The McKenzie Method – Is it right for you?

April 12, 2018
The McKenzie Method – Is it right for you?

What is the McKenzie Method?

Developed by world renowned physical therapist, Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, it is a well-researched, exercise-based approach to evaluate and treat the spine. Clinicians trained in this method use a systematic approach of examination to identify if pain or soreness is being caused by loss of motion or stiffness in the spine. Patients are then educated on our findings and a plan including postures and stretches is developed to help manage and, hopefully, eliminate their pain. Patients are encouraged to perform the activities that they love doing as usual, and are taught how to prevent the pain from returning.

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Who can benefit from the McKenzie Method?

In the United States, over 90% of adults will experience low back pain. You are not alone! The McKenzie approach is interactive and tailored to your individual restrictions and needs. It is different from typical spinal rehab programs but the knowledge gained from this technique will help maintain a pain-free spine for years to come! We are trained to identify mechanical problems that are intended to relieve pain by improved posture and stretching.

The McKenzie Method can be a solution for:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain with or without numbness/tingling in the arm
  • Sciatica or numbness in the leg
  • Knee pain
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Hip pain

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Are you tired of dealing with the pain? Do you want answers on how to manage your pain? The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is one of the many techniques we use at OA Centers for Orthopaedics to help you take control of your pain. We have a unique integrative approach to our spine care. Our physical therapists are part of the nonsurgical team that has easy access to collaborate with our physicians. This allows for the best patient outcomes and the fastest recovery for our patients.

Erika Furtado, PT

By Erika Furtado, DPT, Cert. MDT, CSCS

OA Centers for Orthopaedics

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