Wear and Tear: Stop the Pain and Put the Spring Back in Your Body (英語) ハードカバー – 2003/1/1
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Wear and tear erodes your joints and stiffens your ligaments and tendons. It's the main reason many of us feel old and creaky. Bestselling author Dr. Bob Arnot designed a revolutionary program to overcome his own advanced case of wear and tear, one that had led to arthritis. His exciting new blueprint dramatically improves strength and vigor, helps you become more supple and limber, and puts the spring back into your step. Whether you are sixty years old or twenty, this book can help you beat wear and tear. Based on the latest scientific research and decades of his own experience, Dr. Bob Arnot's easy-to-implement plan provides the steps to repair damaged joints, muscles, and ligaments and eliminate the pain associated with infirmity and injury. Wear and Tear includes easy-to-follow guidelines to help you select the right shoes, incorporate highly effective new supplements into your diet, and kill the pain associated with sore joints and even moderate arthritis. For the more athletic, Dr. Arnot provides a regimen of nutrition, diet, and exercise to reverse the damage to joints and overcome stiff man syndrome. You'll even find customized yoga poses and a chapter on joint-friendly sports. Dr. Bob Arnot will show you how to slow, stop, or even reverse the effects of wear and tear.
Dr. Bob Arnot is one of the most recognized names in the medical and health professions. Formerly medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News and chief medical correspondent for Today and Dateline, Dr. Arnot now reports worldwide from the front lines of the war against terror as special foreign correspondent for MSNBC. A bestselling author, Dr. Arnot has published eight books: Sports Selection, The Best Medicine, Dr Bob Arnot's Guide to Turning Back the Clock, Dr Bob Arnot's Revolutionary Weight Control Program, The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet, The Biology of Success, The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan, and The Breast Health Cookbook.
It may be that I've already done a lot of research, that I found it not all that helpful. Oh, wait, at $4.00, why am I arguing.
I bought and started reading "Wear and Tear" because he included a chapter called "Stiff Man Syndrome" which my orthopedic surgeon jokingly said contributed to my knee damage. In "Wear and Tear" there are excellent descriptions and examples of the damage you do to your joints, far beyond what my doctor told me. The "8-Ball" metaphore of a joint alone made me see what 'full range of motion' is all about. Dr. Arnot's discussion of "forceful walking" has given me better tips than my physical therapist has on how I was ginding away my joints by walking (like Godzilla in a hurry). One suggestion I would add, in addition of the examples given in the book, is imagine you're walking on rice paper. Remember "Grasshopper" from TV's "Kung-fu"? Now I notice how everyone else is pounding away as they walk, while I glide along feeling sorry for them.
Because of "Wear and Tear" I'm in the pool working on range of motion (it feels great too, all day long), practicing walking so I don't pound my joints, doing light yoga and stretching (it is remarkably easy to get flexibility back), changed my vitamins and doing the remarkably good (and unique) exercises he illustrates.
The Amazon Editorial Review gives you a good list of subjects in the book so I won't repeat them. I would just add they are covered in a clear and concise style. You don't waste any time reading the filler found in most other health books.
If you compare what you can get out of this book to what you will spend on expensive Doctor and Physical Rehab sessions, not to mention the pain and loss of income, "Wear and Tear" is worth its weight in gold. I think Dr. Arnot has also saved me from a lot of future grief as well by cluing me in before more damage is done to my poor knees and hips. I plan on using many of the principles outlined in this book for the rest of my life.
the joints in the body. For instance, the author cautions
against heal pounding while walking. He recommends walking
such that the outer perimeter of the foot absorbs your
weight. He describes the optimal gait which consists of
maintaining hips at a level position and landing the feet
easily while walking. High tech knee braces may help in
redistributing the load around the knee. Ibuprofen may be
helpful in dealing with inflammation problems. Wearing
comfortable shoes is cited as an important step in reducing
stress on the joints. Yoga is cited as a good treatment
for joints , as is stretching, spreading the weight load
and building elasticity and flexibility in the muscles and
joints. This book is a good supplementation to the existing
medicinal regimen and physical therapy regimen.