Author presentation on chronic pain and posture set for May 17

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Former long-time Los Alamos resident Jessica Kisiel will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. May 17 at Mesa Public Library.

Her talk: “Healing Chronic Pain Through Alignment,” documents her journey from elite athletics to being a chronic pain patient and back to competitive sports.

Kisiel’s story, and those of several clients she helped return to an active lifestyle, is documented in her recently published book, “Winning the Injury Game” (https://thepfathlete.com/book/).

She is excited to share her insights about healing and message of hope for rising above chronic pain with the community that supported her during her recovery.

Kisiel overcame severe hip osteoarthritis, three knee surgeries and debilitating back and neck pain through the alignment and training strategies she describes in her new book.

The book is written for the active person living with chronic pain that wants to keep moving and playing sports. It is for someone who has tried the standard approaches to healing but still hurts and is open to an alternative approach.

The book is organized into three sections. Section 1 addresses the mental and emotional side of injuries, section 2 describes the link between physical alignment and pain, and section 3 explores an approach to training that respects the body.

The book offers hands-on tools, including assessments and exercises to help the reader better understand their body and gain balance.

The book is a culmination of the information Kisiel gained through her own healing, taking nearly a decade to complete.

Although the book talks directly to someone in pain it also contains beneficial information for injury prevention.

Books will be available at the presentation for the discounted price of $25. More information is available at thepfathelte.com/events.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more. There are two Authors Speak events in May – the first, by Jessica Kisiel on May 17 and the second, on May 24, with author Dede Feldman. The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. For more information about Mesa Public Library events, call 662-8250.