Author - Anastasia Belikov, PT, Cert. MDT
Graduated with her DPT in 2017
Shoulder Pain and The McKenzie Method
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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Shoulder pain is a common problem that affects people of all ages and can have a significant impact on daily activities. The McKenzie Method is an effective approach to treating shoulder pain and restoring function to the shoulder joint.
The McKenzie Method is a system of assessment and treatment that aims to identify the underlying cause of the pain. It was developed by physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s and has since become a widely used approach in physical therapy. The McKenzie Method focuses on identifying the movement patterns that aggravate or relieve the pain. This information is used to develop a customized exercise program that targets the specific muscles and joints involved in the injury.
The first step in the McKenzie Method is to assess the patient's range of motion and identify any postures or movements that cause pain. The therapist will then use this information to develop a customized exercise program that is tailored to the patient's specific needs.
One of the most commonly used exercises in the McKenzie Method for shoulder pain is the "Shoulder Extension Exercise." This exercise is moving the arm and shoulder behind your body with variations in rotation, or amount of force. In addition to exercise, the McKenzie Method may also incorporate manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization. These techniques can help to reduce pain and improve range of motion in the affected area.
One of the unique aspects of the McKenzie Method is that it empowers patients to take an active role in their recovery. Patients are encouraged to perform their exercises at home and to monitor their progress, making adjustments as needed. This approach can help to improve the effectiveness of treatment and reduce the risk of recurrence.
In conclusion, the McKenzie Method is an effective approach to treating shoulder pain. By identifying the underlying cause of the pain and developing a customized exercise program, patients can improve their range of motion, reduce pain, and restore function to the shoulder joint. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, seeking the guidance of a licensed physical therapist trained in the McKenzie Method can help you achieve optimal recovery and prevent future injuries.