The McKenzie method is a reliable assessment process intended for musculoskeletal problems including pain in the back, neck, and extremities as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease.
This well researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation process which involves the patient performing repeated movements in order to identify specific pain patterns. The McKenzie assessment explores these different positions and movements, how the patient performs them, and the response to these movements. Interpreting this information, the clinician determines which of the movements and posture become the treatment as well as the necessary exercise dosage.
The information gained form the assessment process leads the clinician to recommend the most appropriate treatment for you. The clinician will prescribe specific exercises and advice regarding posture and ergonomics. The treatment principles of McKenzie method promote the body’s potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, needles, or modalities.
McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention. By learning how to self treat your current problem, you gain hands on knowledge to minimize the risk of re occurrence and rapidly deal with symptoms if they recur.