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McKenzie Physical Therapy
Many of the methods and approaches to the treatment of patients with low back pain and leg pain, were revolutionized by the teachings of Robin McKenzie. Robin McKenzie was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1931. During the 1960's, McKenzie developed his own examination and treatment methods for spinal disorders, and is now recognized internationally as an authority on the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. His techniques of the McKenzie method have gained immense popularity and success, and is practiced throughout the world, on 5 continents and in 22 countries. McKenzie method is used mostly by physical therapists, although physicians and chiropractors have used the McKenzie method, as well.
The McKenzie method has attracted interest from researchers in various parts of the world. To continue the education and research in the McKenzie method technique, the McKenzie Institute International, which is a non-profit organization headquartered in New Zealand, was formed in 1982. The McKenzie Institute International has provided education and training in the McKenzie method to over 20,000 physiotherapists, chiropractors and doctors worldwide.
In the McKenzie method, the patient plays a great role in his or her own treatment. Maintenance of proper posture, and exercises, helps to improve the pain which patients experience, and if recurrences of pain do occur, the patients know the McKenzie method techniques to help with their recovery. McKenzie feels that the management of back pain is the responsibility of the patient, who, equipped with the techniques of the McKenzie method, can employ the techniques on his/her own.
The principles of the McKenzie method involve the understanding the lumbar spine has a curve, known as a lordotic curve. When a patient uses poor posture (for sitting, bending, picking up objects, etc), the lordotic curve of the lumbar spine is distorted, and the spine becomes straighter. This places strain upon the lumbar spine. Using the McKenzie method, the normal lordotic curve is put back into the lumbar spine.
Robin McKenzie has produced a number of supports for the lumbar spine, which help one to keep their spine in a lordotic curve position. McKenzie has also published a number of books, which outline the principles and techniques of the McKenzie method.
Following are a list of some of the McKenzie method products:
Following are a list of some of the McKenzie books:
The Lumbar Spine: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
Following are Video Presentations of the McKenzie method:
Robin McKenzie Video Presentations
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