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1.0 out of 5 stars
Please, do not buy this book if you are not a doctor!, March 6 2002
After doing the extension (cobra pose) for just 3 times "beyond the pain", I have been on leave of absence since December 2001 (now is March 2002) with a severe and incapacitating back and leg problem. I can't sit, stand or walk longer than 5 minutes. The only painless position is laying on my back. Beginning of December I just had a back and foot pain after walking longer than 1/2 hour, but I could work, have a social life, do some sports. Now I have a severe back problem that no doctor could solve so far! I wish I never bought this book! The McKenzie method may be working in many cases, but please don't buy this book and never do any McKenzie exercises unsupervised or by yourself just using materials or books from your doctor. And NEVER go "beyond the pain". Listen to your body! It is telling you something very important when you experience pain. Go to a specialized institute and follow the McKenzie program under the supervision of a certified and experienced McKenzie person, if you want to.
Even if it causes such a severe back problem only in 5% of the cases, I would still recommend the book only to specialized doctors that have completed the full McKenzie training.