Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pain Free : A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain

"... Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain is composed of three overview chapters, eight chapters allocated to chronic pain conditions in specific body areas, one chapter aimed at improving peak performance during sports and leisure activities, and a final chapter dedicated to pain-free maintenance through overall conditioning exercises. The chronic pain chapters starts with a description of why pain occurs in specific body areas and ends with stretches to help alleviate the causes of pain in that body part. The body parts covered include the following: the feet; the ankles; the knees; the hips; the back; the shoulders; the elbows, wrists and hands; and the neck and head.

Egoscue states that he is providing the tools needed to empower those who are suffering pain to heal themselves. Those who plan to manage their health, set goals, and use the tools provided will enable the body’s inner power to heal itself and be pain free without taking pills, undergoing surgery, using splints or supports or special equipment.

Egoscue’s premise is that chronic pain is a form of high-priority communication that the body is not receiving adequate motion. He states "The body is a motion machine. The bone-levers and the muscle-pulleys make that perfectly clear. They account for sixty percent of the body's weight. We may have a high purpose, but physical movement, hand over hand, one foot in front of the other, is how we accomplish it….Motion is absolutely crucial to the body's operations and overall welfare." According to Egoscue, pain is a warning of danger, and the danger is acute motion starvation.

An Example - Egoscue's Opinion on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Egoscue states that hand, wrist and elbow pain is caused by disengaging the shoulders and disrupting the load-bearing capacity of the body. The exercises he recommends for the wrist and hand, and specifically for carpal tunnel syndrome, are designed to reestablish the link between the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder; release and reposition the hips, and bring the hips, shoulders and head into alignment. These are full-body exercises (the wall clock, supine groin stretch, and air bench) that do not target specific hand and wrist movement. An understanding and knowledge of the anatomical linking is needed to appreciate their significance."    (Continued via BellaOnline)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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Anonymous Safe Computing Tips said...

Hi there,

Don’t use flexible or curved wrist rests. If you are using a flat wrist rest then don’t rest the crease of your wrist on this.

Use the flat wrist rest to rest your palm of your hands in between typing and mousing work.

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5:35 AM  
Anonymous workplace-safety said...

But is the book any good? There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of quality literature around on workplace ergonomics.

7:20 AM  

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