The long-term goal of the McKenzie Method is to teach patients suffering from neck pain , back pain how to treat themselves and manage their own pain for life using exercise and other strategies. Other goals include:

  • Reduce pain quickly

  • Return to normal functioning in daily activities

  • Minimize the risk of recurring pain (avoid painful postures and movements)

  • Minimize the number of return visits to the spine specialist

The movement of pain from the extremities to the back will not occur with all patients. The McKenzie Method is designed to help patients where the pain does “centralize.”

We who use this approach emphasize that the McKenzie Method is a specific approach to spinal problems, not only a set of exercises for back pain. While there are specific exercises a McKenzie trained practitioner may use, the method also includes the overall philosophy and some special procedures:

  1. Initial assessment procedures

  2. Treatment for back problems (self-help and special procedures, if indicated)

  3. Prevention strategies for back problems

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