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Treat Your Own Back Paperback – July 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0958269230 ISBN-10: 0958269238 Edition: 8th
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products; 8th edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0958269238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0958269230
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine C. Ladish on June 3, 2007
I was given this book by a physical therapist after I was diagnosed with a bulging disk. The pain was excruciating for several months, and I had to stop running and even driving long distances. Tried painkillers (they put me to sleep), cortisone shots (worked for a couple days but was worse as that only treated the symptom), and when a doctor told me I had to accept my pain as chronic, I refused to believe him. I refused more shots or medication and continued the exercises detailed in the book several times a day for months ... until one day I realized I was actually pain free! I'm 43, in good shape, and I am running again, dancing and sometimes wear high heels. The book seems to be controversial, but it worked for me when nothing else did!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Shelley M. Mooar on July 24, 2008
The book does clearly state that for some people..the extension position might be harmful. That was the case for me. While I ended up on crutches (for the first time due to severe increased pain) I do not blame the book. Just be extremely careful. When I began...I actually felt some relief WHILE in extension at the start, but it would hurt worse as time spent in the position increased. And I hurt worse when I got up. So...it only took about 3 times of that before I became non-amb. w/o crutches. Then it took perhaps 6 mo. with the help of a good chiro. (traction, ultrasound and manipulation at 1x week) before I was out of pain. It's been 2 years since that incident and I've not had any diffficulty since. I totally avoid any extension positions beyond that which occur naturally in walking (even freestyle swimming puts noticible pressure on my LB due to the extension of bouyancy. Back stroke and floating are OK).

Best wishes and prayers to anyone combatting back pain. I'm a fairly strong and positive person. But after being in chronic pain for several months with difficulty and pain in EVERYTHING I did, including breathing, I fully understand the severe depression and mounting hopelessness chronic pain brings. When I began to have thoughts that living like that would be impossible, in spite of having young daughters, a great husband and great job...I became very scared.

Keep searching for an answer. I went through 3 chiropractors and much time before I found the right one. Keep your faith, keep your resolve, keep on praying and keep on trying.

Shelley M.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glenn T. Webb on November 27, 2010
It works!!!

I'm a physician and have no conflicts of interest financially or otherwise. My back/neck problems began while moving boxes and furniture in the transition to medical school. It eventually healed, but this started a series of injuries from any significant use of my back. Each episode took longer to heal, and the pain became more severe. An MRI showed bulging discs. Several rounds of conservative treatment and education on exercises by my pcp didn't help. Several rounds of physical therapy (PT) were unsuccessful. Next was referral to the surgeon. The neurosurgeon felt surgery wasn't called for and wanted me to try physical therapy. So I was unhappy about this and told the surgeon how I felt and that PT had already failed. He encouraged me to continue, and he would have me see his PT who specialized in backs.

This new PT had copies of McKenzie's books in the treatment room. The book was used during our exercises. She asked me to get the book and practice at home. Using the book while in the office, MADE IT SO EASY. I never had to return for another session. The pictures made everything so simple to follow. Many of them can be done without any changes to your schedule. I didn't need to go to the gym. The exercises can be done while in the shower, while in the office at a desk, or while watching tv at home relaxing. Many are lifestyle changes like bending at the knees to pick up something on the floor or correct seating/sleeping postures. AND THEY WORK!

I treat many people with chronic pain and ask these patients to get the book. Very few patients will buy a book and follow the instructions when a physician tells them to. People want quick fixes. But there are none. Eventually a few will get the book and half-heartily try it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet Dykstra on January 22, 2008
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I can't believe this simplicity of this system! I have suffered with extreme back pain for about fifteen years. In Dec of 2007 I was doing some kettlebell exercises at the gym, when I felt a terrible pain. After two emergency room trips and week of crawling around my house, I was referred to a wonderful physical therapist who turned me on to some rehabilatative exercise and made me read this book as part of my treatment. After doing the exercises, I bought my own copy. What can I say? I have been religiously doing the program in this book for two months and I am completely PAIN FREE....for the first time in fifteen years!! If you have chronic back pain, this will be the best $10.00 you have ever spent! Guaranteed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gumbeaux13 on January 15, 2007
I had a lumbar laminectomy (L5-S1) in 1990. My neurosurgeon was very aggressive in post-operative treatment and had me in physical therapy after two weeks. This book was one of the first things I was given at the clinic. The advice in this book was invaluable in keeping me relatively pain free today at age 41- 17 years after my surgery. I still follow the advice and exercises in this book because the misery of lower back pain is something I remember vividly and want to avoid at all costs. It covers everything from proper body mechanics, preventative exercise, sources of back pain, kinesiology, specific exercises depending on your particular type of pain, and many other topics.

It's important to mention that there are a minority of surgeons who do not subscribe to the McKenzie method so check with your doctor before buying the book. I don't know what their reasoning is but everyone that I went through p.t. with had positive results as a result of aggressive treatment and the information in this book.

I only wish I had this book before my injury got so bad as to require surgery. Get the book.
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