Specialty Spine Techniques

Our therapists are well trained in a variety of researched methods to alleviate spinal pain:

  • McKenzie Method for Treatment of Neck and Back Pain
    Unique to the McKenzie Method is a comprehensive and logical step-by-step process to evaluate the patient’s problem quickly. This mechanical examination can “classify” most patient conditions by the level of pain or limitation that results from certain movements or positions. McKenzie treatment prescribes a series of individualized exercises. The emphasis is on active patient involvement, which minimizes the number of visits to the clinic.Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided the necessary knowledge and tools. For patients with more difficult mechanical problems, a certified McKenzie clinician can provide advanced hands-on techniques until the patient can self administer.By learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence and to rapidly deal with recurrence if it occurs. The likelihood of problems persisting can more likely be prevented through self-maintenance.
    (from the Mckenzie Institute website, USA)
  • Graston Technique for Treatment of Neck and Back Pain
    Our therapists offer a unique method in addressing fascial and soft tissue restrictions that may occur in a patients post-operatively, with injury or from prolonged postural changes. The Graston technique is an instrument-assisted manual technique for examination and treatment of many soft-tissue conditions.
  • Mulligan Method for Treatment of Neck and Back Pain
    Evaluating The Mulligan technique focuses on assisting proper movement of the small spinal facet joints while the patient is actively moving and weight bearing. The more active approach to treatment often allows for improved joint play motion within the neck and back and helps decrease pain.
  • Hesch Method for Treatment of Neck and Back Pain
    Evaluating and treating the spinal mis-alignment problems in patients, the Hesch method uses both therapist and patient self-treatment techniques to adjust the spine into better symmetry.
  • Strain/ Counter-strain Method for Treatment of Neck and Back Pain
    Often times back exercise program include only stretching exercises, but frequently the muscles in the spine need to have less tension on them rather than the tension indued in a stretch. Strain/ counter-strain is a positioning technique that brings the two ends of the muscle together (the muscle’s origin and insertion) so that all of the line of tension is taken away from the muscle. the muscle-specific position is held for 90 seconds for proper relaxation of the muscle to occur.