletes and nonathletes, old and young alike. andlt;BRandgt; If you've given up hope of curing your back pain, andlt;Iandgt;Overcome Neck andamp; Back Painandlt;/Iandgt; provides the sensible solution you need.

Synopsis:

This text presents a different approach to the self-treatment of neck and back pain. It offers an easy-to-learn programme that combines Eastern and Western healing practices, drawing on traditional hatha yoga, the contract-relax method of stretching and a selection of strengthening exercises.

Synopsis:

For the millions of Americans who suffer from back pain comes a guide that goes beyond the promise of temporary relief to offer an actual cure. Laughlin draws on traditional hatha yoga, the contract-relax method of stretching, and a sensible collection of strengthening exercises. Photos & line drawings.

About the Author

Kit Laughlinandlt;/bandgt; studied oriental medicine during a five-year stay in Japan and, on his return to Australia, was the Japanese ambassador's personal shiatsu practitioner. In 1988 he was asked to treat the prime minister of Japan during his visit to Australia, the first time a Westerner had been asked to provide such a service.andlt;BRandgt;Laughlin was awarded a Master of Letters degree in 1992 from the Science Faculty of the Australian National University, and currently is doing research for a Ph.D. dissertation in which back pain is the key case study.andlt;BRandgt;Laughlin originated the Posture andamp;amp; Flexibility and Strength andamp;amp; Flexibility courses that have been run by the Australian National University Sports Union for the last eleven years. Assisted by fourteen teachers whom he trained, Laughlin has taught these courses to thousands of students of all ages and levels of fitness, with proven results. He is the presenter of the acclaimed Overcome Neck andamp;amp; Back Pain seminars and the author of a forthcoming book, andlt;Iandgt;Introduction to Posture andamp;amp; Flexibility.andlt;/Iandgt;

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

ILLUSTRATIONS

PREFACE

WHY THE INTEREST IN NECK AND BACK PAIN?

    What is this book about?

    What can I do?

    Who should use this book?

    How this book is set out

    Cautions

INTRODUCTION

BACKGROUND TO THE APPROACH

    Shoshin Center

    Case studies from the clinic

    Posture & Flexibility at the Australian National University

    Contact address and e-mail

CHAPTER ONE

SELF-DIAGNOSIS

    What is covered in this chapter?

    Pelvic obliquity

    How to determine if you have one hip lower than the other

    i) one hip is lifted higher than the other

    ii) both hips are lifted by the test, but one higher than the other

    iii) both hips are lifted about the same

    The heel insert

    How thick should the insert be?

    What if I make a mistake?

    Other indicators of pelvic obliquity

    How to determine whether muscular causes of problems like sciatica are present

    How to determine your patterns of muscular tension

FLOW CHART FOR TESTING MUSCLE IMBALANCES

TEST AND EXERCISE CHECK LIST

    How often should I stretch?

    The general principles of good stretching, at a glance:

CHAPTER TWO

REHABILITATION STRETCHING EXERCISES

    Limits

    Static stretching

    Ballistic stretching

    The Posture & Flexibility approach to stretching

    How to breathe

    Benefits of warmth

    Why photographs?

