At Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center of Bristol, Southington & Wallingford ...

a unique comprehensive approach is used to guide your treatment. The McKenzie Method also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a system of evaluation, treatment and the prevention of spinal and extremity pain. Most of our patients will be able to resolve their symptoms in fewer than 6 visits. When utilized in its truest and purest sense many patients will have successful outcomes even if traditional physical therapy methods were unsuccessful.

The McKenzie Method or Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a comprehensive system of assessment, treatment and prevention of mechanical spinal and extremity pain developed in New Zealand by physical therapist Robin McKenzie. The McKenzie Method is a patient centered approach with active patient involvement and education that is supported by sound scientific principles and current best research. Unlike other methods, the McKenzie Method is focused on empowering the patient to self-treat using simple, individually prescribed, exercises and postures. Healthcare practitioners and patients all over the world use the method for back pain, neck pain, shoulder and arm pain. The McKenzie method is now seen as a front line alternative to opioid prescription for its rapid resolution of sciatica, lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder and arm pain.

We at Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers,  are a CERTIFIED McKenzie Spine Care Clinic, one of two in CT.   We are among the handful of clinics worldwide to be certified by the McKenzie Institute International, renowned for its successful non surgical spine care, a method now used in the treatment of extremity pain as well, the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy ®.

This Certified McKenzie Clinic offers a full line of McKenzie supplies and equipment along with 110 percent compression products and a variety of well used therapy equipment.

Suffering from sciatica, herniated discs, neck pain, back pain, stenosis or other pain? Do you have travel sciatica, mechanical headaches, thoracic pain or neck pain and back pain from pregnancy?   Do you have complex health concerns that are difficult to sort out? Would a second opinion, before surgery, put your mind at ease?

Unsure about making this healthcare decision? Contact us for a complimentary, fifteen-minute consultation.

How it Works

It Starts with the Assessment
The assessment process is unique to the McKenzie Method. It begins with the gathering of a thorough history, followed by testing of movements and positions to identify distinct patterns of pain response and functional changes. This guides the clinician in identifying the underlying pain generator.

The Treatment
Using the information from the assessment, the clinician prescribes specific exercises and postures to form an individualized treatment plan. The patients are empowered to treat themselves on day 1!

Prevention
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 a recurrence if one occurs. The exercise that is used to resolve the current problem can be effectively used for prevention.

McKenzie Certified Clinics

Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center is one of two certified clinics in Connecticut that is certified by the McKenzie Institute International as specialized treatment centers.  Patients attending such clinics are guaranteed to receive treatment in the McKenzie Method in its purest form.  Unfortunately, many who claim to “do McKenzie” merely use a few exercises as a modality along with other treatments. Without proper assessment, the results are often disappointing.

What the Research Says About What We Do
  • It is by in large agreed upon that an active approach involving exercise and patient empowerment is a key component in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and problems(APTA clinical guidelines, Haigh & Clarke 1999)
  • Better outcomes have been shown when individually tailored exercises are prescribed after a comprehensive mechanical examination by a trained clinician (Davies 2007; Long et al., 2004; Sinaki & Mikkelson 1984)
  • Quickly (1-3 visits) identities rapid responders and those who will likely need additional treatment. (Donelson et al., 1990; Skytte et al., 2005; Werneke & Hart 2001; Werneke et al., 2011)
  • 50% of patients with chronic back pain and 75% of pain with acute low back pain can rapidly reverse their pain with individually prescribed exercise in a few visits (Aina et al., 2004; Donelson et al., 2012; Sufka et al., 1998; Werneke et al., 1999)
  • Tendon and muscle pain once thought to be caused by inflammation has been shown to be a result of weakened or mechanical change to tissue, that can be successfully treated with specific exercise (Alfredson et al., 1998; Khan et al., 1999; Khan & Scott 2009; Ohberg et al., 2004)
  • Passive treatments utilizing ultrasound, heat or TENS have not been found effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems(Khadilakar et al., 2013; Robertson & Baker, 2001; van der Wandt et al., 1999)
  • Validated individually prescribed injury prevention programs for patients (Larson et al., 2002; Udermann et al., 2004)