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Starting today, you don't have to live in pain.
That
is the revolutionary message of this breakthrough system for eliminating
chronic pain without drugs, surgery, or expensive physical therapy.
Developed by Pete Egoscue, a nationally renowned physiologist and sports
injury consultant to some of today's top athletes, the Egoscue Method
has an astounding 95 percent success rate. The key is a series of gentle
exercises and carefully constructed stretches called E-cises. Inside
you'll find detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions for
dozens of e-cizes specifically designed to provide quick and lasting
relief of:
  • Lower back pain, hip problems, sciatica, and
    bad knees
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and even some forms of
    arthritis
  • Migraines and other headaches, stiff neck, fatigue,
    sinus problems, vertigo, and TMJ
  • Shin splints, varicose veins,
    sprained or weak ankles, and many foot ailments
  • Bursitis,
    tendinitis, and rotator cuff problems
  • Plus special preventive
    programs for maintaining health through the entire body.
With
this book in hand, you're on your way to regaining the greatest gift of
all: a pain-free body! With the help of Pete Egoscue's revolutionary
program of quick stretches and strength-building exercises, you can cure
chronic pain, and do it naturally.
Pete Egoscue has shown
thousands of individuals, corporations, schools, and championship sports
teams how to eliminate pain without investing in expensive ergonomic
devices or resorting to surgery or drug therapies.  His
groundbreaking book, with nearly 50,000 hardcover copies sold, shows
readers how to:
  • Relieve lower back pain
  • Improve
    hip problems, sciatica, and bad knees
  • Relieve migraines and
    other headaches, stiff neck, fatigue, sinus problems, vertigo, and
    TMJ
  • Relieve painful problems, like carpal tunnel syndrome,
    often misdiagnosed as arthritis
  • Prevent injuries and maintain
    health through stretching programs for the entire body
Filled
with easy instructions, photos, and line illustrations throughout, this
book will provide quick, effective pain relief.

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Reviews for Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain:

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June 15, 2017

Most amazing method EVER. I speak from experience from multiple injuries and a full recovery from them all.
This book, or rather this method, completely changed my life after 1 neck injury and 2 repetitive stress shoulder injuries:

I had a friend tell me about this book and I had it on my shelf and would thumb through it occasionally and LIKE ALL OF THE PEOPLE LEAVING NEGATIVE REVIEWS I THOUGHT THIS DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANY HELP. After my first shoulder injury, a year in PT and yoga therapy I tossed this book straight into the garbage. Fast forward a year later and I hurt my shoulder AGAIN only WORSE! PT and yoga therapy got me out of pain but I never actually recovered - I couldn't get back to the computer (I was a graphic designer) or any work. I just kinda blamed the computer for my problems.

Welp, after I hurt my shoulder the second time, that really messed up my body. I lost a lot of muscle in recovery and everything got super tight all over my body, even with PT. So I remembered this book and purchased it again hoping it would help my tight calfs and hamstrings. I read it, understood the concepts and then tried the menu for tight calfs. It changed my life. In one day. I could move my back again. My calfs weren't tight. Like it was crazy - these exercises look ridiculous to someone who compares them to any other "normal" exercises or PT. Let me explain the difference to anybody who will hopefully listen.

Modern medicine and physical therapy ONLY work on the thing that hurts. They don't take into account the entire body and what could be really causing it. It is not holistic in the slightest. Trust me, I've been in 3 rounds of PT! Sure they might say hey strengthen your core in addition to what you have injured. Um, yeah, not the problem or the solution. Ever.

Yoga and flexibility exercises will also not answer your tight muscle problems. Sure you may feel better because you are literally stretching the fibers and the nerves, but it will not cure your problem and here's why: You are stretching the top layers of muscles, the superficial ones. But you are tight because the deep, super tight muscles are tight. You ain't never gonna get those babies to loosen up with normal stretches that only target the top layer of tightness. You're ALSO tight because you, like most people in the world who have a more sedentary and stressful life, have huge muscle compensation problems. Take me for example. Perpetual neck and shoulder tightness no matter what I did! Welp, come to find out, my hips were tight and weak A.F. and as soon as Egoscue fixed that for me, my shoulders released their tightness on their own. Like, so much so, I'd equate a SINGLE MONTH of Egoscue, twice a day, to basically what an ENTIRE YEAR of PT and yoga therapy couldn't even do for me. Yoga may make you more flexible and strengthen you somewhat, BUT, you are still not using the correct muscles to move correctly and exist in the world as your physical body was made to exist and move. My Egoscue therapist tells me on the regular of yoga people who come in and can touch the floor easily but who have crazy back pain and problems because they're body is not moving correctly REGARDLESS OF THEIR FLEXIBILITY. LIMBER DOES NOT EQUAL MOVING CORRECTLY.

Also, since everybody loves to try to be skinny and have abs: ALSO not going to help. With weight training and running and the likes, you are literally strengthening your muscle COMPENSATIONS and will eventually be really screwed because you're just asking to hurt yourself. When your joints don't move properly, neither will the rest of your body. And any like "leg lifts" and "squats" and the like are using huge muscle groups. Not the smaller muscle groups that are more like the fine motor skills of movement. BIG MUSCLES DO NOT EQUAL HEALTH OR PAIN FREE OR MOVING CORRECTLY. This is also where PT lacks, hugely. And the health and wellness industry in its entirety.

