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Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain par [Egoscue, Pete, Gittines, Roger]
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This is a book about our bodies--yours and mine. We are different in height, weight, and possibly gender. But our common possession is the body's inner power to heal itself and to be pain free. By choosing those two words as my title, I am celebrating our mutual good fortune. I am also making a promise that I know you can keep.

Being pain free takes personal effort and commitment. It doesn't come from a pill bottle, a surgeon's knife, a brace, or in specially designed mattresses, chairs, and tools. The thousands of men and women who in the course of a typical year visit my Egoscue Method Clinic in San Diego, California, know it, or they soon find out, and I watch them transform their lives as they rediscover the joy and health that had seemed lost forever. While each client is dedicated to stopping chronic pain in one form or another, they are all taking the easy way out. The easiest, really.

The following pages show you the way. It does not involve high-tech medicine or elaborate physical therapy routines. You won't need to buy special equipment or consult cadres of experts. In the first three chapters, I review how the human body is designed to maintain its own health throughout a long lifetime. Episodes of pain are aberrations that can be easily treated if the body is permitted to do its work. Unfortunately, many of us don't understand even the most basic features of this magnificent "machine."

Following this overview are eight chapters, each dealing with a specific chronic pain condition. You have probably already looked at the table of contents. I reverse the usual order and go from foot to head: sore feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, neck, and head. The chronic pain chapters are set up to give you a quick and thorough briefing on what's happening in that part of the body when it hurts. After each briefing, I offer a series of exercises designed to alleviate the causes of pain in that body part. My friends at the clinic have nicknamed them E-cises, for "Egoscuecises," to tease me for my near obsession with fine-tuning them as therapeutic tools. What started as an inside joke has taken root, and that's what I call them in this book. The E-cises are arranged in menus, and are easy to do and extremely effective. To guide you along, I provide detailed instructions and many photos.

Next comes a chapter on common chronic pain problems relating to popular sports and recreational activities, and finally a concluding chapter that, among other things, offers an overall conditioning menu of E-cises for your use once your chronic pain symptoms abate.

A Quick Guide to Using Pain Free

An author probably should not presume to tell a reader how to read a book, but I will risk it anyway in the interest of making this information as accessible as possible. My guess is that you are in pain or have been in pain recently. Take the time to read the first three chapters, which give you valuable background knowledge. I'll explain how a serious deficiency of "design motion" is causing your chronic pain symptoms and how easy it is for you to remedy the situation. Then quickly flip through the rest of the chapters to get a look at the boxes and breakouts that present key concepts in capsule form. Finally, turn to the chapter that focuses on your specific condition. My hope is that you'll eventually read the book straight through, but I realize that stopping the pain may be paramount in your mind. If I had to choose one additional must-read chapter, it would be chapter 7, which deals with hips. The condition of our hips plays a central role in combating chronic pain throughout the body.

I'll take one more unusual liberty as an author by making this statement: Pain Free won't do you much good if you just read it. Information is fine, but action is far better. When practiced both in the clinic and at home, the E-cises in this book yield a ninety-five percent success rate. Yet the Egoscue Method conquers chronic pain only because those who are suffering are empowered with the means to heal themselves--and they use that power. Those among the five percent who are unable to find relief using the Method often do not have the time or the inclination to take action; they do the E-cises sporadically or not at all.

I urge you to use the E-cises. They look simple, but they are calibrated to pinpoint specific musculoskeletal functions that have been compromised by a variety of factors. The E-cise menus are arranged sequentially to address each component of a particular chronic pain symptom. Therefore, you should do the menu in the order it is presented; by picking and choosing E-cises at random, you risk interrupting the sequence. Likewise, if you have active pain, do not shop around in this book for something you think might work. Stick with the menu for the body part where the chronic pain is occurring. If an E-cise is specified for one side of the body, always repeat it on the other side, even though it may be harder or--as is the case many times--it doesn't seem relevant to the pain symptom.

