Review of: Pain Free, A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain

Pain Free by Pete Egoscue
Pain Free by Pete Egoscue
Pain Free

Review of the book: Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain

Introduction

This is a book review of Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain by Pete Egoscue.

 

*** WARNING *** 

If you are not motivated to learn how you can stop your pain naturally, don’t bother reading this book.

If you are not willing to put in the time to learn these methods, don’t read this book.

If you are not planning to do exercise to relieve your pain, don’t read this book.

 

But….

 

If you are in chronic pain, and you want to do something about it, I highly recommend you read this book. 

If you are motivated to work at feeling better, then this is the method for you.

If you would rather exercise than take medication to feel better, I hope you investigate this method.  

 

I am one of those people who has chronic pain, hates taking drugs of any kind, wants to feel better and is willing to work at making that happen.  Are you? Keep reading!  

Just a personal note.  I heard about this process from two different sources within a few days of each other.  When something serendipitous like that happens, I listen. First, I read about it in an article posted in Medium.    The author spoke highly of the method and how it helped her.  If you want to read her article, click here.  

Then, within a few days, my daughter mentioned the same method to me!  She knows my pain issues. But she had no idea of me hearing about this method.  

So you see, I believe that God was trying to tell me something.  I felt I had to investigate this method further. Therefore, I purchased the book and started reading it right away.  

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Author’s background

Pete Egoscue is a Vietnam Marine Veteran, who earned a Purple Heart.  When he returned from the war, he had pain from his injuries. Doctors treated him with medication and told him he would have pain for the rest of his life.  However, he chose to be proactive and began his search for a different treatment.

He became an exercise therapist and eventually developed the method that bears his name.  You can investigate his website for more information. Click here.  

The author has a disclaimer in the beginning of the book.  It’s a good read, where he states that the one person you should consult with about your pain is yourself.  I agree with him that health care starts with personal responsibility. If you don’t agree, then this program is not for you.  If you do agree, keep reading.

 

The Philosophy Behind the Method

On page seven the author lists the three “R’s” of the Egoscue Method.  They are:

  • Rediscover the body’s design
  • Restore function
  • Return to health

In discussing the body’s design he emphasizes the structure of the body and what each part is built to do.  Episodes of pain are not supposed to be part of our life. He believes if the body is permitted to work as it should, health will follow.  

Through the exercises in this book, we restore function to our body.  His work is based on the musculoskeletal system in our body.  The fact that everything works together in our bodies, and one problem can cause another is addressed throughout the book.

It is the goal of the book and the exercises to bring your body back to health.  He cites having worked with the golf great, Jack Nicklaus, to bring his body back to health.  Isn’t that what we all want?

What’s Inside This Book That Could Help You

The first three chapters discuss some background, including (1) Chronic Pain, (2) The Body’s Design, (3) The Egoscue Method.  The author insists you read these chapters before you begin the exercises. (Or as he calls them, E-cises)  

I found these chapters encouraging and educational.  They provide a foundation for practicing the method.  

Chapters four through eleven provide the exercises for different areas of the body.  

These include:

  • Feet
  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Backs
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows,Wrists and Hands
  • Neck and Head

Chapter 12 discusses Sports Injuries, and chapter 13 is titled Pain Free. 

Just another personal note.  I have sciatic like pain in my right buttock.  The diagnosis was spinal stenosis. My pain issue wasn’t actually addressed in this book.  But that doesn’t mean I think it isn’t a worthwhile investment. I do. Because I knew about his method, I was able to research online and found a video specifically addressing my pain.  It has proved very helpful.

Check it out.

 

Clinics

Pete has founded clinics that teach these methods.  I view these as centers to help you achieve health. Like going to an acupuncturist or chiropractor.  But in the case of these clinics, you become a much more involved participant.  

He doesn’t have clinics in every state; the website claims there are 30+ clinics and expanding internationally.  But there is an option of finding a therapist trained in this method and doing a video conference. Again, you may click here to go to his website.  

I haven’t used either one.  I may in the future. So far, just doing the exercises at home has given me a great deal of relief.  And it’s the cheapest way.  

There is also the option to train as an Egoscue therapist!  

Now What?

It’s time for you to make a decision.  Are you convinced to give this method a try?  Start with viewing the videos I have included.  Then get the book.  Read it and practice the exercises.  

