Treat Your Own Back Paperback – Mar 1997
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The con: it only looks at your body and the authors view point that all you have to do is bend your back and you will feel better. While there is many theapies for back pain this method trys to increase your range of motion by increasing the curve in your spine. With the help of my therapist I could do the exercises much better than from the book description by itself. I think overall a very good starting point for some people, I also founf the book-The Backsmart Fitness Plan by Dr Adam Weiss, to be very helpful in getting me back into shape while not hurting myself.
make sure you get hold of TREAT YOUR OWN BACK by Robin
McKenzie (founder of the "McKenzie Method" for dealing with
back pain) . . . although originally written in 1977, it is still
The book does an excellent job of explaining what back pain
is all about . . . however, what makes it even more valuable are the
simple exercises that are presented that can be done by almost
Furthermore, it got me thinking about both how I sit and my
posture at other times--things I typically tend to gloss over . . . as a
result, I now make it a point to roll up a sweatshirt to give me
greater back support; e.g., at the movies . . . when at my desk
at home, I follow the book's advice to use a lumbar support device.
About the only thing I did NOT like was the chapter on "Low back
pain in the elderly" . . . he defines that category as anybody 55 or
thereabouts, and I simply refuse to accept the fact that next year
I'll be "elderly" . . . geez!
There were several memorable passages, along with the
aforementioned exercises . . . among them, categorized
as "rules," were these:
When sitting for prolonged periods, regular interruption of the sitting
posture is essential to prevent the onset of pain. This can be achieved
by standing upright, bending backward five or six times, and walking
about for a few minutes.
When working in a stooped position, regular interruption on the bent
posture is essential to prevent the onset of pain. This can be
achieved by standing upright and bending backward five or six
times.Read more ›
My doctor recommended this book to me a couple of years ago. I read it through and followed the instructions to determine what kind of pain I was having, then did the exercises as instructed. Within 2 days I was almost back to normal. Within a week I was pain-free. After you're pain-free, in order to stay flexible and avoid these little mishaps the author recommends you do some of the stretching exercises regularly. I did them for a while, but after a few months I was back to my usual busy schedule, with no time to spare. Last week I bent down to pick something up, and my back went "out" again. I got the book out and started the exercises immediately. I only missed one day from work, and was pain-free within just a few days. This time I'm going to figure out a way to schedule some stretching exercises or yoga into my daily schedule. This book is a godsend!
Most recent customer reviews
I wish I could get it back! I keep loaning it out to others so I seldom see it here. I recommend this bookPublished on Feb. 8 2014 by Thea
This knowledge when practiced as prescribed brought me freedom from bouncing
In and out of physiotherapy,message therapists, and chiropractors for the last15 yrs. Read more
This book is great. I exercisse frequently and am fairly flexible, overall I think I can say I am a healthy person, but the lower back pain has bugged me for years. Read morePublished on April 7 2011 by butterfly
I will continue buying from this supplier. I received the book at my doorstep(I'm thankful that no one took it). I is in very good condition.Published on March 24 2011 by Wedad
Didn't get much from this book. The nuts and bolts of the treatment are good posture and extension exercises where you do a lot of bending your spine backwards. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2010 by a trainer
I used Robin's technique to help my sciatica when I was in my 20s. Now, 20 years later, a physical therapist asks how I messed up my posture so badly. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2003 by B. Scott
Using the exercises in tis book I have solved my back problems. No Pain. I am aware of the posture problems that caused the pain and avoid those positions.Published on July 22 2003 by Amazon Customer
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