“Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain,” Pete Egoscue (1998) taught me to better understand my knee and back pains and to make my life happier, more active, and less painful.
Most of us think of pain as our enemy. This book shows pain is a gift like loving nagging, designed to help us correct our mistakes. Joint, muscle and skeletal pain are often to tell us that we are not using our bodies correctly, employing the wrong muscles for the job, often because the muscles that are supposed to do the work have forgotten their jobs. Medical advice and treatment often make the underlying problems worse by attacking the pain rather than the cause.
“Pain Free” looks at common pain problems, explains their causes, and prescribes exercises to help correct them. It includes a short set of maintenance exercises to help folks in our activity-deprived culture maintain painless, efficient function so that we can move through life with greater ease.
Most of us suffer from chronic physical activity deprivation. Rather than responding to chronic pain by less activity (and adding medication or surgery), this book teaches how the opposite is frequently more effective.