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No one is immune. For people from champion athletes to desk-bound white-collar professionals, many simple acts of life--a relaxing evening stroll through the neighborhood, an exhilarating run along a sandy beach, just bending down to tie a loose shoelace-are often acts of torture. The walking wounded suffer from torn rotator cuffs, tennis elbow, jogger's knees, bad backs, No one is immune. For people from champion athletes to desk-bound white-collar professionals, many simple acts of life--a relaxing evening stroll through the neighborhood, an exhilarating run along a sandy beach, just bending down to tie a loose shoelace-are often acts of torture. The walking wounded suffer from torn rotator cuffs, tennis elbow, jogger's knees, bad backs, stiff necks, sore feet, and swollen ankles. It could, without exaggeration, be called a modem epidemic. In this brilliant book, renowned anatomical functionalist Pete Egoscue identifies the epidemic's causes and effects. By recognizing that the human body is dependent on adequate motion to maintain its full range of physical functions, he has revolutionized both the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and the techniques for training athletes to achieve peak performance levels. Brimming with common sense and practical advice, the heart of this important book consists of twenty-two easy-to-do, highly effective exercises that stretch, strengthen, and relax the body, allowing a return to proper alignment.


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No one is immune. For people from champion athletes to desk-bound white-collar professionals, many simple acts of life--a relaxing evening stroll through the neighborhood, an exhilarating run along a sandy beach, just bending down to tie a loose shoelace-are often acts of torture. The walking wounded suffer from torn rotator cuffs, tennis elbow, jogger's knees, bad backs, No one is immune. For people from champion athletes to desk-bound white-collar professionals, many simple acts of life--a relaxing evening stroll through the neighborhood, an exhilarating run along a sandy beach, just bending down to tie a loose shoelace-are often acts of torture. The walking wounded suffer from torn rotator cuffs, tennis elbow, jogger's knees, bad backs, stiff necks, sore feet, and swollen ankles. It could, without exaggeration, be called a modem epidemic. In this brilliant book, renowned anatomical functionalist Pete Egoscue identifies the epidemic's causes and effects. By recognizing that the human body is dependent on adequate motion to maintain its full range of physical functions, he has revolutionized both the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and the techniques for training athletes to achieve peak performance levels. Brimming with common sense and practical advice, the heart of this important book consists of twenty-two easy-to-do, highly effective exercises that stretch, strengthen, and relax the body, allowing a return to proper alignment.

30 review for The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion: A Revolutionary Program That Lets You Rediscover the Body's Power to Protect and Rejuvenate Itself

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Ness

    Rebalance your body No wonder we have pain. Looking in the mirror with new understanding , it was obvious why I hurt. This book explains it all very clearly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This was a great book written in a very accessible manner. It was also interesting to see Egoscue take primitive humans as the model for how he thinks we should continue to live in the world; he seems to have anticipated the primal/paleo craze by around a decade at least. To me, his main message is that the human body was designed to be in motion, and if we do not give it the motion (and also kind of motion) it is designed for, our bodies may then become dysfunctional, meaning that our proper al This was a great book written in a very accessible manner. It was also interesting to see Egoscue take primitive humans as the model for how he thinks we should continue to live in the world; he seems to have anticipated the primal/paleo craze by around a decade at least. To me, his main message is that the human body was designed to be in motion, and if we do not give it the motion (and also kind of motion) it is designed for, our bodies may then become dysfunctional, meaning that our proper alignment (shoulders, knees, ankles in a straight line, etc.) becomes compromised. The result of this, eventually, is pain and a possible further restriction of motion. This book instructs the reader in a fairly simple self-diagnosis, then also gives him/her a series of exercises designed to counteract and eventually correct his/her condition. Since I've just started the exercises, I have no idea whether or not my "upper torso rotation" will be more-or-less "fixed" by the end of three weeks (if I can stick with it that long), and since I didn't have any pain to begin with and still have none, I can't say anything as to the efficacy of the Egoscue Method. However, I like his attitude towards modern-day ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome: if you weren't born with a birth defect or haven't had a traumatic injury that left your skeleton damaged somehow, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to, say, use a computer. Our ancestors were doing much more than that, continuously, without problems. He contends that by using the keyboard in the proper way, and by correcting existing postural problems, the carpal tunnel will go away. It seems to be that in his view, surgery is almost always unnecessary. Like I wrote before: I like the theory, but I have no idea how it plays out in practice. Hopefully I'll find out in the next few weeks.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Breena

