Yoga, The Back Pain Cure Book Review

Are you considering yoga as a solution for your back pain?  Then continue on to read Yoga, The Back Pain Cure book review.  It is one of the best yoga books on the market that deals with lower back pain especially for beginners.  As always, I have personally read this book and attempted to put it in practice as a chronic back pain sufferer.

Even though pain relief varies from person to person, yoga is considered to be an excellent approach by most experts.  Yoga can actually help relieve pain in a few different ways.  First, the poses stretch the physical body resulting in increased flexibility and improved muscle strength.  Next, the practice is known to reduce stress as it is very calming.  And finally when used as a regular exercise routine, yoga is likely to improve overall health and prevent future pain episodes.

Basic Book Information

Full Title: Yoga: The Back Pain Cure: The Yoga Therapy Back Care and Low Back Pain Treatment Program

Author(s):  Howard VanEs, M.A. and Rick Harvey, D.C.

Overall Rating: 97/100 = Highly Recommended

Review and Rating

Yoga, The Back Pain Cure promises to provide gentle exercises to heal or reduce back pain without medications and surgery.  It does live up to those promises.  In fact, I did not consider myself to be a good candidate for yoga due to the inflexibility my multiple back issues present on a daily basis.  But the poses suggested by Howard VanEs (a yoga instructor) and Dr. Rick Harvey (a chiropractor) can even be worked into my daily routine.

The book offers a section for those with acute back pain which is extremely helpful in that you can get started right away.  It also contains a section for when you’re out of pain that you can begin 2-4 weeks after the onset of pain or immediately if you’re not in pain.  This routine can also be helpful to those who, luckily, do not need to address current issues but want to prevent developing an unhealthy back.  The acute section becomes a warm-up for the strength, flexibility and prevention portion.

Included also is informative yet concise (thank you) chapters on the causes of back pain, the anatomy of the spine, lifestyle tips and even first aid suggestions.  These chapters are worth reading to pick-up a few helpful hints and reinforce the reasons why you’re deciding to try yoga as a solution.  The book is designed to be an easy read and I suggest to get all that you can out of it.

The illustrations and exercise directions are very well-done in that they’re easy to follow and put into practice.  I liked the postures for pelvic and hamstring stretching the best myself.  But many others are included such as the child, cat tuck, dog tilt and tadasana poses (just to name a few) that feel really good in the lower back region.  For a couple of the more difficult moves, alternatives are presented as well.  One downside for me would be that many of these poses are practiced on the floor which I have only recently been able to consider.  But use of a yoga mat, folded blanket or towel does help.

The Pros

  • Gentle yoga exercises designed specifically for back pain relief and prevention.
  • Easy to follow writing, illustrations and concepts.
  • Simple yet comprehensive routines that can be practiced by most individuals.

The Cons

  • Floor exercises may be problematic for certain individuals.
  • Although an excellent starting point, those that suffer from only mild back pain may need to move on to more advanced poses.
  • Mr. VanEs and Dr. Harvey are certainly qualified to teach these practices but using a book is never the same as one-on-one care.

The Rating

Factor Rates Points Earned Notes, if any
Legitimacy Whether an adequate attempt has been made to justify the claims. 20/20 Claims clearly addressed.
Reliability If the author demonstrates expertise to provide the information. 20/20 Writers are well-established yoga instructor and chiropractor.
Usefulness Reasonable belief that the information may be helpful. 18/20 Easy to do poses but most are done on the floor. 
Reader Friendliness The writing, illustrations and general design of the material. 20/20 Book is has simple, easy-to-follow layout.  Information is concise.
Overall Value Selling price relevant to what is provided. 19/20 Reasonable book price and  suggested strap and block can be “homemade”.
Overall Rating: 97/100 Points (Highly Recommended)

 Ratings are based solely on my opinion and direct personal experience with the product/service.

Of course, the standard check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program applies.  All things considered, though, I do recommend trying or incorporating some yoga into your quest to end back pain.  If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Yoga: The Back Pain Cure, I only ask that you use one of the links I’ve provided in this post.  I always search for the best price for you and sell only through trusted vendors.  Plus it helps me to keep helping others!

Together we’ll get it right,


p.s. Feel free to leave any questions or comments.  You may also request any back pain book to be reviewed.

8 Responses

  1. laura
    laura August 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm | | Reply

    I never thought of yoga… And it’s more affordable to read a book than have an instructor. :) It seems a good idea to read the book and start slowly, see what happens…
    thanks, Denise!

  2. Olesea
    Olesea August 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm | | Reply

    just what I needed to read tonight.. my back has created so many problems lately.. I’ll definitely check out some more reviews about the book and your other post about back pain.
    Thanks for the information and keep up with this great content :)

  3. Kathy Russell
    Kathy Russell August 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm | | Reply

    Excellent review, I’ve been looking for a yoga book for gentle exercise. :)

  4. Debbie
    Debbie August 29, 2014 at 10:07 am | | Reply

    I have recently started suffering with back pain, nothing major but a constant ache. I was considering changing my mattress (not that it is very old) though perhaps doing some targeted yoga first may be a much cheaper option to begin with.

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