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Robin McKenzie - How to Treat your Back

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi Everyone i stumbled accross this site and im hoping some of you can help me, I have been suffering from back pain with over 10 years but in the past 12 mths in particular its been having a huge impact on my life, my pain specialist has twice in 6 mths given me epidural injections to relieve the pain but i get no relief at all, while i sit here typing this i have extreme pain, i saw a neurologist who has recommened i read "how to treat your own back" from Robin McKenzie before i go down the road of surgery. I was gutted as i thought that surgery would be the answer to the nonstop pain i have and the depression its causing me to suffer from. Has anyone suffering from L5/S1 and severe sciatica found this book any good and could following it prevent surgery or might i still have to have it anyway?


  • I can't see what major difference a book will make to your life if you are in severe pain and your surgeon is contemplating surgery for you ???? I haven't heard of the publication but I hope you get things sorted out as best you can. db
  • Hi mariek1,

    You know in a way that could be really great news. It sounds like what the neurologist is saying is that he or she does not see the need for immediente surgery. Woo! That you could get better with simply exercise. Double Woo! I had sciatica so bad I couldn't sit, stand or walk. Now I have no pain at all and all I did was exercise and Physical Therapy. I think the PT did a few things to get my low back lined up right again. What they were I couldn't tell you. After that is was just lots of hard work/exercise and stretching. I have a copy of Treat Your Own Back. Looking it over it seems like a good basic intro to things to do and not do. Exercises to try and things to avoid. I recall that it was when I did the push up type stretch it made my low back worse and that is when I went to PT.

    I think for me the most important things were; to find a good PT, it took me 4 tries, and to learn to stretch, to stretch everyday, walk everyday, exercise everday, do my PT everyday, and to relax when stretching. After about 6 months I got really depressed also. An anti-depressent has helped.

    Congratulations on not having anything torn, twisted, fractured, bent, broken, leaking or ruptured and good luck finding relief.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. check out the side of the forum page under "Pain Topics, A-Z." :D you will find info about the "Mckenzie Exercises." you need all the information you can get to make a wise decision. :? do all you can to avoid surgery.. i am not an eligible canidate and use walking,Yoga,rest stretching, and medication to control my pain. =D> good luck as you try the same. =D> Jenny :)
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