And lastly, manual therapy. Massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc. NEVER LASTS. It feels good in the moment but you have to keep going back. Why? Because if you're weak in the areas of your body that need to be strong and strong in the areas of the body that need to be weak or rather, take a back seat, you will always have problems in those areas no matter how good a massage or adjustment feels. It won't help in the long run, ever. Every time you go, you should just throw your money out the window and drive away, because that's the net benefit to your body.

After 6 years of increasing back pain, a neck injury, 2 shoulder injuries, and not being able to feel "free" in my body at the age of 31, I took to this like white on rice (after I threw the book away once, hehe). With the amount of PT and yoga therapy I did, I never should have had another relapse of the same shoulder injury. I go to the Egoscue clinic down the street and LIVE EGOSCUE, I do my exercises every day and have been able to completely change the posture of my entire body, fix my shoulders completely and get back to not only working on the computer again PAIN FREE but to be more active PAIN FREE as well. It's incredible. It's like getting handed back my life. Give it a try and reap the benefits! Be a critic and live pain full.
5

December 1, 2017

I cannot say enough good things about this book
I cannot say enough good things about this book. Here's my story.. I've had neck pain on and off for the past 9 years or so. Stiffness, knots, periods of about 2-3 days where I couldn't move it at all, but after those 3 days it would always resolve itself. Well about 3-4 months ago, I woke up one morning and I couldn't move my neck back and felt like I had gotten hit with a baseball bat in the back of my neck. As usual I assumed after a couple days it would loosen up after using some ibuprofen, cold compresses, etc. Well, unfortunately that was not the case. For the next 6 weeks I was in pain 24 hours a day. I was getting shooting pains down my arms, tingling in my fingers, muscle spasms all over my neck, headaches, knots that felt like I was being stabbed in the back of my neck.. it was torture. I went to the chiropractor 3 times a week for about 3 weeks which only cleared up the numbness, was very pricey and made my neck worse, I went for acupuncture which only provided temporary relief.. basically I tried everything holistic I could before I could get in to see a spine specialist. Nothing was helping. All day long I used hot/cold compresses, took massive amounts of ibuprofen, I bought a couple new pillows, a neck massager, went for massages, took hot Epson salt baths every night... everything I could possibly think of and no relief came or it was very temporary. One night I went to the ER because I couldn't deal with the pain anymore. They confirmed I had a herniated disc between C4 and C5 in my spine and referred me to a specialist. I suspected they would prescribe pain killers, possible steroid injections, physical therapy and if those things didn't work, likely surgery.. I was devastated. To top this all off, I'm only 30 years old and I have an 8 month old son I stay home with full time so picking him up became impossible, I was barely sleeping because I was never comfortable so constantly exhausted and in general I could barely take care of my baby. I truly started to become incredibly depressed. It was horrendous.

Flash forward 6 weeks, I googled on a whim.. "How I fixed my chronic neck pain". I began coming across articles about how our poor posture year after year really wears on our neck. With that in mind, I began keeping my shoulders back as much as possible (no more slouching) and tried to stay as straight as possible. It helped slightly but I knew I'd have to work on that for a long time to come to actually see any difference. So then I came across an article a guy wrote where he had 6 HERNIATED DISCS in his neck and fixed them all in a few months by utilizing the exercise's in this book. My first though, "Yeah freakin right". Of course, I was skeptical but I was beyond desperate so I figured why not, and I ordered the book. I followed the instructions for the neck "e-cises" to a T. Did them in the exact order, for the time instructed every single day. Well, wouldn't you know.. in 2 days, my pain was gone. 2 DAYS! I was shocked. I literally cried the morning I woke up and realized I had zero pain. It was truly a miracle.

As I write this review, it's been about 8 weeks since I started the egoscue regimen, but I continue to do it daily and will do so for several months. Randomly I get some slight stiffness here and there, but shortly after I do the e-cises I feel a worlds better. (I chalk this up to the fact that because I have a herniated disc, it's going to take some time to get back to 100%.) One of the exercise's I do, where you sit up against a wall with your legs straight out in front of you, when I take deep breaths, I can literally feel a subtle popping in my neck. Not painful at all, but a popping like my neck is going back into alignment. It's so satisfying to know I could fix this debilitating problem all on my own with just about 20 minutes a day. I feel like a better Mom again, I'm sleeping better, more active, and in general beyond grateful I came across this book. I can't vouch for any other area's of the body because my pain was strictly in my neck so I only did those e-cises, but if they could clear up my pain in 2 days, I guarantee these methods will work for other areas of pain. Just amazing. So for all those out there suffering in pain, please know this. I was as skeptical as you are. I was as frustrated and depressed as you are, I was at my whits end and felt like I was either going to deal with dangerous pain killers forever or surgery that may not even work. You are not alone! Please just give this book a try and know there is real hope out there and you will get better. Best of luck to all of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart, Pete Egoscue!
5