    I think that this is a must read for anyone who is desirous to be aware of the health of their body. The concept is simply that your bone structure is made so perfectly that when aligned as it is meant to be, 100s of problems simple don't exist. As a music teacher I am constantly on the look out for proper positioning at the keyboard. I have noticed that it is getting harder to get a child to sit up straight. They complain of back pain having rarely to never used those muscles before! I agree th I think that this is a must read for anyone who is desirous to be aware of the health of their body. The concept is simply that your bone structure is made so perfectly that when aligned as it is meant to be, 100s of problems simple don't exist. As a music teacher I am constantly on the look out for proper positioning at the keyboard. I have noticed that it is getting harder to get a child to sit up straight. They complain of back pain having rarely to never used those muscles before! I agree that the "plague" of modern technology needs to be consciously counteracted or the rise of joint replacements etc continue until we have a situation like in the movie WALL-E.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina Fairlamb-Leonard

    "Don't get the mistaken impression that the Egoscue Method is going to fix you... No way. You're going to do the fixing" Now ain't that a different mind-set for taking responsibility for chronic pain! Just finished reading the book... looks like I may be Condition 1 (need to redo the diagnosis w/ my Physical Therapist, Coach and Yoga instructor), so it'll be a few weeks/months before I see/feel any benefits... we'll see. I'm hopeful! "Don't get the mistaken impression that the Egoscue Method is going to fix you... No way. You're going to do the fixing" Now ain't that a different mind-set for taking responsibility for chronic pain! Just finished reading the book... looks like I may be Condition 1 (need to redo the diagnosis w/ my Physical Therapist, Coach and Yoga instructor), so it'll be a few weeks/months before I see/feel any benefits... we'll see. I'm hopeful!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Edf

    Awesome! Was looking at surgery for my ankle, doctor's all said it was necessary (went to several). Then found this book. Now I am pain free and did not need surgery! Anyone in pain should read this book it WILL change your life. Awesome! Was looking at surgery for my ankle, doctor's all said it was necessary (went to several). Then found this book. Now I am pain free and did not need surgery! Anyone in pain should read this book it WILL change your life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Khuram Malik

    Forget chiropractors, forget painkillers, forget surgery, the osteopath, the masseuse and the acupuncturist. Trust me, I've tried them all for back pain, and the only thing that has worked has been the Egoscue method. Forget Pilates and Yoga even. This book will show you how to self-diagnose your postural problems and weaknesses and give you the exercises to correct the root cause of your musco-skeletal issues, even if you have a bulging or prolapsed disc. You just need to have faith in the meth Forget chiropractors, forget painkillers, forget surgery, the osteopath, the masseuse and the acupuncturist. Trust me, I've tried them all for back pain, and the only thing that has worked has been the Egoscue method. Forget Pilates and Yoga even. This book will show you how to self-diagnose your postural problems and weaknesses and give you the exercises to correct the root cause of your musco-skeletal issues, even if you have a bulging or prolapsed disc. You just need to have faith in the method and give it some time. It's not an overnight fix. If you want something more acutely tailored to you and some reassurance then hire an Egoscue practitioner, but reading this book will still help you because it will do away with many doubts while also helping you understand the science behind what your practitioner is telling you thus giving you the motivation you need.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Helie

    Most of this book is pseudoscientific and unnecessary. I doubt all of it stands up to medical science, and most of it is worth skipping. However, the important part of the book is the exercises that help reduce chronic pain by realigning joints and muscles. It sounds hokey, but the essence is fairly straightforward. I like his functional explanations and descriptions of how different movements and muscles can cause the body to shift and cause pain. He really has a deep understanding of human mot Most of this book is pseudoscientific and unnecessary. I doubt all of it stands up to medical science, and most of it is worth skipping. However, the important part of the book is the exercises that help reduce chronic pain by realigning joints and muscles. It sounds hokey, but the essence is fairly straightforward. I like his functional explanations and descriptions of how different movements and muscles can cause the body to shift and cause pain. He really has a deep understanding of human motion. Not all of the exercises are 100% effective for my goals, but I was surprised at how many were effective.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Herbert

    Basic principle is that humans evolved over thousands of years, during which they were in constant motion as hunters and foragers, and now we sit at desks all day and wonder why we're in pain. Also includes self diagnosis charts and guides, and exercises to help strengthen and align the body in ways that will reduce pain. Also says to hydrate way more. Good read, but hard to see sticking with this without a PT to help guide along. Basic principle is that humans evolved over thousands of years, during which they were in constant motion as hunters and foragers, and now we sit at desks all day and wonder why we're in pain. Also includes self diagnosis charts and guides, and exercises to help strengthen and align the body in ways that will reduce pain. Also says to hydrate way more. Good read, but hard to see sticking with this without a PT to help guide along.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peggy McCoy

    In-clinic experience with an Egoscue therapist has shown me that Pete Egoscue knows what he is talking about! His basic outlook makes perfect sense! This book is an early one, and I think Pain Free (another book, I think a later one) was more helpful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ian Orekondy

