Books for Healing and Preventing Back Pain

These are a few books that I have found useful at various stages of my life in dealing with chronic back pain resulting from multiple and recurrent disc prolapses with nerve impingement and spondylolisthesis.

I strongly suggest that if you have any serious spinal disease, you should consult orthopedists and physiotherapists. Twenty years ago, there were no physiotherapists in small towns in India, and the field of physiotherapy was not so well established. The advice the orthopedists and physiotherapists gave us was show us a set of 7 - 10 exercises and the instruction, "Do them twice a day".

However, if your back pain is postural (which is an epidemic now due to our lifestyles) and you are willing to take up a regime and stick to it, some books are worth trying. Remember to stop doing anything that feels uncomfortable or worsens your pain. Remember also that after a fair trial, if you do not feel any improvement, you should consult health professionals.

Also, if you have JHS/H-EDS, then you need to take extra precautions, physically and mentally, to do exercises not just from books, but also for what is taught to you by a yoga teacher or physiotherapist. I have previously written a post on what precautions to take when you do yoga. Similar caution must be applied to all kinds of exercises if you have JHS/H-EDS, and it is highly advisable to consult a good physiotherapist. If you have serious problems like mine, disc herniations or spondylolisthesis, you should consult specialists and recommended physiotherapists.

Reading up is also useful to understand the nature of the problem and all the components that contribute to the problem, even if you do not intend to follow the suggested exercises. Below are a few books I have personally found useful.



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