Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention, Second Edition by John M. Kirsch, M.D.

John M. Kirsch, M.D. provides readers with an exercise program to heal and prevent shoulder pain and injury, motivated by his own shoulder pain, in Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded. After suffering from a degenerative disease of the shoulder that causes destructive pinching of the rotator cuff, called subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS), Kirsch sought an exercise program to reshape and strengthen his shoulder anatomy in order to avoid surgery. His own progress was initially slow and painful; however, as the treatment began to take effect and his shoulder strengthened, he was able to perform increasingly heavier sets that were comprised of more repetitions, and was able to prolong the length of time he was able to hang suspended from a bar. 25 years later, Kircsh was able to boast, "I have no pain and enjoy full use of both shoulders."

In the second edition, published just one year after the first edition, Kirsch has added testimonials, new chapters, and full color images that give readers a better appreciation and understanding of the anatomy of the shoulder. He uses simple language and explanations that are accessible to the average reader, outlining the basics and need-to-know information, without overloading and confusing readers with extraneous medical information. Using step-by-step pictures to guide readers through the weight-lifting exercises, the author teaches readers how to incorporate these simple changes into their routine in order to treat or prevent shoulder injury, which is valuable to sufferers from shoulder pain, athletes, and active people.

Kirsch's purpose for writing this book is "to empower you to restore and maintain the health of your own shoulder." Through the exercises he outlines, he shares the information that has saved many from shoulder surgery, the cost of which is "astounding" through free exercises. Musculoskelatal disorders are the leading cause of disability in America, and Kirsch's work helps those who suffer from shoulder pain and a number of other disabilities through simple exercises; "These exercises involve simply hanging from an overhead support such as an exercise bar or pipe and lifting dumbbell weights. It is that simple." The exercises that Kirsch suggests are not time-consuming or expensive; after all, "gravity is free."

Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded is incredibly helpful, easy to understand, and inspirational, teaching readers that they do not have to live with debilitating shoulder pain and that the body can indeed be repaired without surgery.