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Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  583 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Starting today, you don't have to live in pain.

That is the revolutionary message of this breakthrough system for eliminating chronic pain without drugs, surgery, or expensive physical therapy. Developed by Pete Egoscue, a nationally renowned physiologist and sports injury consultant to some of today's top athletes, the Egoscue Method has an astounding 95 percent success ra
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 29th 2000 by Bantam Books (first published 1998)
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Darrell Reimer
I'm a mostly healthy guy, in my late-40s, and dealing with the sorts of mobility issues that creep up and become a big deal -- specifically Plantar Fasciitis. I skipped straight to the exercises at the end of the book, and found my fasciitis gradually improving. More significantly, I noticed while dressing that a shoulder "tweak" I'd learned to ignore over the years had disappeared.

Three things need to be said. First of all, I've yet to encounter a fitness/health book that isn't framed with an e
OddModicum Rachel
Aug 24, 2014 OddModicum Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone suffering with pain, Pain management physician, physical therapist or care provider.

Rather remarkable for severe, disabling Myofascial Pain, Chronic Fatigue, and Sleep Disorders. If you've got Fibromyalgia or related chronic pain conditions, try this method!

It just occurred to me as I was rating another title about chronic pain that I'd never reviewed 'Pain Free,' one of my very favorite titles on the subject. You haven't read enough about anatomical structure and how it relates to your pain until you've read this book! It's been a while since I read it, honestly, and am due fo
Jun 12, 2008 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people will chronic pain
Recommended to Annalisa by: Eric
Shelves: resource, non-fiction
My massage therapist lent me this book to give me exercises for my knees so I can start running again. It is a great philosophy that everything in our bodies work together. So my weak ankles from improper foot placement and shoulder slouching to compensate for my height are hurting my knees.

Pain is a body's warning sign and one should not seek to mask pain but the heal it's source. When our bodies are in pain, we naturally put less strain on that area and let the surrounding parts pick up the sl
What can I say about this book? It made me pain free in few days that I was struggling to get rid of for long time. I read about this book in 4 Hour Body By Tim Ferris. Out of curiosity I visited Amazon and read the reviews. I decided to buy in India where I live. I suffer from Cervical Spondolosys and pain. Gets worst in the morning. Also found I am losing my balance when I climb down the stairs. Plus feel nausiated in moving AC car/Bus. I tried Physio exercises but did not help. Note that I am ...more
Rebecca Henderson
The premise of the book is that the human body is amazingly designed to maintain itself apart from drugs and surgery and that musculoskeletal pain should be aberrant rather than chronic. Written by an exercise therapist, the book was recommended to me by friends who have had success with the author’s methods, after I began having pain in my ankles during training runs of 7 miles or longer. I agree with what the author has to say about the importance of motion in freeing the body from pain, about ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Judi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has a delibitating injury
Recommended to Judi by: Donna Ciolli
This is a first-rate book that I've recommended or given to quite a few people. It has greatly helped me recover from disabling plantar fascitis, and I've also used it in coping with and lessening knee pain and lower back problems. The author is extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced in this field and has dealt with a wide number of intractable sports injuries.

I have not finished the book, nor do I expect to do so, as I have that it is most helpful as a reference book. It has to do with
My massage therapist recommended this book when I continually returned to him for neck and back pain. He suggested, as this book posits, that most people live their lives in a small box in front of us: we drive, type, cook, wash dishes, etc all in a small area directly in front of us. Egoscue suggests that most pain comes from lack of motion, misalignment of the body, and certain muscles making up for weak or strained muscles, resulting in pain. He also suggests that almost all muscular pain can ...more
For me, it was an "ah-ha" moment explaining how the body and muscles work and how chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists try to address aches and pain. There are specific sections on what exercises to do to address pains in particular areas. The exercises themselves are rather mundane, but are a good start.
Wow. I've suffered from severe pain in my right hip for the past 3 years - since being thrown from an overly-excited and galloping horse. I've tried yoga, massage, kinesiology and so much more to relieve the pain. Nothing stopped it completely. Until I tried the E-cises in Pain Free. And I mean, I felt noticeable changes the same day. Serious relief. I must admit that I was skeptical, but I am a believer in the methods described in this book. If you are suffering from pain, YOU NEED THIS BOOK! I ...more
Photos, science and simple common sense stretches for truly relieving chronic back/neck pain at home. It works!
Debbie Wheeler
I recommend this book to anyone with any physical pain. it makes sense to me.
Clear, simple, logical advice, as always.
Jun 23, 2012 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a body, anyone who has some physical pain
Recommended to Claire by: individual with a spinal fusion who was helped by this method
Shelves: physical-health
Egoscue's understanding and knowledge is like music to my ears! I've certainly experienced pain and restricted movement - as everyone has at some point, and have lived with someone with chronic disabling pain and increasing immobility (spinal fusion) over my lifetime. It is not easy (which is an total understatement) but Egoscue seems to provide hope.

