What is McKenzie Technique?
Originally developed by Robin McKenzie in New Zealand in the 1950’s, McKenzie Extensions are great for low back pain caused by lumbar disc problems. They are of interest to me as a chiropractor because low back pain is why most people book an appointment.
For a long time McKenzie extensions have been a favourite of physiotherapists but Leeds chiropractor Alison Eaves has been finding out more.
Take a look at the video link for a great explanation of McKenzie Extensions.
Much more than just push-ups!!
There is a lot more to McKenzie Technique than just a one exercise fits all. Sometimes the chiropractor will move the hips slightly to one side or the other, or may apply additional pressure to the low back as you do the exercise. The technique is very useful for lumbar disc pain (either a bulge or herniation) and seems to have good results when applied to patients with worn or degenerative discs. Seeing as most of us start experiencing wear and tear in our lumbar discs from our mid-20’s then this gentle type of treatment can benefit lots of back pain sufferers.
As I chiropractor I like the McKenzie Technique because it offers the patient a tool to reduce their pain levels and it is something the patient can control. Patients leave my treatment room knowing there is a way to reduce the pain so you don’t have to rely solely on hands-on treatment from your chiropractor. My way of practising as a chiropractor is to put patients’ firmly in control of their pain and to understand their condition.
Can anyone do McKenzie Extensions for back pain?
No!! They can actually aggravate some types of low back pain so always seek the advice of a qualified chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist who has experience of using the McKenzie technique before trying these exercises.
Alison Eaves is a chiropractor in Leeds, West Yorkshire and she can be contacted for an appointment at Revive Chiropractic in Adel, LS16. Call 07828 686026 to book an appointment.