Lower Limb

McKenzie Method for Peripheral Joints


The McKenzie Method works equally as effectively for Joint problems as it does in the spine.

Like in the lower back and neck, most joint problems display a Direction Preference. 

This means that movement of the injured joint in a particular direction will rapidly bring about relief within 1-2 sets of the exercise.

Given “Responders” can be determined rapidly, it is well worth having an assessment to see if your particular injury displays a Direction Preference, which means a rapid and simple recovery with your Specific Exercise.

Many lower limb problems like shin pain, knee pain or foot pain can actually be caused by your LOWER BACK, and this can occur without LOW BACK PAIN being present.

This can occur as 2/3 of the disc (in the lower back) does not have a nerve supply and so may not produce pain, but can be slightly bulging and lead to increased nerve tension or misalignment of the pelvis creating asymmetrical loading in the lower limb. 

A history of lower back pain, or the lack of a mechanism of injury significantly increase this possibility.

Common Lower Limb Problems that Respond to the McKenzie Method:

  • Hip or Groin problems (often Labral tears that can may or may not be seen on MRI)
  • Knee problems (Meniscus tears or non-specific knee pain that occurs with loading such as running or exercise)
  • Ankle problems (including acute severe sprains, or long-standing difficult unresolved ankle issues)
  • Plantar Fascia Pain (this is the tissue under the arch of the foot that inserts into the heel)
  • Achillies Tendon Problems