Upper 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 upper limb problems like shoulder pain, elbow pain or wrist/forearm pain can actually be caused by your NECK, and this can occur without NECK 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 pressure on the nerve that runs through your shoulder, elbow and into the hand.

A history of neck/shoulder blade pain, or the lack of a mechanism of injury significantly increase this possibility.

Common Upper Limb Problems that Respond to the McKenzie Method:

  • Shoulder pain (this may be pain in the region of the shoulder, or even just limitation of range of movement of the arc of shoulder movements)
  • Shoulder Tendon problems (these often actually turn out to be neck problems, or shoulder joint problems that “mimic tendon issues”
  • Elbow pain or pain radiating into the forearm
  • Wrist/Hand pain
  • Tendon problem such as Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow

Shoulder Exercises with the McKenzie Method