Item description for The Pilates Back Book: Heal Neck, Back, and Shoulder Pain With Easy Pilates Stretches by Tia Stanmore...
The Pilates craze has swept the nation, and everyone from celebrities to college students to homemakers are in on it. They know that Pilates can grant tremendous fitness benefits, that it can stretch and tone and strengthen, and that the exercises are fun to do. But most people aren't aware that Pilates stretches can relieve pain, too.
Back pain is the number one cause for missing work in America. Millions of people suffer from back pain and are unable to find relief from drugs or surgery. Pilates is a collection of exercises for strengthening the spine, and it can relieve chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain for good.
The Pilates Back Book is the first book to highlight the pain-relieving properties of Pilates. Readers will discover: -The link between muscles and back pain-and how to use that knowledge to prevent further injury. -How to design a personal Pilates program for specific types of pain. -Exactly how to do the Pilates stretches through lavish full-color photos.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.62" Width: 10.3" Height: 0.51" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2002
Publisher Fair Winds Press
ISBN 1931412898 ISBN13 9781931412896
Availability 0 units.
More About Tia Stanmore
Stanmore is a member of the Pilates Foundation and is a Pilates instructor at The Third Space in London. She has presented numerous conferences and training sessions on the use of Pilates in Physiotherapy. She is a Board Member for Dance UK Physiotherapy Advisory Board and has developed a role in injury prevention and in skill training for dancers.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Pilates Back Book: Heal Neck, Back, and Shoulder Pain With Easy Pilates Stretches?
A good introduction to Pilates Jan 12, 2007
I bought this book because I thought it might help me ease my back pain. I didn't know anything about Pilates, and this book gives excellent explanations of the fundamental principles. It also has easy-to-follow instructions for the exercises. I like the way it gives different programs for different purposes. I haven't gotten very far with it yet, because I'm not strong enough to do many of the exercises. As far as I've gone, it's been very good.
includes positions hurtful for those with back problems Oct 27, 2006
I am very disappointed in this book. I bought it specifically because I wanted to continue with Pilates even with two bulging disks. Unfortunately, this book includes positions that my physical therapist said are most stressful on the spine. He said never to use the "V-shape" position and that very position appears on several pages of this book. The book includes the basic Pilates exercises that probably contributed to my back injuries in the first place. My therapist had recommended a Pilates class taught by physical therapists. I could not take that class and was hoping this book would be along those same lines. It was not.
Great book for back pain sufferers. Simple and effective! Jun 6, 2006
This is a wonderful well illustrated book with easy to perform exercises that are effective for back pain. The descriptions are easy to follow and there is not an overwhelming amount of detail.
Many of the exercises presented are the same ones that I was encouraged to perform as part of my rehabilitation from back surgery. However, the descriptions of the exercises were much better than what I got from my physical therapist.
One shortcoming of the book is that although the descriptions of the exercises are good, they can be even clearer. Overall, however, they are adequate and anyone with a back problem will certainly get their money's worth.
I also highly recommend "Back Care Basics" by Mary Pullig Schatz. This book presents anatomical detail well, a variety of progressive programs and nicely compliments and augments the material in the Pilates Back Book.
Great entry-level text for cranky backs Aug 1, 2005
I had purchased Ungaro's Body in Motion and Siler's Pilates Body to begin doing pilates, as they were generally the most respected texts. But my back couldn't handle the most basic level of some of the introductory exercises. This book, however, along with King and Green's Back Strengthening Workout, has given me a sequence of exercises and modifications that (I can already feel after two weeks of use) will get me where I want to be. The introduction to this book is a little too technical on anatomical detail, and the Ungaro and Siler books are superior in terms of illustration and textual guidance at the advanced levels, but without this I'd be quitting and/or hurting before I ever got going with Pilates.
Pilates Basics May 10, 2005
If you ever taken a mat class you will know these exercises front and back, if you haven't then this very basic book will show you how to do the moves without hurting yourself for the most part. The straight leg positions are not the most comfortable position to be in when your low back hurts you. I like the floor movements on your back.