The McKenzie Method was developed in New Zealand in the 1970’s by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It’s an internationally renowned system that has been practiced for more than 30 years. The McKenzie system involves the diagnosis and treatment of spinal issues, and is now one of the most studied forms of Physiotherapy for the treatment of these complaints.
The McKenzie assessment method involves a step by step process that allows the physiotherapist to quickly determine the patient’s problem and understand their issue. Once the issue has been understood a treatment program is developed that involves both manual therapy as well as a home exercise plan.
When treating the patient, other aspects are taken into consideration such as postural education and modifications to the person’s lifestyle, helping the problem heal without further aggravation.
The McKenzie Method works on the fact that when given the correct tools and knowledge, most patients are able to treat themselves. Self treatment gives patients hands on knowledge as to how they can prevent the problem from recurring and quickly deal with the problem if it does resurface. The philosophy of The McKenzie Method is that problems are unlikely to reoccur if self maintenance is applied.
The ethos of The McKenzie Method is that ultimately most patients can treat themselves when provided with the necessary knowledge and tools.
At Core Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio, The McKenzie Method is one of the main forms of treatment when managing spinal issues. All of our staff are trained in the techniques of The McKenzie Method and use it to understand, assess and treat spinal pain. Helping our clients treat their spinal pain, preventing it from returning.
As part of the McKenzie approach we have items that are available in our practices and can be used to practice this technique.
- McKenzie Lumbar Rolls
- Sleeping supports
- Neck supports and pillows
- Treat Your Own Back and Neck books
To find out more about how The McKenzie Method can help you, you can make an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists at any of our locations. To find a location near you, press here.