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General Stretches Don’t Address Any Target Audience
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019
This is an instance when I wish I had looked a book over before actually owning it. The cover of the book emphasizes the benefits of stretching for ache and pain relief, and it’s co-authored by a chiropractor. I had hoped the various chapters would point out which stretches were best suited for certain ailments. There is no mention of which stretch is best for anything specific (ie, lower back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, etc). Instead, it’s a choose-your-own stretch and hope for the best. I have knee arthritis, and there are several stretches in the book focusing on that area. I know for certain the tibialis knee stretch would have me howling in pain if I tried doing it. Rather than suggest this might not be a suitable stretch for those with knee pain, the book says, “if you have knee pain and are not able to kneel comfortably in the basic pose, tuck a folded towel under your hips for extra support.” I have enough common sense to know this stretch will further aggravate arthritic knee pain, even with a folded towel in place.
These stretches are very basic, and can be found just about anywhere online. I do like having them all in one consolidated place, and some of the diagrams and instructions are helpful. Still, I wish the book targeted helpful stretches for certain maladies. I found more tailored information online through the Arthritis Foundation or watching YouTube videos under “stretches for arthritic knees.”