If someone on your gift list suffers from chronic back pain, consider giving a gift that can help. While DVDs and fitness classes are all the rage, there are some who still prefer to crack open a book. For those in pain who like to read, consider investing in a back pain book.
There is extensive literature on back pain and finding the right book may seem like a daunting task. There are a couple ways to narrow down your search: 1) read reviews on sites like Amazon.com, and 2) consider the different categories these books fit into and choose one based on your gift recipient’s specific interests and needs. Consider the following categories and highly rated books, for example.
Poor posture is a common cause of back pain; learning how to sit, stand, move and sleep with proper posture can alleviate pain throughout the body.
- 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot by Esther Gokhale has received well over 200 5-star reviews on Amazon. She instructs readers on how to adopt the most natural, relaxed postures to relieve tension and strain. Readers praise the book for its simplicity. It contains many illustrations that reviewers found helpful. One key point that many reviewers mentioned is that, once the methods advocated in the book are learned, there is not a big time investment in the method. Since posture is important no matter what you do, this book could potentially benefit anyone. It is ideal for busy people with poor posture.
Stress and back pain are closely linked. Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by John E. Sorno has well over 400 5-star reviews on Amazon. His theory is that muscle tension, a common cause of pain, may be caused by repressed emotions. Mental stress causes muscle tension that can only be relieved by addressing the underlying psychological and emotion stress. This book can illuminate readers about the ways in which physical and mental pain are linked and encourage them to consider the health of their psyches as connected with the health of their bodies.
- Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika by B. K. S Iyengar is one of the most famous books on yoga available and has a 5-star rating on Amazon by more than 100 customer reviewers. The book is designed to introduce beginners to yoga with illustrations of poses, detailed instructions and a recommended routine. If someone on your list has expressed an interest in yoga or other movement therapies, this book would be an excellent introductory resource.
- Another option is to take a more anatomical approach. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff offers detailed information on the impact of different poses on the body’s structures. It is full of illustrations that depict the body’s soft tissue and bone structure. Since it contains a lot of anatomical information, it is suitable to someone with scientific interests.
Educational books on posture, yoga and stress can all help people relieve back pain naturally. While persistent back pain should be assessed by a medical professional, there is no such thing as too much information when it comes to health. The books listed here are only a few of the options available on the market; do your research with your gift recipient in mind. Back pain books are an inexpensive and thoughtful gift option that the recipient can benefit from for a lifetime.