Treat Your Own Back

Treat Your Own Back

by McKenzie Institute International, Robin McKenzie

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Treat Your Own Back by McKenzie Institute International, Robin McKenzie

Maintain effective long-term back self-management with Robin McKenzie's completely revised and formatted 9th edition landmark patient book. This informative, easy-to-read book contains updated content from Robin McKenzie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987650405
Publisher: Orthopedic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Publication date: 01/28/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 8,702
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements III

About the Author IV

Introduction: A Chance Discovery X

Chapter 1 The Low Back or Lumbar Spine 1

Myths about acute back pain 5

Chapter 2 Understanding the Spine 10

Vertebrae and the spine 10

Functions of the lumbar spine 12

Natural posture 12

Mechanical pain 13

Mechanical low back pain 14

Pain location 18

Self-treatment 19

When self-treatment does not work 19

Diagnosing your problem 20

Chapter 3 Common Causes of Low Back Pain 23

Consequences of postural neglect 23

Sitting 25

Prolonged sitting 26

Sitting correctly for prolonged periods 27

Correction of sitting posture 28

Forming a lordosis using the slouch-overcorrect procedure 28

Maintenance of the lordosis 29

The lumbar roll 30

Regular interruption of prolonged sitting 32

Standing 33

Prolonged standing 34

Correction of standing posture 34

Working in stooped positions 34

Lifting 36

Correct lifting technique 37

Coughing and sneezing 38

Relaxing after vigorous activity 38

Lying and resting 39

Correction of sleeping surface 40

Chapter 4 Understanding the McKenzie Method 42

The aim of the exercises 42

Effect on pain intensity and location 44

Centralization 45

How to know if you are exercising correctly 49

Chapter 5 The Exercise Program 50

Exercise 1 Lying face down 50

Exercise 2 Lying face down in extension 51

Exercise 3 Extension in lying 52

Exercise 4 Extension in standing 55

Exercise 5 Flexion in lying 57

Exercise 6 Flexion in sitting 59

Exercise 7 Flexion in standing 60

When to apply the exercises 61

When you have significant pain 61

When to start exercising 62

When acute pain has subsided 65

No response or benefit 68

Recurrence 76

Chapter 6 When Acute Low Back Pain Strikes 77

Chapter 7 Special Situations 79

Treatment by REPEX (Repeated End-Range Passive Exercise) 79

Low back pain in pregnancy 81

Low back pain in athletes 84

Low back pain in the over 50s 88

Osteoporosis 89

Chapter 8 Common Remedies 91

Medication for pain relief 91

Bed rest 91

Acupuncture 92

Chapter 9 Emergency Panic Page 93

References 94

The McKenzie Institute International 99

Licensed distributors 100

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Treat Your Own Back 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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.