REHABILITATION

LOWER BACK EXERCISES

    1. Seated forward bend

    2. Seated side bend and rotation

    3. Lying rotation

    4. Partner-assisted lying rotation

    5. Buttock and hip flexor

    6. Seated hip

    7. Lying hip

    8. Table-top hip

    9. Hip flexors

    10. Trunk side bending

    11. Hamstrings

MIDDLE BACK EXERCISES

    12. Seated rotation

    13. Upper back on all fours

    14. Middle and upper back

NECK EXERCISES

    15. Partner shoulder depress

    16. Chin to chest

    17. Neck side bend

    18. Neck forward and side bend

    19. Neck backward and side bend

    20. Neck rotation

    21. Chin-to-chest variations

CHAPTER THREE

PREVENTION

    22. Advanced forward bend

    23. Advanced forward and side bend

    24. Advanced rotation

    25. Advanced buttock and hip flexors

    26. External hip rotator (piriformis)

    27. Front thigh (quadriceps)

    28. Backward bend over support

    29. Backward bend from floor

    30. Standing calf

    31. Standing side bend

    32. Lying side bend

    33. Middle and upper back backward bend

STRENGTHENING EXERCISES

    Matching training to expected demand

    34. Abdominal curl

    35. Abdominal curl over support

    36. Back uncurl

    37. Trunk rotation

    38. Trunk rotation with weight

ADVANCED STRENGTHENING EXERCISE (PREVENTION)

    39. Knee lift

PLANNING A TOTAL ROUTINE

    Frequency of exercise

    Sets and reps

    Working habits

    Speed of movements

    The importance of rest

    The place of aerobic exercise

    Lifting things in everyday life

    The daily six

    For low back pain

    For middle back pain

    For upper back and neck pain

    For wbole-body suppleness

    Pointers to chapter four, causes, and chapter five, relaxation techniques

CHAPTER FOUR

THE CAUSES OF NECK AND BACK PAIN

    Why do we suffer back pain?

    Chiropractic and osteopathy

    Oriental medicine

    Acute pain

    Chronic pain

    Muscle tension as cause

    Other factors contributing to neck and back pain

    What is good posture?

    Tests of leg-length inequality

    What effects can uneven hips have on the body?

    How thick should my heel lift be?

    Is right- or left-handedness related to the problem?

    Adding another layer to the argument

    Shortcomings with the idea of cause

    Workshop experiences

    Choice of bed

CHAPTER FIVE

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

    Practical Stress Management seminars

    Why relax?

    Relaxation method

    Guided visualization and healing the body

    A script for relaxation and visualization

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

REFERENCES

    Further reading (annotated)

QUICK REFERENCE

ILLUSTRATIONS

    Heel insert

    Where am I sore?

    The Contract-Relax (C-R) approach to stretching

    Muscles stretched in exercise 1

    Right hip in the intermediate position showing stretched muscles in exercise 5

    Three ways the sciatic nerve may exit the pelvis

    Psoas, iliacus (iliopsoas), and quadratus lumborum

    Exaggerated lumbar curve caused by tight iliopsoas

    Schematic showing quadratus lumborum, as stretched in exercise 10

    Hamstring muscle from side; biceps femoris

    The three hamstring muscles

    Levator scapulae, and detail of suboccipitals

    Front and side neck muscles

    Possible entrapment of nerves by scalene muscles

    Muscles of the front and inside of the leg

    Muscles of the lower leg

    Sciatic nerve runs down back of leg

    Schematic of hip muscles affected in exercise 31

    Upper body muscles, and changes accompanying aging

    Why the conventional situp can injure the lower back

    Class II lever

    Exercise 36 strengthens the trunk in the necessary range of movement

    Correct form in exercise 37

    One theory of back weakness

    The three curves of the spinal column act as a shock absorber

    Schematic of spine, vertebral bodies and disc

    Posterolateral (back-side) extrusion of intervertebral disc impinging on nerve root

    Schematic showing significance of leg-length difference

    Schematic of good posture

    Effects of pelvic obliquity on the shape of spine

    Simple model of possible effects of leg-length difference

    Schematic of rowing

    As leg extends, hip joint ligaments tighten around neck of femur

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684852522
Author:
Laughlin, Kit
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Pain Medicine
Subject:
Yoga, hatha
Subject:
Pain Management
Subject:
Backache
Subject:
Wounds and injuries
Subject:
Self-care, health
Subject:
Exercise therapy
Subject:
Neck
Subject:
Neck pain.
Subject:
Neck pain -- Alternative treatment.
Subject:
General Medical
Subject:
Hatha yoga
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Pain
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Fireside ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19981231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
photos andamp; line drawings t-o
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10.88 x 8.5 in 17.22 oz

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