I believe in goal setting and planning. When it comes to managing one's health, the old maxim "Those who do not plan, plan to fail" is particularly true. Even so, people who wouldn't dream of doing business or providing for their families until they had a clear set of objectives and a strategy for achieving them, make major health decisions without knowing what they want, how to realize it, and what the real costs will be.

With the Egoscue Method, I ask new clients what they expect to get for their money. Is it pain relief, enhanced athletic performance, or a good night's sleep? There are many legitimate answers. In turn, I tell them what we can do, how much it will cost, how long it will take, and what they will be expected to do. If I don't keep my end of the bargain, the client gets his or her money back. The guarantee is in play from the very first visit. If the client is hurting and doesn't feel better on leaving, the visit is free.

Does this sound like buying an appliance from a reputable dealer, or laying out the terms of an important business deal? Comparisons like that couldn't please me more. Any vendor of health care, mainstream or alternative, who isn't willing to stand by the product must be treated with the utmost caution. They shouldn't hide behind science, expertise, or complexity. If the tough questions aren't asked, shame on you, the consumer; if they're not answered, shame on us, the supplier. Ducking and dodging have the same universal meaning, whether the product comes with four worn tires and suspiciously low mileage or is bristling with terminology that no layperson can understand. As a consumer, the less you know, the more you should worry that the product may not work as advertised. Many common musculoskeletal treatments don't work as advertised; that's why patients find it so difficult to get straight answers to their questions, starting with "Why does it hurt?" They often get probablies, maybes, and chances ares. Even a direct answer to a question about the cause of joint pain--cartilage loss--smothers in a blanket of vagueness when patients ask a follow-up question: "Why is there cartilage loss on the right side and not the left?" When it comes to health care, it is imperative to ask and keep asking the same nuts-and-bolts questions that you would ask in any straightforward consumer transaction.

In addition to being grounded solidly in this consumer-knows-best philosophy, the Egoscue Method's E-cises, by suppressing pain symptoms, eliminate impulses to buy products for which patients probably have no need in the first place. If a surgical procedure or drug regimen is designed to eliminate pain, but exercise therapy has already eliminated it, why bother with the surgery or drugs? "Because," you're likely to be told, "the pain will return." That's correct, it will return. But the most basic question of all is, Why should it return? The answer lies at the heart of the entire Egoscue Method. Unless treatment addresses underlying musculoskeletal dysfunctions, pain relief can be only temporary. Nobody wants to hurt, and nobody should have to. But eliminating the pain symptom is only the first step. Without going to the next one, the muscles will continue to tell the bones to move in ways that violate the body's design. That's why the chronic pain will return.

The only product that's worth investing in is a fully functional musculoskeletal system. It's no luxury but rather a basic necessity that's within everyone's reach.

Pain Free--His Way

Several years ago, I had an appointment to see a prospective new client at a condominium he was using in one of those luxury complexes that have become a standard part of new golf course developments. A tournament was scheduled there, and he was one of the players. When I arrived, the man was coming out his front door at the top of a flight of stairs. He was leaning on the arm of a young man, his oldest son, and was obviously in extreme pain. As I started up the stairs, he noticed me and said, "Sorry to have you come all this distance, Mr. Egoscue. But I'm on my way to withdraw from the tournament. My back is killing me." I said I didn't think it would be necessary and convinced him to wait until after he tried the Method. He was skeptical, but despite the pain, he was a model of patience and courtesy. He turned back to his apartment, helped by his son.

Today, the very weekend that these words are being written, the man, my friend Jack Nicklaus, is playing in his forty-second U.S. Open. He is the oldest player to ever qualify. Jack took action, and he continues to take it every day--as I hope you will.

Not long after our first meeting, Jack Nicklaus noticed a fan following him along as he played in various major tournaments. The fan was very recognizable because of a severe limp; he almost dragged his legs from hole to hole to watch the play. Jack went over to him and gave him my phone number. The fan, Gary, had had a stroke three years before. He came to my clinic after undergoing the standard physical therapy protocol for stroke victims. That protocol usually offers a set number of sessions--often it's six weeks--after which the physical therapist evaluates the patient's physical and mental faculties to determine the extent of permanent damage. At that point, the assumption is that the patient has made all the progress he or she is likely to make. In making this assumption, however, the therapists aren't cruel; they encourage the person to work on their own, but they are eventually discharged and the treatment ends.

