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McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method® is an internationally researched and acclaimed system of assessment and management for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal disorders. It was developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie who noted that extending the spine could provide significant pain relief to certain patients. He developed a series of maneuvers and exercises to help patients take a more active role in their continued health. This method has been used all over the world for more than 60 years.

The long-term goal of the McKenzie Method is to teach patients suffering from pain how to treat themselves and manage pain throughout their lives using specific exercises and other strategies. Other goals include:

  • Reduces acute pain quickly
  • Return to normal functioning in daily activities
  • Minimize the risk of recurring pain (avoid painful postures and movements)
  • Minimize the number of return visits with a specialist

McKenzie certified therapists are trained to assess and diagnose all areas of the musculoskeletal system. A McKenzie specialist will be able to identify what management strategy is best, and outline a personalized plan of care. The approach is one of the most researched physical therapy-based methods available. McKenzie Method focuses on active patient involvement and education to help resolve back, neck, joint, muscle and extremity conditions. 

During the assessment, a clinician will take a detailed history of your symptoms. You will be asked to carefully perform certain movements and adopt specific positions. Your clinician will ask how your symptoms are affected with each movement. How your symptoms and range of motion change with these repetitive movements and positions, provides the clinician with information that they will use to understand and classify the nature of your pain.

The exercises prescribed by the McKenzie method are designed to specifically target your source of pain in order to reduce your symptoms and prevent recurrence of injury. While many of the movements can be done at home, it’s important that you start with a foundation set by a licensed physical therapist to help ensure good habits and a healthy outcome.

The McKenzie Method works best as a supplement to other treatments and techniques to help keep you as healthy as possible, and prevent future injury. If you’d like to learn more about how you can maintain a pain-free life, schedule an appointment with one of our McKenzie certified physical therapists today. Call a location near you, or submit an inquiry form to contact us today.