I posted an earlier review of volume one, the causes. In it I mentioned that I hoped that volume 2, the cures, lived up to its promise. I am pleased to report that it did. The writing style continued to be free, simple and easy to understand, which was great. But three things made this book stand out from the pack. First, it takes the very commonsense approach of giving different groups of exercises, and occasionally separate advice, for different back problems. This seems so obvious as to be a necessity, but I haven’t come across any other book before that did this. Second, it is extremely comprehensive. It covered every aspect of back pain that I could think of, and more besides. Other books that I’ve read seem to be simply a collection of exercises, or some old staples such as “stand up straight” or “lie on a hard mattress” etc. This book takes a refreshing look at many such old wives tales, telling you where and when they are right or wrong. Finally, this book leaves you with a self-directed plan of how to put it all into action. Is it working? I’ve had back pain almost constantly for 10 years. Six weeks after reading this book I reckon its about 50% better, on some days 80% better. As the book says, the changes I’ve made are permanent, so hopefully it will stay that way forever.
Highly recommended for anyone suffering back pain. It's a light read, yet is rich with information. You're left with not only a real plan, but also a sense that all is not lost. It has very positive messages.