My fourth recommendation is for anyone who suffers aches and pains, either short term or chronic.
The movements in here stretch “fascia” instead of the muscle belly – and the difference is apparent immediately.
“Get lasting relief from: All forms of back and neck pain • Pinched nerves • Pulled muscles • Jaw pain, a.k.a. “TMJ” • Sciatica • Sports injuries • Chronic aches from poor posture and long hours at a desk • Carpal tunnel syndrome • and more!”
My fourth recommended read is..
The Permanent Pain Cure by Ming Chew
I’ve been doing weights for a couple of years and slowly learned the importance of stretching, mainly after a workout so I wasn’t so stiff the next day. I then added in a static stretching routine separate from weights to increase flexibility.
This book has done more for my flexibility in 25 minutes than months of static stretching. The concept behind stretching fascia is simple and yet the stretches are done in a very precise way. Your body must be in a specific position to accommodate each stretch, which is all explained in the first few chapters.
The title itself mentions curing of pain, which was not my primary reason for purchase. That being said, my tight groin and dodgy shoulder have both gone since following these routines. There are a dozen or so combinations of stretches that you can find in the back of the book. For example there are sequences to help with hip pain, knee pain and lower back pain. Once you feel what each stretch is doing you can make your own routine based on what works for you.