Mckenzie Spinal Treatment Therapy

Mckenzie Spinal Treatment in Mississauga – Curezone physiotherapy is a team of multidisciplinary practitioners purely based on Hands on Manual therapy working together to serve Mississauga community of All Age groups at Britannia road west and Mavis road. Our goal is to encourage and implement McKenzie spine therapy in our spine clinic, Mississauga and work towards the goals of the patient for a faster recovery.


It is intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.)It is developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment with a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. X-Rays and MRIs).

The McKenzie techniques is a reliable assessment process based on repeated movements for assessment and management followed by combination of exercise and therapist intervention as necessary.


The McKenzie method consist of 3 steps: evaluation, treatment and prevention. The evaluation is received using repeated movements and sustained positions. With the aim to elicit a pattern of pain responses, called centralization, the symptoms of the lower limbs and lower back are classified into 3 subgroups: derangement syndrome, dysfunction syndrome and postural syndrome.

The choice of exercises in the McKenzie method is based upon the direction (flexion, extension or lateral shift of the spine). The aims of the therapy are reducing pain, centralization of symptoms (symptoms migrating back into the mid-line of the body) and the complete recovery of pain. The prevention step consists of educating and encouraging the patient to exercise regularly and self-care.


A recent study that evaluated the effectiveness of the McKenzie spine treatment method compared to manual therapy in the management of patients with chronic low back pain concluded that the McKenzie method is a successful treatment to decrease pain in the short term and enhance function in the long term.

McKenzie exercises have also been demonstrated to work on the cervical spine, with one study showing significantly improved cervical posture of people with a forward head posture.


Patients who do not fit within one of the three mechanical syndromes but who demonstrate symptoms and signs of other pathology like:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Hip disorders
  • Sacroiliac disorders
  • Low back pain in pregnancy
  • Zygapophyseal disorders
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Post-surgical problems

A 2019 systematic review, which included high-reliability research, compared the effectiveness of treating chronic lower back pain using the McKenzie method versus manual therapy. The results showed that in the short-term (2-3 months) and long-term (after 6 and 12 months), the McKenzie method was more effective than manual therapy. Namnaqani, Fayez Ibrahim et al (2019

The results of a meta-analysis conducted in 2018 indicate that the McKenzie method for chronic back pain was significantly more effective for increasing work capacity than just physical activity. In acute back pain, there was no difference between the McKenzie method and other interventions (presumably due to the presence of inflammation in the given period). Lam, Olivier T.; Strenger, David M et al (June 2018).

Interexaminer reliability of low back pain assessment using the McKenzie method

S Kilpikoski, O Airaksinen, M Kankaanpää, P Leminen – Spine, 2002 –

The physiotherapists working at Curezone physiotherapy Mississauga are well trained in McKenzie and aims in McKenzie Approach to Emphasis on patient independence, Avoidance of therapist dependency, Use of minimal intervention in spine clinics.

Call Curezone physiotherapy, today to get assessed and McKenzie spine treated in Mississauga by our Mckenzie therapist for your neck, midback and lower back pain.