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April 7, 2017

Helpful, but I recommend McKenize PLUS Egoscue
I've had problems with my lower back for 43 years. Originally diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, my back has worsened over time. I re-injured it a a couple of weeks ago, backpacking in the woods I experienced spasms. This time, the pain radiated into my hips, laterally along my lower back, into my butt. I found that McKenzie Method was not helping this time, although in the past it has. But this instance felt different, and the pain felt more like sciatica, and most of the pain was "de-centralized", and not "centralized" over the spine.

After 10 days with no relief, I started doing Pete Egoscue's "Pain Free" exercises ("Treating the Herniated Disk" on page 119), and found immediate relief. After doing the Egoscue exercises for three days, my back is improving. Not healed or pain free, but I feel like I am on the road to recovery.

I found the primary difference between McKenzie and Egoscue is McKenzie focuses solely on the lower back, while Egoscue treats the entire body, lower back, hips, thighs, even upper back and lower legs.

To be clear, I have often been helped by the McKenzie book, expecially when the pain is primarily in my lower back. But based on my experience, McKenzie is not the total solution. Pete Egoscue describes in great detail how various sections of the body are linked, from head to feet. I reommend trying "Pain Free" if McKenzie alone, is not helping.
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Jun 03, 2019

I threw my back out and had a coworker (Thanks Libby) and my new PT recommend this same book on the same day. I read it, and 2 days later, I am on the right path! Assuming that trend continues, this book is magic!

It basically says that many of us who work sitting down all day have bad posture and lose our lordosis (the curvature of the lower back). If this happens it puts strain on your disks while can easily lead to a strain and thus throwing out your back. The fix is simple - to do stretches I threw my back out and had a coworker (Thanks Libby) and my new PT recommend this same book on the same day. I read it, and 2 days later, I am on the right path! Assuming that trend continues, this book is magic!

It basically says that many of us who work sitting down all day have bad posture and lose our lordosis (the curvature of the lower back). If this happens it puts strain on your disks while can easily lead to a strain and thus throwing out your back. The fix is simple - to do stretches that push the back to have lordosis again.

So far so good, but have a ways to go! ...more
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January 22, 2008

So SImple and Soooo Effective
I can't believe this simplicity of this system! I have suffered with extreme back pain for about fifteen years. In Dec of 2007 I was doing some kettlebell exercises at the gym, when I felt a terrible pain. After two emergency room trips and week of crawling around my house, I was referred to a wonderful physical therapist who turned me on to some rehabilatative exercise and made me read this book as part of my treatment. After doing the exercises, I bought my own copy. What can I say? I have been religiously doing the program in this book for two months and I am completely PAIN FREE....for the first time in fifteen years!! If you have chronic back pain, this will be the best $10.00 you have ever spent! Guaranteed.
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October 31, 2014

One Star
Didn't realize it was only for the lower back,,,need help with upper and middle back,
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Aug 25, 2010

I suffered a herniated disk playing basketball and consequently experienced debilitating lower back pain. I was confined to bed for months, had sciatica, and gradually lost strength and feeling in my left leg. The pain was continual and it was hard to think clearly. I tried many things to heal my back but this is the one that worked (in conjunction with physical therapy). The thesis of this book is that much lower back pain is caused by a loss of lordosis (the curve in your lower back), and the I suffered a herniated disk playing basketball and consequently experienced debilitating lower back pain. I was confined to bed for months, had sciatica, and gradually lost strength and feeling in my left leg. The pain was continual and it was hard to think clearly. I tried many things to heal my back but this is the one that worked (in conjunction with physical therapy). The thesis of this book is that much lower back pain is caused by a loss of lordosis (the curve in your lower back), and the solution is to restore lower back strength and flexibility through a combination of basic exercises and stretches. I distilled this book down to two exercises (situps and reverse situps) and three stretches (knees to chest, yoga cobra, and hamstring stretch) that I continue to practice whenever my lower back pain returns. It works. ...more
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August 29, 2007

treat your own back by mckenzie
I tried this method and also in physical therapy. My back continued to hurt and as a result of the push-ups in the program, I got carpel tunnel in my hands. I dropped out of physical therapy because they couldn't help me and then I had two problems to deal with. I would recommend Healing Back Pain by John Sarno, M.D.
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Apr 09, 2012

I have a herniated disc in the lower part of my spine and I recently suffered from a bout of lower back pain followed by intense sciatica running down my left leg. After about seven weeks of rest, medications and most of all, physical therapy, I am able to resume normal activity. And I have been pain free for a few weeks now. I received this book as a present from my physical therapists as I graduated from working with them to doing the exercises on my own.

