Ease Back and Neck Pain with the McKenzie Method

Each of our McKenzie Method certified therapists is highlighting a common exercise designed to reduce or eliminate back and neck pain.

Quick pain relief with very little intervention…sound too good to be true? People suffering from back and neck pain can often benefit from the McKenzie method of treatment where the patient is taught to practices specific exercises, in a specific way, designed to eliminate pain.

The McKenzie Method is based on the idea that self-treatment empowers the patient and reduces their dependency on medical intervention. By promoting the body’s potential to heal itself, The McKenzie Method® assesses, diagnoses, and treats patients without medication, surgery or other passive methods such as heat, ice or ultrasounds. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own pain management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.

Benefits of The McKenzie Method & Physical Therapy

  • Patients who are educated in self-management can practice exercise and treatment methods at the first sign of pain. This means symptoms can usually be relieved before they become severe.
  • The McKenzie Method works quickly, meaning less therapy visits overall, and a quicker route to becoming pain-free. Results are typically seen in as few as two to three visits, meaning you are receiving a cost efficient, non-invasive treatment without expensive tests or procedures
  • The McKenzie Method is backed by years of research, evidence and clinical practice
  • Treatment plans and exercises are designed specifically for each individual patient
  • This treatment method is self-directed and managed. We work with you and teach you so you can be successful in your journey to being pain free
  • Preventative treatment is ideal for lifelong knowledge, skills, and pain management

How does the McKenzie Method work?

The McKenzie Method consists of four primary stages: assessment, classification, treatment and prevention.

Many times musculoskeletal pain is a result of abnormal mechanics occurring in the tissue, meaning that a certain  position, movement or activity caused the pain to start in the first place. It’s safe to assume, in these cases, that if a mechanical issue caused the problem then a counteractive mechanical force may be part of the solution. The McKenzie system is designed to identify the problem and develop a plan to correct or improve it, ultimately decreasing or eliminating the pain.

Fo example, if moving in one direction causes pain, then moving in the opposite direction may eliminate the pain.  This is known as Directional Preference. Other patients may have localized pain with certain movements like throwing or running. The McKenzie assessment explores the different positions and movements, looks at how the patient performs them, and the body’s response to these movements. By interpreting this information, the physical therapist determines which of the movements become the treatment and what the necessary exercise dosage will be.

The end goal of the McKenzie Method is to teach patients who are suffering from neck or back pain how to treat themselves and manage their own pain for life by utilizing certain exercises, designed specifically for your pain. We ultimately want to quickly reduce your pain and get you back to doing the things you love to do, all while minimizing the risk for the pain to return.

We have many physical therapists who are trained and certified in the McKenzie Method. If you have questions, or would like to see if the McKenzie Method is right for you, schedule a free consultation to learn more.

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