While manual therapy techniques are used with the McKenzie method, the basis of the treatment takes advantage of the patient’s own movements and forces to abolish the pain and restore function. A series of individualized exercises are prescribed and, most critically, are based on the directional preference that will abolish the pain. In essence, the treatment must match the assessment findings or the results will be inferior.
Most patients who do respond favorably to the McKenzie Method can successfully treat themselves and minimize the number of visits to the clinic when provided with the necessary knowledge and tools that put them in control of their treatment safely and effectively. By learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence and how to quickly manage themselves if symptoms do occur.
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 their own pain for life using exercise and other strategies. Other goals include:
All of the Therapists at Timberline Physical Therapy have training and extensive experience treating patients using the McKenzie method of treatment.