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Exercises for Back Pain

Solutions to One of the Most Common Forms of Disability
by William Smith M.S.

Exercises for Back Pain: Solutions to One of the Most Common Forms of Disability

Because back pain has become one of the most common forms of disability today, keeping your back strong and healthy is more important than ever. With Exercises for Back Pain by William Smith, M.S., the different aspects of back health are broken down for readers in an easy-to-understand manner through charts, lists and photography.

Smith, who works with post-rehab clients and athletes, is meticulous in covering every concern, from the causes to the solutions. Common sources included are stress, poor posture, improper lifting habits, and weak legs and core muscles. Back pain can involve injuries and disorders such as osteoporosis and degenerative arthritis, wear-and-tear on cartilaginous discs and—the most common ailment—inflexible, weak or overtaxed lower back muscles.

Because about nine out of ten adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives, knowing how to prevent injury, as well as treat it, will be invaluable knowledge for any age group. Smith covers back pain from beginning to end, explaining how the back functions, citing new studies and cutting-edge clinical treatments, examining arthritis pain, and offering precautions to take when exercising.

The exercises are separated into three components: stability, stamina and movement. Smith outlines an exercise routine to get you started and guide you through beginner to advanced levels. Offering nearly 70 pages of customized exercises, Smith explains each exercise through instruction and photography, creating a convenient guide for beginners. Exercises include numerous techniques involving lifting, rotating, rolling, squatting and stretching.

Although the book's main focus is on exercise, Smith emphasizes the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. He explains proper nutrition, as well as the effects obesity can have on one's back, and offers keys to a healthful living. The appendix includes a stress screening, healthy back quiz, a BMI chart and a chart for easy tracking of progress throughout the programs.

Reviewed by Cara Trump

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