Synopses & Reviews
As a physician specializing in treating athletes, Dr. Vijay Vad has spent years researching how to cure back pain using medical yoga and Pilates. Profiled in The Wall Street Journal
, his program requires just fifteen minutes a day for eight weeks to restore flexibility and prevent future injuries.
Offering a proven alternative to invasive surgery, Dr. Vad’s Back Rx provides the best of mind/body medicine by giving readers three step-by-step exercise series, demonstrated in 130 precise photographs, for implementing his popular program at home. Even readers with severely limited mobility will rejoice in Dr. Vad’s gentle introductory workout. Progressing through his self-paced program, they will discover a new range of exercises, breathing techniques, and tips for self-massage. For those who want to go even further and use this program for more than the treatment of a single injury, an advanced workout is included that puts readers on the road to peak performance.
The perfect combination of modern medicine, Pilates innovations, and ancient yoga postures, Back Rx builds important new fundamentals for lifelong freedom from pain.
“After three months, the results have been striking: 80%… reported that their pain was reduced by at least half”The Wall Street Journal
“[Dr. Vad’s] holistic approach can work for anyone willing to put in just a little time and positive thought.” Ellen Barkin
“[His] innovative research on the professional tennis and golf tours and the practicality of Back Rx make it suitable for professional athletes and weekend warriors, as well as couch potatoes.” Bill Norris, athletic trainer, Association of Tennis Professionals Circuit
“Back Rx has been medically proven to have significant positive effect on low back pain caused by disc pathology.” Don Aspergen, Sports Medicine Division, the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour
"Running can truly be a sport for life; but it requires being smart. This book shows how it's done, with regimens from top coach Tom Fleming."
and#8212;Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners
"The New Rules of Running is chock-full of great information, and will not only have you running faster, but training smarter as well. It's the ultimate marathon training survival guide."
and#8212;Bill Rodgers, 4-time winner, Boston and NYC Marathons
"Runners of all stripes will want to spend time with sports medicine specialist and avid runner Vadand#8217;s engaging and highly informative new bookand#8230;Vadand#8217;s mix of common sense and science adds up to a healthy, thoughtful approach to one of Americaand#8217;s most popular fitness activities."
and#8212;Publishers Weekly,and#160;Starred Review
In "Back Builders, Dr. Vijay Vad, a noted sports medicine specialist at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and the official back care advisor to professional sports associations such as the PGA golf tour, explains that nearly all low back injuries can be healed, and future injuries prevented or minimized, without surgery and without staggering in pain from one caregiver to another. In just 15 minutes a day for eight weeks, Dr. Vad's easy to follow program will put just about anyone with an aching disk on the road to a strong back and lifelong freedom and joy of movement. With over 100 photos to illustrate the yoga and Pilates-based exercises in the series Dr. Vad presents, the reader can easily and safely follow Dr. Vad's program at home to achieve freedom from low back pain a lifetime of case of movement.
Eighty-percent of Americans suffer some form of low-back pain, but long-term relief is rarely achieved. As a physician specializing in treating athletes, Dr. Vad has spent years researching how to cure back pain using medical yoga and Pilates. His program requires just 15 minutes a day for eight weeks to restore flexibility and prevent future injuries.
The ultimate guide to injury-free running and racing, from renowned sports medicine specialist Vijay Vad with training schedules designed by coach and 2-time NYC Marathon Champion Tom Fleming
Whether youand#8217;re learning to run, trying to lower your Personal Record, recovering from injury, or just getting in shape, The New Rules of Running will make you a faster, healthier runner. The only book on running authored by a sports medicine specialist, this informative guide offers:
- A primer on runningand#8217;s most common injuries, emphasizing prevention and recovery, to get you through the grueling training months unscathed.
- Essential strengthening exercises, stretches, nutrition, and hydration tips.and#160;
About the Author
Vijay Vad, M.D.,
is a sports medicine specialist at the world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and is on faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the founder of the Vad Foundation dedicated to medical research and the education of disadvantaged girls globally.
David Allen has coauthored more than half a dozen books, including Golf Rx (with Vijay Vad) and Golf: Annikaand#8217;s Way, and is an accomplished marathoner.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Back Rx Way to a Healthy, Pain-Free Back xi
What to Do If You’re in Pain Right Now xvii
chapter one: How Your Back Works 3
chapter two: Why Your Back Hurts 9
chapter three: The Four Stages of Low Back Pain Care and Recovery 15
chapter four: Flexibility, Strength, and Endurance: the Three Keys to Good Balance and Posture 25
chapter five: Power Tips for Healthy Backs 35
chapter six: Resuming Activity after a Low Back Injury 51
Part two: Back Rx Series A, B, and C
chapter seven: Introduction: Doing the Back Rx Exercises 57
chapter eight: Return to Movement: Back Rx Series A 63
chapter nine: Resuming Full Activity: Back Rx Series B 95
chapter ten: Into the Fast Lane: Back Rx Series C 119
chapter eleven: Other Caregivers 143
chapter twelve: State-of-the-Art Treatments and the Future of Low Back Care 149
Appendix: Resources on the Web 156