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Sarah Key's Back Sufferers' Bible [Paperback]

Sarah Key
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22 Jun 2000

The first book showing how, in easily followed steps, you can treat your own back pain. Unlike the author's previous book Back In Action, which gives information on the range of treatments available for different back problems, The Back Sufferer's Handbook places emphasis on the contribution the sufferer can make putting the problem right.

In language that every back pain sufferer will find completely understandable, it describes each spinal disorder and what causes the pain. It gives helpful back exercises with information about what they will achieve and how frequently they should be done. There is also advice on back pain management, the role of medication, the use of bed rest and how to return to work.

This book is essential reading both for the patient confined to bed with acute back pain, and for someone with less severe back problems, but still having to cope with back pain or discomfort on an everyday basis.


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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (22 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091814944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091814946
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Hello Readers,
I would guess if you are searching around behind the scenes like this, you've read a bit of me and would like to know more. Well, what can I say? I'm still seeing patients around the world although mostly in my Sydney clinic (because I live there) and also in my country Back-in-a-Week retreats in the Upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales several times a year (You know, it's not such a bad idea to combine coming here for treatment with a trip around Australia if you live in far off lands. Imagine flying in from the UK or the USA, getting your back fixed and then swanning off to look at Ayers Rock! Even if you dont want to go that far inland, you get a great feeling of the Outback from my place 'Fernleigh'. Have a look on the website www.sarahkey.com. Remember too, I also see patients at Britain's best boutique hotel {so say Conde Naste} at 'Hotel Tresanton' in Cornwall in the UK).
If you are interested too, you must look at my new app, The Back App, for iPhones and iPads. Here you can see me talking to you about all things lower back and it is the first of very many to come - thoracic spines, neck and all the body joints like wonky knees or tennis elbow.
Plans are afoot for a text-book but I'm taking it easy fro a a bit longer before I throw myself into that.
You may be interested that we have upgraded my website to www.simplebackpain.com.
Byeeeee,
Sarah

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Back pain can hit any one of us at any time of our lives for any number of reason ranging from damage to nerves, joints and muscles to the spine itself, with totally curable conditions suffered by 90 per cent of the population. For those people The Back Sufferer's Bible is something of a godsend.

Physiotherapist Sarah Key draws on over 25 years of experience to give a no-nonsense overview of the five stages of spinal breakdown, removing the mystery of back pain and getting down to the nitty-gritty of how to successfully treat your own back.

With straightforward explanations of the different causes of back pain and easy-to-follow programmes to bring relief to even the most chronic pain, Sarah Key's gem of a book gets straight to the point and is a must for sufferers who want the chance to take the health of their backs into their own hands. --Susan Harrison

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"Sarah Key's exercises really do work" (HRH the Prince of Wales)

"physiotherapist to The Royals" (Daily Mail)

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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BELIEVE IN THIS BOOK 13 Jun 2007
By Rob
Format:Paperback
As I read the "Back Sufferer's Bible" by author Sarah Key, a great number of memories came flooding back to me. The book is of particular interest to me as I was an "end of the line" patient of Sarah Key in Sydney in 1993.

I had "been through the mill" since 1965, when a builing site accident, at age 20, fractured a number of my lumber vertebrae. I recovered and was back at work within a few months, but my back was never to be the same again and steadily declined and eventually, having no other options, underwent my first spinal operation in 1988 to remove bulging discs which were, according to the neurosurgeon, responsible for my numb and wasted left leg and severe pain. The operation did not help in any way. My condition deteriorated further and eventually, in 1991, I had a second operation to remove fragments of a remaining disc, and later, in 1992, a third operation to remove the adhesions and other products causing vertebral canal stenosis, as a result of the first operation

I had undertaken three failed spinal operations, had a leg and foot that hardly worked, was partly incontinent and my "best friend" was a steel-reinforced, heavy duty surgical corset that I believed was saving my life. I was told that I could no longer work as a builder and was never to lift or bend. I was "assured" that the majority of disc removal cases, such as mine, would eventually require a stabilizing spinal fusion. At the time I had a young family to support and felt completely "lost"

I was very fortunate to hear of Sarah Key's unorthodox back treatment regime and made an appointment to see her

My initial consultation with Sarah Key in 1993 was unforgettable.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your "Key" to Less Pain 26 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
Written by a physiotherapist, Sarah Key's Back Sufferers' Bible is a great resource for back pain sufferers. One of the best things about it is its logical approach to back pain.

