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It misses one thing.
on 17 October 2002
This book really combines two of the author's other bestselling books, "Treat Your Own Back" and "Treat Your Own Neck." The treatment provided to the reader is basically to watch your posture and do exercises where you bend your spine backwards (called extension exercises). This seems like good advice and will no doubt help out some people. For me though, bending backwards did not agree with my back.
One thing is glaringly absent from this book though--strengthening exercises for the back muscles. I did a little digging around and found that people with back pain actually have smaller than normal back muscles (Danneels,2000 and Parkkola,1993) when examined with CT scans and MRI's. People with back pain also have much weaker back muscles as well (Cassisi,1993 and Roy,1989 and Mayer,1989 and Mayer,1985 and Smidt,1983).
I am thinking that since it is so well documented in the medical literature that the majority or back pain sufferers have smaller and weaker back muscles, a book on back pain for the masses should definitely have included an exercise to strengthen the back muscles. I therefore recommend that buyers of this book use it in conjunction with a back strengthening exercise. For that, I recommend "The Multifidus Back Pain Solution" (also here at Amazon) to learn an easy back strengthening exercise you can do in your own home.