BookNo one likes to live with aches and pain. Whether the pain is caused by poor posture, repetitive movements, injury, or sedentary behavior, Prescriptive Stretching, Second Edition, can help put you on the path to feeling better and living without the pain.
Prescriptive Stretching features full-color anatomical illustrations and step-by-step instructions for dozens of the most effective stretches to eliminate pain, alleviate muscle soreness, improve balance and flexibility, and prevent common injuries. You’ll find various types of stretches and techniques, including individual unassisted stretches, the use of a tennis ball to target troublesome areas like the shoulder and feet, and partner stretches to ease pain caused by poor posture or sitting for long periods of time.
Most importantly, Prescriptive Stretching offers ready-to-use stretching sequences to target specific problem areas. These pain release programs will help address many common ailments:
- Back pain
- Neck stiffness
- Shoulder soreness
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Runner’s knee
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Prescriptive Stretching Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Prescriptive Stretching With CE Exam package, which includes both the book and the exam.
AudienceFitness enthusiasts, athletes, fitness professionals, and anyone who wants to better manage pain.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Muscles and Bones of the Human Body
Programs for Pain Relief
Assessing Flexibility and Muscle Balance
Reviews“Prescriptive Stretching is the most comprehensive guide for managing pain and injury through stretching. Kristian Berg has the answers to the questions my patients frequently ask about stretching, and he clearly explains the why, how and when. An essential for every gym bag!”
—Ron Noy, MD, Prestige Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
“Prescriptive Stretching is a wonderful resource for any level of learner. Beginning with the anatomy of the muscles and bones is critical in order to gain an understanding of the purpose of performing specific stretches and WHY. I especially appreciate the information on the health benefits of movement and stretching. The Four Main Principles are so insightful. Stretching is often a mystery to many people, and these guidelines are important in preparing the user to understand the purpose and function of each stretch. Although the book is science based, the terms are explained in a very easy-to-understand manner. The sections on posture are also very enlightening. So many people would avoid pain and dysfunction if they would take the time to focus on their daily postures and then address the misalignment through a stretch or series of stretches. This easy-to-follow guide offers simple application for better health and daily performance through flexibility.”
—Irene McCormick, MS, CSCS, Senior Director of Fitness Education for Orangetheory Fitness
ExcerptsGastrocnemius (ball version)
Gluteus Medius and Minimus (kneeling version)
Pectoralis Major (Partner stretch, version 1)