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A thorough beginners’ guide to addressing spinal pain.

A seasoned physical therapist draws on her 25-plus years of knowledge about the causes and treatment options for spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.

“Reading this book…will make you a more knowledgeable and prepared collaborator with your chosen healthcare practitioner,” says the author at the opening of her debut self-help book. Night keeps this promise throughout the work by breaking down intimidating scientific lingo with approachable graphics in three sections that focus on diagnosis, different types of treatment (including dealing with inflammation, exercise methods, and various other wellness techniques), and surgery. One graphic highlight, for example, depicts a stack of 24 Krispy Kreme donuts constituting the central nervous system within the spine; she uses the image of cutting the stack to illustrate how spinal stenosis impinges on nerves, potentially causing burning, pain, and weakness. Patients will value this and a wealth of other sketches that clearly show how the disorder puts pressure on the spine. Night’s consistent use of laymen’s terms also creates an approachable atmosphere for patients who might otherwise be intimidated. Readers may find themselves a bit confused about MRI scans, and how they relate to a subsequent diagnosis; the author says that MRIs are important, but they shouldn’t be a patient’s “be-all and end-all,” as they may not always provide an accurate anatomical picture. A few sections of the book veer toward the obvious, such as the “Strategic Exercise vs. Non-Strategic Exercise” chart (which tags strategic exercise as “Safe” and “Informed” and non-strategic as “Dangerous” and “Uninformed”) and tips on the proper way to use ice. For those knowledgeable about basic holistic health practices, such as proper nutrition, exercise, and a definitively positive attitude, the text will simply feed their common sense. But if patients are new to holistic health principles, the book will be a rich guide that will help them to begin taking responsibility for their own health.

A thorough beginners’ guide to addressing spinal pain.

Pub Date: March 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9974566-0-8

Page Count: 164

Publisher: Terrific Books

Review Posted Online: June 15, 2017

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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