Discover these recommended mental and physical therapy books to help you get the right treatments

Life is not without challenges. When challenges come, it’s only normal for us to reach out for help; it’s not a sign of weakness, but of incredible strength.

Therapy helps us to manage when challenges happen to us and can help us to choose how we react to them. Having better knowledge of the various different types of therapy (in terms of physical and mental therapies), will help you seek advice to navigate life’s challenges. Here are some of the best therapy books to help you understand some common forms of therapy.  Always seek the advice of your doctor to help guide you further for a happy healthy life.

The Highly Sensitive Person - Elaine Aron -

The author, Elaine Aron, PhD, is a researcher of love, relationships, and therapy. Her book, “The Highly Sensitive Person”, is the result of five years of research and was the first and so far still the only, unique book that discusses the psychology of highly sensitive people.

She discusses the traits of highly sensitive people, how it is viewed as a negative trait in our modern world, and yet, how to thrive in it.

A highly sensitive person has a highly sensitive nervous system- a trait that is probably inherited which makes you easily overwhelmed in highly stimulating environments. 

In the first section of this book, you’ll answer a few questions to determine how much of a sensitive person you are. Later on, you’ll learn about the behaviour of a highly sensitive person in areas such as work, relationships, sex, emotions, etc, and how you can thrive in each one in today’s world. 

Elaine views being a highly sensitive person should be seen as a strength and not necessarily as a weakness.


Psychology- A Complete Introduction

Dr Sandi Mann, the author of the book, is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. She has authored or co-authored more than ten psychology books as well as numerous papers and articles. She runs two independent centres related to clinical and business psychology and, in addition to being actively involved in teaching and research, is a regular contributor to national and international media outlets.

In this book, she structures the key elements of psychology helping the reader to understand exactly what psychology is about. Once she has explained some key areas of how humans think and behave she explores and explains several mental health issues, such as those associated with stress or psychological orders such as schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder. She also addresses some of the various therapies psychologists use, such as, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic (which helps clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self) and mindfulness techniques.

If you want to learn about what psychology is about and fundamentally what psychologists can do to help you, then this book is for you. 

The Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy- Andrew Taylor Still-

For those seeking an understanding of Osteopathy, and an interest in medical history will gain a great deal from “The Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy”.

The author, Andrew Still, was a force to be reckoned with. In his era, the world employed tough medical practices that had terrible side effects which Still had a distaste for, prompting him into developing a system of treatment less invasive than the conventional treatments of his day.

Still believed that manipulation of the muscular-skeletal system was the key to alleviating many illnesses, and developed his techniques into what he called Osteopathy (Greek roots osteon- for bone and -pathos for suffering). He promoted his system widely and founded the American School of Osteopathy, the world’s first osteopathic school, in Missouri.

This therapy book gives an excellent perspective on the practice and development of Osteopathic treatment, straight from the mouth of the pioneer who founded the treatment!”

The Chiropractor- D.D. Palmer-

Daniel David Palmer (or D.D. Palmer) in this book, sheds great light on Chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic procedures involve manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, with emphasis given to the spine. Such adjustments of the bones are performed with the intent of improving posture, reducing inflammation, and promoting proper function of the nervous system.

Palmer, the founder, and father of chiropractic medicine lists out the principles of manually correcting disorders of the bones as a panacea for various illnesses and diseases of the human body.

Please note that this book provides a history of Chiropractic therapy, some of the practices and methods at the time that even Palmer practised himself have been much further developed or are no longer valid in today’s world. This book provides a helpful overview and understanding of chiropractic therapy, which will help you to really understand the benefits of it and how it can help you.

Guide to sports

Easy to use, packed with practical advice, and covering all sports from snowboarding to tennis, this is the indispensable injury manual for all amateur sportspeople, coaches, and trainers. Produced in collaboration with the British Medical Association, this fully illustrated sports injury manual ensures reliable, up-to-date information. 

Find out what’s causing your knee pain or shoulder pain using the directory of common sports injuries, which outlines causes, symptoms, and diagnoses. Speed up your recovery from injuries such as a sprained ankle, a bone fracture, or a pulled groin using more than 160 step-by-step exercise routines designed to provide immediate treatment as well as long-term strategies for injury prevention. 

This one-stop manual for treating and preventing sports injuries covers everything you need to know!