Mckenzie Exercises

The first is the McKenzie exercise activity prescribed based on patient presentation and assessment. The goal of McKenzie therapy is to centralize the pain, or move the pain from the leg into the low back, as low back pain is generally better tolerated than leg pain.
Second, education of the patient is critical also. It is integral for the patient undergoing the McKenzie method of treatment to know what to do to manage any future low back pain episodes. Education of the patient is considered 'mission critical' in order to realize sustained pain relief. At Britton Chiropractic we provide one on one specialized education on these exercises.

McKenzie Exercises, Centralization, and Expected Results

Once the directional preference is found, McKenzie exercise treatment may begin with McKenzie exercises - exercises that are directly informed by the assessment. The goal, as stated previously, is to centralize the patient's pain in the core back structures rather than treat pain that is localized in a specific area (e.g., lower right posterior back or hip joint). Patients doing McKenzie exercises may minimize or abolish their localized pain which can be acute or chronic. Patients can achieve centralization over the course of daily prescribed McKenzie Exercises.

Video below of Mckenzie Exercises featuring Fitness Professional / World Champion Martial Artist, Pro MMA Fighter, Jessica Pryor:

Williams Exercises

Williams' flexion exercises are exercises designed to stretch out the spine, particularly in the lumbar region. Williams believed that most back pain happens because the curve of the spine in the lower back is too great, so his exercises are designed to flatten this area. Although few therapists subscribe entirely to Williams' rationale, his exercises still are in use to achieve a full range of motion in spinal exercise.

Video below of Williams Exercises featuring Fitness Professional / World Champion Martial Artist, Pro  MMA fighter, Jessica Pryor:

Williams' flexion exercises are exercises designed to stretch out the spine, particularly in the lumbar region. Williams believed that most back pain happens because the curve of the spine in the lower back is too great, so his exercises are designed to flatten this area. Although few therapists subscribe entirely to Williams' rationale, his exercises still are in use to achieve a full range of motion in spinal exercise.

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