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Treat Your Own Back [Paperback]

Robin A. McKenzie
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March 1997 0959774661 978-0959774665 New edition
Consumer health text on self-management with emphasis on the improvement of the structure and metabolism of the soft tissues, including the disc. For laylevel readers. Illustrated. Previous edition: c1993. Softcover.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Your Own Back Review Nov. 15 2010
Format:Paperback
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. After a lot of trial and error, the multifidus strenghtening exercises in Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis did the trick. Try it though, it may work better for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No strengthening? Oct. 31 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have been reading back pain books for quite some time now, continually searching for answers to back pain. This book talks a lot about posture and how it can affect your back. The exercises are quite unique and for most people, will involve one bending over backwards frequently to abate back pain.
One thing I did notice about this book is that it contains absolutely no exercises to strengthen your back. Why is this important? Because much research that I've read over the years says so. It is well set 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 AND weaker than normal back muscles (Smidt,1983 and Mayer,1985 and Mayer,1989 and Roy,1989 and Cassisi,1993). On this basis, I feel that a book on treating back pain should not be ignoring these important findings and should address this issue with at least one strengthening exercise. I recommend this book but don't forget to do an exercise that will strengthen your back muscles too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 8 2014
By Thea
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I wish I could get it back! I keep loaning it out to others so I seldom see it here. I recommend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference Book in Your Home Library March 8 2013
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This knowledge when practiced as prescribed brought me freedom from bouncing
In and out of physiotherapy,message therapists, and chiropractors for the last15 yrs.
Chronic problem has been for 30 yrs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Help for Sore Backs June 19 2009
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One of the best things about this book is the realization that when we take responsibility for our own health we will be far better off. This is not to denigrate the medical profession, but not to expect them to do everything for us, or simply give us a pill that will fix what's wrong. The back is a complex and crucial part of our bodies. MacKenzie explains in lay language the anatomy of the back and why we have back pain. Basically he says a lot of lower back pain is the result of losing the 'lordosis' in the lower spine (the curvature). When this happens (through poor posture or other causes) pressure results on the nerves, especially the sciatic nerve that cause pain down the leg. The exercises in the book help to keep the shape of the spine in its proper curvature, resulting in the relieving of pressure on the nerves. In my own experience this cured my problem, and I continue to do the exercises because they keep everything in place. I have given this book to more people than I can remember, and also his companion book "Treat your own Neck."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Treat Your Back Aug. 23 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Treat Your Back: This books title led me to it when I searched the word back pain and found many books on the subject , while this one stood out because of the title and the reviews. I have been searching for years for pain relief- this book brought me slighlty closer to it. The pros of the book and what it can do for you is give you a stronger understanding about the back and the pain you may feel and how to over come the pain.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What is this total quack stuff? June 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was a great book from a patients perspective of the lower back mechanics in an acute pain phase. Despite the ? review above from one Brownyn Scot, who reviews the book with the header 'a total quack' I would have to remark that the uneducated, myself included, have too much free space on the Internet to say supposedly learned things of which they know not, except definately crock pots :) The book helped. Enough said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! April 7 2011
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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. I have done regular physical therapy and have seen an osteopath and a chiropractors, which helped but there was always something there. Pilates has helped me a lot. I still see a phisio (IMS - intra muscular stimulation) and do pilates, but the exercises and posture tips in this book made me feel so much better! I have always thought bending backwards would be bad for me, but apparently it is good. The tips about keeping your lordosis while seated have helped a lot too. I use a rolled yoga mat as a substitute for the lumbar roll, but I think I will still buy the lumbar roll. I haven't felt this good in a long time! I really thing this was the last piece of the puzzle for me.
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