The McKenzie Method was developed in the 1960’s by Robin McKenzie, a physical therapist in New Zealand. In his practice, he noted the extending spine could provide significant pain relief to certain patients and allow them to return to their normal daily activities. With the McKenzie approach, physical therapy and exercise used to extend the spine can help centralize the patient’s pain by moving it away from the extremities to the back. Back pain is usually better tolerated than leg or arm pain, and the theory of the approach is that centralizing the pain allows the source of the pain to be treated rather than the symptoms.

Many people know about the McKenzie Method of physical therapy and exercise for back pain or neck pain, but aren’t exactly sure what the goals of the program are and what the exercises entail. A common perception is that the McKenzie approach comprises a set of exercises that people can do on their own. While this  is true, the McKenzie Method is really an overall program of assessment, treatment and prevention strategies that are usually best learned with a physical therapist who is trained in the method.

Practitioners who use this approach emphasize that the McKenzie Method is a specific approach to spinal problems, not only a set of exercises for back pain. While there are specific exercises a McKenzie trained practitioner may use, the method also includes the overall philosophy and some special procedures:

  1. Initial assessment procedures.
  2. Treatment for back problems.
  3. Prevention strategies for back problems.

So stop in or call one of our three locations today, Advanced Rehabilitation offers the areas only certified McKenzie Therapists.