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Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain
About 50 million Americans suffer back pain every year, and chronic back pain disables 1 in 40 adults. Back Sense takes a different approach, contending that most chronic back pain is caused not by a damaged spine, but by stress, muscle tension, and inactivity. The aim is to help you reclaim your life and decrease your pain.
The spine might be damaged initially, but it usu...more
(first published January 1st 2001)
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This book was recommended to me by my Doctor. I have also read John Sarno's book on mind-body back pain and found Back Sense to be a much better read. Ronald Siegels tone through-out the book comes from a place of compassion and understanding while giving supporting evidence through reputable resources. (for example, New England Journal of Medican). He also give come concrete ways of dealing and alleviating the pain. I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from neck, back or even TMJ pa ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Leigh rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with back pain or considering surgery.
Recommended to Leigh by: I found it at the bookstore.
My doctors were recommending surgery. I read 12 other books on back pain before picking this one up. It just made sense to me and it was the only book that gave me hope of a normal active life again. I went with it and after a year of pain and fear and several months on worker's comp, the pain was gone. That was 10 years ago! In that time I resumed heavy lifting as a nurse, back packed, travelled the world and gave birth to two babies, the second one a whopping 10.5 lbs, pain-free. It wasn't in ...more
This book was recommended to me by my back doctor, which turns out is no surprise since he was mentioned in the introduction as a primary contributor and inspiration. Dr. John Sarno was also thanked. I recently read two of Sarno's books, which I feel did a better job than Siegel did with Back Sense at explaining the specifics of how tension can cause all sorts of ailments. Start with Sarno, then skim Siegel.
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“While the findings may shock you, researchers now understand that these individuals recovered most likely because they believed strongly that they were cured by the surgery. The back surgery patients were otherwise unexceptional. They were not “hypochondriacs” or especially suggestible hypnotic subjects. It turns out that mere belief is an influence on the outcome of all sorts of medical conditions and procedures. This influence is far more powerful than most people, including many doctors, realize. We will examine this more closely in the next chapter.”
“People in developing countries frequently do all of the things that make us fear for our backs: they engage in hard physical labor, sleep on primitive mattresses, walk long distances in worn shoes, ride in uncomfortable vehicles on bumpy roads, and receive limited medical care. If chronic back pain were really due to structural damage, we would expect them to have terrible back problems. They don’t. Doctors working in these areas report that people rarely complain of back pain (in the United States, back pain is second only to colds and flu as a reason for physician visits).”More quotes…