February 21, 2018

BUY THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY
YES, YES, YES, YES, AND YES!!! Kind of unbelievable. I've been in misery for more than 10 years. The worst pain is caused by constant relentless muscle spasms in my back. The spasms are caused by nerves that are telling my back not to move because something is wrong. The 11 slipped discs, compressed vertebrae, spinal stenosis, mild scoliosis and arthritis are the things telling my nerves to tell my muscles not to move. Horrible pain that I can't even begin to describe. The only people that can imagine are the ones reading this who are going through it. You guys know who you are and you know the feeling I'm describing. I've been to physical therapy, I don't know, 15 times? I'm currently in it again, been in for about 3 months now, and I like this place. Finally it seems someone knows what they're doing. However up until midway through P.T. I still had, and still do have but to a lesser degree, the back spasms because once they kick in there is absolutely no getting rid of them. Literally a 10 year muscle spasm. Horrible. So my pain management doctor who gave me some corticosteroid injections, which did help the horrible lumbar ache, recommended this book to me and I figured it's worth a shot because I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain and I'll do whatever it takes. I get the book. I read it. I start to do the exercises everyday and I'm not kidding you within a week I begin to notice a reduction in pain. I'm not joking even little. If you're asking how I can go from chronic debilitating pain everyday for 10 years to a reduction in pain within a week despite being in P.T. for a month I don't have an answer for you other than the guy who wrote the book, Pete, knows what he's talking about and he'll teach you about your body and how it works and how to get it back. When I say "exercises" don't be afraid, I don't mean working hard and sweating because these things don't even approach that level. They're more of what I would consider to be passive stretching and body weight loading techniques. Anyway to sum it up, 10 plus years of chronic pain has taken my life away from me. I started another round of P.T. in November, I got the book in late December or early January and as I'm typing this the muscle spasms have decreased by about 65-70% which is huge if you had any idea of the amount of pain I was in. I'm ripping it up when I go to the P.T. clinic and my therapist said that there's some "spring" returning to my spine, I'm ripping it up at home continuing with my P.T. routine as well as the routines in this book and for the last week I've been doing yoga for at least an hour and a half per day and I haven't felt this good since my early 20's and I'm 38. This book will help you. Whether it's your feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders, neck, elbows, wrists, everything, this book will you help you relieve pain if not eliminate it all together. You just have to give it a shot. That's all you have to do and that's all you can do. Someone once said "Do what you can with what you have where you are". Let's look at that in reverse order and if you're like I was, and pretty much still am but I'm working hard to change it, you're "in hell, you don't have much, but you can DO". Enough of the agony. Enough of the sleepless nights. Enough feeling irritated by people all the time. You don't have anything to lose but pain. My advice, and you should take it because I've suffered horribly, is to get the book and put in the hour per day that it calls for depending on what part or parts of your body hurt, and judge for yourself. I think you'll find you'll be the next one leaving a 5 star review. Thanks for reading this and THANK YOU PETE FOR PUTTING ALL YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING TOGETHER INTO AN EASY TO READ BOOK THAT HELPS THOSE SUFFERING IN PAIN TO ALLEVIATE AND/OR ELIMINATE THAT PAIN. THANKS VERY MUCH.
5

December 21, 2018

Pain Free for Mom With Back Pain & Son with Scoliosis
December 21, 2018: Below is my original review I wrote 12 years ago. I noticed recently it got deleted as a review, but I saved it. I still do Egoscue exercises regularly – at age 60, they keep me in shape for hiking, biking, & kayaking. In 2014, back pain returned when I was not doing them very often, but Egoscue saved the day again. I visited the clinic about 1.5 years ago and they gave me great exercises for tennis elbow.

Pain Free for Mom With Back Pain & Son with Scoliosis, July 10, 2006

Almost a year ago, in July 2005, I happened to find "Pain Free" searching on Amazon.com. After reading the reviews, I ordered the book and read it on vacation. Six years ago, I had such debilitating back pain that I couldn't sit in a hard chair without a donut cushion. About 6 months later a doctor determined I needed orthodics and when I wore them I realized only my right arch was failing. The orthodics eliminated my back pain by about 90%. However, through the years, I had other problems: occasional sciatic nerve pain, right ankle and arch pain & sprains, extreme back pain from running on hot sand, left hip locking up and getting progressively worse locking up once a month for up to 5 hours, my right hip cramping when I sat for long periods, etc. etc.

"Pain Free" made so much sense. I pulled muscles in my right hip and leg 10 years ago, and this was considered a major athletic injury. I always thought there was a connection. After reading the book, I got on the Internet, found the Egoscue website, and went to a clinic two hours away. After 3 chiropractors, 2 accupuncturists, one physical therapist, one podiatrist, one orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hips, my own doctor, and x-rays & MRIs of my hips and back, THE EGOSCUE THERAPIST was able to tell me what was wrong by merely looking at me! My right hip was considerably higher than my left hip and tilted forward. After the injury 10 years ago, I apparently started to favor my left side, which began the hip discrepancy. My right shoulder was slightly higher and my shoulders were stooped forward. I looked as bad as figure 8 on page 32 in Pete Egoscue's book "The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion". I was stunned. I read this book after reading "Pain Free" and visiting the clinic.

