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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:22 PM

Back pain - put yourself in the driving seat
PETER LOUISSON
Last updated 15:31 14/09/2012

Among the myriad conditions humans suffer from that aren't terminal, lower back pain is among the most debilitating. What makes it such a pain, literally and figuratively, is that it affects mobility, sometimes takes ages to settle, and tends to be recurrent. It seems to affect those who work in sedentary jobs most of all, which means drivers are vulnerable. Not only are they at the wheel in the same position for extended periods of time, but they are also subject to varying degrees of jarring, depending on the vehicle driven. In my experience, long-distance air flights also put back pain sufferers at increased risk of a recurrence.

Contributing in no small way to back pain are car seats, many of which have inadequate lumbar support and, often as not, no adjustment whatsoever. In those with adjustable lumbar support, it is invariably inadequate. Only in the higher value vehicles with lumbar air pumps is adjustability truly up to snuff.

So what can be done about limiting symptoms and reducing or even preventing recurrences? Back in the mid-90s when Toyota used to make cars locally, they touched base with the McKenzie Institute, which developed an ergonomic seat for the Corona and Corolla models. This had added lumbar support and simply felt right. Even to this day none of the smaller (supermini/compact) mass market cars come close to providing adequate lumbar support adjustability. My search for lumbar rolls led eventually to rediscovering the McKenzie Institute.

For the past few years, I have been experiencing intermittent bouts of lower back pain, most of which are incapacitating for weeks rather than days. Naturally, one tries to do something about this to prevent a recurrence. I tried strengthening core muscle groups by doing situps, and went to yoga regularly, both of which helped but didn't prevent recurrences.

It was the search, as mentioned, for the lumbar roll that led to my discovering the Treat Your Own Back book. It costs $27 and can be bought here.

What the author suggests is that in our daily routine we tend to flex the spine way more than we extend it, and for best spinal health, you need to be doing spinal extension exercises regularly to counteract the effects of long-term slouching at a computer screen or behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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The McKenzie Institute even recommends doing this form of exercise to hasten the recovery from an episode of back pain, beginning by gently extending the spine, resting on your elbows rather than straightening your arms and supporting your upper body on your hands. Do this often and your recovery is foreshortened.

What helped me also was buying some of the lumbar rolls, both for the car and for home and day job work stations. These not only help to align your spine better while sitting at your desk or in your car, but also relieve tenderness while recovering from an acute episode of lower back pain. Inflatable rolls are available as well, and are recommended for airline flights.

Finally, if you suffer from recurrent back pain, you will probably never be cured of it. For over a year, I hadn't experienced any further recurrences, until recently. And I believe the latest was the result of feeling as though I had been cured, and forgetting to do regular spinal extension exercises.

Note: I have no financial or other interests in the McKenzie Intitute or spinalpublications group

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:26 PM

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When I had physio for my 1979 lower back injury during the early 80's I was told in no uncertain terms never to do this

How times have changed
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:05 PM

Suggest you read this decision and decide for yourself.

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Hale v Accident Compensation Corporation [2012] NZACC 285 (22 August 2012)

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:12 PM

McKenzie is more than likely promoting his book to increase sales to fund his "retirement".
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:25 PM

RIP Robin Mckenzie


World-renowned physiotherapist Robin McKenzie dies in Raumati

May 14, 2013Business, Health, Latest Headlines, Press Release comments

http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=55360

Kapiti Independent report from Alan Tristram
One of the world’s top authorities on back and neck pain, New Zealand physiotherapist Robin McKenzie, has died at his home in Raumati on the Kapiti Coast.

McKenzie (82), who rose from humble circumstances in Masterton to achieve international fame, wrote two best-selling books: ‘Treat Your Own Back’ and ‘Treat Your Own Neck,’ as well as a textbook ‘The Lumbar Spine.’


He taught and lectured around the world; and he also set up the McKenzie Institute International to further the revolutionary treatment methods he initiated.

One of the great paradoxes of his life was that for many years he was comparatively unknown to back-pain sufferers in his own country, while overseas hospitals and research institutes queued up to invite him to lecture and teach his methods.

Read the obituary in full here

Press Release – Physiotherapy New Zealand
The physiotherapy profession is mourning the loss of one of its legends after the death of Robin McKenzie at the age of 82. He died at his home in Raumati Beach. He had been unwell with cancer for several months.

Physiotherapy New Zealand President Gill Stotter says Robin was a world renowned physiotherapist and spinal expert and has left a massive legacy for the profession.

Robin founded the McKenzie Institute International, a not-for-profit organization with headquarters in New Zealand and 27 branches throughout the world.

He also discovered ‘MDT’ the Mechanical Diagnostics and Therapy, which has achieved world-wide recognition and is now taught all over the world via the Institute.

Miss Stotter says Robin’s work in the area of spinal disorders has been revolutionary.

“Robin has been a huge inspiration to both physios and patients alike. He has always been passionate about making a difference for patients all over the world and we will be forever in his debt for the amazing contributions he has made to the profession and to the understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal issues.”

“This is a huge loss for the physio profession in New Zealand and internationally and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

A funeral service for Robin will be held at Old St Paul’s, in Wellington on Monday 20 May at 11am. A tribute page has been established at http://www.mckenziemdt.org/robin.cfm.

Achievements:

Honorary Life Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), “in recognition of distinguished and meritorious service to the art and science of physical therapy and to the welfare of mankind.” (1982)
Member of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (1983)
Fellow of the American Back Society (1984)
Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (1985)
Honorary Life Member of the New Zealand Manipulative Therapists Association (1987)
Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists in the United Kingdom, and Queen’s Birthday Honours was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. (1990)
Honorary Doctorate of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Russia. (1993)
Honorary Life Member of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy (1998)
2000 New Year’s Honours – a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit.

In 2004, a random sampling of physical therapists in the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA named him the number one most influential and distinguished physical therapist in the field of orthopaedic physical therapy.

About Physiotherapy New Zealand
We are a national membership organization providing advocacy, information and services to more than 3,000 physiotherapists in New Zealand. For more information visit www.physiotherapy.org.nz.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:27 PM


Physios mourn passing of Robin McKenzie

Physiotherapy New Zealand, Fuseworks May 14, 2013, 4:00 pm

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The physiotherapy profession is mourning the loss of one of its legends after Robin McKenzie passed away yesterday.

Robin died at his home in Raumati Beach, at the age of 82, he had been unwell with cancer for several months.

Physiotherapy New Zealand President Gill Stotter says Robin was a world renowned physiotherapist and spinal expert and has left a massive legacy for the profession.

Robin founded the McKenzie Institute International, a not-for-profit organization with headquarters in New Zealand and 27 branches throughout the world.

He also discovered ‘MDT’ the Mechanical Diagnostics and Therapy, which has achieved world-wide recognition and is now taught all over the world via the Institute.

Miss Stotter says Robin’s work in the area of spinal disorders has been revolutionary.

"Robin has been a huge inspiration to both physios and patients alike. He has always been passionate about making a difference for patients all over the world and we will be forever in his debt for the amazing contributions he has made to the profession and to the understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal issues."

"This is a huge loss for the physio profession in New Zealand and internationally and our thoughts are with his family at this time."
A funeral service for Robin will be held at Old St Paul’s, in Wellington on Monday 20 May at 11am.
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