His approach is that "a little motion goes a long way". I believe this, and he does a good job of providing examples of how pain results from musco
I stumbled onto this book after doing some research to try and improve what had become chronic neck, shoulder and back issues. I wasn't aware of how two foot operations changed my balance and gate (which caused problems elsewhere). The exercises presented appear quite simple, but are actually very challenging. I am now keenly aware of how much body misalignment, and lack of motion affect everything from sleep to vision. I highly recommend people of all fitness levels and ages read this book.
Maggie Shayne
After 11 days of nonstop sciatic nerve pain that nothing could touch, I found relief immediately with this book. After doing the easy exercises it contains the pain ebbed, and I'm continuing to do the daily work and feeling better every day. I'm so glad I found this book! I know people who go through years of pain from this condition. There's no need for narcotics or surgery. Try this first!
Phil Sykora
I'm struggling on whether or not I should add this to my account because I definitely did not read all of it; only the information that was relevant to me. I've been following the back pain program for a few days now and I've noticed a huge improvement.

I'll update later as to whether or not it pays off in the long term.

I really liked the Jack Nicklaus story, by the way.
Although I've not exactly finished reading it completely, I have followed the exercises (e-sices) in this book for the past 4+ months and it's helped me tremendously with my pain issues. If you have any pain or chronic pain anywhere--or just want to improve posture and strengthen muscles to avoid injury and pain--I would highly recommend this book. I'm so grateful I found it.
A pretty easy read and the exercises are nothing unusual. I really want to believe the wrist exercises will alleviate my de Quervain's tendonitis, but have to admit I'm a bit skeptical. Would love to hear from anyone who might've found relief from de Quervain's using the Egoscue e-cises.
This is a "must read" if you have back pain. I suffered for years with lower back pain when someone recommended this book. I followed the instructions and within a week I had amazing results. Within three weeks I was pain free.
Eben Visher
Unbelievable to me!

In three weeks I accomplished more for my chronic back pain then I had for an hour per day for three years. What a remarkable and amazing book. Thanks so much, Pete!
This is a book that I will consult again and again. It's best used as a reference, while working with an Egoscue trained therapist, but it can work as a means to get started on your own. This is a wonderful method to relieve musculoskeletal pain and promote good health. I've just scratched the surface of it, but it has helped me considerably with soreness and in relieving aches and pains. The movements are simple and non-stressful. There's no building up to heavier or more strenuous workouts. It ...more
One of the physical therapists I work with is utilizing many methods in this book to help correct posture, vertigo, tinnitus, and other chronic pain syndromes. I am currently doing three of the many exercises in the book to try to correct my forward head posture resultant from a dysfunctional thoracic spine and scapula plus the many hours of work leaning forward every day. I am eager to see if the methods help me, and to read the philosophy behind these positional techniques.... I'll add more on ...more
It feels a bit dishonest reading this book, as I only skimmed the chapters that didn't apply to me (shoulders, hands, feet, etc.). But I believe I read it in the way the author intended it to be read and used. His philosophies seemed sound until I did the exercises (E-cises) recommended. Not only did I not feel pain relief, I felt more pain. I'm still deciding if it is worth trying again, or if I should wait until I'm under a physical therapist's supervision.

So for me, the book was well written
A book of exercises that help to relieve pain, worked for me.
In theory it makes sense to me. Now for practical application!
Realignment techniques that really work.
Alignment + Stability = Mobility
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I used their method almost 20 years ago when I had plantar fasciitis and it worked wonders. I am much older now and I have done something that is causing knee pain. The book contains E-cises that are designed to get your body back in alignment and stop the pain. They worked for my feet and they are working for my knees. They do take a lot of time as you have to hold certain positions for up to 45 minutes but are much better than surgery or drugs. Check the book out if you are experiencing any ty ...more
This book isn't a cure all, but it can help. It goes through all the different joints and spine "exercises" so you can pick what you need help with the most.
Eileen Huber
Much of the reasoning makes sense. Now to put it into practice and see how effective it is.
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