The McKenzie Method for Treating Back & Neck Pain

It was none other than 5th century theologian Saint Augustine who noted that the “greatest evil is physical pain.” He also espoused that it is the “very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.”

Sufferers of back pain and neck pain are all too familiar with this evil and their imperfections that Saint Augustine described.

In response to the prevalence of low back and neck pain, a New Zealand physiotherapist named Robin McKenzie developed in the 1950s a method of treatment. It doesn’t require months of therapy or expensive equipment, nor does it rely on drugs, injections or surgery. What it does require is a physical therapist specially trained in its approach to treating low back and neck pain.

Editor’s Note: Physical therapists uniquely trained in the McKenzie Method detailed here have MDT after their names, signifying their competency in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. At Tidewater Physical Therapy, Jessi Voltin, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT in the Norge Clinic near Williamsburg, Andrea Katz, PT, DPT, MA, CSCS, MDT, cCI and Mona Saeed, Pt, DPT, Cert. MDT, CHT at the John Rolfe clinic near Richmond, and Tori Bishop, PT, DSc, MDT, CMTPT at the Suffolk clinic are certified in this McKenzie Method.  Ashley Forrest, PT, MSPT at the Denbigh clinic is a a McKenzie MDT lumbar, cervical, and thoracic trained physical therapist.