- 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 (939 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Treat Your Own Back 8th Edition
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One thing I did notice about this back pain book is that it contains no exercises to strengthen your back- which I think is strange as it is well documented in the back literature that people with back pain have smaller than normal back muscles (Parkkola 1993 and Daneels 2000) when examined with CT scans and MRI's as well as weaker than normal back muscles (Smidt 1983 and Mayer 1985 and Mayer 1989 and Roy 1989 and Cassisi 1993). On this basis, I felt that this book was overlooking this important point and should probably address it with at least one strengthening exercise (I rec Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis for that).
Having said that, I think this book will be most helpful for people with back pain that radiates into one or both legs due to a disc problem. People with spinal stenosis or a slippage of one vertebrae over the other (called a spondylolisthesis) will want to be careful with the backward bending motion as this might actually aggravate their pain.
I've been diagnosed with a focal disc protrusion in l5-s1. After even 1 hour of work, I would go to extremely painful and moving like I was 98 years old. Sitting was torture too. I couldn't stand, yet I couldn't sit, and I was in agony.I then discovered this book. ( Actually, a physical Therapist recommended I read it.) So, during my routine day, when the pain and discomfort became extreme, I would sneak off by myself, and do these exercises. It was like a shot of pain killer each time I did. At first, it only alievated the pain for about an hour or 2. I was admittedly repeating the exercises about 8 to 10 times a day. Then, the effects became more and more permanent. Today, I worked and only needed to do them twice. I'm on my way to a full recovery. So there you have it. I was suffering BADLY for about 2 months with no noticable improvement. After 3 weeks of doing what this book told me, I not only see the light at the end of the tunnel, I feel the bright rays shining on me. One more thing... I am in no way paid for saying this, and have no connection with the publishers/authors of this book. I'm just a person so happy to be feeling a lot better, that I want to spread the word. . .
I may again try some of the McKenzie techniques now that I am pain free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has been a god send for me. My thanks to Robin McKenzie for writing this book.
I suffered from back trouble for easily 15 years prior to reading this book. Read more
This method saved my sanity by halving my cooling sciatica pain in 24 hours and then getting rid of it entirely. Specialist did no good at all. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I feel like this book has good tips for back health. My physical therapist recommended it. However, I found that I had to do these exercises every few hours to ward off pain, so my... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Melanie
This book is easy to read and understand. The exercises really help.Published 8 days ago by Melissa V
The best back book. No more lower back pain thanks to these exercisesPublished 22 days ago by FranR