McKenzie method is apost-graduate qualification in the treatment of back and neck pain. Clinicians are educated and trained to asses and diagnose problems related to the spine, joint or muscles related to the injury. A McKenzie method practitioner a Physiotherapist undergoes uses this method as a way to accurately diagnose followed by making an appropriate treatment plan. A trained McKenzie practitioner has been shown to be as accurate as an MRI scan in diagnosing the cause of low back problems.
It's important to understand that there is a process to the assesment and treatment when a practitioner works with your injury. The goal is to provide consistant and reliable method to treatment. The parts that make up McKenzie methods are as follows:
The physiotherapist will take a detailed history about your symptoms and the pattern that you symptoms present. You will be asked to perform certain movements and rest in certain positions. The main difference with McKenzie method to most other assessments is the use of repeated movements rather than a single movement. We want to know how your symptoms change with repeated movements so we can categorise your problem.
The physiotherapist will define your syndrome according to its unique characteristics, using specific mechanical procedures, including repeated movements and sustained postures. McKenzie method is a comprehensive classification system can divided into one of the three main Syndromes. However, there are ‘other’ conditions that can include serious pathologies, non-mechanical causes, true chronic pain etc.
McKenzie Method Treatment:
We will prescribe specific exercises and give advice regarding postures to adopt and which postures to temporarily avoid. If your problem has a more difficult mechanical presentation, sometimes we may need to add hands-on techniques until you can self-manage. You are expected that you do perform exercises five or six times a day to be more effective. The emphasis is on you, the patient, being actively involved.
You will gain knowledge on how to minimise the risk of recurrence. You can also rapidly deal with symptoms if they recur, putting you in control of your treatment safely and effectively. Persisting problems are more likely to be prevented through self-maintenance than by passive care. This can minimise the number of visits to the clinic. Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided with the necessary knowledge and tools.