8 Steps to A Pain-free Back

8 Steps to A Pain-free Back

Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot

Book - 2008
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With a fresh approach to a common problem, this self-help guide to overcoming back pain advocates adopting the natural, healthy posture of athletes, young children, and people from traditional societies the world over. Arguing that most of what our culture has taught us about posture is misguided--even unhealthy--and exploring the current epidemic of back pain, many of the commonly cited reasons for the degeneration of spinal discs and the stress on muscles that leads to back pain are examined and debunked. The historical and anthropological roots of poor posture in Western cultures are studied as is the absence of back pain complaints in the cultures of Africa, Asia, South America, and rural Europe. Eight detailed chapters provide illustrated step-by-step instructions for making simple, powerful changes to seated, standing, and sleeping positions. No special equipment or exercise is required, and effects are often immediate.

Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Pendo Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780979303609
Branch Call Number: 617.564 OVERSIZE
Characteristics: xvii, 227 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,28 cm
Additional Contributors: Adams, Susan 1944-
Alternative Title: Eight steps to a pain-free back


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Jun 20, 2017

I am a certified Gokhale Method teacher offering Free Workshops, Initial Consultations and the Gokhale Method Foundation Course here in Edmonton.
If you would like to talk to me please look at my info on the Gokhale Method website:
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Jul 05, 2015

Esther Gokhake's book does an excellent job of describing natural movement, posture, and gives great exercises that will benefit most people. Even though there is nothing new nor ground-breaking in this book, and many practitioners already recommend similar techniques with their clients, I will recommend it to my patients since it does such a great job of explaining the relationship between posture and back pain, and gives detailed explanations of how and why to do the exercises that I already prescribe.

Apr 14, 2014

I am uncertain about the principles of the Gokhale method, but she does have students/patients who find success through her methods. A review of the exercises in the back of the book shows that there are some good exercises, such as those for strengthening the feet, upon which everything all our weight must be balanced.

Apr 02, 2012

Esther Gokhale's method helped me go from being unable to walk around the block for fear of ending up unable to make it home due to crippling back spasms, to, within a year, walking about and even working stacking wood. I had not been able to do such things for the previous 20 years.

Decades of my following the advice of MDs and physio's had led me to have such deeply established bad habits that doing what she suggests in the book was not easy for me... I was helped a great deal by having others observe me and note things I had been unaware of falling into (as we did trial walks ).

But as time passed, not only was I able to avoid the crippling back spasms but an injury to my left knee that had made walking difficult also stopped bothering me so long as I followed Ms. Gokhale's insightful ideas.


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