Using the latest advances in the science of movement, this book offers the unique and innovative Spinal Training method to help prevent and alleviate back pain. And in addition to strengthening your back, Spinal Training will also improve your posture, eliminate tension, reduce your stress response and diminish pain.Read more...
Using the latest advances in the science of movement, this book offers the unique and innovative Spinal Training method to help prevent and alleviate back pain. And in addition to strengthening your back, Spinal Training will also improve your posture, eliminate tension, reduce your stress response and diminish pain.
Drawing from Pilates, yoga, physical therapy and others and based on the principles of osteopathy, biomechanics and kinesiology, this holistic approach makes it possible for effective and gentle work to be done on the areas that are the most important for reducing back pain and enhancing good posture for a healthy back.
Full-color throughout with lavish and clear illustrations of the back's anatomy, this book features step-by-step photos with 80 exercise routines that meet the requirements for a healthy back. These routines can be customized with the self-assessment exercise provided. Thus the exercises can focus precisely on each person's specific needs and desired outcome.
The Spinal Training method can be used by anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Each training plan can be individually adapted to the nature of the specific pain, for any type of posture, degree of flexibility, muscle strength, or the time available to regain normal back strength.
Whether the goal is to simply maintain a healthy and happy back or to reduce and eliminate pain, this books offers the right tools to make the back feel better, no matter what the condition may be.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Harvey, a kinesiologist, osteopath, and athlete, wrote this extremely useful compilation of exercise techniques in response to his patients' requests for a good back exercise book that didn't just center on one popular method. His spinal training regimen combines a number of exercise methods, such as yoga, Pilates, advanced stretching, rehabilitation exercises, qigong, and breathing exercises, as well as the principles of osteopathy, biomechanics, and the Godelieve Denys-Struyf method (a way to stabilize the spine that combines several therapies, including stretching, manual massage, reflex techniques, and muscle stimulation). Harvey's method does not require any expensive equipment and can be done almost anywhere. The average time to complete a training session is 15 minutes a day, but Harvey writes that even five minutes on a regular basis can be beneficial. The first five chapters provide information about the back: anatomy, causes of pain, diagnoses, posture, and effective training exercises. The next two chapters consist of 80 clearly illustrated exercises and 35 exercise routines. Readers can choose which exercises suit their health issues and lifestyle, though Harvey recommends that readers consult with a doctor first. This excellent book is highly recommended for its frank, thoughtful examination of back pain and cornucopia of spinal training exercises that should suit even readers who can only manage brief exercise. (Mar.)