Read My Hips
“I feel twisted”, “I look crooked in the mirror”, “My problems have been going on for years”, “I have tried every kind of treatment” are commonly heard statements. Whether you have complaints or not, it’s time to look at your body alignment, given that the pelvis and spine are not properly aligned in 80% of us. Think of a car that has an alignment problem! The tires wear differently and the car may wiggle and wobble, eventually causing structural damage to the frame and steering mechanism. We are not so different. Unwanted stresses caused by malalignment can affect every part of your body. You may feel it, for example, as “low back pain”, a “bursitis”, “tight hamstrings”. This book starts by explaining how your pelvis and spine function when in alignment and what happens when things go wrong. It describes some easy ways to recognize and treat the three most common ways the pelvis goes out of alignment. Then it outlines the “malalignment syndrome” – the typical changes and complaints associated with malalignment that, unfortunately, often lead to unwarranted investigation, misdiagnosis, and inappropriate and sometimes harmful treatment. After discussing the impact on various sports, it provides a comprehensive treatment approach aimed at achieving and maintaining your alignment making use of appropriate complementary techniques, and encouraging your regular participation to achieve lasting results…
Reviews of “Read My Hips”
“For someone not in the medical industry I was really happy to be able to read and digest the information that’s laid out in this book. After too many years of working in retail, then sitting at a desk since then, I’ve had a number of issues that I’m constantly going for treatments for. Foot pain, leg pain, back pain, you name it. I have tried so many doctors and paid so much money over the years and now after reading this, I really wished someone gave my doctors this book….
But I’m glad I got my hands on it anyways! I feel empowered.
It gives you so much detail, but in layman’s terms and it explains how so many of us are out of alignment, which ends up leading to so many aches and pains that you don’t even realize where its stemming from.
There’s so much helpful knowledge and practical guides on how to improve your body- things I think that my chiropractor/physiotherapist/doctor should have been looking at these past years…Yes it says for the general public, but even medical professionals need this book!”
“It is amazing to me that malalignment issues…can literally impact every body system. I am also shocked that malalignment is rarely considered as a diagnosis by medical doctors. This book is a wonderful resource for lay people and physicians alike.”
— L.C., nurse
“When I read the book, it made ‘sense’ to me, based on my experience with my pain, my myriad of confused doctor visits (confused doctors and confused me), no one really getting to the root of the problem, and my intuition. It is logical: The body compensates and it is obvious when you know what to look for…Simple, subtle, yet the book is empowering.”
–L. O., secretary
“The knowledge contained in this book is currently lacking in the medical field. Physical therapists never taught me how to self-assess my alignment and certainly did not teach me how to self-correct – even when I asked them! I can’t afford, nor is it realistic, to see a PT every week for the rest of my life to fix a problem I can easily treat myself or seek help for in a timely way.”
“Finally, in layman’s language, a clear explanation of the cause and effect relationships between joint and back pain and being out of alignment. Hopefully this understanding will bring an end to the merry-go-round of therapies focused on treating the symptoms, not the cause.”
“I’m a lifelong runner and have had hip alignment problems since I was a teenager. Not coincidentally, I’ve experienced most of the usual running injuries along the way. Being able to recognize and correct malalignment in my body has allowed me to manage my health and continue running – and even racing – well into my fifties. This book contains everything you need to know (and then some!) about malalignment and how to deal with it. I wish this material had been common knowledge forty years ago.”
“I have had a long history of back pain, caused by malalignment since I was nine years old. Different types of treatment were tried over the years, but these provided no more than short-term relief. With Wolf’s assistance, I have learned the importance of pelvic alignment for long-term stability, and understand how to manage and significantly reduce my back pain by using simple methods of self-correction, along with physiotherapy treatment when required. I know both professional practitioners and patients will greatly benefit from the knowledge in this book.”
