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McKenzie Method

Used for more than 30 years, the McKenzie Method® is an internationally recognized process for assessing and treating back, neck, and extremity pain.

What is the McKenzie method?

The key features of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) are the initial assessment, use of repeated motions to assist in guiding your treatment, and emphasis of self treatment to prevent a recurrence.

MDT emphasizes active patient involvement and education in evaluating back, neck, and extremity problems’ nature and severity. The critical feature of MDT is the initial assessment, which determines the cause of the pain. Our physical therapists use this information to develop a personalized treatment plan.

When the McKenzie Method may be the proper treatment

You may benefit from the McKenzie Method of physical therapy if you have symptoms including:

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McKenzie Method physical therapy benefits

The benefits of the McKenzie Method of physical therapy include:

  • Reduce back, neck and extremity pain
  • Improve ability to return to daily activities
  • Improve mobility and range of motion

What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.

Physical therapy insurance & payment options

We work with most major insurance providers. Although coverage will vary from plan to plan, many physical therapy, occupational therapy and speciality therapy programs are covered under insurance. Learn more about our insurance coverage and self-pay options for physical therapy.