MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Most of us will suffer from back pain at some point of our lives but what if a method could help you fix your own problem? CBS4’s Cynthia Demos explored the McKenzie method.

Dr. Yoav Suprun on Miami Beach teaches it to his patients.

“It’s a lot about patient empowerment,” he explained.

Dr. Suprun works on Miami Beach and said his goal is to treat you, to teach you and  to not have to see you again.

“The special thing about the MacKenzie method is it allows the patient to treat themselves,” he said.

Dr. Suprun teaches his patients fix their own problem via the McKenzie Method. The book “Treat Your Own Back” by Robert McKenzie features the McKenzie Method. He’s sold more than 7 million copies.

Dr. Suprun taught Shakira Silverman the method when she was pregnant with her baby, Eli.

“He gave me movements that helped abolish the pain,” explained Shakira. She’s a hair stylist who’s on her feet 6 to 8 hours a day. She didn’t want to take medication during her pregnancy so she learned methods like touching her hand to the ground, the belly to the sky method and other ways to stop any disc from bulging.

CBS4’s own Cynthia Demos, at 8 months pregnant, gave it a try and said she could feel some instant relief.

This method of finding your own treatment also works for most athletes, those who’ve been in an accident, lifted something improperly and the list goes on.

As far as Shakira’s experience with learning the McKenzie method goes she said, “it actually resolved the pain 100 percent.”

Dr. Suprun says his goal is to treat patients about 5 times and send them on their way. That may not be too good for recurring business but he says it’s great for the end result.


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