THE MCKENZIE METHOD
Montana Spine & Joint Rehab
The McKenzie Method is a method of physical therapy. It is a research-based system of management for spinal and Musculo-skeletal disorders that was developed by New Zealand physiotherapist, Robin McKenzie, over 60 years ago and is currently being used in over 40 countries around the world. Through assessment and treatment of a variety of areas such as lumbar spine, cervical spine, extremity joints, muscles and nerves, McKenzie found that many patients could even treat themselves if they were guided appropriately with specific education. The essence of the system is to teach the patient to treat their own mechanical Musculo-skeletal problems through education and a symptom specific exercise program. Treatment is based on a partnership in rehabilitation between patient and therapist.
Benefits of the McKenzie Method:
Prompt outcome assessment: It is usually possible to predict treatment benefits within 1-2 visits.
Good accuracy of assessment data: Published peer review studies have demonstrated that assessment conclusions compare favorably with the findings from CT scans and discograms.
The promotion of patient self-reliance. Patients are informed about the cause of their pain and given specific information to manage their symptoms. This reduces their dependence upon care-providers over the long term and gives them the tools to take responsibility for their own health.
Efficient use of medical services: Encouraging active patient participation reduces the number of treatment visits required. Typically, 3 to 5 therapy sessions are required over a period of 3-4 weeks.
Recommendations are provided as to ongoing management. The initial assessment determines the patient’s appropriateness for this kind of intervention. Should mechanical therapy not be indicated, the assessment provides information on what further kinds of intervention or investigation may be appropriate.
For a more detailed description of the McKenzie Method as well as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), please visit the link below.