My Motivation To Tell You About Natural Pain Remedies

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I never thought I would be building a website and blogging.  I am a senior citizen, and we’re not supposed to know about how to do this stuff. After all, I grew up in the 60s, before there were such things as personal computers.  Never mind smartphones!  

But my desire to learn all I can about natural pain remedies and take action against my pain has motivated me to share what I am learning.  Which has led to my own website: thenaturalpainremedy.com.  

If you are thinking about having a website, I suggest you check out the company that I use.  It is suggested that you blog about a passion. I chose to blog about a topic that consumes my life; my pain.  You can choose whatever you like!

They have extensive training modules, classrooms and live webinars.  You can also post questions in the chat and ask for help from the IT support.  Click here if you are interested.  I receive a percentage of the fee if you join.  

Disclaimer

I am not a medical professional.  I am merely a fellow pain sufferer.  Hence the motivation for building a website.  It is my hope to help other people in pain.  See a professional before you start any exercise program.

In this particular post I do not have any affiliate links, so I do not receive any remuneration for recommending this book.

 

 

Review of the book: Pain, The Gift Nobody Wants

Pain, The Gift Nobody Wants

Review of the book: Pain, The Gift Nobody WantsPain, The Gift Nobody Wants

This article is a review of the book: Pain, The Gift Nobody Wants, By Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey.  The subtitle is: Warning: Life Without Pain Could Really Hurt You.  I was given this book by a friend who is a medical professional and who knew how I suffered with chronic pain.  

At first I wasn’t motivated to read it.  Because yeah, I already knew I didn’t want the “gift” of pain.  But I became hooked on the first page as Dr. Brand recounted a story about a four year old girl who couldn’t feel pain.  

I admit, I am a sucker for case studies and stories.  People fascinate me. I feel we can always learn something from everyone.  This book is filled with case studies, based mostly on Dr. Brand’s experiences in his career.  

Anyway, as I read, I became familiar with the author and his story.   This man dedicated his life to treating patients with leprosy. He came to be recognized as a world renowned hand surgeon.  His work to repair hands and feet that had been damaged because of leprosy was groundbreaking.  

Certainly, he was someone to be admired.  And he had the authority to speak about pain and suffering, so I continued reading the book.  I’m glad I did.

Some Facts I Learned

Did you know?

  • Leprosy is curable
  • It attacks the nerves, thus causing an inability to feel pain
  • It is caused by a slow growing bacteria
  • You can only catch it by coming in repeated contact with someone who has untreated leprosy

So you can understand the title of the book, because thousands of people with leprosy suffered secondary problems caused by not being able to feel pain.  If you want more information on this disease, here is a link to WebMD.  

Who Would Read This Book?

Pain, The Gift Nobody Wants
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Why would you want to read this book?  Well, I think it would make you a better person if you did.  Why do I think that? Because it is a real life story of a self sacrificing man who gave his life to alleviate the sufferings of others.  I believe we are all naturally selfish and self absorbed. This book inspires us to be otherwise.  

You should read it because:

  • It is inspiring
  • It teaches about compassion
  • It provides medical and scientific data about a contagious disease that still affects thousands
  • It helps you realize you aren’t the only one suffering pain
  • It challenges you to be more caring to those who have suffered some sort of deformity

Dr. Brand  was a Christian, who truly lived out his faith in serving his fellow man.  Who knows what you might learn from this story?  

Following are practical lessons I learned that you can use in your life as a sufferer or one who cares for sufferers.  

What Makes Things Worse For Pain Sufferers?

Suffering from pain and physical differences is hard enough.  Add to that other problems and you magnify the suffering. In chapter 17 of this book, there are some very practical topics that we all need to remember when dealing with pain and suffering.  These practices make pain worse. What are they?

  1. Fear: Fear of a new environment, like a hospital, or of a treatment, rank high on this scale.  Fear adds stress to those of us already suffering. If you can provide knowledge and experience in these fearful situations, you are on the road to making the suffering less.
  2. Anger: Anger at the situation or other circumstances surrounding the pain can interfere with treatment and relief.  These feelings must be addressed and overcome for the person to progress toward healing.
  3. Guilt: Guilt from our past can plague us all.  Pain resulting from past experiences may halt the ability of the person to go forward.  Some of our cultures look on suffering as punishment from God. We are not in a position to judge that.  But the person must be helped to move beyond these feelings. Listening and praying are a good place to start.
  4. Loneliness: Being cut off from our fellow man can result in more pain.  Cultures where the patient is surrounded by family and friends have been shown to hasten healing and health.  Conversely, someone left alone to suffer is doubly hurt.
  5. Helplessness: It appears our western medicine can foster this in patients, making them dependent on doctors and medicine.  It has now been scientifically proven that having the sufferer take charge and responsibility for their recovery helps toward pain management and less suffering. 

