At Core Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio, the Mckenzie Method is one of the main pillars of treatment when managing spinal complaints. Our Physios use this system when assessing and understanding spinal pain. The method is a step-by-step process that evaluates the problem quickly. It allows Physios to have a clear diagnosis and understanding of the problem.
From the McKenzie Method, a management program can be created that focuses on:
- Manual therapy
- Self-management exercises
- Posture education
- Lifestyle changes to prevent aggravation
We had a client with a great McKenzie Method success story and thought we would share it with you.
Sam* recently came into our clinic with a back problem that we see all too often. She came into the practice upon the referral of her partner who we had seen years before. Sam* had an acute episode of back pain after moving houses a couple of months earlier. Although it had improved, it had never completely settled. Sam* worked as a Theatre Nurse in a busy public hospital.
When her back pain started, it radiated down her leg up to her knee and after a couple of days off she went back to work. She struggled for a couple of weeks and went to see a therapist where treatment did not help. Rather than considering alternative options, Sam* pushed through for a while and the pain would settle and reoccur.
When she came to see one of the Physios at our clinic, she had back pain that radiated into her buttock and upper thigh. Her pain was worse in the morning and got better as the day progressed. It would always ache in the evening especially after a day of work. She was having to rest a lot on her days off to recover and found that any bending over activities or long periods sitting just flared her up.
When we assessed Sam*, we found that she was suffering from a mild disc bulge in her lower back. The Physio began explaining the problem to Sam* and the plan of attack to get her back to normal. They started with some education on posture followed by taping to help maintain the spine in a position that took pressure off the disc. They set up a stretching program designed to push the disc bulge back. The Physio also combined this with hands-on treatment, incorporating gentle spine mobilization and massage therapy to improve the movement around the damaged disc.
Sam’s* pain reduced quickly in the first few weeks. She found it hard to keep her posture straight and realised how important posture is when it came to reducing spine problems. She is keeping up with the home exercise program given to her. Sam* also started a Pilates based strengthening program to help rehabilitate her core abdominal muscles to support her spine for activities like her work.
*The name has been changed to protect the privacy of our client.