I have been doing Egoscue exercises since last August via three visits to the clinic and sending updates of profile pictures via the Internet. My hips are level, my posture has changed completely and is close to normal, my left hip locked up once last December for 5 minutes, and here is the most outrageous improvement of all: I have been walking barefoot without pain for several hours a day for more than a month!!!!! Egoscue told me I would get my arch back, and it is indeed returning!

Please don't stop reading yet. My son was screened for SCOLIOSIS this past year at school. After a doctor's visit and x-rays which showed a 15-degree deviation, I contacted the Egoscue therapist and made an appointment for the end of January. Before the appointment, the pediatrician referred my son to an orthopedic surgeon/spine specialist. During the visit, I told him about Egoscue. He interrupted and said "Studies show exercise does not help scoliosis, only bracing and surgery. Do nothing. I will see you in 4 months." My son did not buy his party line; he had been taking my profile pictures and had seen my change. After 3 months of doing Egoscue exercises (only about half the time) he improved by 4 degrees, showing an 11-degree deviation. I know the next set of x-rays will show more improvement!

What else can I say? The results we have seen with Egoscue have defied the wisdom of many doctors. I believe the Lord lead me to "Pain Free" and Egoscue: 2 Chronicles 16:12. Best Wishes for your Health!

UPDATE: February 2009

When I returned to teaching after the summer of 2006, standing most of the day on hard floors, my right foot pain returned. I found out that a bruised (talus) bone in my ankle was causing the problem, a result of the injury from 12 years ago. I had two right ankle surgeries in 2007. Through all of this I continued to do the Egoscue exercises which kept my posture in proper form.

I am glad I found Egoscue first before I had the surgeries because the exercises helped me to recover quickly & when I did my body was aligned properly and I am an avid hiker at age 50! I am Pain Free & Problem Free - it is almost unbelievable. I was so happy to turn 50!

Egosue's philosophy is this: Muscles control bones. If your posture or spine are not aligned correctly (due to an injury or lack of use) it can change. The exercises reprogram the muscles and bones to get back to their original design. It works but you must be committed to completing the exercises.
5

February 7, 2017

Easy to follow, great results!
I have bought several copies of this book, one for myself and the others for family and friends. I first came to know about Pete Egoscue when I stumbled on his radio show many years ago and would listen as people would call in, he would give them little exercises to do while on the phone, and they would always notice a difference in their pain right away. I used it to help ease darn near debilitating sciatic pain when I was pregnant with my second child, and then later for shoulder pain when my children were older and I had thrown things out of whack loading them into car seats. I just sent this particular copy to my mom who also suffers from sciatica and various aches and pains. The exercises are easy to follow and doable for virtually any activity level.
5

February 24, 2018

25 years of pain gone the first day. Seriously.
My husband has suffered from *bad* back pain for over 25 years (spinal stenosis, bulging discs, etc), and the first day he did the hip e-cises, the pain vanished. He couldn't believe it, but he now does the e-cises every day and continues to live without pain. I've been dealing with hip pain for 1.5 years, and each time I do what Egoscue suggests in the book the pain diminishes. For me, it does come back, but I can always do the e-cises again. If you've been suffering from debilitating pain (back, hip, shoulder, etc.) give this a try. All it takes is your time (and not very much of that!) It's really that simple.
5

Jun 17, 2016

I teach Aqua Yoga and water fitness to 'mostly' the old fart generation. ( 'mostly' for fun as it provides a service which I can offer). Aqua Yoga is growing in popularity. It's a wonderful exercise choice for 'seniors'.....and those recovering from injuries.
While raising my own daughters, I taught Physical Education in a private school.....(Phys. Ed. Director for middle school kids). All the kids were taller than me... Not necessarily faster...but all taller.
I grew up as a gymnastic ....a I teach Aqua Yoga and water fitness to 'mostly' the old fart generation. ( 'mostly' for fun as it provides a service which I can offer). Aqua Yoga is growing in popularity. It's a wonderful exercise choice for 'seniors'.....and those recovering from injuries.
While raising my own daughters, I taught Physical Education in a private school.....(Phys. Ed. Director for middle school kids). All the kids were taller than me... Not necessarily faster...but all taller.
I grew up as a gymnastic ....a swimmer... a physical kid....who couldn't get enough of
'playing'.
I went to school to see my friends....
If I could have majored in 'fun' at UC Berkeley in 1970...I would have.....but since they didn't approve - Kinesiology was going to have to do.
Little did I know....I had to take organic chemistry and physics.

The only classes that were warming my 'heart' were my English classes. It was the first time in my life that I actually 'loved' the books we were reading.
Classroom discussions were exhilarating!
However, sure I had no business hanging out with readers & writers - ( I was falling in love in a foreign country that wasn't my home)....I remained committed to what I had more experience with: 'the human body'....studying how and why it moves.
Truth is, anyone who studies Kinesiology loves 'the human body' and MOVING!

I have a library of Heath -type book...am a certified nutritional consultant...but have been retired for many years.
I don't spend a lot of my time studying new advance methods of ways to increase the quality of physical health today....( I rather read a novel, hike, or swim)....
but one of 'the ladies' from my water class bought Paul and I this book.

