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