Title: Forever Painless: End Chronic Pain and Reclaim Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day
Author: Miranda Esmonde-White
Category: Adult non-fiction, 320 pages
Genre: Wellness, Exercise
Publisher: Harper Wave
Release date: November 15, 2016
Content Rating: G
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.
Forever Painless is well-written but easy to read and understand. The book is divided into two parts: the first part explains chronic pain and how recent studies about our connective tissue (fascia) is key to healing chronic pain. I found this section inspiring and empowering. I felt like this book was written for me. The second part consisted of pictures and explanations of the exercises. I am trying to learn the Basic Warm-up ones by heart so that I can do them without using the book.
Although the exercises look easy, I still pulled a sweat doing them. I think anyone can do these exercises though, even if one is in a lot of pain. I know my body responds well to stretching and after reading this book, I understand why. The author makes reference to recent studies and explains how this relates to body pain and the healing from pain.
These are gentle but powerful exercises and Part Two demonstrates specific ones for each part of the body, such as the hips or upper back and shoulders. There is also the Immune System Workout, the Arthritis Workout and the Stress Workout. The book also has an index at the back of the book.
This book has become my daily companion. Because being in pain kills one's motivation to exercise, I appreciate the way this book encourages me to do it, to continue a daily 30-minute routine that makes a difference in my life both physically and emotionally. Highly recommended to anyone who thinks they are in too much pain to exercise or who don't like exercising. This is one of the best books I've read this year on wellness.
To read more reviews, please visit Miranda Esmonde-White's page on TLC Book Tours.