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The How of Ow
Everyday Self-Care and the Art of Pain Relief
BY Wanda Jean Swenson, PT

Phoenix Century Press
October 11, 2019/ ISBN 978-0-9600691-0-1
Nonfiction / Self-Help

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


There are many things in life that can cause physical pain. Broken bones, burns, and arthritis are among the most common. There are many ways in which chronic pain can be treated. These include medication, physical therapy, injections, and sometimes surgery.

There are countless books about how to live with pain, how to seek the appropriate treatments, and there are also books that suggest ways in which you can express your pain through words in order to help family and friends understand. It can all too easily become a source of frustration and confusion.

The How of Ow, Everyday Self-Care and the Art of Pain Relief brings the darkness that chronic pain can cause into the light as the author carefully explains how the human body reacts to pain in a clear and understandable way.

Having experienced chronic pain for many years, I thought I knew it all. I was wrong. Wanda Jean Swenson gave me things to consider that I had truly never thought of before. I became more aware of how I move, more aware of when I’m not moving enough, and how to better listen to my body.

Divided into four parts the author carefully explains what pain actually is, introduces Postural Isometric Lengthening, provides practical advice for day-to-day living, and offers suggestions for coping with pain throughout the body from the jaw to the ankle. With easy to follow exercise instructions complete with drawings to show how to do them correctly, this is a book that pain sufferers will want to keep handy to refer to at all times.

This book is a true gem for anyone living in pain and it would also benefit caretakers in their efforts to help those in pain. Highly recommended.

Reviewed 2020