McKenzie Method is a technique used by chiropractors and physiotherapists that gives patients the skills, strategy and ability to control and manage pain, stiffness and discomfort coming from the musculoskeletal system (muscle and joint structures)
McKenzie techniques are all about give patients the power through knowledge and skills to do things themselves. This ultimately means you will require less time at the chiropractor or physiotherapist because you are doing things yourself to fix your problems. By contacting and seeing a McKenzie credentialed chiropractor or physiotherapist it is more likely that you will not need to
- Visit the chiropractor or physiotherapist unnecessarily
- Buy unnecessary or gimmicking equipment to help your problem
- Rely on injections or surgery
This is possible because your McKenzie credentialed chiropractor or physiotherapy will teach you exercises and strategies to control and treat your pain or problem.
What is McKenzie Method?
The McKenzie Method is a reliable assessment and treatment process for all musculoskeletal (muscle and joints structures) problems. It can be used to help back pain, neck pain, slipped discs, shoulder, hip and knee problems as well as issues associated with sciatica, arthritis, muscle spasms and stiffness and tightness in muscles and joints.
McKenzie Method is an evidenced based technique. McKenzie Method has been well researched and validated. Anyone who is experiencing the above problems or has pain located in the muscle and joints structures around the body should first see a McKenzie credentialed chiropractor or physiotherapist.
With McKenzie Method you will go through rigorous assessment and treatment protocols that are safe and effective. You will be less likely to need x-rays or other imaging techniques and this means less radiation and financial expenses.
The treatment procedures of McKenzie Method promote optimal healing in structures and promote the body to heal itself. This means less medications, needles or surgery. Your McKenzie credentialed chiropractor or physiotherapist to teach you principles to manage your own pain and fix yourself and this means less reliance on your chiropractor and physiotherapist.
McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.To summarise, McKenzie Method
- Will accurately diagnose and classify your problem
- Determine and prove the most appropriate treatment plan
- Empower you to self-treat and prevent recurrences
- Help determine if investigates such as x-ray and MRI are actually needed.
How does McKenzie Method work?
McKenzie Method works by getting to the actual cause of your problem. Through the McKenzie Method of assessment your symptoms are constant monitored and information is gained about what makes it better and what makes it worse.
If something can be found to make it worse, it is logical that something can be found to make it better. Once something is found to improve the problem this becomes the basis of your treatment. Completing treatments at this point will improve the healing process and optimise you ability to recover from injury.
This type assessment extremely important for any injury. You will ensure this happens by visiting a chiropractor or physiotherapist who is McKenzie credentialed.
A step by step guide of McKenzie Method
McKenzie Method begins with a detailed history about your symptoms and how they behave. You will be asked to bend in certain directions and do recreate certain movements whilst your symptoms are monitored. Sometimes this means moving just once or twice into a position or doing it many times. How your symptoms respond to this battery of movements guides the chiropractor or physiotherapist to categorise the problem.
NB. McKenzie Method clinicians still do all the standard chiropractic and physiotherapy assessments where appropriate. This of course, is done on top of what would be considered a standard chiropractic and physiotherapy assessment.
Your problem will be diagnosed and classified according to the way is responds to your assessment. McKenzie Method has a comprehensive classification system. Depending on how your problems behaves in testing a McKenzie credentialed chiropractor or physiotherapist will be able to give you insights on how long it will take to fix (prognosis) and how rigorous your home exercises will have to be to get you better, quicker.
If your problem is something that is mechanical and able to be fixed with chiropractic or physiotherapy your McKenzie credentialed therapist may give you a combination of hands on treatments and exercises to start your recovery. In many cases, guided and specific exercises will be enough to start the recovery process. McKenzie credentialed chiropractors or physiotherapists will not do anything that is not necessary to getting you better quickly.
The most important risk factor that increases your chance of having a bout muscle or joint pain is having it once before. People who have had low back pain once are likely to get it at some point in the future again. This is increased if the first time was very bad. The advantage of McKenzie Method is that your chiropractor or physiotherapist will teach you how to self-treat your problem. This allows you to gain knowledge on how to minimise the risk of recurrence. You can also rapidly deal with symptoms if they recur, putting you in control of your treatment safely and effectively. Persisting problems are more likely to be prevented through self-maintenance than by relying on someone such as a chiropractor or physiotherapist.
Chris Knee is the first McKenzie Credentialed chiropractor
Our chiropractor Chris Knee was the first chiropractor in Australia to have been credentialed in McKenzie Method. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to each assessment and is passionate about getting people better quickly.