McKenzie Protocol


This protocol was founded in 1978 by Mr. Robin McKenzie, a physical therapist from New Zealand. Currently, this method of treating mechanical spinal pain is being instructed throughout the world. To become certified in this method it requires 128 hours of continuing education study. All therapists at Iniguez Physical Therapy are certified in this method. The purpose of this protocol is to alleviate pain from mechanical origin related to the spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar), peripheral joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle). Three categories have been established by the McKenzie Evaluation Method. They are:

  1. Posture syndrome,
  2. Dysfunction Syndrome
  3. Derangement Syndrome (related to bulging discs)

The most commonly treated disc derangements are cervical and lumbar bulging discs which cause radiculopathy (referred pain) to the arms and legs.