How to Help Someone Who is In Pain

As a chronic pain sufferer, I have become much more aware of fellow pain sufferers.  If pain has any place in your life, then I suggest you read this book.  

Here’s what I came away with.

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Touch

Touch is incredibly powerful to those who suffer.  Especially if their appearance isn’t “normal”. They already suffer with pain, and then we ostracize them.  Yes, we have to be careful in this day of corona viruses, but when was the last time you put your hand on a shoulder to encourage?  Or hugged someone who was sad or down?  

Dr. Brand recounts a story where he put his arm around a leprosy patient while presenting his research to a group of doctors in China.  He writes, “The doctors around us sucked in their breath sharply. One of them later told me that single act impressed the doctors more than anything else we said or did in China.” (pg 314, Pain, The Gift Nobody Wants)  

So as long as you can’t infect someone or they can’t infect you, then touch the pain sufferer.  You don’t have any idea how you might lift their spirits.

Focus

I had heard before that occupying your mind can help relieve pain.  Dr. Brand explained why. Apparently our brain can only process so much information.  So if we are engaged in some other activity or focus, the brain can’t accept the pain signals, and therefore we don’t feel pain.  

This is the foundation of the skill of autosuggestion, where some individuals can divert their attention so that they don’t feel pain.  Though most of us don’t have the discipline that might take, we can attempt to refocus on other activities to take away pain’s power.  

I have found this to be true in my suffering.  Working on my posts and developing my website keeps my mind centered on information, and not on my pain.  

AIDS

The author compares the AIDS epidemic to the historical sufferings of those with leprosy.  The way our society has treated those suffering this disease has been to ostracize and judge.  This is another situation where we need compassion instead of judgment. Especially from those of us who claim to be Christians.  

Here’s a short video with the co-author, Philip Yancey talking about the impact Christians have made on the fight against leprosy.

Conclusion

What do you think?  Please leave a comment or concern here.  I would especially love to hear from you if you have read the book.  What did you learn?  

It is my hope you have been encouraged and challenged by this article.  I hope your day will be made better while you think about this article. Just reading the book will refocus your mind and perhaps relieve your pain for a period of time.  

You can purchase this book at Amazon.  Click here.  I currently do not receive any compensation for this link.  I am not yet signed up as an affiliate marketer.

And just in case you thought to yourself, I wonder if I could build a website, then go here.  The answer is yes!  The link will take you to Wealthy Affiliate, the company I am using to build my site.  If you want to read a post about what I think of WA, click here.

 

Review of Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain – Helpful in Natural Pain Relief?

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This is a review of the book Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain, by Marc S. Micozzi, M.D, Ph.D. and Sebhia Marie Dibra.

Format: Paperback book
Rating: I give it 5 stars

Introduction

This is a review of the book Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain, by Marc S. Micozzi, M.D, Ph.D. and Sebhia Marie Dibra.

This book is an extensive treatment of many alternative pain relief options.  The secondary subtitle is: From Acupuncture and Biofeedback to Herbs and Essential Oils.  Not only does the book cover several other non-traditional options, but it also has a huge section devoted to determining your emotional type and how your type may impact your response to treatments.  I found this book to be more technical than I expected.  It is backed up with extensive research and references.  Dr. Micozzi has written several books and articles.  See his biographical information here.  Sebhia Marie Dibra has her own website.

The book is broken into three parts.  They are, Part One; Mind-Body Techniques for Pain, Part Two; Hands-On Healing, and Part Three; Managing Pain with Natural Products.  The sections in Part One are: 1. Pain and Your Emotional Type, 2. Relaxation and Stress Reduction, 3. Biofeedback, 4. Imagery and Visualization, 5. Hypnosis, 6. Meditation and Yoga, and 7. Spiritual Healing.  Part Two contains three sections, which are: 8. Massage and Bodywork, 9. Chiropractic, 10. Acupuncture and Qigong.  Finally, Part Three has two sections; 11. Vitamins, Nutritional Foods, and Herbs, and 12. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.