This book has all the pictures and I have a herniated disc in the lower part of my spine and I recently suffered from a bout of lower back pain followed by intense sciatica running down my left leg. After about seven weeks of rest, medications and most of all, physical therapy, I am able to resume normal activity. And I have been pain free for a few weeks now. I received this book as a present from my physical therapists as I graduated from working with them to doing the exercises on my own.

This book has all the pictures and guidance I need (cross my fingers) to continue doing the stretches and exercises I need to do to stay pain free. A microdiscectomy may still be in my future, but I'm tying to hold off as long as I can.

This is a quick read - I read it in bits over the course of three days and then straight through again in about two hours. I refer to the different exercises throughout the day, especially right now that I'm traveling and I'm concerned about a relapse. I found the book to be simply laid out and concise, but it still pretty much covers all my questions and concerns. I really enjoyed reading this book and I know that I'll be keeping it handy for awhile. ...more
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Apr 03, 2008

It really works. The exercises and approach here are very simple, logical and all about common sense practices that gradually get you back to full movement and strength- without pain. I don't want this review to sound like a testimonial, but the information was very useful, and I enjoyed the Australian word usage of Dr. McKenzie.

This was referred to me by a physical therapist who is trained in the method, and I gained a lot more talking to him than just reading the book- and like I said, after It really works. The exercises and approach here are very simple, logical and all about common sense practices that gradually get you back to full movement and strength- without pain. I don't want this review to sound like a testimonial, but the information was very useful, and I enjoyed the Australian word usage of Dr. McKenzie.

This was referred to me by a physical therapist who is trained in the method, and I gained a lot more talking to him than just reading the book- and like I said, after over 6 months of intense sciatic pain I'm pain-free (most days) and getting stronger. ...more
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November 12, 2009

not for mid-back pain
I was given this book as well as the Treat Your Own Neck book by my "back" doctor when I went in for mid-back pain. Women will understand when I call this the back bra area. Treat Your Own Back focuses solely on lower back pain. There is a lot of encouragement to maintain good posture but I already have good posture so this information was not helpful to me. The exercises are some that I do in yoga class but the directions were minimal. Some of the pictures show positions that may cause or worsen spinal injury. I pointed out to my doctor that there was no instruction to lengthen the spine before rounding forward ( as this can cause compression of the spine and bulging of discs ). His reply was that this is a short book and there was not enough space to be inclusive. I would prefer a BEGINNING yoga class ( with a teacher not a dvd ) where the instruction is through and includes modifications for newbies and those of us with restricted movement. For those of you with lower back pain this book may be just what you're looking for, but for me, it was a waste of time.
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January 17, 2009

Thanks for the surgery
I have had minor sciatica and lower back pain for years. I wanted to see what could be done to improve my condition. I read the book and began the exercises cautiously less than a week ago (10 Jan 2009). And when I say cautious, I mean just that; 4 back arches without hands and 1 with hands.

Within 5 minutes of the first exercises, I was experiencing excruciating leg cramps, lower back pain and numbness. On 16 January, after cortisone IM injections, muscle relaxants and codeine, I ended up having emergency back surgery for a bone fragment that had been expelled and was pressing against my S1 nerve.

When I explained this to the neurosurgeon, he replied this was exactly why he thought all such books should be banned. It is simply not safe to treat a serious medical condition without input from an expert who has familiarity with your unique condition.
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Jun 25, 2015

My physical therapist started me on these exercises and recommended the book as a support when I put my back out twice in the space of 3 months. 30 years ago, I'd rejected the option of spinal fusion in the lumbar area and opted for alternatives. I haven't had much trouble until a year ago. After 6 months of referring to this clearly written book to fine tune my use of the exercises, I'm stronger than ever and looking forward to another 30 trouble-free years.
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Aug 14, 2010