Truthfully ....there is not much new in this book that I don't already know ( spine prevention has been a pet peeve of mine - and the exercises I do and show others are like breathing air to me - simple - easy - but important. ( especially when you consider one out of four adults have back problems). ....I have no back problem. Yet... a spine injury or chronic back pain can be debilitating..( stops life enjoyment). Spine prevention programs ought to be taught to children before they are allowed to participate in sports. I always taught my kids. ( so they took ownership in preventing themselves from getting hurt) ....the best the could of course.

I've read 'many' books of this subject ... and for home use, THIS IS A DECENT USEFUL BOOK!!!
Thankfully... these days... I'm pain free....but Paul still lives with pain from an accident he had almost 2 years ago. He started doing some of these exercises in this book last night... ( helped a little).

If you have pain in any part of your body....back, neck, elbows, ( like Paul), wrists, ( like Paul), hands, ( like Paul), ... fingers, hips, knees, feet, headaches, sports injuries, etc....
this is a useful book to own and follow suggestions insides. There are photos with clear descriptions.

I just checked Amazon - haven't Goodreads yet... to see how most people feel about this book...
Here are the stats: 1,059 people reviewed it.
77% 5 stars
12% 4 stars
6% 3 stars
3% 2 stars
2% 1 star

BOTTOM LINE.....we want to feel good...pain free...enjoy an active life no matter what our ages are. Having a book around the house like this - sometimes inspires!

Cheers to good Heath!

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5

November 2, 2017

Get this book and get out of pain
I wrote a review of this book almost 20 years ago and I'm writing another now--this is by far the most effective method I have ever found for any and all pains. When I first read it, I was about a month away from starting law school, but after two back operations I could barely spend any time sitting, spent a good portion of the day in bed to relieve the pain, and I had no idea how I would attend classes. After two weeks of doing the exercises, exactly as instructed, my back pain was down by 80% and law school was a breeze. And other pains started to disappear--knee pain that kept me from hiking--gone. Shoulder pain that kept me from swimming--gone. After a month I was exercising more than I had been able to for twenty years. This book was truly a miracle.

And, twenty years later, it continues to be an incredible source. The one pain that the book did not solve was chronic hip pain; a few years ago I had arthroscopic surgery to correct femoral acetabular impingement, and the surgeon found that my labrums on both sides were torn to pieces. Well, that explained the pain. But the hip pain was coming back after the surgery, making walking painful. I turned, once again, to the Egoscue. exercises and, again, after only a week, a huge reduction in pain, so much that I'm walking three times further, with one tenth the pain. I once again am astonished at the effectiveness of such simple exercises.

Get this book and give it a try--you have nothing to lose but your pain!
5

June 11, 2017

so far so good
I've been doing the Egoscue method for less than a week and my pain is already 95% gone. I've been in nearly constant pain for the last two years. I've spent thousands of dollars going to doctors and they barely helped me at all. I went to a general physician, a pain doctor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, physical therapist and none of them helped much. Tonight was the first time I watched a movie pain free in two years. Once you suffer from chronic pain you finally realize how much you value just doing simple things. I finally have my life back. Thank you Pete Egoscue.
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Nov 09, 2012

I'm a mostly healthy guy, in my late-40s, and dealing with the sorts of mobility issues that creep up and become a big deal -- specifically Plantar Fasciitis. I skipped straight to the exercises at the end of the book, and found my fasciitis gradually improving. More significantly, I noticed while dressing that a shoulder "tweak" I'd learned to ignore over the years had disappeared.

Three things need to be said. First of all, I've yet to encounter a fitness/health book that isn't framed with an I'm a mostly healthy guy, in my late-40s, and dealing with the sorts of mobility issues that creep up and become a big deal -- specifically Plantar Fasciitis. I skipped straight to the exercises at the end of the book, and found my fasciitis gradually improving. More significantly, I noticed while dressing that a shoulder "tweak" I'd learned to ignore over the years had disappeared.

Three things need to be said. First of all, I've yet to encounter a fitness/health book that isn't framed with an evangelical my-way-or-the-highway language, and Pain Free is no exception. I find it off-putting. Our species has been around for a few million years, and we're still figuring things out. Discoveries should be celebrated of course, but we're still short one cure for Death. A little humility and a dash of humour to keep things in perspective goes a long way to making palatable prose.

Secondly: good Lord, these exercises are tedious! Nothing a person does can change that: they are designed to do exactly what they are meant to do, and they do it very well. But don't expect any excitement (I'm bench-pressing 200! I got my brown belt! I ran my fastest mile!) to enter into it, ever.

