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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Orthopedic Physical Therapy; New edition edition (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0959774661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0959774665
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 23 2005
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Allan Mcintosh on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1 2004
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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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If you you've ever experienced back pain, join the crowd . . . then
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
relevant.
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
anybody.
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.
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I've had lower back pain since childbirth over 30 years ago. Occasionally I'd twist or turn the wrong way, and my back would go "out" for no apparent reason. Like many folks, I've tried all kinds of remedies from muscle relaxers to chiropractors, all with about the same amount of moderate success.
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!
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