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Relieve Back and Neck Pain with The McKenzie Method®

Have you been suffering from chronic back, neck, or extremity pain?

Have you been getting “adjustments” for many years to relieve the pain?

Then it may be time for you to pursue an intervention that gets to the root of the problem and puts healing back in your own hands.

What is The McKenzie Method®

The McKenzie Method®, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®, is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. It is a three step process: Assessment, Treatment, Prevention

The stated goal of McKenzie MDT is to “Promote the body’s potential to heal itself without mediation, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, surgery or endless visits to the clinic”

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What is unique about this approach?

Complete Evaluation

The distinction of this method is actually what happens BEFORE any treatment ever begins. A thorough evaluation is completed to reach an accurate diagnosis. In a congested healthcare system, this imperative step is often glossed over, but determining the correct source of pain is absolutely essential to effectively treating the problem.

The evidence has shown that the initial Mckenzie assessment procedures performed by competent MDT clinicians are as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (i.e., X-rays, MRIs). References here

Self-Treatment

The ultimate goal of The McKenzie Method® is to equip patients with the knowledge and techniques they need to prevent pain and treat themselves. MDT Practitioners want to empower patients to use their own ability for movement and minimize trips to the clinic.

What happens during treatment? 

Based on the individual evaluation, a series of exercises are used to move and  ultimately eliminate pain.  The goal is to centralize pain, which means moving it from the upper/lower back, neck, and extremities to the center of the back through various movements  (i.e., extension or flexion, right or left lateral movement, etc.). Patients who respond favorably can treat themselves safely and effectively.

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Visit The McKenzie Method® website to learn more and find a practitioner near you!

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2 responses to “Relieve Back and Neck Pain with The McKenzie Method®

  1. My boyfriend has had horrible spine/back pain for a long time, and he’s been getting regular adjustments for 7 months now. While he’s been seeing improvement, he’s still feeling great. Thanks for this – will have to look into it and refer him.

  2. I am definitely in favor of an approach that eschews xrays, MRIs and so on.

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