For any that have chronic back pain or just a sore back I highly recommend this book!! Easy to read with simple but frequent excercises which really work. I have only been doing these excercises for 3 days and my back which over the last 12 months has been treated by both physiotherapists and chiropracters which has given some relief but never felt as good as it does now.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough to those that suffer from any of the above.
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December 6, 2008

I'll be back...
TERRIFIC BOOK! I can't praise this book enough. I ruptured a disc in my lower back in Dec., 2006. I spent 9 months as a semi-cripple. I went thru a series of 3 cortisone injections into my spine. They helped, but not completely. You are only allowed to have 3 shots in a 1 year period, and mine started wearing off after 5 months. I was looking at back surgery, which was very, very scary. I was so depressed about it.

I found this book thru one of Amazon's wonderful links: I was actually looking for a back brace. I took advantage of their "Customers who bought this item also bought..." feature, and bought the 2 together. Well, I ended up never having to use the back brace! I swear, after 1 week of doing the exercises in this book, I was feeling so much better! Best $10 I ever spent.

Whenever my back starts acting up, I immediately go back to this book and start the exercises. The pain usually goes away in 2-3 days, sometimes sooner. I have only praise for this book. Thank you, thank you THANK YOU, Mr. McKenzie, for writing this!
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July 20, 2016

I learned absolutely nothing...other than to not buy back books online lol
Common sense stuff. Waste of money.
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April 15, 2008

good book
Helpful book but it does not take the place of a good therapist. A person can hurt themselves without the guidance of a knowledgeable therapist, been there, done that.
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Sep 17, 2019

Came recommended from a friend who is a sports doctor. My back has been out for three days and I just did a round of the rescue exercises and almost feel normal again. The change was instant, though probably won't be lasting if I don't keep up the exercises. We'll see how it fares over time, but for now I'm very impressed.
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Jun 01, 2017

This book was urged on me by a physical therapist who was treating me for lower back pain and sciatica. I've dealt with this condition intermittently for 30 years. The book systematizes an exercise regime for overcoming the pain and managing on-going lower (lumbar) back health. Its a short and easily understood book. One could pick it up and follow its instructions with no professional guidance, although depending on your condition, that might not be wise.
I don't have long-term testimony to This book was urged on me by a physical therapist who was treating me for lower back pain and sciatica. I've dealt with this condition intermittently for 30 years. The book systematizes an exercise regime for overcoming the pain and managing on-going lower (lumbar) back health. Its a short and easily understood book. One could pick it up and follow its instructions with no professional guidance, although depending on your condition, that might not be wise.
I don't have long-term testimony to present. But in the very short time I've been following this plan, I've seen significant improvement. If you try this method, you should pay close attention to the warnings, timing of exercises, and your body's feedback. And if there's any doubt about how you respond, you should back off and consult medical help. But given those caveats, I can recommend this book as very worthwhile. ...more
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Jun 03, 2017

He encourages a particular kind of stretching that supplements what my physical therapist at Kaiser encouraged me to do. I don't trust the approach that insists one must use only practitioners who are certified by a narrowly defined approach to remedying back problems. But, it is helpful
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Oct 17, 2012

Very informative. Lots of reminders on how important posture is. The exercises are simple! After doing them for just a couple of days I am staring to feel better.
Worth reading and defiantly worth giving it a try!
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Jun 13, 2016

This book was recommended by my osteopath after an acute bout of back pain. I've been struggling with back issues for 2 years, since I was 4 months pregnant. This is info my previous physiotherapist and current osteopath were attempting to impart, presented in way that finally clicked for me.
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Jun 09, 2014

had some exercises but unfortunately i am already doing them. was hoping for something new and different that would help.
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March 22, 2008

I'm 2 years post micro-discectomy, and it helped me
Had micro-discectomy surgery in 1/2006 for herniated disc (L5/S1). Had tried McKenzie stretching pre-surgery, but it didn't help. Surgery eliminated sciatica (thank g-d!) but had recurring numbness in the leg, especially after golf, stretching, jogging or yoga. So I limited these activities significantly.

Bought the book around 2/1/2008, did the prescribed stretching at least once a day (at 10:30 AM then post exercise) for about six weeks and the numbness is totally gone. I've resumed running 1-2 times per week, and did a complete yoga tape (Rodney Yee's excellent Yoga for Athletes) for the first time last night. No numbness this AM and I'm psyched.

