Wow, I can’t believe I’ve finally completed the 2nd edition of Fixing You: Back Pain! I’ve been working on it for 2 years now and there are so many changes, I wanted to devote a blog entry to talk about them.
Fixing You: Back Pain 2nd Edition will be offered at half-price, only $10, for a limited time as a thank you to my previous readers.
1. If you’re familiar with the 1st edition, I think the first big change is a departure from the category of Rotation Problems in favor of Sidebending Problems. “What’s the big deal?” you might ask. Well it’s a very big deal because I believe the sidebending issues are creating the rotation problems. It kind of works like this, when the spine is in a neutral position, sidebending to one side creates rotation to the opposite direction. So if the spine is sidebending to the left, it rotates to the right. The first edition of Fixing You: Back Pain identified these issues as rotation problems however it’s very difficult to correct a rotation issue. Now I believe that is because the driver of the rotation problem is actually a sidebending problem. And these are much easier to fix as you’ll see in the second edition. I think the sidebending issues are the main culprits in creating unilateral back pain or sciatic pain. This has been a significant tool in the correction of asymmetry in the pelvis and lumbar spine.
2.These past few years I’ve looked more into fascia and have included more information about the role of fascia in chronic pain. I’ve uncovered some research that connects fascial contraction to our sympathetic nervous system response (our fight-or-flight or stress response). I’ve completely re-written the first section, Mindful Healing, to include how our brain, stress, fascia, and habits come together to create chronic contraction patterns. I think you’ll find it interesting and useful. To this end, I’ve included a worksheet in the Appendix of the book to help you identify and quantify stress in your life. This can go a long way to relieving chronic pain due to the connection between the stress and fascial contraction.
3. Hanna Somatics techniques have been introduced. I have spent 3 years studying Hanna Somatics, which has become a very important approach in my clinic when working with chronic pain patients or those with recurring injuries. I’ve “somaticized” some of my exercises to reflect this learning. I’ve also created separate audio and video somatics lessons to help people reduce tension and pain throughout their bodies. These can be found at www.FixingYouBooks.com.
4. Re-shot all videos of exercises and tests in the book! There are now many more exercises as well as tests in this book to help you more precisely understand and fix your pain. The videos look great, offering more detail, and I think they will be VERY helpful in taking your solutions to the next level.
5. Lots more images! There are over 145 pictures and images in this book (69 in the first 2 sections and 76 in the 3rd section of corrective exercises) as compared to the 1st edition which had 58 (23 in the first 2 sections and 35 in the 3rd section of corrective exercises). Part of the reason this revision has taken so long is waiting for the new images and figuring out how to fit them into the book. I actually had to go to an 8×10 layout, which I think you’ll find easier to read.
6. I have more recommendations about how to change sitting, standing, walking and bending habits that seem to be at the root of a lot of people’s pain. Overall the 2nd edition is now 177 pages while the first edition was only 123. This is such as substantial increase in size, I have to list it as a completely new book!
7. Read a chapter for free! I’m offering Chapter 3: The Basics free if you’d like to check it out first or send it to a friend who might need some help. This chapter talks about things that happen in the background that set us up for back pain. I think you’ll find it useful.
I hope Fixing You: Back Pain 2nd edition helps even more of you fix your pain. Thank you all for your patience and support as I put this together. Please feel free to leave a review on Amazon as I must start all over again with the reviews since this is considered a new book. Thank you and let me hear your stories!