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Book Review: 25 Natural Ways To Relieve Back Pain by Romy Fox

written by: AngelaC • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 9/23/2010

It has been estimated that as many as 90% of people experience chronic and nagging back pain for some portion of their lives. As a sufferer of back pain herself, Romy Fox believes there are many natural ways to relieve back pain without resorting to medication and surgery.

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    25 Natural Ways To Relieve Back Pain by Romy Fox offers simple and easy ways to reduce and ease different types of back pain through the use of exercise, stretching and other natural and alternative therapies. Fox identified that most back pain stems from your lower back or lumbar region. This is the area of your back that provides you with the bulk of the muscle that is needed to lift, stand, walk, twist, turn and bend. Despite the fact that back pain is so common, the cause is often elusive and may involve many different factors. In general, most back pain is attributable to strains and sprains, disk problems, joint degeneration, osteoporosis, and disease or structural problems.

    Ms. Fox believes that the body can and will usually heal itself if treated properly and pointed in the right direction. She feels that using natural and noninvasive approaches to relive back pain can work just as well, if not better than, medication or surgery. Each chapter of her book focuses on one of these natural methods. She emphasis that the first ten chapters are the most important because back pain is often due to a mechanical problem such as the way you stand, sit, sleep or lift, and until these problems are corrected, your back may never heal. After that, she advises to flip through the rest of the chapters and focus on what is most appealing or applicable to your situation.

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    Overall Recommendation

    25 Natural Ways to Relieve Back Pain definitely hits every idea on natural ways to relieve back pain. Fox begins by focusing on simple posture and sleeping changes, as well as different exercises and stretches. Then she goes on to more complex ideas such as chiropractic, massage, Rolfing, herbs, homeopathy, and Ayurvedic healing. The last three chapters involve meditations and projecting a positive mental attitude.

    Overall, I feel Romy Fox’s book is a wonderful tool for anyone suffering from back pain. Her tips and techniques are simple to implement and she definitely covers the entire spectrum of remedies a person could try before resorting to something drastic. Fox is not pushy, but instead encouraging, stating that each person’s “recipe” for back pain relief will be a little different. In conclusion, she cheers you on by saying, “You can take control of your back pain, your health, and your life.”

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    Product Information

    Title: 25 Natural Ways To Relieve Back Pain

    Author: Romy Fox

    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

    Date Published: August 13, 2001

    Number of Pages: 160

    ISBN: 0658006428

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