McKenzie Definitions

  1. Posture Syndrome: This syndrome is common with individuals that require sitting the majority of their time to perform their jobs, or individuals who through the years have neglected their posture and experience pain in their thoracic region.
  2. Dysfunction Syndrome: This mainly describes the lack of flexibility of the spine due to various factors such as; post-surgical scarring, chronic poor posture, and scar tissue related to arthritic changes of the spine. This syndrome can occur in all three areas of the spine.
  3. Derangement Syndrome: This protocol is used most frequently in the clinics. In this category the disc is the main emphasis. The theory is that the nucleus of the disc shifts within the vertebra. It has been scientifically proven by MRI images that 95 % of the disc herniations (bulges) occur in a posterior-lateral direction. Therefore, the McKenzie protocol assists in centralizing the nucleus of the disc with proper exercise and mobilizations to the spine. This protocol is highly effective for with patients prior to surgical intervention.

Depending on the evaluation's physical findings by using the McKenzie Evaluation Method, each syndrome is treated accordingly with the procedures taught in the McKenzie courses for the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine, and peripheral joints. After this syndrome is stabilized by this method (2 weeks), then they are progressed to spine strengthening utilizing the Pneu-chair and the Pneu-weight system for another 3 weeks.