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Treat Your Own Back [Paperback]

Robin A. McKenzie
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)


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Book Description

July 1, 2006 0958269238 978-0958269230 8th
Product Description Help yourself to a pain-free back. This easy-to-follow book presents over 100 pages of education and clinically-proven exercises. The simple and effective self-help exercises in Robin McKenzie's Treat Your Own Back have helped thousands worldwide find relief from common low back and neck pain. This book helps you understand the causes and treatments, along with a system of exercises that can help you relieve pain and prevent recurrence From the Publisher Now in its seventh edition, Robin McKenzie's patient book has probably helped more patients achieve freedom from back pain than any other publication. The McKenzie Method is a conservative treatment protocol that provides daily changes to patient posture, ergonomics and exercises. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked for me when nothing else did 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book is good, but be warned 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Guidance 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Needed Resource
Definitely a great help to me. Suffering a long time and this book provided some methods to help relieve some of the pain. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Prescribed by my Doc
This is the second time I purchased this book. The knowledge is invaluable. I've read it three times now and Its healed my back more than 8 months of physical therapy and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars When your ready to fix your back, get this book
After spending many weeks in pain, I finally found a physical therapist who practiced this author's techniques. The improvement was nearly immediate! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aragorn the Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved my back.
I just now got to writing about this book. Amazing. I purchased this about 7 years ago and I have not had the severe back pain that I used to get regularly. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gary Grudzinskas
5.0 out of 5 stars These treatments work!
McKenzie knows what he's talking about. I was having chronic back pain, and I didn't know what to do about it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carl Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information
Very educational on how to protect your back from problems and how to ease mild or moderate levels of pain, whether acute onset or chronic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ronda Callister
5.0 out of 5 stars EXcellent Book - but
In my opinion this is one of the best books you can buy if you suffer from lower back pain.
However - from my experience: no books substitute the work of a clever physio.
Published 7 months ago by Ashraf
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing cartwheels!
Amazing book. 7 VERY easy exercises, and THEY WORK. In just a couple of days my back pain was reduced at times to ZERO, with no pain relievers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melange
5.0 out of 5 stars I've given 5 or 6 of these away as gifts--they're great.
Good plain common sense, from someone who fixes people's backs for a living. I need to go buy another one, as I've given all mine away again.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Highy Recommend
Highly recommended by my brother who has had a bad back for years. My PT and doctor highly recommended it, also. If I follow his exercises faithfully---it really helps.
Published 7 months ago by marilyn comeau
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