7 Steps to A Pain-free Life

7 Steps to A Pain-free Life

How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain Using the McKenzie Method

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Considered by thousands of health care providers to be the ultimate first treatment of choice for back and neck pain, the seven steps that make up the McKenzie Method have become the keystone for back and neck care in 35 countries, including the United States. Since 1980, when Robin McKenzie first self-published his innovative program, more than 3.5 million people have bought Treat Your Own Back and more than 2 million have bought Treat Your Own Neck from their doctors, chiropractors, or physical therapists. Now Robin McKenzie and Craig Kubey offer a more detailed and complete program that should become known as the bible of back and neck care. The exercises included here are easy to follow and there are no drugs or medications to take in this program. Complete with more than 100 photos, 7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life is an invaluable tool for better health.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2000
Characteristics: xvi, 208 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 0525945601 (alk. paper)
Call Number: 617.56406 MCKENZIE
Alternative Title: Seven steps to a pain-free life


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May 30, 2016

2 comments of many that were similar.
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1) 5.0 out of 5 stars.
It works, and that's the truth!
By B. Neyer
My problems started 3 months ago. I had a sharp pain lasting for 2 weeks and then a general ache for several weeks. After two chiropractors, I went to a Sports Therapy Clinic, and they helped resolve initial problem using cold/heat, ultra-sound, TENS. In 2 1/2 weeks, I felt fine, and was back lifting weights, as I am a body builder.
Four months later the ache returned, and I went back to the clinic. After several weeks of traditional therapy, the Orthopedic doctor prescribed massage therapy. The nurse practitioner immediately noticed I had a posture problem, but after a couple of weeks of therapy, I still had an ache.
I stopped the therapy, and began to read several books on the problem. I purchased this book as a last chance, before exploring possibility I needed surgery.
Started doing the exercises over the next weekend.
Now I had been doing all sorts of exercises for several months to no effect.
This book used extension compared to flexation exercises. After 2 days while I can't say I'm healed, I am significantly better.
If you've lost hope, that you can get better, read this book before having surgery. I now believe that I may not need surgery at all, and may be able to resume my life.
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2) 5.0 out of 5 stars!
A few years ago I suffered a minor accident that resulted in progressive and long term back and hip pain. The orthopedic surgeon diagnosed severe sciatica. He put me on prescription pain meds, muscle relaxants and lots of bed rest. Actually, bed rest was about all I could handle as all of the prescription meds kept me in a constant mental haze (but did little to relieve pain). The doctor also referred me to a physical therapist 4 times a week (who has time for this - each session lasted hours). After 4 months of this with not much improvement I'd had enough. I stopped taking the prescription meds, switched to OTCs and began chiropractic treatments. A year and two chiropractors later improvement was small but pain was manageable. Unfortunately the last session with the chiro left me feeling worse than when I began the treatments. Then I found Robin McKenzie's book. I could not believe the improvement I experienced after just two days of following his emergency exercises. After several weeks I had complete recovery. I have given this book to friends and relatives with back or neck problems and they have all found relief from pain and have gained full mobility. The funny thing is that the positions and movements that Mr. McKenzie prescribes are exactly what the chiropractors and surgeon told me not to do!
Go figure!

Jul 23, 2010

Every kind of practitioner will readily claim that their treatment is the best while other should be altogether avoided or used with extreme caution. McKenzie certainly takes that point of view with her book, featuring physical therapy exercises. While I do not entirely agree with her opinion of other therapies, I must say that the exercises in this book are wonderfully useful. My neck is feeling much better now that it was before I read this book. I wish that someone had shown me these simple exercises years ago. Highly recommended!


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