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The Truth About Low Back Pain by Gage Permar, DPT, begins with the first step in curing back pain – understanding what it is and is not. The book continues with a rather unusual suggestion that the present method of drugs and surgery are grossly ineffective in healing this. The author then suggests a comprehensive healing process involving all aspects of physical management of pain. Correcting one's posture, exercises specifically aimed at preserving natural flexion of the body, and modifying one's manner of doing things the author asserts with confidence possess the ultimate power to relieve back pain. To this end, a rather exhaustive list of physical exercises to follow as well as the recommended styles and postures contained in this book will certainly be of great use.
The Truth About Low Back Pain by Gage Permar, DPT, is a comprehensive study of back pain problems. Though the author’s approach to the physical remedy is quite complete as far as exercises go, alternate systems of medicine like Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Naturopathy etc are not covered in this analysis. From my personal experience, I can say that while exercises can make a lot of difference to the occurrence or recurrence of pain, alternate systems of medicine are not completely useless, especially for curing an already painful condition. This is a very useful book; it not only suggests different physical exercises suitable for various joints and parts of our body, but also enables one in preventing the incidence of such painful conditions by suggesting an appropriate body posture, even for regular daily activities like sitting, sleeping, etc. Good printing and high quality, clear illustrations make this book easy to read and follow.