The book explains that simple back pain starts when the spinal discs start to lose water and get stiff, which then sets in motion a sequence of disorders. The stages are:

-a stiff spinal segment
-facet joint problems
-an acute locked back
-a slipped disc, and finally
-an unstable spinal segment

The books believes that if you are doing the right therapy, you can stop spinal breakdown almost anywhere along the above stages. The really good news, the book goes on to tell, is that you can do most of the therapy by yourself.

To that end, the rest of the book devotes a chapter to each of the above stages, detailing what is going on in each stage and what you can do about it.

All-in-all I found this to be a very reader-friendly book, filled with lots of non-technical explanations, as well as many great pictures depicting how to do the exercises. Perhaps its best attribute is that it can be used to treat your back in whatever stage it happens to be in, which makes it useful for just about anybody with back pain. Other noteworthy back pain books I liked include Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to a normal life 13 Sep 2005
By NickW
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book pretty much changed my life. I had lots of back problems, including slipped disk, torn muscle, etc. I went to see chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths. While they all helped a lot, this book allowed me to read and try out the exercises in my own time, with good, clear advice and descriptions. It was also cheaper than the private sessions! The opening section of how the back/abs work is excellent, and each exercise is very well explained. Over a period of time (few weeks), I could feel a marked improvement in my back (more movement, less stiffness), which has continuously improved. I'm not sure about the idea that just working the internal abs will strengthen them all (working internal oblique will also work external oblique), but my posture is better, and I now have a normal, active life.
Thank you so much!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Sarak Key writes comprehensively and beautifully about something we tend to ignore at our painful peril. The spine connects our brains, via our neural super highway, to our bodies; our unconscious abuse causes problems for over 80 per cent of us. Her approach makes sound engineering and physiological sense. Each bony 'bobbin' (vertebral segment) in our spine is cushioned from the next by a shock absorbing 'washer'. We compress these washers and rarely give them a chance to re-lubricate. Sarah Key shows us how to re-juice and repair our backs. As she says, understanding is half the cure. She writes a comprehensive guide to what goes wrong and how to right it. In educating us, she brings physical and psychological relief. This is a rational, reasonable guide to keeping your body flexibly mobile at any age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wish I,d had this 20 years ago 16 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having thought for years I had a "slipped disc" and suffering the pain,and sometimes actually being thrown backwards to the floor by my own back!I gave this book a go! After reading this Bible and it truly is because of the revalations and common misconceptions that are explained of back pain/problems I discovered that it was "merely" muscle spasm albeit the one muscle that gets no stretching or very little movement [psoas major] so following the stretches and exercises for the relevant area.I havent had a spasm since following the books advice and exercice advice.
The book has paid for itself in the money saved on pain killers.

Thank you Sarah Keys,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all with a bad back
This book saved me from operation after operation. It explained the do's and don't. It explained my pain and what caused it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rose Petal
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing exceptional
This book was recommended to me by a friend who said it helped with their back problems. Now having read the book I am not overly impressed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jancrystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Relief - at last!
Can't believe how much this book has helped me! I do the exercises every day and I'm so much better for it. Believe the positive reviews - you won't regret it!
Published 3 months ago by garden_fiend
5.0 out of 5 stars Back Sufferers Bible
Regular use of the exercises has got rid of my longstanding sciatic problem and other back related issues. Far cheaper and just as effective as a Chiropractor!
Published 4 months ago by Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
My wife recently suffered a prolapsed disc in her back, our neighbour suggested this and it has been an excellent help in her recovery by advising the right sort of excercise and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr Julian Curd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was one of the first back pain specific books I bought on the recommendation of a physiotherapist I took a training course with and have found it very relevant and useful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nattus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
This book is a must for anyone who suffers chronic back pain, it explains what could be the cause and what to do about it.
Published 6 months ago by David N Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, helpful
Good advice, clear and encouraging. Help yourself reduce back pain and become mobile. I recommend this to other back suffers,
Published 6 months ago by susi morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Best investment you'll ever make
I am a long time back pain sufferer and this book did more than any other single medical intervention. So for the price - that's not a bad return on investment! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars great book to read if you are looking to improve or understand your...
really useful with sections to understand different areas with exercises to follow. Lots of text but also diagrams etc. Thoroughly recommended.
Published 7 months ago by C
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