Safe Techniques to Reduce Pain, Build Strength, and Speed Recovery. Studies suggest that proactive strengthening and flexibility-recovery exercises can speed healing after spine surgery. Whether you're preparing for or recovering from spinal surgery, recuperating from a back injury, or just dealing with a back that has 'issues,' this book offers an effective program to help you manage pain and regain strength and mobility. These exercises modify traditional Pilates routines to accommodate partially immobilized spines, making this routine safe and effective therapy for your fragile back. The exercises are designed to not compromise a spinal fusion. Instead, they will do what Pilates exercises do best-stretch, strengthen, and tone the trunk with precise positioning and movement, while avoiding potentially dangerous repetition and overexertion.
Andra Fischgrund Stanton, LICSW, an independent, licensed psychiatric social worker, has been practicing individual and marital psychotherapy for twenty-five years. Over the years she has focused on clients with chronic illness as she herself has been coping with scoliosis and back pain since the age of eleven.
Ruth Hiatt-Coblentz is certified through the Power Pilates Method in New York City and has earned advanced certification in Pilates mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair instruction. She finds particular satisfaction helping those with fragile spines, having had three spinal surgeries of her own.
Foreword writer Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, is a surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.