The McKenzie Method:
At MedX, we initially use the McKenzie Method to help patients quickly reduce their pain so they can start to regain their normal function. Lower pain levels can enable the patient to be able to participate in the MedX Medical Strengthening Program.
MedX Medical Strengthening - i.e. achieving maximum back and neck strength - is the long term solution to most neck and back pain and preventing or reducing future problems.
If a patient responds to the McKenzie movements they can use them during the MedX Medical Strengthening Program to reduce pain.
The patient can also use the McKenzie Movements to quickly reduce pain and recover if they have a minor back or neck pain incident months or years after maximizing their neck and/or back strength in the MedX Program.
Backround and Goals:
The McKenzie Method was developed in the 1960’s by Robin McKenzie, a physical therapist in New Zealand.
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 their own pain for life using McKenzie movements, exercise and strengthening, and other strategies. Other McKenzie treatment goals include:
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
The movement of pain from the extremities to the back will not occur with all patients. The McKenzie Method is designed to help patients where the pain does "centralize." For some patients, such as those with lumbar spinal stenosis and facet joint osteoarthritis, extending the spine may actually increase their pain.