–T. T., engineer
Read My Hips! is a comprehensive health book about spinal and pelvic misalignment. [This] eye-opening health guide…identifies frequent pelvic and spine misalignment manifestations and their effects; it also suggests specific treatment options…Clear and well-labeled diagrams and…photographs…are valuable when it comes to understanding how the pelvis work, the causes and issues related to malalignment, and practical exercises for correcting and treating malalignment…Straightforward language and unambiguous explanations also make the material accessible.
CLARION REVIEW (Rating: 4 out of 5)
REVIEWS OF PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS (THE MALALIGNMENT SYNDROME; 2002, 2013, Elsevier)
“Dr. Schamberger has written one of the most important biomechanical evaluation books of our time. Pelvic obliquity is often overlooked as the source of chronic spinal, hip, and knee pain.” –
Dean Kotopski, Physiotherapist and Speaker, Performax Health Clinic
Written by a well-respected physiatrist with years of experience dealing with musculoskeletal dysfunction, this book provides an in-depth and detailed study of malalignment syndrome, in particular affecting the lumbar spine and pelvis. He uses a good balance of “Lay-man’s” language and medical terminology with regards to the complexities of spinal biomechanics. A resource to those clinician’s using manual therapy to assess, treat and ultimately assist in educating their patients.
– Ian Catchpole, Orthopaedic Physiotherapist
“If the posture of your body is out of balance with your environment, it will take a lot of time, energy and some discomfort to compensate. Correcting malalignments should be the work of an interdisciplinary team; Dr. Schamberger’s team approach is the way of the future. Every physician, every health worker and every patient would greatly benefit by studying ‘READ MY HIPS’”.
– Paul Greenacre, DDS; McGill University Faculty of Dentistry
Schamberger delivers a soup-to-nuts treatise on the importance of maintaining a proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. He describes the warning signs so readers can recognize when they are in misalignment, unless, as is often the case, pain makes it obvious. While the title may sound whimsical, at more than 500 pages, the book is far from a breezy weekend read. Some treatment methods sound unconventional, but that’s what makes them simple to do at home. One technique involves lying down and placing a level (an inexpensive tool that carpenters use) on the stomach. Unlike the author’s previous volumes on hip-spine alignment and related topics, which were geared toward medical practitioners, this work uses layperson’s terms. Schamberger’s goal is to teach the public what the impact of hip misalignment can be on other parts of the body, a function known as referred pain. He provides an all-inclusive recovery regimen tailored to various injuries and ailments. Readers may choose to delve into only the portions of the manual that apply to their specific maladies. While some sections supply a lot of in-depth information, that doesn’t present a problem because the technical terms are sprinkled throughout the pages and clearly illustrated with graphics. The author includes case studies of patients who had misalignment problems and were able to resume playing sports after treatment. One, a distance runner, followed a recovery plan that Schamberger tailored for him, and he successfully ran a marathon several months later. The sports parts of the book should delight any athlete, whether pro or amateur. They cover specific alignment issues unique to a myriad of popular sports, among them golf, soccer, tennis, martial arts, kayaking, skating, downhill skiing, swimming, and weightlifting, and even niche ones, like equestrian. After examining the impact of hip misalignment on sports performance, the guide offers a comprehensive treatment approach. The author dispels common notions that some popular types of stretching will alleviate the problem. He uses easily understandable diagrams, even amusing stick figures, to illuminate his points. All in all, readers with hip issues should find what they need in these pages.
A productive read for those seeking simple solutions to the hip alignment puzzle.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND TRANSLATIONS by WOLF SCHAMBERGER
MALALIGNMENT SYNDROME IN RUNNERS
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Clinical Review Article: RUNNING INJURIES
Feb. 2016: Vol 27, No 1, p237-317
THE MALALIGNMENT SYNDROME: IMPLICATIONS FOR MEDICINE AND SPORT
Translated by Elsevier Korea LLC, 2006
ISBN 10: 89-957785-5-5
ISBN 13: 978-89-957785-5-5
THE MALALIGNMENT SYNDROME: DIAGNOSING AND TREATING A COMMON CAUSE OF ACUTE AND CHRONIC PELVIC, LIMB AND BACK PAIN
Translated by Elsevier Korea LLC, 2013