Lastly, a minor kvetch: I'd love to see a version of this book that illustrates the exercises using everyday objects like chairs and phone books, etc. Specially constructed blocks and props are great for the Egoscue studios (which I understand are doing a brisk business). And it's not that difficult for a person of modest intelligence to supply home based substitutes for what she sees in the book. But, corresponding to my first observation, any nudge away from the Fitness Guru penchant for exclusivity would be welcome. ...more
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June 15, 2018

Don't be foolish - buy the book - help yourself!
Oh my gosh - this book is a must read!!!!! It is a life changer for anyone in pain. Stop letting doctors put a name on your pain - just do the Egoscue method in this book and change your life. I have bought multiple copies of this and Pete's other books as gifts. I recommend Pete's books to anyone that will listen! He understands the body better than any doctor. You can go onto his website and listen to a few of his old radio shows and hear about all the innovative moves he recommended to callers to ease their pains. Totally amazing. I had a lot of pain but my hands bothered me the most. I put my back to my kitchen counter, stepped out about 2ft and put the top of my foot up on the counter. Stood there for a minute. Then did the same on the other foot. The pain in my hands was gone. This showed me that the cause had nothing to do with my hands. Carpal Tunnel surgery would have done more damage than good. I live totally pain free because of Pete Egoscue. I feel totally blessed to have found his books. I have read them all and am a true believer. I can't stop telling everyone about this book. I truly wish everyone would read it and do the exercises. Pete proves over and over again that all the stuff doctors put a name on and want to do surgery for are completely curable without a doctor's intervention. We just have to believe in our own knowledge of our bodies. We have to believe in our own bodies innate ability to heal. Doctors don't heal you. Your body will heal itself! But ultimately it's up to you to do these very easy exercises. If you don't do them - than this a waste of your money. I get up early every morning and do the exercises. I also bought the 2 DVD program because that really makes it easy for me. I just turn on the DVD and follow along each morning. At 68 this program allows me to be very agile. Every day I meet people much younger than I am who can barely walk - I tell them about this method hoping that they will listen. Next time I see them they are still a mess. The answer is always that you can lead that horse to water but you can't make him drink it. We live in such a disbelieving society that many people won't try to help themselves. They don't believe in their own bodies ability to heal. Buy the book or not - do the exercises or not - you are the only one that can make that choice. You are the only one that can change your life. It again is the old saying - You are your own worst enemy. Just do it and rejoice in the knowledge that you did it - you cured yourself. Motion is life gives and sustaining. I thank you Pete Egoscue!
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December 29, 2018

Cured my disabiity!
I was bedridden for 4-6 months unable to stand or walk because of excruciating hip pain! I did 2 recommended isometrics to wake up my "dead butt" and within 4 days was TOTALLY PAIN FREE!
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Aug 24, 2014


Rather remarkable for severe, disabling Myofascial Pain, Chronic Fatigue, and Sleep Disorders. If you've got Fibromyalgia or related chronic pain conditions, try this method!

It just occurred to me as I was rating another title about chronic pain that I'd never reviewed 'Pain Free,' one of my very favorite titles on the subject. You haven't read enough about anatomical structure and how it relates to your pain until you've read this book! It's been a while since I read it, honestly, and am due
Rather remarkable for severe, disabling Myofascial Pain, Chronic Fatigue, and Sleep Disorders. If you've got Fibromyalgia or related chronic pain conditions, try this method!

It just occurred to me as I was rating another title about chronic pain that I'd never reviewed 'Pain Free,' one of my very favorite titles on the subject. You haven't read enough about anatomical structure and how it relates to your pain until you've read this book! It's been a while since I read it, honestly, and am due for a re-read, but I will say that the 'Pain Free' book, and especially the two Pain Free DVDs are the one thing I tell any of my friends suffering with chronic pain that they cannot live without. Never before have a total of $30 spent on books and DVDs changed my life. Do I still have pain? You betcha. I'm not as diligent as I should be in applying Egoscue's methods, and I have a very severe disabling pain condition. But I will say that Pete Egoscue got me moving, again, and the noticeable drop in my pain levels has almost literally been a lifesaver. The difference between an 8 and a 5 on the pain scale might not seem substantive to a person not intimately familiar with chronic pain, but let me tell you... it is HUGE when you're living with daily pain that affects even your basic standards and activities of life. This is ESSENTIAL reading for any pain management patient or physician.... physical therapists, mental health practitioners dealing with chronic pain with their patients... all of them should read it, as well. This book, and the related dvds, are not to be missed. I've tried everything from yoga to tai chi to very very mild aquatic therapy. I simply don't tolerate it well, as my pain and fatigue levels are just too high, daily. I give it my all, but before long am left with limbs trembling and literally ready to fall down and curl up in a ball. Egoscue may look similar on paper to some other mild exercise regimes, but is DIFFERENT. I don't know how it's different, but rather than that utter exhaustion of limbs, and rising pain levels, I end up a bit energized and certainly in less pain after a go at the exercises. If you suffer with pain... please... try Pete Egoscue's method!!!! The book and the DVDs made such a difference for me, and they just might for you as well. Just trust me.... if you've still got partial function in your limbs, there's no such thing as 'too old' or 'too hurt' to try this method. Obviously, check with your doctor, first... heck, take him/her a copy of the book, because I've been astounded how many exemplary pain management docs have never heard of this one. It is so worthwhile. I've read a good 100 titles on chronic pain/disability/wellness over my nine year struggle with severe myofascial pain and fatigue... 'Pain Free' is the best of them, truly.

