We highly recommend this new book on back pain: Crooked, Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery

A major new book on back pain and the back pain industry had been published: Crooked, by investigative journalist Cathryn Jacobson Ramin. The book follows her journey in seeking help for her own back pain and takes us through a critical review of the recent history of treatments including surgery, disc replacements, steroidal injections, and medications. She evaluates the value of well-targeted exercise programs, especially for people with non-specific chronic low back pain.

In the chapter ‘The Posture Mavens’, Ramin describes her experiences with a range of approaches, including a very positive response and endorsement for the Feldenkrais Method. She describes her experiences of attending one of our back care workshops at the Feldenkrais Center and a Functional Integration lesson with Deborah Bowes.

Cathryn has recently been interviewed on Bay Area radio stations: on Forum on KQED and Your Call on KALW – and you should be able to find podcasts those interviews on their websites for a while

You can visit Cathryn Ramin’s website for more details, and see her page on Feldenkrais Method, which includes Deborah Bowes talk on Feldenkrais and chronic low back pain for a recent Stanford Pain Day.

The Feldenkrais Center for Movement & Awareness will be offering the back care program Cathryn describes this Fall. Please contact us if you are interested and we will mail you information when we have finalized the dates.

Repetitive Strain Injuries: Cliff Smyth featured in Feldenkrais Guild Newsletter

Cliff Smyth's knowledge and experience in helping people recover from Repetitive Strain Injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, hand pain) is featured in the April edition of the Feldenkrais Guild's public newsletter, SenseAbility. It includes an audio interview with Yoga teacher, Feldenkrais Practitioner and RSI expert, Deborah Quilter.  There is also a short version of one his articles on RSI and how Feldenkrais contributes to prevention and recovery. Listen or read here.
 

You can also read Cliff's thoughts on RSI on this website: Hands, Computers and You, and Repetitive Strain Injuries and the Feldenkrais Method.

The Brain's Way of Healing

Salon.com has published an excerpt from Dr. Doidge's book which focuses on the Feldenkrais Method. Click on the link to read the article.

Norman Doidge, author of the million-selling The Brain that Changes Itself has published a new volume, The Brain's Way of Healing. Dr Doidge, is a leading proponent of the ideas of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, which provide a basis for the brain and nervous system's capacity to learn throughout life. Two chapters of his new book are about the Feldenkrais Method®.

This book describes how the practice of the Feldenkrais Method develops the very aspects of the brain that will enhance its self-healing. Charles Euchner, writing in The Boston Globe, said, "In this age of distraction and unnatural environments and actions - like staring at screens all day - brain science offers all kinds of useful techniques to care for our infinitely complex selves. Norman Doidge's work is a Michelin Guide to this hopeful new trove of knowledge and insight".