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    • Black & White interior
    • 588 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Back pain cause,
    • Back pain solution,
    • Manual therapy,
    • Body/pelvic alignment,
    • Back pain and alignment,
    • Treat malalignment,
    • Out of alignment

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Read My Hips!
Suffering Needless Pelvic, Limb, or Back Pain? Time to Check your Alignment!
by Wolf Schamberger

“I feel twisted”, “I look crooked in the mirror”, “My problems have been going on for years”, “I have tried every kind of treatment” are commonly heard statements. Whether you have complaints or not, it’s time to look at your body alignment, given that the pelvis and spine are not properly aligned in 80% of us. Think of a car that has an alignment problem! The tires wear differently and the car may wiggle and wobble, eventually causing structural damage to the frame and steering mechanism. We are not so different. Unwanted stresses caused by malalignment can affect every part of your body. You may feel it, for example, as “low back pain”, a “bursitis”, “tight hamstrings”. This book starts by explaining how your pelvis and spine function when in alignment and what happens when things go wrong. It describes some easy ways to recognize and treat the three most common ways the pelvis goes out of alignment. Then it outlines the “malalignment syndrome” – the typical changes and complaints associated with malalignment that, unfortunately, often lead to unwarranted investigation, misdiagnosis, and inappropriate and sometimes harmful treatment. After discussing the impact on various sports, it provides a comprehensive treatment approach aimed at achieving and maintaining your alignment making use of appropriate complementary techniques and encouraging your regular participation to achieve lasting results.

"It is amazing to me that malalignment issues (which I have come to realize since reading this document) can literally impact every body system. I am also shocked that malalignment is rarely considered as a diagnosis by medical doctors. This book is a wonderful resource for lay people and physicians alike. Very detailed information backed up with lots of research and references." —- L.C., nurse "When I read the book, it made ‘sense’ to me, based on my experience with my pain, my myriad of confused doctor visits (confused doctors and confused me), no one really getting to the root of the problem, and my intuition. It is logical: The body compensates and it is obvious when you know what to look for. It’s actually very simple: not a tumour, not a complicated disc problem, not a degenerative disorder. Simple, subtle, yet the book is empowering." —L. O., secretary "The knowledge contained in this book is currently lacking in the medical field. Physical therapists never taught me how to self-assess my alignment and certainly did not teach me how to self-correct – even when I asked them! I can’t afford, nor is it realistic, to see a PT every week for the rest of my life to fix a problem I can easily treat myself or seek help for in a timely way." —B.H., sales "Finally, in layman’s language, a clear explanation of the cause and effect relationships between joint and back pain and being out of alignment. Hopefully this understanding will bring an end to the merry-go-round of therapies focused on treating the symptoms, not the cause." —G.C., teacher "I’m a lifelong runner and have had hip alignment problems since I was a teenager. Not coincidentally, I’ve experienced most of the usual running injuries along the way. Being able to recognize and correct malalignment in my body has allowed me to manage my health and continue running - and even racing - well into my fifties. This book contains everything you need to know (and then some!) about malalignment and how to deal with it. I wish this material had been common knowledge forty years ago." —C.M., lawyer "I have had a long history of back pain, caused by malalignment since I was nine years old. Different types of treatment were tried over the years, but these provided no more than short-term relief. With Wolf’s assistance, I have learned the importance of pelvic alignment for long-term stability, and understand how to manage and significantly reduce my back pain by using simple methods of self-correction, along with physiotherapy treatment when required. I know both professional practitioners and patients will greatly benefit from the knowledge in this book." —T. T., engineer

The author was born in Sinn on the last day of summer and brought up in Worms, famous for Luther’s Diet of Worms that may have been his inspiration for trying to bringing about his own reformation of current medical thinking in regards to alignment-related problems that are so common in our population. Once he could walk, he quickly turned to sports – soccer, running, climbing, kayaking, walking the dog – to sample the various injuries that each one had to offer, something that prepared him well for a long career in rehabilitation and sports medicine. It was, however, the traumatic realization that the nagging heel pain that had spelled the end of his running dreams and had evaded medical diagnosis for seven years was resolved within minutes after some simple corrective manoeuvres carried out in 1987 by an astute osteopath, who correctly diagnosed the pain as being referred from back ligaments put under strain by his pelvis being out of alignment. He soon came to realize not only how easy it is to go out of alignment but also how anyone can learn to recognize the condition, seek help, and take preventive measures. Since then, his efforts have been aimed at getting the word out about malalignment. While his medical books have received international recognition and reached many who still have an open mind, he some time ago came to realize that it is more important in the long run to educate the person on the street, the patient, athlete, and healthcare providers, so that they can recognize whether or not they are out of alignment. This way, when they do seek help, they can hopefully avoid getting caught by those who remain ignorant of the problem and those who have come to exploit the situation by failing to offer any advice that would involve them on a day-by-day basis and increase their chances of achieving a long-term resolution. The future beckons, with more writing, teaching, workshops, meetings and, yes, yet another attempt to return to running, to sample some previously untried injuries, and hopefully pass on any new-found knowledge to you in the near future! Away from the world of malalignment, he enjoys singing with a choir, listening to classical music, reading, and hiking the trails of Port Moody and beyond.


Wolf Schamberger

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