Here is my review on the Pain Free DVDs and a link to grab them at Amazon. IMO, you really need those to get the full benefit of Egoscue's method. http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YW3RTD... ...more
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July 15, 2018

What a let down.
This is a tough one. Substance and knowledge gets 5 stars. Attitude gets a 1. I believe everything the author conveys in this book of vast insight & knowledge. He got me so excited and enthused and grateful and hopeful to finally find answers to this hip dilemma of mine. I, like most everyone else reading this book, am already in a desperate mode just waiting for someone to finally put into words this debilitating hip issue and to give sound answers to it. But…Egoscue is a very arrogant sort of person and relates to the “haves” of this world. His clinics are only for the “haves”. The examples he cites in this book are from clients who are “haves”. Those with money to burn with no second thoughts. By the time I was completely done reading the entire book, I was ready to start the work!! Has anyone even checked out this tower and this foam block that his Egoscue sells?? Who is going to fork out almost $200 for these?? Not everyday folk like me, but the “haves”. Who is going to invest in a $100 tower that you use solely for one stretch?? This entire concept reeks of the privileged client who is also desperate for some relief, but who has lots of money to spend on making Mr. Egoscue even richer.
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July 5, 2018

Causes intense pain
Quackery. My pt had me do the exercises and immediately I had intense pain that went from my low back down both legs. Couldn't sit, lie down or do anything without excruciating pain. It felt the opposite of what someone with disk and spinal stenosis should be doing.
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Jun 12, 2008

My massage therapist lent me this book to give me exercises for my knees so I can start running again. It is a great philosophy that everything in our bodies work together. So my weak ankles from improper foot placement and shoulder slouching to compensate for my height are hurting my knees.

Pain is a body's warning sign and one should not seek to mask pain but the heal it's source. When our bodies are in pain, we naturally put less strain on that area and let the surrounding parts pick up the My massage therapist lent me this book to give me exercises for my knees so I can start running again. It is a great philosophy that everything in our bodies work together. So my weak ankles from improper foot placement and shoulder slouching to compensate for my height are hurting my knees.

Pain is a body's warning sign and one should not seek to mask pain but the heal it's source. When our bodies are in pain, we naturally put less strain on that area and let the surrounding parts pick up the slack. Over time the strain on the rest of your body takes it toll. Where you feel pain is rarely the source of the problem.

He gives simple exercise to retrain body parts that are not performing their primary function properly, or performing for muscles that aren't functioning. The exercises almost seem too simple to help. We'll see how I'm doing in a few months although I won't know if it's the exercises or the structural integration work.

Occasionally I was annoyed when the author would say that basically nothing helps but his exercises. I think it's an aspect of healing, but other things help in conjunction. I've been twirling my foot to strengthen my ankle, but that alone has not helped me to run. I concur that bodies need to be healed by training to function properly instead of jumping to invasive surgery as the answer. Sometimes the easiest solution is the best. ...more
5

Aug 20, 2009

This is a first-rate book that I've recommended or given to quite a few people. It has greatly helped me recover from disabling plantar fascitis, and I've also used it in coping with and lessening knee pain and lower back problems. The author is extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced in this field and has dealt with a wide number of intractable sports injuries.

I have not finished the book, nor do I expect to do so, as I have that it is most helpful as a reference book. It has to do with This is a first-rate book that I've recommended or given to quite a few people. It has greatly helped me recover from disabling plantar fascitis, and I've also used it in coping with and lessening knee pain and lower back problems. The author is extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced in this field and has dealt with a wide number of intractable sports injuries.

I have not finished the book, nor do I expect to do so, as I have that it is most helpful as a reference book. It has to do with injuries that I have never experienced, and those hold no interest for me. However, I find that I am returning to it again and again for problems that flare up from time to time. ...more
4

Nov 28, 2010

The premise of the book is that the human body is amazingly designed to maintain itself apart from drugs and surgery and that musculoskeletal pain should be aberrant rather than chronic. Written by an exercise therapist, the book was recommended to me by friends who have had success with the author’s methods, after I began having pain in my ankles during training runs of 7 miles or longer. I agree with what the author has to say about the importance of motion in freeing the body from pain, about The premise of the book is that the human body is amazingly designed to maintain itself apart from drugs and surgery and that musculoskeletal pain should be aberrant rather than chronic. Written by an exercise therapist, the book was recommended to me by friends who have had success with the author’s methods, after I began having pain in my ankles during training runs of 7 miles or longer. I agree with what the author has to say about the importance of motion in freeing the body from pain, about how a lack of motion leads to more pain and eventually death, and how proper design motion can lead to increased strength and the ability of the body to function without pain. It just makes sense! I would recommend this book to anyone whose life has been limited (even in small ways, which can lead to big ways) by musculoskeletal pain. ...more
5

Apr 09, 2015

Wow. I've suffered from severe pain in my right hip for the past 3 years - since being thrown from an overly-excited and galloping horse. I've tried yoga, massage, kinesiology and so much more to relieve the pain. Nothing stopped it completely. Until I tried the E-cises in Pain Free. And I mean, I felt noticeable changes the same day. Serious relief. I must admit that I was skeptical, but I am a believer in the methods described in this book. If you are suffering from pain, YOU NEED THIS BOOK! I Wow. I've suffered from severe pain in my right hip for the past 3 years - since being thrown from an overly-excited and galloping horse. I've tried yoga, massage, kinesiology and so much more to relieve the pain. Nothing stopped it completely. Until I tried the E-cises in Pain Free. And I mean, I felt noticeable changes the same day. Serious relief. I must admit that I was skeptical, but I am a believer in the methods described in this book. If you are suffering from pain, YOU NEED THIS BOOK! I will admit that you must dedicate a fair amount of time, initially, in order to train your body to heal itself. Every minute is worth it. Don't let the time discourage you. You are worth every minute of each E-cise. :) ...more
5

