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Top Picks for National Read a Book Day

Amy Bowman, OPTP Staff Writer - September 6, 2019

“If you want to change your body, start by changing your mind.” 
-      Eric Franklin, Grow Younger Daily
 
Today is National Read a Book Day. Why not read something that will not only open your mind but can help improve your health and wellness, too?

Read these books to find out how you can keep your body feeling and looking young; help decrease pain by understanding the causes of it; find out how you can feel more relaxed, aligned and resilient through foam rolling; learn ways to treat or even prevent incontinence; and find out the key component to overall physical, emotional and spiritual health with our top picks for health and wellness reads. 
 

GROW YOUNGER DAILY:

THE POWER OF IMAGERY FOR HEALTHY CELLS AND TIMELESS BEAUTY, SECOND EDITION 

By Eric Franklin 
The Franklin Method, developed by author Eric Franklin, combines movement and Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery (DNI)™ to harness the transforming power of the mind to move efficiently and keep the physical body young and energized. With the power to change the body from the inside out, imagery can influence and rejuvenate everything from individual cells to the immune system and organs, showing that remaining young is largely a question of attitude. 
This updated, second version of Grow Younger Daily features new imagery and additional exercises for strengthening and lengthening muscles and keeping your body feeling and looking young. 
 

MAKING SENSE OF PAIN: STORIES AND ANALOGIES THAT HELP DEFINE PAIN 

By Jim Heafner PT, DPT, OCS and Jarod Hall PT, DPT, OCS 
For the millions of people who suffer from acute or chronic pain, this book explains in simple terms what causes pain, the reasons why we feel pain, and what motivates people to get better. The book then guides readers through stories and analogies that make it easier to visualize and talk about pain. By educating readers on how pain works, this book can help people on their journey toward healing. 
 

PRO-ROLLER® MASSAGE ESSENTIALS, THIRD EDITION 

By Angela Kneale OTD, MA, OTR/L 
The simplest actions often make the greatest positive differences. Spending just a few minutes lying or sitting and playfully rolling on a cylinder-shaped piece of foam can help your body feel more relaxed, aligned, and resilient. This revised third edition provides recent research about the benefits of foam roller self-massage and comprehensively guides more than 40 exercises, and numerous modifications for rolling and releasing sore or tight muscles, fascia and connective tissues. 

 
UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING INCONTINENCE:
WHAT CAUSES URINARY INCONTINENCE AND HOW TO REGAIN BLADDER CONTROL 

By Sarah Haag PT, DPT 
Urinary incontinence is a health problem that impacts millions of men and women worldwide, costs billions of dollars, and can have a negative effect on quality of life for those experiencing it. The good news is that there is help and there is hope. This new book, by physical therapist and pelvic health specialist Sarah Haag, explains what’s happening, why it’s happening, and what you can do about it. 
 

THE POWER SOURCE:
THE HIDDEN KEY TO IGNITE YOUR CORE, EMPOWER YOUR BODY, RELEASE STRESS, AND RE-ALIGN YOUR LIFE 

By Lauren Roxburgh 
Located at the root, all energy and strength flow up from the pelvic floor, and it impacts everything from our daily body mechanics to our nervous system. Without addressing the health of our pelvic floor, we are missing out on a powerful key component of our overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health. In The Power Source, celebrity trainer and body alignment expert Lauren Roxburgh introduces her program, which uses pelvic floor strength to release stress, strengthen the body, and treat the physical and mental origins of tension. 
 
Happy National Read a Book Day, and happy reading! 



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Amy Bowman, OPTP Staff Writer

Amy is a Minneapolis runner, cyclist and yoga enthusiast who enjoys writing about health and wellness, physical therapy and fitness topics.

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