The McKenzie Method for Back and Neck Pain

The McKenzie Method is a comprehensive approach to spine health developed by Robin McKenzie of New Zealand in the 1960s. The McKenzie Method, also called the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), consists of a program of Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention. The McKenzie Method uses an algorithmic, step-by-step process to classify spine disorders in its Assessment procedure, and patients are divided accordingly into definable subgroups. Though treatment exercises and strategies are specific for each subgroup, all Treatment emphasizes patient education and engagement. The patient takes on an active role of managing his or her care, and fewer visits to the clinic are generally required. In Prevention, the McKenzie Method teaches patients to manage behaviors and movements to reduce the risk of recurring pain. Anne is the only therapist in the area certified in the McKenzie Method.

• To learn more about the McKenzie Method, visit the McKenzie International website.

Anodyne Infrared Light Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy and other issues with poor circulation

Poor circulation can be extremely painful and even debilitating, and there are few methods for treating circulatory conditions. Anodyne Light Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses monochromatic infrared light (at a wavelength of 890 nanometers) to improve circulation. Though the light is invisible to the human eye, the wavelengths, transmitted through diodes, can penetrate between 3 and 5 cm of skin painlessly. The infrared light activates a cascade of intercellular activity that releases nitric oxide from red blood cells and potentially from endothelial cells. Once freed from the blood cells, the nitric oxide acts as an extremely effective vasodilator, that is, it improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Anodyne Infrared Light Therapy has been cleared by the FDA, and is currently being used to treat a variety of conditions by reducing pain and increasing mobility and function. It is especially beneficial in treating peripheral neuropathy.

• To learn more, visit the Anodyne website.

Epley or Canalith Repositioning Maneuver for Vertigo

A normal, healthy ear contains canaliths, also called otoliths, which are calcium carbonate crystals attached to the membrane of the inner ear. Age, trauma, and disease can dislodge canaliths, and once dislodged, canaliths are free to move about the inner ear. Normal head movement can cause sensations of dizziness and vertigo simply because the canaliths move when the head moves, and their movement stimulates the sensitive hairs of the inner ear which are critical to balance.

The Epley or Canalith Repositioning Maneuver is named for John Epley who developed the treatment in the early 1990s. The therapy uses specific head movements to reposition canaliths so that they can no longer interfere with balance. Though this treatment does not require drugs or invasive procedures, the patterned series of head and body movements is systematic and complex, and when followed correctly, has been very successful in eliminating vertigo in patients who suffered from errant canaliths.

• To learn more, visit The Vestibular Disorders Association website.

We treat the following conditions:

  • back strain and pain, neck strain and pain
  • herniated disks
  • tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis
  • weakness
  • muscle strain
  • heel spurs, planter-fasciitis
  • post-surgery conditions
  • knee, shoulder, and hip replacements
  • balance problems, vertigo, dizziness
  • fibromyalgia
  • tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

We offer the following specialized treatments:

  • Epley or Canalith Repositioning Maneuver for vertigo
  • McKenzie Treatment for back, neck, and extremity pain
  • Anodyne Infrared Light Treatment, helpful for peripheral neuropathy, especially diabetic neuropathy.
  • Hallpike Test for Vertigo
  • Ergonomic Consultation and Functional Job Analysis

We perform the following specialized tests:

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • McKenzie Evaluation of the back or neck

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