The Multifidus Back Pain Solution: Simple Exercises That Target the Muscles That Count

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Based on breakthrough results from the newest scientifically proven research, this guide offers back-pain sufferers real relief—simple exercises that target the exact muscles that have been newly identified to be the source of most back pain.

If you are one of the millions who suffer from recurring back pain, and have found that your attempts at complicated and time-consuming exercise programs and treatments have not helped, it’s time to learn the simple techniques that ...

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Overview

Based on breakthrough results from the newest scientifically proven research, this guide offers back-pain sufferers real relief—simple exercises that target the exact muscles that have been newly identified to be the source of most back pain.

If you are one of the millions who suffer from recurring back pain, and have found that your attempts at complicated and time-consuming exercise programs and treatments have not helped, it’s time to learn the simple techniques that strengthen the specific muscles that are at the root of your pain. Start living free from pain now!

When physical therapist Jim Johnson reviewed the back-pain studies in peer-reviewed medical journals published over the past fifteen years, he found that the research suggested that a specific set of muscles played a key role in a great majority of back-pain incidences. The results showed that most back-pain sufferers have undeveloped multifidus (mull-tiff-i-dus) muscles. These muscles connect the spinal vertebrae together and play a subtle, but critical, role in bending and twisting motions of the back. If they are weak, inflamed, or in spasm, they can cause chronic back pain. In response to these findings, Johnson devised a simple series of exercises that focus on strengthening the multifidus muscles—and had fabulous results in reducing back pain for a variety of patients.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572242784
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 3/2/2002
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 244,708
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Johnson is a licensed physical therapist with over ten years of research, teaching, and clinical experience with chronic pain patients. Currently he is a certified clinical instructor in physical therapy at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    Do you have a problem with your multifidus?

    Read this book to learn about the multifidus, the most important of all the back muscles. Out of all the support the back muscles can give your spine, the multifidus is responsible for 2/3 of that support. Furthermore, multifidus abnormalities are associated with many back conditions such as acute low back pain, herniated discs, unstable vertebrae, pregnancy, scoliosis, and chronic back pain. This book will show you how to strengthen the multifidus with ONE exercise you can do at home one time a day, three days a week. I know what you're thinking- too good to be true. A look at the number of scientific articles cited in the book from peer-reviewed journals should assure you that this is no joke. It does leave me wondering though why such a well-documented source of back pain has escaped the public eye for so long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    If you've had enough....

    If you've had enough of mind-body back pain books telling you that your pain is all in your head, this book is well worth a look. Popular books like "Back Sense" or "Healing Back Pain" would like you to believe that there are no physical causes of your back pain. After reading this book, that is all a bunch of garbage. The author, who must live in the medical library, has probably quoted all the studies from every popular mind-body book out there but discusses something very important- sure there are a lot of abnormal "normal" findings such as herniated discs or stenosis that you can find in pain free backs, but, there sure as heck are genuine physical causes as well published in the literature that are NOT found in normal backs-- multifidus abnormalities being the big one discussed in this book. Interestingly enough, no mind-body back pain book has ever bothered to mention this and all have "selectively" skipped over all the abundance of research published in peer-reviewed journals that support this claim. I highly recommend this book and I'd bet money anybody- even the most well read back pain sufferer- is going to learn a LOT of new stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Multifidus exercises can decrease and PREVENT low back pain.

    I found this to be an all around good book. The main thrust is that you have multifidus muscles in your back that a bunch of research has found to be abnormal in back pain patients. The book goes on to show you exercises you can do to fix your multifidus muscle. At first glance, some of the exercises looked like ones I have seen people do before, but the book spends much time making sure you use proper technique and strength training guidelines to get the full benefits. One good reason I would recommend this book to others is that according to the latest research cited in the book, strengthening your multifidus can actually PREVENT future back pain attacks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    Exercises I did before bedtime.

    I tried multifidus strengthening exercise #2. It is very simple to do, in fact so simple that I am able to do it before bedtime. I couldn't believe it, but my back actually felt better the next day. I recommend these exercises to anybody who has back pain. They might not get as dramatic results as quickly as I have gotten, but the book says it may take up to two weeks to start noticing results which still isn't bad if one has been hurting awhile. For the investment of 12 bucks and a few minutes before bedtime, I don't think anyone has much to lose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    It doesn't get any easier than this.

    If you want to learn about a common, yet little known source of back pain, this is your book. I especially recommend it for people that have been around the block and have tried many things. With one exercise done consistently three times a week, freedom from pain just might be yours shortly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    I hope there's a sequel!

    One book that doesn't disappoint. Even if you have read many back books, this book will teach you things you never knew about your back problem. Easy exercises make you feel like your back is finally starting to cooperate with you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    If no-nonsense is what you want...

    In a market dominated by mind-body approaches, this author has managed to bring to the readers attention a problem that is physical and well-backed by research studies (in fact more than you can shake a stick at). If you're like me, its time to start relying on good evidence and less commentary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Where has this book been?

    Finally a book based on solid research articles and not some medical professional trying to make a buck! Exercises are easy to do and have controlled studies to back up their effectiveness. Also includes a kick-butt question and answer section.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    This is almost too good to be true- but it is!

    I was a non-believer until I did the exercises. As anyone who reads the book and does the exercises will see, the multifidus is quite important to your back's well being!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    Just amazing!

    The guy who wrote this book must live in the medical library. Everything, and I mean everything in this book has been meticulously documented to be proven by research. The exercises really work and should be in every back pain sufferer's 'toolbox'. My multifius is now in shape and if you read this book yours will be too!

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