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McKenzie Method (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy)

McKenzie Method (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy)

Physical Therapy

McKenzie Method (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy)

Are you struggling with chronic back or neck pain? The McKenzie Method, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), offers a unique solution. Developed by New Zealand physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this approach stands out for its focus on identifying the specific movements and positions that either worsen or alleviate your pain.

The McKenzie Method is based on the principle that specific movements and positions can alleviate or aggravate pain. Through a systematic assessment process, a certified practitioner using the McKenzie Method can identify particular movements and positions that reproduce or relieve a patient’s symptoms. This assessment helps determine the mechanical nature of the problem and guides the subsequent treatment plan.

Treatment Techniques

Treatment in the McKenzie Method typically consists of exercises and movements tailored to the individual patient’s needs. These exercises are designed to correct any mechanical imbalances or dysfunctions contributing to the patient’s pain. Our SMC physical therapist will teach the patient how to perform these exercises correctly and provide guidance on frequency and duration.

What makes the McKenzie Method different from other physical therapy approaches is its emphasis on patient education and self-treatment. As the patient, you are taught how to recognize and manage your symptoms through specific movements and positions. This approach empowers you to take control of your recovery and reduces your dependence on ongoing therapy sessions. The ultimate goal is for you to become independent in managing your condition and preventing future episodes of pain.

The McKenzie Method can be applied to various musculoskeletal conditions, including back, neck, and extremity pain. It is particularly effective for patients with disc-related problems, such as herniated discs. However, patients should consult with a trained SMC physical therapist before attempting any exercises or techniques on their own.

Is the McKenzie Method Right for You?

The McKenzie Method is a highly effective approach to physical therapy that empowers patients to manage their musculoskeletal conditions. While it can be highly effective for many individuals, it may not be suitable for everyone.

It is important to consult with an SMC Physicians physical therapist to determine if the method is appropriate for your specific condition and goals. Sometimes, a combination of treatment approaches may be recommended to achieve the best outcome. Take control of your pain and improve your quality of life with the McKenzie Method today.

To schedule an appointment with our Physical Therapy team for chronic back or neck pain, please contact SMC Physicians today for your visit.

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