Guilford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center incorporates a non-invasive pain management system called the McKenzie Method. Developed 50+ years ago by Robin McKenzie, a physical therapist in New Zealand, it is a program of assessment, treatment and prevention strategies (including spine-extending exercises) for managing back and neck pain in certain patients. The premise is that spinal extension can help “centralize” the patient’s pain by moving it away from the extremities to the back. By centralizing the pain, it is believed that the source of the pain can be treated rather than merely the symptoms.
This non-invasive method is designed to provide a long-term approach for treating and managing pain for patients suffering from recurring neck and/or back pain. When followed correctly, the plan helps to reduce pain quickly so patients can return to normal daily activities. They will learn how to avoid postures and movements that cause recurring pain, and thereby minimize the number of visits to seek professional help.
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