FAQ: McKenzie Method

1) How is a McKenzie Method Physiotherapy appointment different from a typical “standard” physiotherapy appointment?

The main difference is a longer appointment time (we spend up to 60 mins) where we test repeated movements and sometimes sustained positions. The critical information is gained by determining how these repeated movements change your pain and range of movement. This helps confirm the suspected diagnosis and determines which specific exercises you need to relieve your pain.


2) Do I get Treatment in this Initial Assessment?

The specific exercise determined from the Assessment will give you relief of your pain! So in effect the exercise is the treatment most commonly, and we therefore can teach you to relieve you own pain, which you can do whenever it arises. This minimizes your visits to the clinic as you learn the skills to manage your own problem and relieve pain.


3) Does this mean there is no Hands On Treatment?

About 20% of patients required hands on treatment with the McKenzie exercises, frequently in the form of extra pressure from the Physiotherapist applied to your exercise, or sometimes mobilization.


4) Will the McKenzie Method work for me? I have had pain for years/months and failed to respond to other treatment options?

Over 80% rapidly respond, and we frequently see patients who have had their symptoms for years or months and they still respond within 1-2 sessions and experience relief of pain.

We commonly also see patients who rapidly respond despite a variety of treatments from other practitioners.

As we typically identify “responders” within 1-3 sessions, you can quickly find out if the McKenzie Method will work for you without investing a large amount of time or money.

5) Is the McKenzie Method Safe? My symptoms are severe and I have seen a Surgeon and have been told I may require surgery?

We see many such patients, and again the majority respond. As the testing process is strongly focused around your pain response the McKenzie Method is very safe, and is appropriate for most patients including those with severe pain or disability.

6) Does the McKenzie Method apply to joint problems like knee, hip, ankle, elbow and shoulder problems?

Yes! The results are just as effective, again with rapid changes and exercises patients can do to get instant pain relief! Many problems that appear like soft tissue problems such as tennis elbow, Achillies problems or Plantar Fascitis are actually join problems and respond to direction specific exercises with rapid, dramatic improvement.


7) Is the McKenzie Method safe for me? I have back pain and am Pregnant.

Yes. Frequently expecting mum’s experience low back pain that they have been told is due to laxity of the ligaments from pregnancy, but that rapidly responds to repeated movements.