From the Eyes of a Physiotherapist
If you have back, neck or extremity pain, know that YOU have the ability to treat yourself. Robin McKenzie, world renowned physiotherapist and author of Treat Your Own Back, would say that "within each patient lies the ability to treat themselves."
A thorough evaluation via Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, i.e. the McKenzie Method (MDT) should quickly find certain positions and movements that YOU can adopt and utilize to get quick and lasting relief. This evaluation will also give you strategies to manage your posture throughout your workday to avoid aggravating your pain.
This goes against many mainstream treatments where the treatment, manipulation or adjustment is only applied TO you, and you are not ultimately taught how to stay better. This is not to say at all that appropriate hands-on treatment is not beneficial because it very much can be and is utilized here as needed. What I'm saying is that whoever is treating you should also be giving you the tools to take ownership of your health and manage your own issue.
It is almost daily that I work with someone in my office who was treated elsewhere and they say something like, "You know, it felt really good, but then the problem would just come back within a day or so." Let me suggest that this is because this person was never given a strategy on how to treat themselves, which creates dependence on the the healthcare provider instead of dependence on self.
RARELY is a low back, neck, or extremity issue fixed with one treatment of any type, and back problems tend to pop back up even with the best treatment. (approximately 50% of low back pain patients will have recurrent low back pain) So, how nice would it be to know how to manage it yourself the next go around?
This is the epitome of the McKenzie Method and ultimately the goal of treatment at Somerset Spine & Performance Physiotherapy; to get you better as fast as possible all while teaching you how to prevent re-injury. Results can be seen in as little as 2-3 visits. (this is especially true if you come in early)
No referral is needed and the best candidates for treatment are anyone who wants to function without pain.
If you have any of the following click the links to see if you would be a good candidate for the McKenzie Method. (these are not the only issues treated but perhaps the most common)
For more information about Somerset Spine & Performance Physiotherapy, visit LivingBetterPT.com