Practical Science on Movement and Pain

My Book is Done!

I am very, very, VERY excited to announce that my book is now done and available for purchase!

It’s called A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain.

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Click here to purchase on Amazon.

I am extremely happy with the book! It is basically a summary and synthesis of everything practical I have learned about pain and movement since I began studying it more than ten years ago. Here is some basic information about the book.

Who is it for?

The book is a resource for movement professionals, athletes, chronic pain sufferers, and anyone else who wants to move better and feel better.

It is written with enough scientific detail to appeal to people in the business of improving movement, like physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, or instructors in yoga, pilates or martial arts. At the same time, it is written so a person with only limited background in the subject matter can understand it.

What subjects are covered?

The book offers a clear and practical look at emerging science related to the brain’s role in movement and pain. It includes twenty five easy-to-follow, illustrated lessons on how to move with efficiency and comfort.

Here’s a little more detail on the contents and organization. The first section covers:

Biomechanics: The meaning and relevance of concepts like stability, mobility, balance, posture, variability, etc.

Motor control: How we organize movement through sensation, perception, feedback, and motor commands.

Motor learning: The stages of learning, and the role of body maps, neuroplasticity, and attention.

Developmental movements: How infants create the building blocks and adaptability for quality movement through playful exploration in developmental positions.

Pain science: Using the body maps and neuromatrix as a framework to understand the connection between pain, tissue damage, perception and movement. Includes a detailed discussion of the physiology of nociception.

Central governors: How threat perception leads to protective mechanisms like fatigue, weakness, stiffness and altered coordination patterns.

Science related to mind-body practices: The link between movement, emotion, thinking, attention and well being.

This information is then boiled down into some practical principles for improving movement that apply in a broad set of contexts. Whether you do yoga, Pilates, physical therapy, or corrective exercise, this book can help you understand exactly why what you are doing works, and how to make things work better.

The book concludes with twenty-five movement lessons, based on the Feldenkrais Method, that represent one way to apply the principles. The lessons are illustrated, easy to follow, and an excellent way to explore and improve your movement on your own, without a coach, and with a minimum of equipment.

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How does the book compare to the blog?

Like the blog, the focus of the book is on the nervous system — how it controls the way we move and feel. One major theme is that it has far more influence on strength, speed, flexibility, endurance, pain, and coordination than you might imagine.

Unlike the blog, the book provides an organized synthesis of many ideas which remain disconnected on the blog. Further, at least half of the book introduces completely original material, in particular 150 pages of movement lessons.

Why did you write it?

Thanks for asking! As most of you know, chronic pain and lack of healthy movement are huge problems in our culture. Unfortunately, there is a ton of confusion and misinformation in regard to these subjects, which leads to anxiety, confusion, and unnecessary waste of time and resources. This books represents my best effort to make a positive contribution in this area. It is what I wished people in pain and people who treat pain knew more about. Although this book will not offer any easy solutions or miracle cures, I hope it will provide many people with a big step forward in how they move and perceive their bodies.

Thank you very much to all my readers and friends for giving me the support, encouragement and information to make this possible.

You can read samples of the Introduction and various other chapters by clicking here to visit the page on Amazon.

Oh and click here for Amazon.co.uk.

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38 Responses to My Book is Done!

  1. David says:

    Will the book be available to purchase in the UK? Also, are there plans for a digital and/or kindle version?

    Thanks!

  2. Katy says:

    Will the book become available in electronic form?

  3. Brian Rutledge says:

    Ordered! Can’t wait! Love your work Todd!

  4. nealw says:

    I third the need for a kindle edition!

  5. Hi Todd
    Congratulations on your book. I’m very much looking forward to reading it and trying all the ATMs you’ve included. Movement is life and as a society we need to learn to move with ease rather than effort. Your book will go a long way to promote that concept.
    Warmest wishes,
    Sandra Bradshaw, GCFP

  6. Huge congrats Todd!
    Just had it posted through my door (in the UK) & started flicking through..
    I don’t buy written books to often, as Audiobooks/podcasts etc: work much better for me whilst driving & in the workshop, but this book (from my brief flick through) looks to be exactly what I was expecting & hoping it would be..
    Gonna take an hour out & start on reading straight away – this book deserves it!!
    & if you do ever think about doing an audio version :) (& Please do) let me know – I’ll be the 1st to buy it.
    Well done!! Like the look of the movement lessons Chapter 9 btw

  7. stacy says:

    Just bought it! Congrats Todd!

  8. Terry White says:

    They say you should never judge a book by its cover but what made you put a picture on the cover of someone who looks like they are about to land on their heel? Running is a skill.

