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Ease Back and Neck Pain with the McKenzie Method

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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Reducing Back, Knee, and Foot Pain with Orthotics

Reducing Back, Knee, and Foot Pain with Orthotics

Most people assume that orthotics are only for those suffering from foot pain. But let’s take a step back and reconsider that notion. Your feet are the initial support for your entire body and when things are off balance starting at the bottom, it can contribute to overall postural imbalance, leading specifically to back pain and knee pain. In fact, pain all the way up to your neck can stem from your feet.

Biocorrect Pro-Fit Orthotics are fitted specifically to you by a physical therapist


How Can Orthotics Help?

– Orthotics offer support which can change the distribution of, and reduce the force through your foot, ankle, and ultimately, your knee.
– Orthotics can change the alignment of your foot and ankle, which can result in a change of alignment at your knee. When this delicate alignment is off, you’ll most likely feel pain in your knees or low back.
Reducing Back, Knee, and Foot Pain with Orthotics
Because our staff members wear orthotics and see the benefits, we often recommend them to friends, family members, and patients. However, you don’t have to take our word for it – here are two personal stories, shared by friends, highlighting how orthotics have changed them for the better.


“I used to suffer from daily back pain as a result of working on my feet all day. Per the suggestion of a family member, I started using Biocorrect Orthotics in my shoes over 4 years ago and noticed a difference almost immediately. My back pain was gone and to my surprise, there was also reduced pain in my ankles and Achilles tendon. Last winter I purchased a new pair of shoes and since they felt very comfortable I started wearing them without my orthotics. After about a week my back pain had returned so I put the orthotics in my new shoes and my back pain went away within a couple days. I still use the original pair that I purchased over four years ago and have since purchased two additional pair so they are readily available in all my shoes. I would recommend Biocorrect Orthotics to anyone with chronic back or leg pain.”
John O., Coopersville, MI
Reducing Back, Knee, and Foot Pain with Orthotics
“My wife is a physical therapist so she was frequently suggesting I try Biocorrect Comfort-Fit orthotics. I was a bit skeptical at first, wondering how a little extra cushion could really help my common aches. One day she brought them home and inserted them in my shoes. Just give them a try, she insisted. To my surprise, they felt great. So good, in fact, I even had her get a pair for a second set of shoes which I was taking on vacation with me. I wore the shoes with orthotics on Mackinac Island and walked over 5 miles in one day with no back or knee pain! We had taken the same trip 3 years prior and by the end of the trip I was so sore all I wanted to do was sit down. In this case (and often in life), my wife was right – orthotics are great.” Tony B., Grand Rapids, MI
Reducing Back, Knee, and Foot Pain with Orthotics
Biocorrect orthotics are available for purchase in any of our clinics, or through our online store. We offer Comfort-Fit and Slim-Fit, which can be purchased based on your foot size and there are options for men, women, and children. We also offer Biocorrect Pro-Fit orthotics, which are fitted by our staff specifically for your foot. If you have any questions on orthotic fittings or how they can help you, contact the clinic nearest you.

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Simple Exercises to Reduce Back Pain

Simple Exercises to Reduce Back Pain

Simple back exercises can really keep you feeling comfortable and reduce back pain that can be caused from sitting, or overextending your back. Arching your back is a great way to reverse the curve and it can be done anywhere.

On a recent snowmobiling trip, Julie Blodgett, a physical therapist at our Sparta clinic, showed Frosty just how beneficial simple back exercises can be in reducing aches and pains.

If you’re not lucky enough to be enjoying the fresh air, you can still do simple exercises indoors to reduce pain. We’re showing you how to reduce fatigue, back pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain caused by sitting in a chair all day – check out our video below. These simple stretches are easy to do at your desk, with your office chair, or anywhere you sit for long periods of time.

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Simple Exercises to Reduce Back Pain