Review of Anthony B. Carey’s book The Pain-Free Program

This is an excellent book by Anthony B. Carey, M.A., C.S.C.S.

I just finished a Functional Training Program Specialist course through ACE and part of the curriculum was to read The Pain-Free Program.

What I really enjoyed about the book is it’s realistic and based on real life.

The exercise and stretch program is designed to help alleviate pain and increase functional ability by correcting imbalances in the body.

Six Forms are used.  Each form describes a posture.  Examples are kyphosis–rounded upper back, and lordosis–excessive curvature in lower back.

Within each Form are three possible groups:  Physical Worker (construction, etc.), Dexterity Worker (accountant, etc.), Multi-tasking (stay at home parent, postal worker, etc.).

Once the Form and type of work or lifestyle are determined an individual and design a program suited to them.

I’ve greatly simplified this.  The goal is to demonstrate why I like this book so much.

Below are some examples to help you out should you follow the book.

Hard to believe these pictures were taken fifteen years ago.

Krystal G nee H front view posture
Front view with lines to determine imbalances: model: Krystal G nee H
Krystal G nee H side view posture
Side view with lines to determine imbalances: model: Krystal G nee H
Kyphotic Posture Example
Kyphosis view with lines to determine imbalances: model: Krystal G nee H
Lordosis Example with line
Lordosis view with lines to determine imbalances: model: Krystal G nee H