I have heard of McKenzie extension exercises for back pain. Will they help me?
Treatment of back pain will only be effective if you choose the treatment technique based on the most accurate diagnosis.
A proportion of people with acute back pain episodes will respond well to the McKenzie approach. We choose a movement direction based on our assessment and monitor how the pain moves and reduces.
A large benefit of this approach is that once you are shown what to do, much of your recovery will be in your hands to do at home.
Other types of back pain may be seriously aggravated by this approach. During my initial consultation with you I will match what your tell me about your history of back pain, your usual activities and the behavior of pain with what I find on a careful examination. We can then discuss what the best research based approach will suit your presentation.