The McKenzie method is based on examination which contains a thourough questioning of the patient, then an observation of the basic movements. Most commonly this therapy is used for treat the pain originating from the spine, especially in case of low back pain, but it is also highly useful for the upper back, neck problems and to treat the joints of the extremities. The aim of the treatment is to reveal which structure causes the apin, then find that movement which reduces the symptoms.
The treatment consists of an exercise programme based on repeated movement which are specifically designed for the individual to centralise and reduce pain. That is why the efficiency of the McKenzie concept is highly depends on the patient's determination and responsibility. Only the one with the pain will be able to solve the problem with persistant exercising, the therapist just shows the way how. The specific movements need to be repeated frequently every day as lond as the pain decreases. In long term the patient learns how to manage the pain with the McKenzie exercises.
The McKenzie therapy can be used in the following cases:
- in all stages of disc herniation
- chronic or acute low back pain
- neck pain
- torpidness in the extremities
- joint stiffness
- reduced range of movement