What I Like About This Book

This is an especially substantial resource for alternative medicine information.  I bought this book when I first started my journey on searching for relief to my pain and suffering.  It truly opened my eyes to the wealth of options available to us to naturally relieve our pain.  It could honestly be passed by as a resource for natural relief because that isn’t in the title.  But believe me, it has been very helpful.  I was very hopeful when I read the title also, because I have chronic pain and I wanted to overcome it.  Furthermore, the book contains extensive reference notes, bibliography and a helpful index.

An interesting section of this book is the discussion of Emotional Types, or as they refer to it, Boundary Types in Part One.  There is an extensive checklist at the end of the book that uses 146 questions to help you determine your boundary type.  The premise in the book is that your boundary type may affect the success of alternative treatments.  Once you determine which boundary type you may be, you can see how you respond to the various treatments for your condition.   (See image 1 on the right.)  I have determined I am a thick type and fortunately respond well to all the types of modalities for my chronic pain.  But you can see from this image (in the left column) that the book covers several types of suffering which should be helpful to many people.  And the authors are quick to explain that all types can respond to different treatments, as we all have some thick and some thin conditions, which are their boundary types.

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Image 1. From Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain, pg 18

Another reason I like this book is because it is very informative with the science and research.  Throughout my research and studying, I have sought to back up what I write with actual studies or write from my experience.  Yes, this website is based on my opinion and experience, but I try to remain faithful to the science because I want what I write to be helpful to my fellow sufferers.

As you would expect, each chapter includes exceptional explanations of the alternative approaches.  Usually included are discussions of what the treatment is, the research related to it, how you may practice it, and if needed, how to find a practitioner.  Before I started my searching, I knew very little about most of these topics.  Now that I have experience with some of them, and have found they help me, I feel more comfortable recommending them.  There are other topics in this book that I have not tried, but which bear examining.  I plan on those to be future posts.

Let me give an example of how I used this book.  I classify my pain as buttock’s pain, but that topic wasn’t in the index.  However, there is a listing for back pain, so I went to the pages referenced.  I found information in the Massage and Bodywork section  and in the Chiropractic section.  From there I checked out other modalities that I was familiar with and read up on them.  I also reviewed the Natural Products part, where I decided to try turmeric for inflammation and pain and fish oil for neuropathy.

I use acupuncture and yoga to manage my pain.  So I was pleased to see that my body type would respond to these treatments.  I haven’t tried hypnosis!  That would be something to explore!

What I Don’t Like About This Book

There is very little I don’t like.  And I think it is just personal preference.  The one issue I have it that it is probably too informative when it comes to the research!  As a pain sufferer I want answers to help me end my suffering.  I don’t care about the facts!  Kidding! So I admit I surfed through different sections to find solutions, rather than read the book cover to cover.  I am now reading it more faithfully as I create this website and research options for our relief from pain.  So this is a minor dislike, and one which shouldn’t affect your enjoyment and assistance in finding relief.

Conclusions

In answer to my question in the title, I would have to say yes.  This book is very help in providing information for natural pain relief and remedies.

So what do you think?  Would you find this book helpful?  I welcome your comments and questions.  Furthermore, I am interested in other alternatives that you may have tried.  I would even consider researching them and posting them if I think they could help others.  As I’ve said before, we are a community.  We can help each other and support each other to a better quality of life.

Lastly, remember the preceding thoughts are mine alone, and based on my experience as a pain sufferer.  I am not a doctor.  And if you do click on the link to purchase the book, I receive a small compensation for that.  So thank you.

Review of Jane Adams’ Gentle Yoga DVD – A Self Care Natural Solution for Pain and Inflammation

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yoga, natural stretches, pain
Gentle Yoga

Review of DVD Gentle Yoga with Jane Adams

Format: DVD
Rating: I give it 5 stars

Introduction

Following is a review of the DVD Gentle Yoga with Jane Adams – Strength, Balance, Flexibility. This program has made a huge difference in my pain management.  I am finding it is vital to stretch my body on a regular basis to lessen my pain.  And this program is very easy to follow and use.

Do you have questions about yoga?  Don’t worry, this DVD doesn’t go into any Hindu practices.  As a Christian, I worried about that when I first began investigating pain management options.  Yoga’s original purpose appears to be to balance the mind and body.  Originally it combined meditation, deep breathing and various postures.

