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Back Rx: The 15-Minute-a-Day Yoga- & Pilates-Based Program to End Low Back Pain by Vijay Vad, M.D., and Hilary Hinzmann

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Gotham Books; www.penguin.com.

Four out of five people in North America suffer serious lower back pain at some point, according to Vijay Vad. A sports medicine specialist and back-care adviser to professional golfers and tennis players, he asserts that more than 80 percent of lower back pain sufferers can heal with his Back Rx program alone. It’s a well-thought-out, comprehensive program; it includes three series of exercises featuring, among other things, supine variations of selected poses and the Sun Salutation sequence. The book also provides a thorough explanation of how the back works, how to avoid and recover from injury, and how to cultivate back health in general.