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Sarah Key has been specialising in back pain since 1976
Sarah was considered ‘the baby’ of London’s prestigious Harley Street when she started her private physiotherapy practice there in 1976. In 1987 she opened the doors of her Sydney Physiotherapy Centre and since then has travelled back and forth, consulting in both countries. In 2003 Sarah was made a Member of the Victorian Order by Her Majesty the Queen.
Sarah Key is the best-selling author of 4 popular books on back pain, published in the UK, USA, Australia, India, Russia and Bulgaria. Her best-selling book ‘The Back Sufferers’ Bible’ has the most number of reviews on Amazon.co.uk, all from readers, all unsolicited.
Recently she has published two scientific papers on her methods and founded the Key Spinal Research Centre in the UK to promote back health and to make more widespread the understanding of the science and the research to date behind spine therapy.
Famous for several things; her books, her feet, the BackBlock and her Back-in-a-Week ‘holidays to fix your back’ Sarah is a unique and sought after sage for back pain. Patients travel from all points of the globe for a spinal consultation with her, whereupon she sits down with you one to one and starts unravelling the story of your back. At the initial consultation Sarah usually provides you with one of her unique BackBlocks, so you can immediately start participating in the self-treat of your own problem.
Yes, it is possible to see Sarah.
What can I expect during a Sarah Key appointment?
Sarah’s physiotherapy centre is situated on the 6th floor of 44 Bridge Street, on the corner of Bridge and Young Streets in Sydney, one block back from Circular Quay on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. The centre has been operating since 1987. Periods when Sarah consults are set through the year. In order to see her, you will need to book in advance by phoning  9247 8627.
Initial consultations take place over 90 minutes and you must bring recent MRI/X-rays with you. Included with initial consultation and treatment is a summary and diagnosis of your problem and your future management, one of Sarah’s books and one of her famous BackBlocks.
Sarah’s patient load doesn’t usually allow for follow-up treatment by her and in most cases you will be introduced to your managing therapist before you leave [see our appointments page for details of physiotherapists and staff members]. Sarah keeps in contact with your therapist throughout your treatment, although if you specifically require a repeat appointment with Sarah, this can be arranged. This is not possible however, if you have not seen Sarah Key for your initial consultation.
All SKPC physiotherapists are fully trained by Sarah Key. Celia Minchuk has completed all 3 stages of Sarah’s Problem Back Masterclasses (see below) and also the intensive 3-part exam to become an Accredited Practitioner of the Sarah Key Method (APSKM). Brigitte Coldicott and Taryn Holgate have completed Stage 1 of Sarah’s Masterclasses and are highly proficient therapists.
All SKPC therapists see both Sarah’s patients [after their initial consultation with her] and patients in their own right. Initial consultations with one of the SKPC therapists are of one hour duration and follow-up treatments are 30 minutes. Like Sarah, all therapists at SKPC specialise in back problems and other skeletal problems.
All therapists at SKPC also provide one-hour ‘combined sessions’, which consist of 30 minutes hands-on treatment followed by a one- to-one class going through various spinal decompression techniques. This is a concept unique to the Sarah Key Physiotherapy Centre and although it is designed to equip patients with the knowledge and wherewithal to treat themselves at home, many patients prefer all their treatments at SKPC to be like this.
As a physiotherapist, osteopath or general practitioner you can be trained in the Sarah Key Method. See Sarah Key’s Problem Back Masterclasses at sarahkey.com
Sarah Key Sydney Physiotherapy also offers a unique ‘holiday to fix your back’. Back-in–a-Week takes place at Sarah’s Upper Hunter Valley hideaway in an elegant purpose-built luxury retreat. Daily hands-on care, exercise classes, individually tailored lectures on caring for your own back and a huge amount of pampering make this the ultimate in back treatment. Back-in-a-Week is also available in Cornwall, UK. Read more about the benefits of Back in a Week here.
“Doing the Sarah Key Back-in-a-Week course is one of the most important things I have ever done for myself in my sixty years of life.” Anon, Canberra 2007
Whether you visit the Sarah Key Sydney Physiotherapy Centre, treat yourself to a luxury Back-in-a-Week or simply buy one of Sarah’s books , you will learn how to treat your own back using Sarah’s BackBlock. This daily exercise regime is easy to follow and will stimulate healing as well as prevent further degeneration of your back in the future.
Buy Sarah’s BackBlock and her books here.
So many of us are using mobile phones these days. Sarah has developed an app specially for iPhones and iPads which contains six short videos in which she personally demonstrates her self-help exercise regime using the BackBlock. She also talks about other important issues, such as the importance of the mind in dealing with a bad back and other intensely valuable tips for getting yourself out of pain.
Sarah Key is available for public lectures and seminars. For more information see the new ‘Sarah Key Talks Back’.
Sarah Key has been specialising in back pain since 1976. She is the best-selling author of 4 popular books on back pain, published in the UK, USA, Australia, India, Russia and Bulgaria. Her best-selling book ‘The Back Sufferers’ Bible’ has the most number of reviews on Amazon.co.uk, all from readers, all unsolicited.