Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy: The McKenzie Method
Three Steps To Success
STEP 1: Assessment
Unique to the McKenzie Method® is a comprehensive and logical step-by-step process to evaluate the patient’s problem quickly. This mechanical examination can “classify” most patient conditions by the level of pain or limitation that results from certain movements or positions. A McKenzie assessment can eliminate the need for expensive and/or invasive procedures.
Research has shown the initial McKenzie assessment procedures to be as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (i.e., x-rays, MRIs) to determine the source of the problem and quickly identify responders and non-responders.
STEP 2: Treatment
McKenzie treatment prescribes a series of individualized exercises. The emphasis is on active patient involvement, which minimizes the number of visits to the clinic.
Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided the necessary knowledge and tools. For patients with more difficult mechanical problems, a certified McKenzie clinician can provide advanced hands-on techniques until the patient can self administer.
STEP 3: Prevention
By learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence and to rapidly deal with recurrence if it occurs. The likelihood of problems persisting can more likely be prevented through self-maintenance.
Used by permission of the McKenzie Institute
McKenzie Example – Back Pain: Basic daily tasks become nearly impossible!
While the traditional, unscientific approach of physical therapy and manipulative therapy fail to give long-term relief to low back pain patients, many people resort to think that they have to live with their low back pain (LBP) for the rest of their lives. Such myth has misled over milions of Americans to miss work, alter their quality of life, and even become addictive to pain-killer medications.
The highlight of the McKenzie system is that it is entirely based on research and evidence-based principles. Therefore it is logical and effective. The average number of visits required for LBP treated by the McKenzie system is 6 nationally, and 4 in our professional statistics. Most patients are painfree after 1-2 visits and begin core training on the third or fourth visit to prevent recurrence.
Based on research science and my experience, I testify that there is no such thing that everyone with LBP would have to “live with it for the rest of his life”, although they would have to live with it for as long as they wait to seek effective help. Call Core Rehabilitation & Spine Center (801) 200-3356 and treat your problem with the McKenzie Method today.