May 11, 2015

I stumbled onto this book after doing some research to try and improve what had become chronic neck, shoulder and back issues. I wasn't aware of how two foot operations changed my balance and gate (which caused problems elsewhere). The exercises presented appear quite simple, but are actually very challenging. I am now keenly aware of how much body misalignment, and lack of motion affect everything from sleep to vision. I highly recommend people of all fitness levels and ages read this book.
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Dec 28, 2011

I recommend this book to anyone with any physical pain. it makes sense to me.
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March 31, 2018

Even Doctor's don't know what a good PT does
I have never read this book, just other people's negative reviews. I've had 42 years of on/off P.T. for neck strain, ruptured L5 disk, torn rotator cuff, 3 knee meniscus tears, broken shoulder and the other torn rotator cuff. The most important parts of PT is the analysis of your exact problem and then the progression of exercises and stretches from easiest to more difficult. I have never had a case where pain was worse after an exercise or stretch. I've never had a stretch that hurt after the stretch stopped. Of course, breaking up cross linked muscle fibers or adhesions is painful, until you stop and ice. My PT used many of Brain Mulligan's methods. There are books on Mulligan's methods, and since I'm moving to another state, my PT told me to look for a certified Mulligan therapist. I am 72 and pain free.
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Jul 08, 2013

What can I say about this book? It made me pain free in few days that I was struggling to get rid of for long time. I read about this book in 4 Hour Body By Tim Ferris. Out of curiosity I visited Amazon and read the reviews. I decided to buy in India where I live. I suffer from Cervical Spondolosys and pain. Gets worst in the morning. Also found I am losing my balance when I climb down the stairs. Plus feel nausiated in moving AC car/Bus. I tried Physio exercises but did not help. Note that I am What can I say about this book? It made me pain free in few days that I was struggling to get rid of for long time. I read about this book in 4 Hour Body By Tim Ferris. Out of curiosity I visited Amazon and read the reviews. I decided to buy in India where I live. I suffer from Cervical Spondolosys and pain. Gets worst in the morning. Also found I am losing my balance when I climb down the stairs. Plus feel nausiated in moving AC car/Bus. I tried Physio exercises but did not help. Note that I am not typical sedentary cubicle junkie. I do regirous exercises- Interval running, long distance running, weights etc. But postural imbalances has caused lot of damage and pain. Egosque method is based on Yoga- ancient wisdom of mind and body union. I found the 5 exercises given for Neck pain immediately useful. I think the key is in sequence and duration of holding poses (unlike normal Yoga taught today). Because I have tried Yoga on my own reading books and that did not help me the way these poses helped.
I definitely recomend this method to people suffering from cronic pain, postural imbalance etc and urge them to at least give it a try and see if it helps. ...more
5

Oct 15, 2016

Let me first say, this is a very optimistic take on body pain. Doing my best to not give a spoiler, but instead provoke you to pick up this book: The author believes that our bodies are built to last forever, but we don't use them the right way which leads to pain. Essentially, today's luxuries keep us from any modicum of natural physical exertion, and this not how evolution has built us. We experience pain because we are not using the "primary" muscles that are there for us to use, but instead Let me first say, this is a very optimistic take on body pain. Doing my best to not give a spoiler, but instead provoke you to pick up this book: The author believes that our bodies are built to last forever, but we don't use them the right way which leads to pain. Essentially, today's luxuries keep us from any modicum of natural physical exertion, and this not how evolution has built us. We experience pain because we are not using the "primary" muscles that are there for us to use, but instead using compensating muscles which effect bones and nerves. It's all connected. So this book gets 5 stars, because of the readability of it, the amount of times I pulled myself away and said, "Wow," and the fact that it is simple and makes so much sense. There are really only 15 or 20 diff exercises in this book, so it isn't daunting. Also the same exercises are used for multiple pain locations which is just fascinating, but again makes sense! I'm seriously going to try these exercises and recommend this book to everyone I know experiencing bodily pain. Excellent read and might save me thousands in hospital bills. ...more
5

Oct 02, 2016

Excellent book that provides simple exercises that realign and balance your body. As an older and regular yoga student, I found that certain areas (lower back and hips) would get sore. One of my yoga instructors recommended this book as an alternative to medication. The author's theory is that most folks suffer from a misalignment of the spine that puts pressure on the compensating joints and muscles. Pure and simple, the exercises work. If these exercises can keep me from taking medication or Excellent book that provides simple exercises that realign and balance your body. As an older and regular yoga student, I found that certain areas (lower back and hips) would get sore. One of my yoga instructors recommended this book as an alternative to medication. The author's theory is that most folks suffer from a misalignment of the spine that puts pressure on the compensating joints and muscles. Pure and simple, the exercises work. If these exercises can keep me from taking medication or requiring a hip replacement, I'm all for it. The photos in the book could use some updating but other than that, an excellent book that I will keep nearby. ...more

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