This had been Gary's experience. But his walking and balance were still extremely poor, and he still had trouble moving his upper limbs. After three years, even these functions were beginning to deteriorate. He was dying a slow death. When I first met Gary, I asked him if he thought the stroke had caused brain damage. He hesitated, knowing that that is the common diagnosis for a person in his condition. But I encouraged him to answer, and he said emphatically that there had not been brain damage.

"Why can't you move, then?" I asked. All he could do was shrug. I told him to forget the stroke and concentrate on doing the job at hand--restoring musculoskeletal functions that, for whatever reason, had been lost. At the clinic we had him do a set of E-cises: static back presses, knee pillow squeezes, isolated hip flexor lifts (all of them included in this book). His walking quickly improved. The next day, as we talked, I noticed that his hand was clenched in the classic clawlike manner of a stroke victim.

"Open your hand," I said.

"I can't. Haven't for three years."

I gently took him by the arm and raised it over his head. "Now open your hand." And he did.

Gary had more work to do, but he did it and reversed the "permanent" stroke damage.

The point of this story--and of this book--is that we can solve many of these "permanent" problems by refusing to accept the view that age, accidents, or disease routinely triumph over the human body's natural legacy to be pain free.

Revue de presse

"This book is extraordinary, and I am thrilled to recommend it to anyone who's interested in dramatically increasing the quality of their physical health."
--Anthony Robbins

"Pete Egoscue has totally changed my life. Never have I experienced such complete pain relief as I have following the Egoscue Method."
--Jack Nicklaus

"Pain Free is based on a very sound understanding of human physiology. It shows how we can break the circuit of pain and naturally heal one of the most significant disabilities of our time."
--Deepak Chopra

"Pain Free can help you transform pain into power, and hurt into heart. Egoscue's methods will help you feel at home again in your body!"
--Harold Bloomfield, M.D.

