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Robin McKenzie Against The Tide

Against The Tide – the compelling autobiography of internationally acclaimed physiotherapist Robin McKenzie OBE CNZM and his struggles to have his ground-breaking theories and principles of musculoskeletal care accepted by the medical fraternity. Viewed as radical at its inception, rejected and even derided by the established medical wisdom of the day, the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®, is now one of the most studied diagnostic and treatment systems for musculoskeletal pain in the world, has since received international recognition and acclaim, is taught and practised by medical professionals globally, and might legitimately be described as the prototype for the ideal non-invasive treatment protocols as promulgated in National Clinical Guidelines.

Author of the best-selling Treat Your Own Series, for Robin McKenzie the patient was at the heart of everything. The barriers that McKenzie faced in promoting a simple and effective treatment option seem irrational and extraordinary, and the reader is left puzzling over why the journey that has resulted in relief and cure for so many was so arduous, yet marvelling at the intrepid character of the man that travelled that hard road.


2 reviews for Robin McKenzie Against The Tide

  1. Ralph

    Robin Mckenzie led a charmed life and developed MDT by astutely observing his patients in his physiotherapy practice in New Zealand. He worked hard to disseminate his methods throughout the world and established the McKenzie Institute. I personally benefited from treatment by an MET trained physiotherapist for low back / hip pain. I enjoyed reading about the man who made my relief possible and was happy to learn that he found time to enjoy life and do some sailing as well as raise four children with his wife Joy, who sounds like a wonderful woman.

  2. Axel De Coster

    A wonderful journey through the career of one of the most influential physiotherapist ever. Robin McKenzie’s story should serve as an example of perseverance for people who want to show their discoveries but fear to be criticised.

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