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BACK Rx: Clinically Proven Exercises for STOPPING BACK PAIN Without Surgery

Vijay Vad , M.D. , Bob Comiskey  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vijay Vad, M.D.
  • Directors: Bob Comiskey
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hay House, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0054M4W9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

The Back Rx prescription offers a comprehensive mind/body solution for lower back pain. It empowers you to take your healing into your own hands and become your own physician! In Back Rx, Dr. Vijay Vad brings together the most advanced modern medicine, with the ancient-wisdom practice of yoga and the core strengthening of Pilates . . . to create an exercise regimen clinically proven to eradicate back pain without surgery. Three complete sets of 15-minute exercises are included on this DVD: Back Rx-Beginners Core: Move freely, and without pain, after an acute low-back injury; Back Rx-Intermediate Core: Raise your fitness level and combat stress with this vigorous toning routine; and Back Rx-Core Plus: Engage in a strenuous core-body workout and feel stimulated from head to toe. (Back Rx exercises are demonstrated by Kate Thompson and Jack Dyer.)

About the Actor

Vijay Vad, M.D., is a sports-medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and an assistant professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has made numerous media appearances, including The View, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Dr. Vad lives in New York City with his family.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and Amazingly Easy To Follow June 17, 2011
After reading and following Dr.Vad's books; this DVD really puts everything into a clear perspective. It serves as a visual aid and provides a step by step approach to holistic living and ensures you are doing all the exercises accurately as to gain the maximum benefit. The Yoga and Pilates combination streamlines the healing and strengthening process. There are various levels of exercise and treatments available in this DVD. HIGHLY RECOMENDED to try and avoid more invasive techniques.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering for back sufferers October 18, 2011
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I have had chronic back back from two pinched nerves. My sciatica has been severe and I can't take NSAIDS because I have only one kidney. Naturally, I want to avoid back surgery. This DVD has given me hope. I like the way I feel after doing it so much that I have been very consistent. The minute I wake up, I jump into exercise clothes and head to my den where I start up the DVD. I get my (padded) mat on the floor and spend the first fifteen minutes of my day stretching and breathing deeply. I feel a sense of well being and get wide awake ready to accomplish something. The exercises are not difficult and are pleasant to do. They make me feel better. If I feel tired and am going out for the evening, I don't hesitate to do them again to get energized. I've done lots of exercise videos and attended exercise classes, but this has been better for my purposes than them all. Beats physical therapy and chiropractors too. The exercises really tune up your core, increase flexibility, strength and endurance. Dr. Vad ran trials using these exercises and there was a statistically significant reduction in pain for participants. Thank you Dr. Vad.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great program, but presented much too fast December 11, 2011
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I got this DVD (with Vad's book) for my partner who has back pain after seeing Dr. Vad on PBS. While I have no doubt the exercises would be beneficial, as another reviewer has noted the demonstration/narration of the exercises is simply too fast. The narrator sounds like she's reading a script without considering the viewer's need to process what she's telling the viewer to do, such as getting into the right positions, taking the number of deep breaths etc. Little time is given for this. As another viewer has noted, you would have to use the pause button frequently (awkward while trying to do these poses. The creators of this DVD really need to produce a new edit of the program at a much slower pace, with enough of a pause to allow the person to actually complete what they're told to do. While I'd give 5 stars to the program itself, I think this defect in production is enough to frustrate and turn off many people trying it, so I'm giving it it 3 stars.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hoping it helps July 24, 2011
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Bought this dvd to try and strength my back,I have 2 bulging disc.So far exercises are easy on my back I'am still doing beginner workout.Dvd is real easy to follow.Dvd arrived promptly and was just as it was described I'am happy with my purchase.Thanks I'am hoping it helps
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay October 30, 2011
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The exercises in this DVD are good, very gentle, but I think effective. What I can't understand is why they don't give you enough time to complete the amount of reps they want you to do. After they explain the move, they just move on to the next exercise right away. I have to keep pausing the DVD so I can get all the reps in. Also, the woman's voice is kind of annoying.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Vijay, how could you? Good program; bad DVD March 8, 2012
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I have the book for this program, and I think the program is good. It's true, as other reviewers have said, that most of these exercises are ones you get from a physical therapist, but I like the way these are sequenced in levels, and I think the ABSENCE of certain exercises may (for me) be good.

I bought the DVD because I prefer doing exercises or yoga in a class or with a DVD in order to be able to concentrate on the breathing and doing the exercise without having to refer to a list or a book. It's much more relaxing to have someone "call" the exercises. But, as others have noted, the timing on this is awful. This is like a first draft that no one ever bothered to edit. The narration sometimes doesn't match what's happening on the screen. And most of the time there is no way to complete the breathing and hold the pose for the required amount of time before the narrator moves on to the next exercise. For the beginner level, the total time really is what it's supposed to be -- 15 minutes. So something is off. Maybe the sun salutations were stuffed in after it was timed? (I haven't tried doing the second and third levels on the tape yet, so I don't know if those are better or worse.)

Anyway - anyone who has used good yoga and exercise tapes will be very frustrated by this one. It's like trying to do exercises that require deep breathing while on a hamster wheel. It's really too bad. With a little more up-front investment, this could have been good. It's worth buying only if you're not sure how to perform the exercises/poses from the book and need to see them. But I guess doing it on the cheap without proper editing makes a little more money for Dr. Vad.

Update, April 2013:

I am still using this DVD despite my negative review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend November 6, 2011
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Very good yoga even when in pain and felt better even after the first time. It is easy to follow and you can gradually work to the harder advanced. When you do not want to do a harder workout then do the beginner part again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I ordered this twice and twice it became scratched early ...
I ordered this twice and twice it became scratched early on, but I suspect it was something to do with my computer.
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Life Back!
This program saved my husband and I from chronic, debilitating back pain. It was recommended by my brother, an avid golfer and former Amateur champion, when my husband suffered... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Randi
After years of my husband being a police officer and the exercising, training, chasing criminals, etc., his back finally "gave out". Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars BACK Rx: Clinically Proven Exercises for STOPPING BACK PAIN Without...
I watched Dr. Vijay Vad on a PBS series and was impressed with his philosophy and common sense suggestions. So I ordered this DVD based on that impression.. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debra Rhodes, .
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guidelines for people with back problems
I am a medical doctor suffering from chronic back pain after previous back injury. This book is well written, from a highly-repected physician. Read more
Published 13 months ago by SM
4.0 out of 5 stars Great video
Good Video with great back excercises.
3 levels for beginner to expert. Like that it is in short segments
would recommend to others
Published 14 months ago by Colleen McNally
Published 17 months ago by Shakir Nashed Haqq
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep moving!
This offers some helpful yoga moves to keep your core & back strong & decrease pain. Good for days when you're not swimming, biking or walking enough.
Published 18 months ago by Sharon Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Best exercise DVD for backache
Totally worth the price. No BS, no jokes, in 15 minutes of non-stop instruction you can do all the exercise that will help with your backache! Read more
Published 19 months ago by the guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Better DVD's exist
I am trying to avoid a fusion surgery and this DVD seemed like a perfect fit. However, the other reviewers were correct. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sailvic
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