Mary Schatz, M.D.

Back Care Basics:


About the Book


"Back injury is the most common-and most expensive-muscle or bone problem in the U.S.," reports Business Week. In Back Care Basics, Dr. Schatz offers the best low-cost solution in back care: therapeutic yoga. Her approach to back rehabilitation is gentle, effective, and without drugs or surgery. Back Care Basics encourages both positive health practices and a positive outlook - important tools for getting well. Dr. Schatz has designed her program to help those with pain from chronic musculoskeletal back and neck strain, spinal arthritis, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy, and scoliosis.


You will learn:

  • Simple and practical ways to heal your back, restructure your body, and cope with stress
  • To become more sensitive to early warning signs of an impending "back attack" and become more adept at warding one off
  • How daily activities may be hurting your back and how to modify them to prevent pain and injury


You will learn these things through:

  • Yoga for postural correction and pain relief
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Guidelines for exercising safely
  • Suggestions for practicing yoga at home
  • Back Goal Diary, Back Care Diary, Flexibility and Alignment Worksheets
  • A resource guide for further study



Back Care Basics: Contents

Back Care Basics contains the thirteen chapters listed below, plus a Foreword, a Preface, Begin with Caution, an Epilogue, and an Appendix. The Appendix offers a Back Goal Diary, Assessing Your Flexibility and Alignment Worksheets, a Glossary, Resources, a Bibliography, and an Index.


1. Yoga: The Way Back to Health
2. Understanding Your Back
3. Moving Again after Injury or Surgery
4. Assessing Your Flexibility and Alignment
5. Relaxation Techniques
6. Home Base Poses
7. Moving On Poses
8. Sacroiliac Pain and Sciatica
9. Rounded Upper Back, Forward Head Posture, and Neck Pain
10. Scoliosis
13. A Woman's Back
14. The Yoga of Daily Living
15. Exercising Safely


Read an excerpt of Back Care Basics here.





Customer reviews from


"I had heard lots of wonderful things about this book for the last few years. Then I bought a copy. The results have been nothing short of amazing. Dr. Schatz has compiled a book which is a must for anyone with back pain or neck pain."

A customer


"I have been giving this book as a gift since I became aware, through practice, of its body wisdom. I have severe back problems (scoliosis) and physicians are amazed that I am not in a wheelchair."

Frances R.,  Tallahassee, FL

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