Normal caveats apply. Everyone's back is different, don't do anything that causes pain. If you're post-surgery and experiencing periodic numbness, give this book a try. If you're having sciatica type pains pre-surgery (pains shooting down the leg) or numbness or weakness in your feet, give this a try.
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July 7, 2008

Treat Your Own Back: Everyone should own a copy.
This is the 4th copy of this book I have purchased or had given to me. I keep lending out copies to people who have back problems. Using the advice in this book I was able to overcome low back pain so well that I became overconfident in lifting heavy things (rock benches for the garden, heavy boxes, furniture) and ended up with a bilateral hernia at the age of 69. Having had that repaired I am back again to picking up whatever I want. The advice includes how you can tell whether your particular type of back pain is amenable to the given treatment, exercises to use at various stages in the recovery, and getting your other joints back into shape once the back pain has been conquered. On the three occasions in the last 25 years when I have been careless and sat with the wrong posture for an extended period (1-2 hours) and had a pain recurrence, I have been able to go back to the book and recover from it again. In my opinion, many back surgeries could be avoided entirely by following its advice.
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December 12, 2010

Fantastic!
A couple of years ago I suffered a back injury caused by the classic bend at the waist whilst putting something down. The pain was severe and I had to go to ER where a smiling doctor welcomed me to middle age and injected me with pain killers and muscle relaxants. Recovery was fairly slow however a few weeks of physio eventually got me back on my feet.

Since then the pain has returned on occasion with varying degrees of severity but normally subsides after a week or so. General stiffness however was constant. More recently the pain returned accompanied by sciatica for the first time. This was much worse whilst seated and having a daily commute to work by train and a job that mostly requires me to be seated, this was a worrying development. I continued with my usual stretching exercises and searched the web for other cures - massage seats etc. I even considered a chiropractor and acupuncture for the first time. I also noticed Robin Mckenzies little book and at $10 and with such good reviews it seemed like a no brainer. When it arrived I quickly glanced through it and was a bit disappointed when it seemed like most of the exercises were the same as the ones I was already doing. The next day I read half on the way to work and was encouraged when my exact symptoms were described and that the method should help. On the way back from work I looked in detail at the exercises which were subtly different to the ones I had being doing. I also learned that the order in which the exercises are performed is also very important.

That evening I tried them and noticed some reduction in the sciatic pain almost immediately. I repeated the exercises before I went to bed and was amazed when the pain centralized just as described in the book. I didn't sleep well that night as the centralized pain was more constant whilst lying down unlike the sciatica however I was encouraged as the book described the pain centralization as a major step to recovery. The next morning I repeated the exercises again. After standing up the pain became more sharp and stabbing and as I got to the bathroom it was severe enough for me to have to lie face down on the floor (the first aid position as described in the book). After a few seconds I started to move expecting the sudden stab of pain usually associated with such movements. However the pain never came. In fact the pain had gone altogether. Nothing at all. I continued my morning routine expecting some pain to come back but it didn't. On the train - no pain. At work - no pain. In fact no pain since that day.

I'm not saying that my results are typical and that recovery is normally this fast but Mr Mckenzies book has changed the quality of my life hugely for the better at virtually no cost. I now perform these simple exercises 4 or 5 times a day and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. As with many of the other reviews I have no affiliation to the Mckenzie Institute - I'm just an (ex) back pain sufferer wanting to share my experience. I do however hope that Robin Mckenzie is a very happy and wealthy man!!!
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October 12, 2015

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY
IF YOU DO YOGA, OR SOME SORT OF EXERCISE AND HAVE A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR BODY, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. IF YOU HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO WORK YOUR BODY, DON'T KNOW WHAT BENDS COULD WORK FOR YOU, YEAH YOU CAN GET IT...BUT I WAS NOT IMPRESSED...LOT OF TALKING AND SKIPPED RIGHT TO THE PICS TO KNOW THIS WASNT FOR ME. A PT PERSON OR A YOGA INSTRUCTOR WHO'S QUALIFIED TO SUPPORT YOU TO RECOVER, CAN DO YOU MORE. IMHO

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