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Treat Your Own Back

Treat Your Own Back

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by Robin McKenzie, McKenzie Institute International

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The Lumbar Roll as described on page 30 of this book is available in North America only from OPTP. The Original McKenzie® Lumbar Roll is constructed of high quality foam with a durable, grey cotton/polyester cover and is available in two densities: Standard and Firm.

The elite version of The Original McKenzie® Lumbar Roll-The Original McKenzie®


The Lumbar Roll as described on page 30 of this book is available in North America only from OPTP. The Original McKenzie® Lumbar Roll is constructed of high quality foam with a durable, grey cotton/polyester cover and is available in two densities: Standard and Firm.

The elite version of The Original McKenzie® Lumbar Roll-The Original McKenzie® SuperRoll™ provides lumbar support without bulk. Position the SuperRoll exactly where it's needed, and secure in place with either the hook & loop panel or the removable, adjusting strap. Perfect for automobiles and office chairs. (pictured at right).

A wrap-around lumber roll for use when sleeping is also available: The Original McKenzie® night roll ties around the waist, an ideal, way to help correct sleeping position as described on page 41 of this book.

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Orthopedic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
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Treat Your Own Back 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book talks a lot about posture and how it can affect your back. Posture suggestions follow. The exercises recommended for most cases of back pain involve a person bending their spine backwards. These are done in the standing and on-your-stomach positions.

One thing I did notice about this back pain book is that it contains no exercises to strengthen your back- which I think is strange as it is well documented 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 as well as weaker than normal back muscles (Smidt 1983 and Mayer 1985 and Mayer 1989 and Roy 1989 and Cassisi 1993). On this basis, I felt that this book was overlooking this important point and should probably address it with at least one strengthening exercise.

Having said that, I think this book will be most helpful for people with back pain that radiates into one or both legs due to a disc problem. People with spinal stenosis or a slippage of one vertebrae over the other (called a spondylolisthesis) will want to be careful with the backward bending motion as this might actually aggravate their pain. Other fix-it-yourself books readers might be interested in include Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff for those with shoulder pain or a torn cuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no intention of reviewing this book, until I read the negative review by an idiot. This book dramatically changed my life and the lives of approximately 20 others I have given it to over the past 12 years. A friend who administers a major hospital in Dallas has provided me with stacks of literature to try and help my back. Almost all of it has techniques OPPOSITE the McKenzie techniques. All the others failed, while McKenzie worked immediately for my chronic problem. The negative review obviously did NOT come from someone with a chronic lower back or sciatic nerve problem! Before reading this book, I had given up Golf and Sex because both caused so much pain. The techniques given in just a few minutes reading allowed me to resume a completely normal life! I guess the only negative thing I can say is that I don't have to go to a chiropractor anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have relied on this for years and give to all my friends who declare a bad back! By far the best out there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My physical therapist recommended this book. It's the theory and practice that she follows. It helped me a lot to read how this method came to be and then gives me reminders of how to practice to avoid or at least reduce pain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended by Orthopedic Surgeon and Physical Therapist. Very informative and exercises are doing their job.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After herniating my L4/L5 disc, pain and muscle spasms were strong. I received this book from my therapist. She said read it and memorize it, your bad back will be with you from this point forward. I did and I was able to manage my back pain. When a near thow-out of the back would occur, I would resort to the techniques in this book to reduce the pain to painlessness. With leg and back stretches, and the exercises in this book--not to mention the importance of proper posture(also presented in this book), I have gone from throwing my back out once a year for four consecutive years, to not one throw out in the last 9 years. A must read! And for such a good price too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
1 month ago I was experiencing chronic acute back pain almost once a week, and for the last 10 years I've been going to chiropractors and been on heavy medication. I went to a PT in Austin, Texas and 10 minutes later the pain was going away. The simple excercises described in this book have made my life pain free instantly. The best 10 bucks I have ever spent. I am buying extra copies to give away to those who are in need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt the best reference I've come across dealing with my back problems in alleviating and controlling the pain. It's an easy to follow regimen of exercises, combined with posture that allowed me to get off the drug treatments. I picked up two copies because I was lending out mine on a regular basis. Don't let bad posture put you out to pasture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a real life saver if you've been living in fear of that twinge that puts you out of commission for days. the newer editions list 'exercise' 1,2, & 3 as emergency treatment procedures. the first two are really just positions to lay in to help disks recover their shape. excellent whether you go for older ver. or new.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of the book suggest that you can heal yourself or aleast get rid of your back pain on your own- perked my interest. After going through the book twice I was able to use about half of the exercise with some positive results. I no longer feel as stiff after sitting and i am able to walk farther as a result of these exercises and the book below.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has some good exercises and postural corrections to overcome the back pain. I'm improving from my back pain after doing the exercises in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting treatment for back pain that mainly involves bending backward type movements. I have known these exercises to help some people but not all. For me, they didn't really help much. I suggest giving it a try, it will either work right away or it won't work at all. .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about watching your posture and doing extension exercises (backward bending exercises). I looked up the research on this most interesting treatment on Medline, the internationally accepted medical database most doctors use. I found a study in the October 1998 New England Journal of Medicine I'd like to share in hopes it will help potential buyers of this book. It is a randomized controlled trial- the highest proof in medicine that a treatment really works. The study had one group do McKenzie exercises (the same kind used in the book)another group undergo chiropractic manipulation and a third group read a $1 educational booklet. The results of this randomized controlled trial? The McKenzie exercise group and the manipulation group did just marginally better than the those that just read the $1 booklet!! Also, there was no difference between ANY of the groups as far as subjects missing work, reducing their activities, or having recurrences of back pain. Why do McKenzie exercises then when they're basically just as good as the one dollar educational booklet??!! You might know people who swear by this method, like I did. But remember, any treatment for backpain will get at least a 30% success rate. Scientific studies show that if you give 100 people a placebo sugar pill, at least 30 of them will consistently have less pain- which explains all the amazing reviews you hear about this book. My advice is to save your time and hard earned money and read books that offer evidence based treatments like Jim Johnson's "The Multifidus Back Pain Solution" or Herbert Benson's "The Relaxation Response."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I developed a disc problem and sciatica, and couldn't get the medical establishment to take my condition seriously until I had already lost most feeling and some functionality in one of my legs. To cut to the chase, I was fortunate because before I ended up disabled or under the knife, a good PT recognized my problem, got me straighened out (literally), and turned me on to this book. This book, in turn, has allowed me to self-diagnose and treat my sciatica whenever it flares, and has given me a decade or so of mostly painfree living. All without drugs or needles or surgery. Get this book, read it, believe it. It works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a bad back from the age of 16 until I was 46. I tried chiropractors, drugs, exercises, and almost surgery over the years. Finally a physical therapist in Austin turned me on to the simple procedures recommended in this book. They really worked for me. I've been virtually pain-free for the past three years. I highly recommend this for people with classic chronic low back pain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this book had been around 10 years ago, I am certain I could have prevented back surgery and most importantly, I would not have lost 70% of my feeling in my right leg. I have tried all types of treatment, but this book, given to me by my family practioner, is truely the answer for most back pain. It really works and the results are almost instant.