I think the best thing about using the McKenzie technique is that it keeps things simple. It is great to see your patient's response when they realise that focussing on one specific exercise can make a such a difference to their symptoms, especially when they have tried multiple other things in the past. I also love the education component and I think that once you can explain to the patient why they have been given a particular exercise to do, then their compliance improves straight away.
When I graduated 10 years ago, I was lucky to begin my professional career in a clinic that had 2 former educators from the McKenzie Institute. In my 10 years of clinical practice, I have not come across a better, thorough assessment, diagnosis and treatment approach for the management of both simple spinal problems and more importantly complex radiculopathies and referred pain.
It has enabled me to to get deeper into a patients problems, give the patient a better understanding of their problem and teach them proper concepts of self-management that often provide amazingly quick and lasting effects. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what one of my recent patients had to say:
“After 10 years of chronic debilitating lower back pain, having seen 20 different therapists I found Cheyne Voss and the McKenzie method. I had instant improvement and now have close to full range of motion with 70% reduction in pain in less than 4 weeks. I am not sure why more therapists aren't using this method.”