Rapid Recovery From Back and Neck Pain

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By Fred Amir, R.E.H.S

Published by Health Advisory Group, 1999

In Rapid Recovery From Back and Neck Pain, author Fred Amir puts forth the program that he used in overcoming back pain which he suffered from for two years. The book is part biography and part treatment guide. Throughout the book Amir uses his own TMS/PPD battle as an anecdote to clarify points and explain certain arguments. According to Amir the book is to serve as a guide to help people quickly recover from TMS/PPD.

In the first three chapters Amir explains what his life was like living with chronic back pain. He discusses how he got new symptoms and how his symptoms moved around. Then he explains the steps he took to recover and how he felt as he recognized a decrease in his symptoms.

Recovery Plan

Fred Amir has developed nine key steps that help people recover from TMS/PPD.

  • Motivation: In order to recover, Amir argues that a person must commit to the program and be motivated to try the TMS/PPD approach. Amir asks the reader to fill out several forms that help inspire the reader. These forms include listing events you missed out on due to your pain, and setting goals.
  • Positive Thinking: Essentially this step involves using affirmations to reinforce the treatment methods and help guide the unconscious mind into thinking positively about the approach.
  • Mental Exercises: This step uses guided imagery meditation to help the mind relax.
  • Goal Setting: Amir suggest that making a list of goals to accomplish in the coming weeks, months, and year will help a person quickly recover from chronic pain and increase the likelihood of accomplishing those goals.
  • Reward and Punishment: After you go through the activities reward yourself with something like a dessert for your achievement.
  • Daily Record: Amir advices the reader to keep track of their progress and pain level and review it every night so they will know how far they have come. (Click here for a thread about this topic)
  • Exercise: Amir writes, "Besides releasing tension and helping you relax, regular exercise gives you a sense of well-being and helps build confidence in your physical abilities."
  • Self Discipline: In order to recover a person must do a little work every day. Amir suggest deciding to do specific tasks every day to keep themselves in line.
  • Desensitization and Positive Association: This is a process where a person thinks of something traumatic that happened them, and associates it with something positive. Amir uses the example of an automobile accident, when a person is relaxed they think of a car in the context of something pleasant like a vacation.


In 2012, Fred produced the following video, describing his experience, his program, and the book:

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