Resources

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Stop by frequently for updates on books, products, and information helpful to anyone with back pain. 

Book Suggestions

I’ve spent many hours reading dozens of books on back pain. And while many are solid reads, the below stand apart from the others by offering something innovative, practical, and easily understandable for anyone who wants to understand and relieve back pain. Each offers something truly unique.

 

Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living

A great book that discusses how our postures have changed over time due to culture and lifestyle changes. Includes step-by-step instructions on how to re-balance your posture so that you can learn to sit, stand, and move comfortably and enjoy the many health benefits of a balanced posture. This is the updated version of Kathleen Porter’s classic Ageless Spine, Lasting Health. 

 

Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain

Another great book that I recommend for every BACKCoach Client. Excellent discussion of the Cycle of Pain, how beliefs affect pain, and the role of movement and exercise in health. Includes some useful exercises, in particular on regaining lost activities.

 

The Pilates Body

Pilates is a great way to lengthen your spine, strengthen your postural muscles, and enjoy the many benefits with a minimal amount of time. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or buy equipment to benefit from Pilates, and the beginner exercises alone are great for a daily practice, or before or after exercise.

 

Comprehensive Stress Management

I’m looking for a great, easy-to-read, and practical book on stress management, but haven’t found it yet. I learned the in’s and out’s by teaching a class at the local university and found this text to be excellent, though probably more than most people need. But, this one is still an excellent resource, covers the subject extensively, and is an easy read. I’ll keep looking for something a little more succinct. (Since it’s a textbook, it’s pretty expensive, but maybe you can find an older edition or used version that is less costly.)

 

Ergonomic Products – Office

It seems that every time I do an Ergonomic Assessment at a client’s workstation, there is a stack of they’ve bought and tried stacked underneath their desk. To help you wade through the massive number of ergonomic products available, here are some that I find useful for nearly everyone who works at a desk, with some brief instructions on when and how to use them.