Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief
March 24th, 2018 by diane92345

80% of the world’s population has had back pain. 25% have had to dial back their life to deal with it. 14% have had back pain that lasted longer than two weeks. Back surgery rarely works completely. Pain drugs often lead to life-altering addictions. So what is the answer to chronic back pain? Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief may be able to help for little cost or effort.

The book explains how the back works, how you can mess it up and how to fix it organically.  Common causes of back pain are age, trauma, hip problems, poor posture/breathing, not moving/standing enough, excess weight, stress, depression and smoking. Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief gives some commonly prescribed solutions like stop slumping and move more. However, the author also includes innovative solutions like switch the side on which you sleep and modify breathing to correct posture.  Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief also advocates using yoga poses for three different phases of back pain exercise:  feel better, move better and prevent future pain.

The feel better section starts with six easy exercises designed to gently stretch and relieve pain. There are then nine slightly more difficult range of motion exercises. The move better section also first includes ten easier intermediate exercises.  These are followed by ten more difficult intermediate exercises.  This section adds twisting exercises. The author includes ten more exercises in the maintenance/prevention section. Three are to be done daily with the other seven recommended to be done three times a week. All of these exercises are similar to, but slightly modified, exercises in the previous sections.

Overall, I like the format of this book going from pain to prevention of future pain.  I like the friendly but knowledgeable tone. The early exercises are easy so the bar to begin exercising is low.  Most people will only have to purchase a yoga mat and foam block. As always, everyone should check with their doctor before beginning an exercise program especially if back pain is already an issue. However, Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief is certainly worth a try before going down the pain drugs or surgery route.  This book is currently available on Kindle Unlimited.

Thanks to the publisher, Althea Press, and the author for a copy.

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January 8th, 2018 by diane92345

Good solid cozy with authentic characters.

Kate owns a yoga studio. Michael, her live-in boyfriend, owns a pet store. Together they are renovating the house they live in that Kate inherited in Seattle.

After not getting the engagement ring she was expecting, Kate asks Michael why they aren’t moving forward in their relationship. Michael tells Kate that he is already married to Gabriella who is still living in his hometown in Oregon. He insists that it is a sham marriage to get her a green card but agrees to ask her for a divorce. Kate, Michael and their dog go to Oregon though Kate has not forgiven Michael for his deception. Michael stays with his sister Shannon. Kate stays with her best friend Rene with husband Sam, 3 month old twin daughters and two labradoodle puppies.

Kate, Michael and their 100 pound German Shepherd, Bella, confront Gabriella, who is reluctant to speak to Michael. During a doggy beach run the next day, Bella finds Gabriella dead. Kate and Rene have solved four murders in the past two years. To clear Michael’s name, they begin investigating the crime.

Kate, Rene and Shannon are delightful characters. Each have their own quirks and personalities. Kate and her dog Bella suffer from pogonophobia, the irrational fear of beards. Bella also has a stomach disorder, which is how Kate and Michael met. Shannon is a hoot and is the perfect person to have at Michael’s back. Rene is the perfect partner in detection. Even though she calls herself Watson to Kate’s Sherlock, she can hold her own when interrogating suspects or investigating clues.

Overall, Pre-meditated Murder is a good choice for cozy mystery fans. It would especially appeal to dog fans. The yoga is minimized and all terms are explained so even readers that are not into yoga will enjoy this book. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Thanks to the publisher, Midnight Ink, and NetGalley for an advance copy.

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