But this series only concentrates on the postures and relaxed breathing.  It is surprising how we forget to breathe properly when we are exercising.  In this presentation, Jane reminds us constantly to breathe, coordinating the inhale and exhale with the movements.  This is helpful because it does force the body to relax.  And when our bodies are more relaxed, the pain doesn’t seem as bad.  Also, while concentrating on breathing, we focus less on our pain.  Apparently with the stretches, practiced on a regular basis, we can experience more flexibility, increased muscle tone, and increased strength.  So many benefits from simple stretches!

What Subjects are Covered?

The DVD is divided into six sections.  The first one is the Introduction.  In the introduction she talks about the series and states how easy it is to start.  She even has a disclaimer that tells you to go easy on yourself and not attempt any stretch that hurts.   She is very engaging in this and it is an encouragement to start the program.  The next five sections are actual yoga exercises.  They are, Lying Warm-ups (20 minutes), Balancing and Standing Poses (33 minutes), Upper Body (13 minutes), Torso and Leg Strength & Flexibility (20 minutes), and Relaxation (7 minutes).  

Depending on which sequence you are using you will need a yoga mat (#2,5 and 6), a chair (#4) and maybe a blanket.  So thankfully your expenditures are only the DVD and a mat.

Why I Like This DVD

Jane has a sweet calm spirit.  Her voice is very relaxing.  But what I particularly like is how specific she is in her instructions.  She tells you exactly how to move each part of your body that is involved in that particular pose.  She takes it very slow.  She is very deliberate.  She is so considerate in explaining the exercise that you don’t even have to look at the screen.  This is vital sometimes if your head is turned away or you are lying on the floor.  I found it very helpful because I had not done yoga before.

I am 68, and was afraid I was too old to start something new like this.  But because the back cover of the DVD states that it is “perfect for mid-lifers”, I thought I would give it a try.  I am so glad I did.  It is some of the best money I have ever spent.  These regular exercises have helped me manage my pain in a natural way.  My pain is less than when I first developed the problem.  I believe it is from the stretches I do.  I have noticed that if I skip a couple of days (usually because of a busy morning) that I pay for it in pain.  And I have seen other benefits from the stretches.  They include, less pain overall, more flexibility, better balance, feeling younger, and a calmer mind.  Also, if you are afraid of some “spiritual” emphasis on yoga practices, you won’t find them in this video.  I steer clear of mysticism so I was happy to see that Jane didn’t include that in this video.

How I Use This DVD

I make it a regular practice to use this DVD.  My goal is to do it five days a week, but if I can do it more than that, I will.  The benefits are worth it.  I combine it with another DVD that I reviewed.  It is Back to Life by Emily Lark.  Go here to see the review.  I use the first section of Emily’s stretches, which takes about 10 minutes.  Then I use the Torso and Leg Strength & Flexibility in this DVD for 20 minutes.  One of THE BEST uses of 30 minutes that I can think of!  Since I am fairly new to yoga, I am not familiar with all the other benefits, but I am sure more experienced practitioners could add more comments.  I hope anyone that wants to comment or add wisdom will do so.  Your involvement will help us all.

I like to start my day off with these stretches.  I find if I don’t, I get too busy and forget about doing it.  I’m sure you’ve heard that you must schedule exercise into your daily routine.  I agree.  That’s why one of my philosophies is to be proactive about my health.  Nobody knows my body like I do.  And no one can take as good care of it as I can.  Isn’t your good health your responsibility?  And don’t you want to do something about your pain?  Then, if it is at all possible for you to stretch, I recommend you try this.

Here is a clip from another DVD.  Although it is a different one, it shows how gentle she is and how easy it is to follow her.

Jane Adams “Gentle Yoga: 7 Practices for Your Day”

Conclusions

I highly recommend this DVD.  It has helped me to feel better!  I hope that it would do the same for you.

You can assist all of us in the pain community by posting your comments.  Can you recommend something that has helped you?  I would be glad to investigate it.  Perhaps it will help others.

If you want to start out slowly with an easy DVD, this is the one to use.

Thanks for reading this review.  Please leave comments or questions below.  I will respond to all comments in a timely manner.

 

Review of Emily Lark’s Back to Life DVD – A Natural Remedy for Pain

Review of Emily Lark's Back to Life

This will be a review of Emily Lark’s DVD called Back to Life; The Complete Healthy Back System.  

