mckenzie method

McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method is a comprehensive physical therapy approach to address issues of the spine, those often associated with low back pain which is part of the musculoskeletal system. At Therapeutic Sessions, our staff is trained to assess and diagnose all areas of the musculoskeletal system.

What is the McKenzie Method used for?

The McKenzie Method is specifically used for rehabilitation, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal problems, the spine including disc herniation or disc bulge and all mechanical pain. When a problem exists in or around the spine, joint or muscle, the McKenzie Method may be the appropriate kind of evaluation.

The McKenzie Method is trusted. It is based on the patient being involved in the process and education that is trusted and used all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. It is among the most researched physical therapy-based methods available.

How does the McKenzie Method work?

A key feature is the initial assessment – a safe and reliable way to reach an accurate diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Due to the comprehensive nature of the McKenzie Method, expensive tests such as MRI’s are often unnecessary. With the McKenzie Method, our staff are able to quickly determine whether the method will be effective for the patient.

What can the McKenzie Method diagnose?

It is commonly used in diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, neck pain and peripheral joint complaints. Research has shown McKenzie assessment procedures to be as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (i.e., x-rays, MRIs) to determine the source of the problem and quickly.

The McKenzie Method assessment involves taking patient history and performing a physical exam. Both are used to determine the level of impairment and identify any red flags that might be contrary to exercise-based treatment (e.g. fracture, tumor, infections, or systemic inflammatory disease).

How is the McKenzie method beneficial?

One benefit of the McKenzie Method for patients is they learn how to self-treat their current problem with the help. In addition, the patients gain knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence and to rapidly deal with recurrence if it occurs. The likelihood that problems will last a long time can be prevented when the patient has learned techniques to maintain themselves.

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