I’m a big believer in books. A huge part of the healing process is when you become the expert of your own condition. The transformation from STRESSED to STUDENT often starts from reading a new book.
Here’s a list of a few that I can personally endorse. Enjoy!
Current favorite book by far. SO good. For those in any kind of pain (physical, emotional, anxiety, stress, anger, or those just wanting a higher quality of life)
I can’t recommend this book highly enough
Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, 2nd Edition
I prefer the hard copy of Back in Control so you can fold down pages and underline things, but the audio book is also nice for those that prefer to listen.
Here’s the link to the audio version Back in Control, Audiobook
She also directed a phenomenal documentary called The Connection that is one of my favorites. I’ve shown it to many friends and patients and it’s a game changer.
You can buy it or rent it, very worth the watch. Loaded with interviews from leading MD’s and PhD’s around the country, as well as real patient success stories.
The Connection Documentary
One of my favorite authors and life mentors, Tim Ferris, this is basically his greatest hits and it’s helped EVERY aspect of my life. It also looks gorgeous on your bookshelf
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Here’s his greatest hits volume 2, with all exclusive content that can’t be found on his podcasts
Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Investigative journalist takes on the complexities of the back pain industry, what treatments get results and which ones to avoid
Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery
Fun workbook both with explanations of how pain works, with helpful analogies, and worksheets to customize your own treatment plan
The Explain Pain Handbook Protectometer (8315)
More detailed explanation on the science of what’s happening in the body with chronic pain. If you want to get into the nitty gritty, this is a fantastic resource
Explain Pain Super Charged
One of my close friends who suffered from years of low-back pain said that this book was his MOST VALUABLE resource during his recovery.
Natural Pain Relief: How to Soothe and Dissolve Physical Pain with Mindfulness
One of my favorite audiobooks, this book is all about the marriage of science and meditation
The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works
Here’s the audio version