The McKenzie Method is a specialized approach to physical therapy that focuses on evaluating and treating musculoskeletal conditions, especially those related to the spine. New Zealand physiotherapist Robin McKenzie developed it in the 1950s, and has since become a widely recognized and respected approach to physical therapy.
The McKenzie Method is based on the principle that most musculoskeletal pain can be treated with exercise and education. It emphasizes the importance of patient empowerment and self-treatment through simple but highly effective exercises that can be performed at home.
The method uses a comprehensive assessment process to determine the underlying cause of the patient's pain.
The McKenzie Method is especially effective in treating back and neck pain and other musculoskeletal conditions such as sciatica, shoulder pain, and hip pain. Treatment with McKenzie most often consists of an end pain-free range of movement that helps restore joint function. This can help reduce pain and improve function.
One of the key benefits of the McKenzie Method is that it is non-invasive and drug-free. It relies on the body's natural healing abilities to achieve optimal results, leading to faster recovery and reduced need for more invasive treatments such as surgery.