    Really helps my back - without a chiropractor.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Lots of exercises, but not many pictures for each (sometimes it's hard to tell what to do based on the text even though the text is good). It's also hard to know when to do an exercise Lots of exercises, but not many pictures for each (sometimes it's hard to tell what to do based on the text even though the text is good). It's also hard to know when to do an exercise

  12. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Lemmon

    Very nice! I found the information enlightening. I will plan to practice the exercises. The illustrations were very helpful. I particularly loved the ending anecdote.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aja Marsh

    a must read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jesus Rodriguez

    This book has the potential to be a life-saving book. This gets four stars because Pete Egoscue is not the most engaging writer in my opinion. However, this book is not about great writing. The information here is critical for anyone. Proper body function, as I learned through this book, plays a huge role in much of the pain and agony we go through with our bodies. For Egoscue, it's as simple as reintroducing the body to do what its made to do... Move. This book was incredibly helpful for me. I'm This book has the potential to be a life-saving book. This gets four stars because Pete Egoscue is not the most engaging writer in my opinion. However, this book is not about great writing. The information here is critical for anyone. Proper body function, as I learned through this book, plays a huge role in much of the pain and agony we go through with our bodies. For Egoscue, it's as simple as reintroducing the body to do what its made to do... Move. This book was incredibly helpful for me. I'm in what the book describes as Condition I, everted feet and tilted hip forward. I have finally figured out why I'm having a subtle pain in my lower back. Apparently "Pain Free" is the better book from the ones that he's written so you might be better off starting with that one. This one was a real eye-opener for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    Do yourself a favor and don’t read this book. The author is completely obnoxious and comes across as a cranky old man complaining about modern life and I felt, with little hyperbole, that he thinks we were better off living as cave men. He makes a lot of big and sometimes false statements with practically no sources cited beyond himself. I understand the point of the book is to improve the functioning of the body and despite the obnoxiousness I am going to do the exercises to try to fix the ever Do yourself a favor and don’t read this book. The author is completely obnoxious and comes across as a cranky old man complaining about modern life and I felt, with little hyperbole, that he thinks we were better off living as cave men. He makes a lot of big and sometimes false statements with practically no sources cited beyond himself. I understand the point of the book is to improve the functioning of the body and despite the obnoxiousness I am going to do the exercises to try to fix the eversion in my feet, but do yourself a favor and skip the book (read the diagnosis and the exercises). I may or may not come back to edit my review and rating after a few months based on the success of the method, but for now you are left with a rating that it was a horrible book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    Much of what is said (besides the exercises) is what I've thought about for awhile. I liked seeing these ideas written beyond my own head. The exercises look helpful. I've started them and they look useful for almost anyone. Much of what is said (besides the exercises) is what I've thought about for awhile. I liked seeing these ideas written beyond my own head. The exercises look helpful. I've started them and they look useful for almost anyone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    P

    I think he makes some good points and has some good advice, but it is a fairly confusing book and it's interactive in the sense that you need to measure, look at yourself in the mirror, etc. and all kinds of other annoying stuff. I think he makes some good points and has some good advice, but it is a fairly confusing book and it's interactive in the sense that you need to measure, look at yourself in the mirror, etc. and all kinds of other annoying stuff.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Valko Yotov

    The best fitness and physical health guide ever. Highly recomended book from an author who has excellent experience in phisiotherapy and recovery and has created the perfect fitness and health improvement guide. You must read it if you want to be healthy and in good physical shape.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Bishop

    I am currently trying to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mckinley

    This works. When I first started it, I did it daily and felt a lot less back discomfort. I've come back to it over the years since I don't do it daily anymore. This works. When I first started it, I did it daily and felt a lot less back discomfort. I've come back to it over the years since I don't do it daily anymore.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    The writing in the book isn't phenomenal (think the same story over and over), but the exercises have really helped with chronic foot pain that had been keeping me from running. The writing in the book isn't phenomenal (think the same story over and over), but the exercises have really helped with chronic foot pain that had been keeping me from running.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion: Revolutionary Program That Lets You Rediscover the Body's Power to Rejuvenate It by Pete Egoscue (1993) The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion: Revolutionary Program That Lets You Rediscover the Body's Power to Rejuvenate It by Pete Egoscue (1993)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Eastburn

    Very time-consuming, but worth it...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    A great companion to Egoscue's Pain-Free book. More clinical, but awesome for anyone in the health/fitness/rehab field. A great companion to Egoscue's Pain-Free book. More clinical, but awesome for anyone in the health/fitness/rehab field.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Matthews

    It is hard to do this, but it seems to be working. Yes, I love this. There are some other books in the series, but I am trying to get through this first one first. I feel hopeful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lincoln

    I think I liked his book pain free better, but did pick up some learning about a couple of common scenarios for dysfunctional bodies in this day and age.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ken Lenoir

  28. 5 out of 5

    Uwe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Simoroshka

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anelia

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