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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399534857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399534850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,461,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A killer resource for anyone who has dealt with crippling or nagging back pain that doesn’t respond to traditional treatments.”
—Monica Neave, Exercise Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Todd Sinett, DC, runs a health and wellness clinic in New York City that specializes in chiropractic care and applied kinesiology, nutritional and supportive counseling, and physical therapy.

Sheldon Sinett, DC, was a leading chiropractor for thirty years and a pioneer in combining chiropractic medicine with holistic practices. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Easy to read, easy to understand and follow through.
Ari M. Goldberg
The authors do a great job of explaining holistic causes and remedies for back problems.
M. Benson
The arguments the authors make are very compelling and insightful.
S. Zimmer

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Benson on March 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The authors do a great job of explaining holistic causes and remedies for back problems. Let me start by saying that I am comparing this to Stuart McGill's (a PhD in spine biomechanics who backs up his statements with hard evidence in a lab) two back biomechanics books. The Sinetts' statements agree with McGill on many issues, but there are some exercises that may be harmful, according to what I've read from McGill and others.
On page 108 the plank is very helpful, but the Sinetts say to pull the navel into the spine.

{From the New York Times: "Critics, including personal trainers and specialists in the spine and biomechanics, are now saying that drawing in may not make sense while, say, lifting weights or performing a crunch or running a race. In fact, some say, drawing in may even be counterproductive.

"If you hollow in, you bring the muscles closer to the spine, and you reduce the stability of the spine," said Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics in the department of kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Try rising from a chair with a hollowed out stomach; not only are you "weak," he said, but "it's very difficult."

Dr. McGill, who has treated patients with back disorders for 25 years, has measured spinal loading forces and their effects on spinal stability with computer models and in test subjects wired to computers.

His findings dispute not only the validity of drawing in, but also the very notion that the transverse abdominus plays a pivotal role in stability. All abdominal and back muscles are important, not just this one, Dr. McGill said."}
On pages 110,111, and 112 there are exercises telling you to lie on your back and lift your straight legs up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Levy on March 7, 2008
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Often times one starts to read a medical or self-help book only to find that after a few pages your eyeballs rollover and you can't follow the author's advice because it is too technical and over the average reader's head. This book is truly written to offer the average person practical yet simple ways to possibly avoid back pain and the general aches and pains usually connected to aging. It also offers the reader some eye opening alternatives to the established medical community with documented and well constructed arguments for "thinking outside the box". I really enjoyed reading this book. I have already implemented some of the easier to do things and I am committed to trying some of the others. This is a must read for the typical aging adult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Zimmer on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've read many books about back pain and this was the first one that I felt presented compelling options that I haven't explored and am excited to try. I found the book to be extremely well written, witty and easy to follow for a non-medical person. The arguments the authors make are very compelling and insightful. I truly enjoyed this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Pecoriello on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My answer to back pain used to be 3 extra strength advil and a few days lying down...until I read this book! It's really great and easy to understand. Props to Dr. Sinett for writing such a great and helpful book. I recommend it to everyone I know (well, everyone whose back hurts...which is actually just about everyone I know!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Lashin on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
this book saved me i have had back problems for years the diet change and simple excersise gave me a new lease on life i can actually pick up my grandchildren without pain the best book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Lodish on March 12, 2008
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It is a rare pleasure to find a book that can truly surprise you, but that is exactly what "The Truth About Back Pain" did for me. It was a joy to read and filled with many "aha moments!" The reader is guided through with thoughtfulness and humor delivered in an uncomplicated style that shares practical advice supported by research, patient & personal experiences and experts in health on how to better understand what back pain is telling us and how to be proactive in one's health choices. The process in the book is both logical and thought provoking in how to approach and investigate all healthcare needs, and has a unique blend of information from western and eastern medical practices supported by exceptional insight of more than 40 years of chiropractic and life experience. In addition, there is a healthy diet plan, practical stretches/exercises and great stress reducing techniques that can be immediately implemented. I have already begun this process in my own life with great results. What makes this book so special is the direction it provides in improving one's overall quality of life by sharing an approach that is full of balanced choices and a positive attitude that will make you feel better in mind, body and spirit. Thank you to Dr. Todd Sinett and his father Dr. Sheldon Sinett for providing all of us with a clear roadmap to live better and happier.
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