Mckenzie Approach

The McKenzie Method: An effective evaluation and treatment tool for pain

Do you suffer from back pain, but nothing is giving you long term relief??? 

50-80% of the adult population suffers from back pain at some point in their lives.  It is normal to have back pain, but it can cause disability both at work and at home.   A lot of pain is caused by abnormal stress on normal tissue which can be treated with repeated motion exercises.


There is evidence to support the MCKENZIE METHOD of treating the low back and cervical spine.


What is the McKenzie method of treating low back pain?


The McKenzie method of treating low back pain is a systematic method of treating both acute and chronic low back and cervical pain.  It is been proven effective in research as it is geared toward assessing  patient’s in different positions to determine the pain response to either abolish or minimize the  symptoms. Centralization is a good prognostic indicator. This means that if the patient has pain that radiates into the arm or leg, and certain spine movements (bending or extending) move the pain out of the arm or leg and closer to the spine they have a good chance for recovery. The patient is then instructed to move into these directions repeatedly in order to work toward pain-free activities.   The goal is to have the patient be self sufficient with the exercises and not rely on medication or devices.

The best part is that these treatments often provide significant pain relief and return to normal function in a very short amount of time.

How can this help you?

A McKenzie trained therapist completes a full evaluation of your back or neck pain and will thoroughly evaluate you to determine what makes your symptoms worse or better.  The therapist is seeking to find a directional preference which is the key to a McKenzie method of treatment.  Through the assessment, you will be given a HEP to perform these motions in repetition in order to reduce your pain or to bring your symptoms out of you lower extremities into the low back (centralization).   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   If you are interested in having an evaluation of your low back or cervical spine using this McKenzie method of treatment, contact us for more information  215-659-7759


Dunsford, Kumar,  and Clark “Integrating Evidence into Practice: use of McKenzie-based treatment for mechanical low back pain”  J Multidiscip Healthc. 2011; 4: 393–402.