Exercises for Back Pain: The Complete Reference Guide to Caring for Your Back through Fitness.
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Subject:||Books (Book reviews)|
|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|
Exercises for Back Pain: The Complete Reference Guide
to Caring for Your Back through Fitness
Hatherleigh Press, Ltd., (member of Random House),
www.hatherleighpress.com; USA; 2009.
Soft cover, 139 pages, $17.00 CAN
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
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