WHAT IS THE McKENZIE METHOD®?
The McKenzie Method® is a complete system of patient care and is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for common back, neck, and extremity problems. Most pain is “mechanical” in origin, meaning that an applied force causes the pain. A basic philosophy of the McKenzie theory is that the reverse force can frequently abolish the pain and restore function.
McKenzie credits the patient’s ability to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention. The McKenzie Method® promotes the body’s potential to heal itself without medication.
THE McKENZIE METHOD® COMPONENTS
Unique to the McKenzie Method® is a comprehensive and logical step-by-step process to evaluate the patient’s problems quickly. This mechanical examination can “classify” most patients’ conditions by the level of pain or limitation that results from certain movement or positions. A McKenzie® assessment can eliminate the need for expensive and/or invasive procedures. Research has shown the initial McKenzie® assessment to be as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (i.e. x-rays, MRI’s, etc.) to determine the source of the problems and quickly identify responders and non-responders.
McKenzie® treatment prescribes a series of individualized exercises. The emphasis is on active patient involvement, which minimizes the number of visits to the clinic. Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided the necessary knowledge and tools. For patients with more difficult mechanical problems, a certified McKenzie clinician can provide advanced hands-on techniques until the patient can self-administer.
By learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence and rapidly deal with it, if it occurs. The likelihood of conditions persisting can likely be prevented through the McKenzie® model.
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