Get moving on that injury with this humorous guide to rehabilitation from the comfort of your home!
Does it Hurt When I Do This? is designed to educate readers on the workings of the human body, how to keep it healthy, and how to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. In a light, humorous style that has endeared him to thousands of patients, Mark Salamon presents this “owner’s manual for the human body” in a logical order, starting with very basic concepts and progressing gradually to more complex ideas. His continual references back to the basics stem from his observations over twenty-five years of patients who were frustrated because their doctors or therapists had never explained them.
With a better understanding of how the body’s different parts work together to protect itself from injury and repair itself if one occurs, readers learn how to care for all the parts together so injuries become less frequent and easier to fix. Guiding readers through hows and whys of rehabilitating injuries to specific body parts, starting with the feet and working up, Salamon emphasizes that this knowledge is meant to enhance, not replace, the reader’s relationship with their physical therapist and doctor. When poor insurance coverage or high co-pays limit the number of office visits, the knowledge gleaned from this work helps patients better understand how to enhance and stick with their home programs, and when to seek help when things are not improving as expected.
Mark Salamon is a physical therapist at Coordinated Health in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For twenty-five years he has taught young athletes, middle-aged weekend warriors, workers injured on the job, and senior citizens how to restore their lives after injuries or surgeries. He has published over sixty humorous articles in publications such as The Haven and The Scene and Heard, and has helped over 20,000 patients decrease their anxiety and frustration by making them laugh.
Part I: How a Healthy Body Works
1 The Parts List
2 The Mind-Body Connection
Part II: Keeping the Body Healthy
7 Endurance Training
8 The Aging Body
Part III: The Injured Body
9 Types of Injuries
10 The Healing Process
11 Solving Mysteries
12 Peripheral Neuropathy - A Case Study
Part IV: Treatments for Injuries
13 Alternative Therapies
14 Specific Injuries
15 Foot and Ankle
22 Wrist and Hand
About the Author
Physical therapy has never been so fun! With doses of laugh-out-loud humor and professional advice, Mark Salamon's Does it Hurt When I Do This? will teach you how the body works—and how to keep it working. And as the author points out, it's cheaper than a copay.
Does it Hurt When I do This? is a joyful read with an expert approach to problem solving. Salamon provides a head-to-toe guide, young-to-old guide to your body and its needs. The four-step process to healing is not only logical, but very helpful when trying to take treatments into your own hands. As a former Division I wrestler and Olympic level athlete who still wrestles every practice at the age of 39, I often feel as if my muscles are young but my joints are equal to that of a senior citizen. If I went to the doctor every time something hurt on my body, I would have to pay rent there. This guide to self-treatment is outstanding and will help me more and more as I age. Thanks Mark!
Does it Hurt When I do This? is an essential book for anyone who leads an active life. As the saying goes, if things can go wrong, they will go wrong. I found the key to avoiding injuries in life and sport is education and prevention. If I need to treat and recover from injuries all the tools are there in Mark Salamon's book to keep me moving pain free, while building strength and mobility. I first met Mark years ago, as he helped me treat and recover from a painful case of plantar fasciitis. I then ran my first of many ultra marathons. To this day, I still carry Mark's photo-copy stretching exercise list that I do often. Now I will have Does it Hurt When I do This? as a go to resource guide to help running, and seeking life-long adventures that I never thought possible!
Self-care is the most important foundation of optimal healthcare and Mark Salamon expertly guides readers on a pathway of self-care solutions to a more vibrant pain free life. Each chapter is a unique blend of science, wisdom, humor and practical step by step instructions for common everyday conditions that helps put you back in control of your health-future. I know these solutions work because Mark helped my patients recover and return to healthy, productive lives.
I was instantly attracted to Mark Salamon’s book, not only because of the bullseye content, but because of his coming at you from both the front and back door style. Now there is a guidebook that solves what 435 US Congressmen, 100 US Senators, and 6 US presidents have been unable to do- take charge of your physical health care. Every physiology/kinesiology book that I have read for the last 45 years does an excellent job of explaining the principles and concepts of how our bodies function. Mark has come up with a novel idea: application. How do we apply the principles and concepts of nutrition, rest, strengthening, stretching, etc., in order to generate a program for a vibrant, healthy life? The answer is to bring it down to 4 manageable objectives:
1) decrease the body’s response2) restore normal flexibility3) restore normal strength4)restore normal movement patternsMark nails all four. In Does It Hurt When I Do This? he connects the dots by explaining how and why principles such as two joint muscles and the closed kinetic chain, contribute to our movement and thus our well being.
8/4/21: Mark Salamon joined podcast host Michael Ashford to discuss aging and paying attention to our bodies.