Most people experience back pain at some time, according to physician Norman Marcus, who says strengthening and elongating the muscles around the back and core are as important to reducing back pain as surgery or drugs. This book gives you a chance to try six exercises, including leg raises and crunches, that assess strength and flexibility. If you fail any of these tests, Marcus recommends therapeutic moves designed to address the relevant weakness. (Before you perform any of the exercises in the book, consult your doctor.)
Marcus tells about a pastry chef whose back pain was caused by the repetitive motion of closing an oven door with her foot. She began using her hand, and the pain disappeared.