Sarah Key and her books are invaluable assets to any person with back problems or curiosity about human spinal anatomy. Her books are clearly written and provide a good foundation on basic spinal anatomy. She leads the reader through basic concepts of posture in clear and easy to understand layperson's terms. However she is able to convey a concise picture of spinal function and malfunction. She follows these anatomy lessons illustrated with clear diagrams with a brief review of treatment options for back pain sufferers and describes in detail her own technique based on sound physiotherapeutic principles. The detailed treatment of various back problems are followed with descriptions of simple exercises tailored to particular problems. These exercises won't clear a problem overnight but with a bit of patience are remarkably effective. Her books can be used as self help guides but I strongly recommend an initial medial evaluation to exclude more serious organic problems. Then with an x-ray or two in hand it would be best to have at least one visit with the guru at her clinic in Sydney, Australia. Unfortunately for the non Australian readers this might however be a rather expensive but very worthwhile visit to the doc. Such a journey would have the additional benefit of visiting an interesting, friendly and beautiful country. Medicos might not be to enthusiastic about her simple treatments and might ridicule them but it is the back sufferers task to decide on their best and most effective treatment. In addition to a faithful program of Sarah Key's exercises it might be worthwhile to have an occasional session with a qualified massage therapist. Such treatment will have the additional benefit to loosen stubborn muscles not responding to well to exercises alone. My own acquaintance with Sarah Key started basically at the airport in San Francisco - my back just 'went' and I was stiff like a board, unable to move and in great pain. Pain killers helped to complete my journey from New York to Sydney. This was followed by consultations with an Orthopedic Surgeon and by advise of a friend with a session with Sarah Key. Even her first treatment provided enough relief to convince a skeptic scientist to follow through. With her occasional administrations during infrequent visits to Sydney and the sometimes boring exercises I have been free of any serious back problems and escaped the scalpel. Sarah Key has devoted her life to the 'Back' and many of us say thanks for writing up her story in such clear terms. Benno P. Schoenborn Biosciences Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos New Mexico USA
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