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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (22 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091814944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091814946
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 don't want to go that far inland, you get a great feeling of the Outback from my place 'Fernleigh'. Have a look on the website 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, you must look at my new app, The Back App, for iPhones and iPads. You'll find it on either of my websites. 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 for a bit longer before I throw myself into that.

You may also be interested in my back pain website:

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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


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

"physiotherapist to The Royals" (Daily Mail)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sarah P. on 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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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 13 Jun. 2007
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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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By NickW on 13 Sept. 2005
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This book really helped to change 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 13 Oct. 2013
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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!

This book gave me hope...and in the depths of despair because your back pain is destroying your life and the medical experts don't seem to care anymore, how priceless is that?

Why is this book so good?
1. Explains in detail, and in an easy-to understand-way, the various phases (acute, chronic) of the main types of back pain. Chances are you will recognise your pattern of symptoms.
2. Recommends exercises to manage an remedy the pain. Again, simple and clearly explained.
3. Written in a sensible, empathic style. This lady knows that back pain can ruin your life and does not make light of that, nor the fact that you will have setbacks along the - possibly very long - road to recovery. Some other books have been almost condescending in their style (no names..., or over empathic.

Any reason not to buy this book?
Not really.

Anything that could be better or improved?
The anatomical diagrams are difficult to interpret(line drawings in black and white). I think understanding what's going on can be useful - but the level of explanation in this book seemed to be a bit much perhaps.

But overall, you can't go wrong. If you're medical orientated and really depressed about your back, you might want to try a book by Stu McGill, on lower back pain (am just due to write a review for this and will icnlude the link and title when I'm done).

My back is now manageable whereas before I was ready to swing. This book was the first step on that road.

I would just buy it now.

Good luck!
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