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Get Spinal and Back Pain Relief with The McKenzie Therapy

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Eliminate symptoms of neck pain or back pain and restore full function through the McKenzie therapy.

The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a leading treatment for neck, back, and extremity musculoskeletal disorders. A central element of the method is self-healing. No passive modalities including needles, medicines, or heat and cold therapy heat are used in the treatment.

The specialists at Superior Physical Therapy are highly trained in the McKenzie Method® and can assess and diagnose all issues in the musculoskeletal system. We empower individuals to achieve lasting relief from acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and improve their quality of life.

What is the McKenzie Method®?

Developed by physiotherapist Robin McKenzie, The McKenzie Method® is a globally researched and acclaimed system of diagnosis, management, and prevention of spinal and extremity musculoskeletal disorders.

Most treatments for musculoskeletal pain only offer short-term relief and do not always address the root cause. With the McKenzie approach, pain is centralized to treat its root source directly rather than just the symptoms.

With a combination of exercise and physical therapy, the spine is extended in order to move the pain away from the arm or leg to the back.

The long-term objective of the McKenzie Method® is to empower patients to self-manage neck or back pain and prevent recurrences.

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How It Works?

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The McKenzie Method® is more than just a series of exercises. It involves various activities and test movements to assess the patient's pain response. This information is then used to build an appropriate management plan designed to alleviate pain and discomfort.

A key element of the method is the initial assessment which involves a physical exam and thorough review of patient history. Both are performed to measure the degree of impairment and identify existing disorders such as tumors, fractures, or infections that may interfere with the efficacy of exercise-based treatment.

After the assessment, the clinician guides the patient in self-treatment. This results in improved outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

What Conditions Does The McKenzie Method® Treat?

The McKenzie Method of MDT® is used to assess and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Arthritis

  • Pain in the extremities (ankle, knee, shoulder)

  • Symptoms associated with sciatica

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Sacroiliac joint pain

  • Muscle spasms

  • Sporadic numbness in the hands or feet

A Look At The Many Benefits Of The McKenzie Method®

The McKenzie Method has helped countless physicians and patients:

  • Understand the patient's presentation and behavior of symptoms

  • Identify the most effective and appropriate treatment plan

  • Alleviate symptoms and restore full function

  • Empower the patient to self-manage symptoms and prevent recurring pain

  • Determine whether further medical advice or testing is necessary

  • Resolve and prevent painful postures and movements

  • Lower the number of return visits and improve medical outcomes

Alleviate Neck And Back Pain With The McKenzie Method®

The McKenzie approach has been used globally for over 60 years. If your neck or back pain prevents you from performing your daily activities, our very own Dr. Andrew Gorecki will gladly help you get started with the McKenzie treatment.

Dial 231.944.6541 or email us at info@thesuperiortherapy.com to book your free 15-minute discovery call.

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3899 West Front St., 
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