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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Treat Your Back Aug. 23 2005
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars What is this total quack stuff? June 1 2004
By A Customer
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 Still relevant after all these years! July 7 2003
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
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Really Works! April 9 2002
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No strengthening? Oct. 31 2002
By A Customer
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
I wish I could get it back! I keep loaning it out to others so I seldom see it here. I recommend this book
Published 7 months ago by Thea
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference Book in Your Home Library
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
Published 19 months ago by Glenda McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
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 more
Published on April 7 2011 by butterfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition, satisfied with the book
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Your Own Back Review
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 more
Published on Nov. 15 2010 by a trainer
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for Sore Backs
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. Read more
Published on June 19 2009 by J. Allan Mcintosh
1.0 out of 5 stars A total quack
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 more
Published on Aug. 16 2003 by B. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Your Own Back
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Updated Book instead.
This book totally saved my life. I picked it up on the way to a Christmas craft fair I was working... Read more
Published on July 15 2003 by Karen Wallace
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for people who have serious spinal problems
I bought both "Treat Your Own Back" and "Treat Your Own Neck" based on other customers' reviews. Read more
Published on June 24 2003
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