The McKenzie Method | The NeuroMedical Center
The NeuroMedical Center’s Outpatient Therapy Team is one of a few in the region trained and certified in a patient-centric form of physical therapy called the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT). Based on the principles of education, self-treatment, and pain prevention, the McKenzie Method has helped hundreds of our patients effectively manage their symptoms and improve mobility on their own, and without the need for medications or surgery.
About The McKenzie Method®
In the 1960’s a New Zealand Physical Therapist named Robin McKenzie noted that extending the spine could provide significant pain relief to certain patients. He developed a series of maneuvers and exercises to help patients take a more active role in their continued health.
A central tenet of the McKenzie Method is that self-healing and self-treatment are important for the patient’s pain relief and rehabilitation. No passive modalities – such as heat, cold, ultrasound, medicine, or needles – are used in the treatment. Following the McKenzie Method®, physical therapists at The NeuroMedical Center evaluate your musculoskeletal system as a whole, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. Then, they create a personalized treatment plan that targets specific areas of need. As our patient, you will be taught along the way and expected to perform the prescribed exercises as instructed at home. A few exercises a day that do not take a lot of time or special equipment can help to minimize or prevent conditions from reoccurring or worsening.
Goals of the McKenzie Method®
The long-term goal of the McKenzie Method® is to teach patients suffering from neck pain and/or back pain how to treat themselves and manage pain throughout their lives using exercise and other strategies. Other goals include:
- Eliminate symptoms
- Reduce pain quickly
- Return to normal functioning in daily activities
- Minimize the risk of recurring pain (avoid painful postures and movements)
- Minimize the number of return visits to the spine specialist
Can I Benefit from the McKenzie Method®?
When performed by licensed physical therapists at The NeuroMedical Center’s Oupatient Therapy Center, the McKenzie Method® is a safe and effective form of physical therapy ideal for patients experiencing:
Reasons to Seek A McKenzie Method® Specialist
- Backed by years of research, evidence and clinical practice
- Known to show results in as little as two to three visits
- Assessment-driven and individualized treatment plans
- Active, not passive, therapy strategies for more successful management
- Cost efficient – treatment without expensive tests or procedures
- Non-invasive – no needles, no scalpel
- Self-directed and managed – we work with you and teach you
- Preventative – lifelong knowledge and skills
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The McKenzie Method® gives patients control of their pain and empowers them to get back to the life they love. If lower back, neck, arm, or leg pain is keeping you on the sidelines, consider working with a certified McKenzie Method physical therapist at The NeuroMedical Center’s Outpatient Therapy Center. If you are interested in seeing what our team can do for you, give us a call (225) 751-9797 or request an appointment online today!