What Is McKenzie Therapy?
A Physical Therapist from New Zealand named Robin McKenzie noted that extending the spine could provide significant pain relief to certain patients back in the 1960’s. He developed a series of maneuvers and exercises now referred to as “the Mckenzie Method” to help patients take a more active role in their continued health.
The long-term goal of the McKenzie Method is to teach patients suffering from neck pain and/or back pain how to treat themselves and manage pain throughout their lives using exercise and other strategies.
Manage Your Pain
Other goals include:
- Reduce pain quickly
- Return to normal functioning in daily activities
- Minimize the risk of recurring pain (avoid painful postures and movements)
- Minimize the number of return visits to the spine specialist
McKenzie’s exercises for back pain are a series of progressive positions. If your back pain is especially acute, you may not be able to work through all stages straight away. A McKenzie-trained physical therapist progresses patients through the various positions and stages depending on how their symptoms improve, worsen or stay the same.
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