The McKenzie Method® is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education for back, neck and extremity problems. Most pain is "mechanical" in nature, meaning that it was caused by a force applied to the system. The theory is that mechanical pain is decreased or abolished by using the reversal of forces. This system of diagnosis and patient management applies to acute, subacute and chronic conditions of the spine and extremities. It offers a reliable and practical approach that focuses on "what patients need" and not on "what therapists want to do".
There is usually immediate feedback when using the McKenzie Method® so that both the clinician and patient know right away if they are on the right track to healing.
The key distinction is in the initial assessment component – a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make an appropriate treatment plan.
McKenzie is a comprehensive approach to mechanical problems based on sound principles and fundamentals that when understood and followed accordingly are very successful.
- Backed by years of research, evidence and clinical practice
- Known to show results in as little as two to three visits
- Assessment-driven and individualized treatment plans
- Active, not passive, therapy strategies for more successful management
- Cost efficient - treatment without expensive tests or procedures
- Non-invasive - no shots, no scalpel
- Self-directed and managed - we work with you and teach you
- Preventative - lifelong knowledge and skills
Assessment: A detailed history followed by repeated movements to help in the classification of a patient
Classification: 4 classification groups based on the assessment: Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural, Other
Treatment: Depends on which category a pateint is classified in. Each classification has different self-treatment strateg that can be worked on in the clinic and at home
Prevention: Using the knowledge and self treatment strategies to minimize risk of recurrence