I received a free copy of Forever Painless from TLC Book Tours for my honest review.
About the Book:
• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (November 15, 2016)
End chronic pain—for good—with this practical guide from the PBS personality behind Classical Stretch and author of the New York Times bestseller Aging Backwards.
Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States. Twenty percent of American adults accept back spasms, throbbing joints, arthritis aches, and other physical pain as an inevitable consequence of aging, illness, or injury. But the human body is not meant to endure chronic pain. Miranda Esmonde-White has spent decades helping professional athletes, ballet dancers, and Olympians overcome potentially career-ending injuries and guiding MS patients and cancer survivors toward pain-free mobility. Now, in Forever Painless, she shows everyone how to heal their aching bodies and live pain free.
The root of nearly all pain is movement—or lack thereof. We need to move our bodies to refresh, nourish, and revitalize our cells. Without physical activity, our cells become stagnant and decay, accelerating the aging process and causing pain. People who suffer chronic pain often become sedentary, afraid that movement and activity will make things worse, when just the opposite is true: movement is essential to healing. In Forever Painless, Miranda provides detailed instructions for gentle exercise designed to ease discomfort in the feet and ankles, knees, hips, back, and neck—allowing anyone to live happier, healthier, and pain-free no matter their age.
About the Author:
Miranda Esmonde-White is one of America’s greatest advocates and educators on healthy aging. She is best known for her PBS fitness show Classical Stretch, which has been on the air since 1999. A former ballerina, she designed the Essentrics technique, which uses low-intensity strength and stretch exercises to relieve pain, prevent injury, and slenderize the body. Esmonde-White works with professional and Olympic athletes and celebrities, and teaches classes to thousands of students worldwide each year.
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I was drawn to this book for obvious reasons. The bulk of my pain issues are well, all in my head. That’s not to say that living with a 24/7 headache doesn’t make my life challenging. Nor is it the only pain issue with which I deal. I have many a challenge but that is neither here nor there. I knew I was not going to find any answers regarding my headache in this book – trust me I’ve read and researched more things than I care to discuss about it but I know that when it comes to the pain in my back, hips, knees and shoulders there might be ways of at least alleviating some of it.
Forever Painless is built on the premise that moving is far, far better than not moving. Exercise is a good thing but it needs to be the right exercise. All things in the body are connected and smooth gentle stretching and lengthening of the muscles will go a long way. Ms. Esmonde-White has been promoting her methods for a long time and she has DVDs and a TV series.
The exercises are well illustrated in the book and look easy to implement. The hubby and I are going to start doing them together when he gets back from his winter vacation. I think it will be good for both of us. I found the book very easy to read and the information another way to try and help me as I continue along in my quest to live the best life I can with the hand I’ve been dealt.