Back to Life DVD

Benefits

I have been using this DVD for several months now.  It has helped me manage my pain, and I highly recommend it as a natural remedy to people who suffer from back pain.  I actually suffer from pain in my hip, but these stretches have helped me find relief.  She specifically talks about sciatica pain in the first level.  The same exercise that helps with that pain, helps me with my hip pain, so I can attest to it’s effectiveness.  She also addresses neck and shoulder pain.  And provides stretches for those areas.  Remember that I am not a medical professional, so please check with your doctor before you start these exercises.

Apparently Emily has had severe back pain and her search for a healthy way to deal with it resulted in this video.  I admire her for being a fellow pain sufferer and being proactive in her search for a solution.  She understands our struggles.

The cover of the DVD says; The 3-level Healthy Back Video Series, Companion Manual and Healthy Back Checklist.  That said, the manual covers the exercises in the first level.  The checklist is a two page list of practices to help your back.  The series is 3 different levels of stretches.  Level 1 is about 10 minutes, level 2 is about 20 minutes and level 3 is about 30 minutes.  You sit in a chair for level 1.  You will need a yoga mat for levels 2 and 3.

Because the manual covers the stretches in the first level, you are not getting any new information.  But it is helpful to have if you don’t have access to a player and you want to be lead through the steps.  The checklist provides practices that we should all be mindful of as we seek to relieve our pain.  In fact while I type this, I am keeping my elbows next to my ribs so that I am not reaching forward and straining my back and shoulders.  This is just one of her suggestions.  I’m challenged to integrate them into my daily life.

My routine is to do the first level on this DVD, and then follow it up with a segment from Gentle Yoga with Jane Adams.  (Click here for a review of Jane’s DVD.)  The two segments take me about 30 minutes.  These are 30 minutes well spent as I know it will help me lessen my pain.  Sometimes I hardly have any pain thanks to the stretches.  There are other benefits as well.  Practicing the deep breathing while doing the stretches helps to calm me and bring clear thinking to my mind.  It sets a great tone to the start of my day.  It provides a positive outlook and hope of productivity.

I have also noticed a general loosening of my body.  I can tell I have more flexibility.  Bending over doesn’t hurt as much.  I can sit on the floor with my legs crossed; something I couldn’t do a year ago.  I can sit in a chair for a longer period of time as my pain isn’t as intense as it once was.  I can walk easier because my pain is less and my movements are easier.  And of course I sleep better because my pain is less and I can move more.

Issues

There are two issues that I feel are important to note about this DVD.  Emily moves at a steady pace through the stretches.  My friend who did this with me commented that it was too fast for her.  I guess I hadn’t noticed since I’d been doing them so long.  So I suggest you preview each segment at least once before you practice it.  This is especially important for level 2 and 3 because you are on the floor (with a mat) and it is sometimes hard to look at the screen.

The other issue is that I can’t do all the stretches, especially in level 3.  As a (almost) 68 year old, I am not as flexible as I would like to be.  I think if I had been practicing these stretches and yoga when I was younger, I would be more flexible.  I do note that I am able to stretch further than in the past, and I believe I will find further improvement, but for now, not all of the stretches are accessible to me.  She does caution you to use care as you move into more difficult positions.  Especially on level 3 where you do the neck and shoulder stretch.  Good advice.

How to purchase

As far as I can tell you can only get the DVD from her website; thebacktolifesystem.com.  I contacted them for a link to provide you, but I didn’t get a response back.  (These links usually give me a small percentage of the sale.) The system lists for $25.00.  This also comes with a money back guarantee.  But from the reviews I have seen, everyone is happy with the video.  There is a paperback of the system at Amazon for $14.39, but I can’t review that since I haven’t used it.  It appears to have the different levels included, and the checklist and some smoothie recipes.  I prefer the DVD because I like following along as I do the stretches.  I have trouble sometimes in motivating myself, so by using the DVD I feel I’m not alone.

Conclusions

Speaking of doing this alone, I asked a friend to help me be accountable to her so that I will remain motivated.  If she lived closer I know we would do these together, as she has pain issues too.  So I recommend that if you can, find someone to do these with you.  You won’t regret it.

I think this video would be a great asset to your search for natural pain remedies.  It has certainly changed my life for the better.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Your comments and questions are welcome.  I would like to hear how this video has helped you.

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