Living with Fibromyalgia – Christine Craggs-Hinton

This was the first book I read on Fibromyalgia and due to its popularity I imagine it could be the first book that quite few of the visitors to this site read, as well. It is quite a popular book amongst Fibromyalgia organisations and support groups and I think that is probably how I first came across it myself before I bought my own copy. I would class this book as an excellent all round Fibromyalgia book. This means I believe this book encompasses most of what someone with Fibromyalgia actually needs to know, to manage their condition effectively. It focuses in what Fibromyalgia is, what related conditions are part of the Syndrome, medications, diet and digestion. It also deals with complimentary therapies, pain management, stress management, posture and exercise. The book also has a chapter called “Practical matters” which deals with subjects like work and benefits. It is easy to read, well researched and can reach people at any academic level and for those aspiring researchers it is backed up with references, reading lists and useful addresses. I would therefore recommend this book to everyone that this site is for, the diagnoses, the friends and family and those looking at Fibromyalgia as a research topic.

This paperback is part of a series entitled “overcoming common problems series” published by Shelton Press and was first published in 2000. There is an updated edition of this book now available.

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The Fibromyalgia Handbook – McIlwain & Bruce

Again here we have a good all round book but this time from America, this brings us different pros and cons in the UK and as such I wouldn’t recommend this as your only book. Having said that it will compliment other books very well. This book does a better job than most in discussing similar medical conditions so if your not sure that fibromyalgia is the correct diagnoses then it is a good source of information about other conditions worth considering. Another area where this book excels is medication, being an American book I often find they give a better and more forward looking insight into medications that can be used in treatment. I think we are quite behind in the UK and often use the same half a dozen drugs in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. Saying that, I cant give a fair assessment on which practice is better but if you feel like me and think your getting no where with the standard drugs this book might come up with some half decent alternatives. This book is marketed as seven step program to hold and even reverse Fibromyalgia, but after reading it I wouldn’t go that far, I think if you tried to do everything this book suggests then you will run out of years in your life so, to be honest, I think that’s just marketing hype. So in conclusion, a decent book containing lots of ideas and lots of information, I would not turn to it first if you live in the UK but I certainly wouldn’t advise against it being your second.


Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain – Finando & Finando

This book is simply great for anyone suffering with Myofascial Pain. I was first introduced to Trigger Point Therapy by a physiotherapist who was using it on me at the time. It was very effective and at the time I managed to lead a more active life, unfortunately she moved on and I haven’t found anyone quite the same. This book is almost in two sections, the first introduces the body and talks about how muscles are supposed to work, types of muscles and how they get tired or problematic, how to detect this and eventually how to treat it. This book describes Myofascial pain brilliantly and I only wish I could copy it word for word on this website. It also introduces the chinese concept of Qi and looks at western and Eastern approaches to this type of pain and how to treat it which isn’t at all airy and fairy but quite informative and thought provoking.

The second section seems to go into every single muscle in the human body. It has a indexing and contents sections to assist you in finding the muscle in question and is then backed up with brilliant drawings of the human anatomy. The drawings actually deserve a second mention as they really spot on and assist you in locating all the parts in question on the human body. For each given muscle is a write up of truly brilliant, detailed information about things like proximal and distal attachment, what action the muscle is for and very detailed palpation instructions so you can find your way round the muscle and work out exactly what going on. It then goes into what patterns of pain you can expect, perpetuating factors, trigger point, associated zones and even stretching and strengthening exercises.

If you are a Physio in training or Fibromyalgia patient with plenty of muscle problems then this book is simply a must have. I wish I had know about this book throughout all of my time with my Physiotherapist as it explains exactly what she talked to me about. This book could have saved a lot of conversation and appointment time as she could have simply given me page numbers to work on at home and I could have given her page numbers of muscles that had been playing up in the week. I really cant really praise this book enough and I do realise I’m beginning to sound like I own the book and get a revenue from the sales, but I have found many Internet reviews and most of them back me up. If different muscles play you up or a Physio or doctor mentions Myofascial Pain or Trigger point therapy then seriously look at buying or borrowing this book.


Other Books Coming Soon

The Anatomy of Stretching – Walker


Stretching – Anderson