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  • Editeur : Bantam (25 juin 2014)
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Par Divine MEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 19 octobre 2016
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Je teste cette méthode, conseillée par Antony Robbins, depuis environ un mois et je sens la différence. Je commence à marcher les deux pieds parallèles. Pour Pete Egoscue, la plupart des douleurs vient d'une mauvaise posture, d'un non-alignement vertical des épaules, des hanches, des genoux et des chevilles. Dans ce livre, il indique quels exercices faire pour retrouver la bonne posture. Dans son Pain Free Living: The Egoscue Method for Strength, Harmony, and Happiness, il divise le monde des humains en trois et indique quels exercices faire pour chaque. J'aime bien les deux, faire un enchaînement et rajouter d'autres en fonction de la cible (le genou et le cou dans mon cas). Je le conseille vivement.
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I have had great success using this book to free back pain and strengthen the spine. Pete Egoscue has a true understanding of the mechanics of the body and makes it simple to correct long standing misalignments. The exercises don't take much time and can easily be done daily (and probably should for maintenance). I also use his 'Health through Motion" exercise protocols and find them a big help.
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Ce livre propose des lignes directrices à suivre pour reprendre possession de son corps et se libérer très naturellement de toute douleur musculo-squelettique. L'auteur maîtrise son sujet et explique à merveille. Je conseille ce livre sans restriction et remercie l'auteur pour ce travail.
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avec l'aide de D.ieu
ce livre est facile à lire, il s'adresse à tous ceux qui
veulent se prendre en main, ne plus souffrir sans
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Easy to follow, great results! 8 février 2017
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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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Has Helped Me Tremendously 8 mars 2014
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(Review is from my wife). In my 50+ years, I've had so many migraine headaches. I damaged my neck as a child, hurt my shoulder as a teen, my lower back and my ankle as an adult. As a result, I have carried a lot of pain around though I've been to doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and more. I've tried trigger-point therapy, massage, yoga, pain meds, special pillows and more. But still, my shoulders and neck were chronically stiff and tight, I had stabbing pains between my shoulder blades and a morning migraine was a common occurrence.
Fast forward to now, reading Pain Free by Pete Egoscue. At first, I jumped to the section on neck pain looking to see if these were the same neck exercises I'd already tried, and I was puzzled to see that there were no neck exercises at all! Huh? So I went back to the beginning. I had to read this book twice and get myself a couple of musculoskeletal diagrams off the Internet to better see what he was talking about, but then I started to learn some things. I learned that my habit of walking slightly duck-footed all these years matters. I learned that the callouses on my toes are another clue that I have not been walking in a balanced way. I learned that trouble with my feet will relay trouble up the line to my hips, lower back, upper back and all the way to my neck (and vice versa, from head to toe). I learned how my daily habits of using the computer, cooking, reading, etc. were keeping my head forward too much and my shoulders locked into what Pete calls "the box". And I learned that my habit of stretching against a tight muscle was actually making the muscles worse, not better. So, I followed his guidance using his e-cises and mindful walking (heel-to-ball-of-foot-to-toes) and after two months, my body actually feels normal. The muscles aren't knotted up, my neck and shoulders have really comfortable range of motion, and I haven't had a migraine yet. Even the callouses on my big toes have diminished!
I give the book 4 stars simply because: I had to get anatomical diagrams off the Internet (I would have preferred they be included in the book for quick reference); I would have appreciated a glossary of terms because I'm not an anatomist; and some of the illustrations needed more explanation for me to really understand them. But those are minor nits compared to the meat of what I learned and how much better I feel now.
These e-cises are simple, but not necessarily easy: It took some practice to work up to being able to hold some of the poses for their full duration because muscles had atrophied. But Pete's encouragement throughout the book really helped: Telling me that atrophied muscles are still there and can come back; And telling me that "a bone doesn't move unless a muscle moves it" was very important in getting me out of the 'hopeless victim' mentality that I adopted years ago.
I am very grateful to have found this book (steered onto it via another Amazon Reviewer's post), and grateful that Pete developed this body of knowledge and passed it along to so many people in pain.
26 internautes sur 27 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rather remarkable for my disabling Myofascial Pain Syndrome, CFS, and Sleep Disorders. If you've got Fibro, try this! 24 août 2014
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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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pain relief without surgery 14 mai 2016
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I had constant pain from a herniated disk. Two cortisone shots brought no relief. Then followed several months of traditional physical therapy which brought some relief, but not enough to return to my normal daily brisk walk. My orthopedist was ready to recommend surgery, but then my walking buddy gave me this book, and after two weeks of following Egoscue's regimen, I was able to return to my normal daily brisk walk. I have since bought multiple copies of the book for family and friends, and they are finding relief from their pain as well. Egoscue covers pain from head to toe (i.e., neck, shoulders, hands, back, hips, knees, and feet). If you are a human, you will have pain at some point in your life and this book will help you find relief without expensive and risky surgery.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book with good information 22 août 2015
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This is a great book with good information but if you suffer from chronic pain like myself just doing the exercises in the book might help but I don't believe the book itself would be the cure for your pain. The reason I am saying this is because according to the book you have to diagnose the source of your pain and if you feel pain in different parts of your body like back and knee or neck and back then I believe it would be hard without the help of a physical therapist. After reading the book, which makes great sense because Pete sees our bodies as a whole, I believe it's necessary the help of a Egoscue instructor to help you thorough the process. Egoscue has over 400 different exercises for different cases and body imbalances. If I would pick one exercise in the book that's is the most important and gives the most pain relief is the Egoscue Tower. The Tower will correct your posture and also your body imbalances if done with the right E-Cises like they call in the book. Also a Egoscue instructor will make sure your are doing the exercises in proper form because a good exercise can turn into a bad one with made with poor form. However, the Egoscue method is not covered by most insurances and it's a relatively expensive exercise Program but if you have the extra money to spend its well worth the money and the best non invasive pain relief method I found out there and I have been searching for the past two years since I hurt my back. I would give a try!
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