Pilates is enjoying a surge in popularity as more people discover the way it improves strength, muscle tone, flexibility, and stamina; relieves joint and back pain; and reduces stress. The method, created by Joseph Pilates, is based on strengthening core muscles while increasing the flexibility of the supporting muscle groups. This book details Pilates’ original floor program, with newly revised descriptions and step-by-step photos of the exercises. This new edition contains information on daily living patterns that can disrupt the body’s biomechanics; back-strengthening routines for sports like golf, tennis, and racquetball; exercises for computer users – upper back, neck, and shoulder routines; more advanced versions of the original exercises; and the stamina stretch, to increase breathing capacity and support abdominals before each exercise. In addition, the book offers an introduction to the history and philosophy of the Pilates system, information specifically for athletes, a chapter addressing pain relief, and helpful illustrations and worksheets.
The Complete Guide to Joseph H. Pilates’ Techniques of Physical Conditioning: With Special Help for Back Pain and Sports Training
EIGHTY-FIVE PERCENT OF AMERICANS suffer from some type of back pain and our sedentary lifestyles only exacerbate the problem. Drugs and surgery are costly solutions for easing the symptoms. This book, written by physical therapy experts at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago–the top ranking rehab hospital in the nation–empowers you to take control of your pain by managing it, so that its impact on your life is minimized. Emphasis is placed on using posture, positioning, and movement to ease, relieve, and prevent the reoccurrence of pain. Presented in a clear style, the book describes a better way of thinking about daily movements and activities and how they can influence the production of pain; it addresses immediate pain relief, good moves/bad moves for everyday activities, and provides strategic exercises for long-term relief. In this new edition, more functional exercises have been added along with positioning recommendations for workouts on gym equipment. The Back Pain Book includes thorough guidance on how to: achieve quick pain relief heal and prevent pain during all of your daily activities perform all types of exercise, from gentle stretching to vigorous movement The Back Pain Book offers user-friendly features such as: hundreds of helpful line drawings clear, easy-to-follow instructions complete cross references to help you locate all treatment procedures for your particular problem THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO has been ranked the best rehabilitation hospital in America by U.S. News and World Report for fourteen consecutive years. It was founded in 1954 and is the nation’s first freestanding rehabilitation hospital.
The Back Pain Book: A Self-help Guide For The Daily Relief Of Back And Neck Pain