    • Todd Hargrove says:

      Hi Terry,

      You are second in the the race to complain about the heel striking on the cover.:)

      Despite frequent and trendy claims that heel striking is “wrong” from an injury prevention or efficiency perspective, the evidence to support these claims is very poor. Here’s a good article from Thomas Michaud discussing the issue.

      http://running.competitor.com/2014/02/injury-prevention/is-it-harmful-to-heel-strike-when-running_95678

      Whether a heel, mid foot or forefoot strike is better depends on the individual and many other factors like speed, footwear, terrain, etc. In fact, a significant percentage of elite runners heel strike when they run.

      • Jae Gruenke says:

        Hi Todd. Hate to say it but there are a lot of problems with that article. The chief one, however, is that when runners have Feldenkrais lessons they generally begin to self-select a midfoot strike regardless of footwear or previous footstrike. It often happens after just a single lesson. That, to me, is powerful evidence.

        That aside, I’m very excited to read your book. Congratulations!

        • Todd Hargrove says:

          That is an interesting anecdote Jae, thanks for sharing. But it doesn’t make me question the article. :) I have two books by the author and his knowledge of running is truly encyclopedic. Highly recommended.

  9. Dante says:

    Im a physical therapist, the book seems interesting, it also reminds me the front part of Gray Cook´s functional movement. Think Im gonna check it out!
    Congrats Todd !

  10. Inbar Sarig says:

    congratulations Todd!!
    looking forward to reading it :)

  11. Excellent, Todd! I just purchased it and look forward to sharing it with my patients! We need more info out there about pain, brain, and movement. It’s all connected. It’s not just about stretching or strengthening.
    Regards,
    Tracy
    http://www.sherpelvic.com

  12. Rohan says:

    Just ordered it. Looking forward to the read. Will you be selling mp3 versions of the 25 ATM lessons?

  13. jamie hale says:

    I look forward to reading this book. Keep up the great work!

    jhale

  14. Jan says:

    I’ll be joining the purchasing gang …..

  15. kyle says:

    how long is each movement lesson?

    • Todd Hargrove says:

      Hi Kyle,

      The lessons don’t prescribe a certain number of repetitions for each particular movement, or a specific time to finish. Some should take at least twenty minutes (not including variations) and some can be done in as little as five to ten minutes.

  16. Ethel Hili says:

    Hi Todd!
    I have just received my copy of your book.I love the layout, size of the book and how easy it is on the eye for reading.
    I look forward to getting stuck in it.
    Well done!
    Ethel

  17. Jill Brown says:

    Hi Todd – I’m joining the queue for the Kindle edition and looking forward to reading it. Will you send out a reminder when it’s available?

    Congratulations – writing and publishing a book is a serious endeavour. I hope you find many readers and reap the reward of your hard work.

    Jill

    • Todd Hargrove says:

      Hi Jill,

      Thanks for your interest in the book. I will post here, FB and Twitter when the Kindle is ready.

  18. spencer says:

    Ordering it on amazon, excited to read it.

    I’m curious if you have some recommendations for other books to check out. Thanks!

  19. Bryan says:

    Hi Todd!

    I’m very excited to read the book. Do you receive a different amount if I purchase paperback or the (upcoming) Kindle?

    I save money by purchasing the e-edition but will buy paperback if more goes your way.

    Thank you,
    Bryan

    • Todd Hargrove says:

      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks very much for your consideration. Buy either one you want, it doesn’t make a big difference to me. But either way, a review on Amazon would be much appreciated. :)

  20. Brad Beldner says:

    Hi Todd,
    Congratulations on your new book. Will there be a kindle version coming out in the future?
    Brad

  21. Ken Nakasone says:

    Todd, I got your book on Monday and am truly enjoying the delivery of the content. I’m reading the examples/analogies and remembering experiences with my patients, clients, athletes and interns. VALIDATION! I feel your book would be a great addition in my course if I was still teaching. Great job.

    On a side note, could you message me your rates as a speaker? I’m in Hawaii and would love to educate my community with top notch practitioners like yourself. I’m a PT, ATC, CSCS. Your knowledge and skill set would be well received, I’m sure.

    Aloha, Ken

  22. Daniel Thomas says:

    Sounds great. Does it cover the same material as Gordon Browne’s A Manual Therapist’s Guide to Movement?
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manual-Therapists-Guide-Movement-Orthopaedic/dp/0443102163

  23. jamie hale says:

    Great job Todd. I recommend the book for anyone interested in movement. Once I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down.

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