- 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 (153 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I threw my back out. After a year of chiropractors, physical therapy, rest, and surgical consultants, THIS book finally helped me help myself. Read morePublished 5 days ago by David A. Lindsay
The book is very good. After years of physical therapy, I appreciated the simplicity of the exercises. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
has great exercise for back pain with pictures to show exactly how to do themPublished 4 months ago by Jean D.
IF YOU DO YOGA, OR SOME SORT OF EXERCISE AND HAVE A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR BODY, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amrit S Khalsa
I highly recommend this book for anyone that is having back problems. After seeing a physical therapist for two years with sciatica problems she convinced me to by this book and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard M. Malin