“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.
‘As a clinician, academic, and researcher, I have found the level of detail in this book excellent. The authors and contributors have provided comprehensive material that is well supported by research evidence where available.’
Gregory Kolt, British Journal of Sports Medicine (2004; 38: 506-507)
‘This is a bright, refreshing, easily-read book, which features a vast number of high-quality diagrams and photographs…the author’s coverage of the subject is concise, elaborate and well-referenced…This book is an invaluable reference for doctors and physiotherapists in sports medicine and I am sure it will stand the test of time’ Tom Nolan, Physiotherapy (2003; 89: 6)‘…an excellent and highly recommended book that should be found on every practitioner’s shelf’
David J. Szaraz, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (July/August 2003)
‘The book is cleverly written and presented so that enthusiasts of biomechanics can use it as a problem-solving reference book or read it from cover to cover without getting bored…This book is a must for all clinicians dealing with problems associated with the human musculoskeletal system and I am confident that it will not collect dust.’
N. Padhiar, Physical Therapy in Sport (2003; 98: 4)