Exercises for Back Pain: The Complete Reference Guide to Caring for Your Back through Fitness.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Howell, Emily
Pub Date: 01/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association Publisher: Canadian Chiropractic Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Canadian Chiropractic Association ISSN: 0008-3194
Issue: Date: Jan, 2011 Source Volume: 55 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Exercises for Back Pain: The Complete Reference Guide (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Smith, W
Accession Number: 259589924
Full Text: Exercises for Back Pain: The Complete Reference Guide

to Caring for Your Back through Fitness

Smith, W

Hatherleigh Press, Ltd., (member of Random House),

www.hatherleighpress.com; USA; 2009.

Soft cover, 139 pages, $17.00 CAN

ISBN 978-1-57826-304-2

In Exercises for Back Pain, Smith provides a balanced approach to back pain prevention and rehabilitation. The book has seven chapters and three appendices, including: the causes of back pain, recent research findings, longterm back health, the benefits of exercise, exercise precautions, exercise programs and progressions, a healthy back quiz and stress screening, a health chart, and references and resources.

The book includes references from most of the leading researchers in the field and breaks down the concepts into more reader-friendly descriptions. Smith also takes a more holistic approach, including relaxation exercises, as well as discussing longevity, aging, and active patient participation. The photos provided a good visual aid to the exercise descriptions. Disappointingly, Smith does not discuss chiropractic as a treatment option for back pain. Also, the exercise progression may advance a little too rapidly for some participants. Finally, he discusses the importance of abdominal bracing before doing the exercises, but does not describe HOW to perform it.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to readers who want to actively participate in their care as a written and visual aid to our usual clinical rehabilitation advice.

Emily Howell, BPHE(Hons), DC

Ashbridge's Health Centre

Toronto, Ontario
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