- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin USA; Reissue edition (1 October 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452282772
- ISBN-13: 978-0452282773
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,90,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life: How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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Praise for 7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life:
“Patients who have learned to use McKenzie’s exercises assert for the first time that they could effectively manage–or banish–their own pain.”
“A fantastic guidebook for people with back or neck pain.”
-Dean Edell, M.D., author of Healing Back Pain Naturally
“I think Robin McKenzie’s work is wonderful.”
-Art Brownstein, M.D., author of Healing Back Pain Naturally
“The McKenzie Method has become a keystone for back and neck care, and this book is an invaluable tool for better health."
About the Author
Robin McKenzie is an internationally acclaimed physical therapist who has spent the last 40 years perfecting the McKenzie Method. In 1990 he was named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. In January 2000 in the New Year Honors, the Queen appointed him to an even higher order, naming him a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). He died in 2013.
Craig Kubey is the author of seven previous books.
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Also thanks to Amazon for shining light on this book, via comments, which got me interested in the first place.
and then tried this book. Within 3 weeks, 80% of my pain and problem were solved.
Another 3 weeks and 90% pain free and problem solved. I'll have an issue for the rest
of my life, but the methods in 7 Steps to a Pain Free Life by McKenzie will keep me 80-95%
pain free for life. Without quackery surgery or snake oil adjustments and keeping the so called
health care Doctors in their McMansions. 95% of today's doctors and chiropractors will give you
the wrong exercises to do. You'll find out in the book.
However, a week and a half later, I accidentally came across Esther Gokhale's "8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot." I was curious to see what that was all about. 300 reviews averaging 5 stars!! Hmm...must have SOME merit worth looking into!
I read some of the reviews and was very interested in what she was all about. So, I watched numerous youtube videos of her lectures and it made so much sense!!
So, I ordered the book and the DVD. I have been practicing her posturing, which is different from the conventional "good posture" as has been taught in the Western culture, and as Mckenzie shows in his book.
I was raised in Korea, so I could clearly see all that she was saying about better posture in undeveloped countries as being true. Western culture says to tuck your buttocks in. Gokhale's method says to stick your tail out, but not with a sway back. I could see how this made complete sense, because I injured my back in 1980 by falling flat on my tailbone on a huge rock. I have had back and neck pains ever since! I had been told to tuck in my buttocks to support my back. I had noticed that all the photos after my fall show my buttocks tucked in....rounded shoulders, etc.
After reading Gokhale's book, I pulled out my photo album from my younger days before I had any pain. In all of them, I had the perfect Gokhale posture, my tail sticking out just the right amount, my upper body nice and tall! It only makes so much sense!!
I have been using her method and have had so much more success! The beauty of her method is that I learn to hold my body very differently than I have been and that in itself is the exercise! Neck pains have mysteriously disappeared. I do not have to stop what I am doing to remember to do a certain repetition of exercises so many times per day! I love it and I highly recommend her method over Mckenzie's or traditional PT!
Gokhale does away with cervical pillows and lumbar supports. If you try her methods, just by watching on youtube, you will see that it is much more comfortable and natural feeling. She is all about properly aligning the spine....walking properly, etc.
So, although I had initially thought that Mckenzie's method was the answer to prayer, it served to be the vehicle to the real answer to prayer! Well...since I am not using Mckenzie's methods anymore, I would give it no stars but in all fairness, it did help some when I had nothing else.
The story of Robin McKenzie discovering this method was great. The exercises are well explained with photos and are easy to follow. The neck exercises did help my neck, but only marginally helped my shoulder pain. When I had bad pain I would do the exercises and they provided pretty immediate relief, though my pain kept recurring. I think the posture suggestions and the exercises are great for anyone having back and/or neck problems.
There was some repetition of information and photos, probably because they combined 2 books into one. Better editing would have prevented this. All in all it was very good and even though I still had to go to a doctor for my shoulder problem, I am glad I got the book.