Using the McKenzie Method
Maclearie is a McKenzie-Method certified physical therapist, which requires about 150 hours of special education to learn this evidence-based method of musculoskeletal care focused on practical approaches and patient empowerment. After a thorough assessment, Maclearie suspected that Beth’s current pain stemmed from an issue with her spine, not her knees.
Embracing the McKenzie Method’s exploratory approach, Maclearie worked with Beth to examine movements in muscles and postures related to the area in her spine above and below the fusion from her surgery. She determined what aggravated Beth’s pain – and in turn, the precise counter-movements that eased it.
“It’s a very patient-specific approach to problem-solving,” explains Maclearie. “Part of it involves teaching patients to get to know their body, and then we can apply and fine-tune the right exercises and posture education accordingly. Once we determine exactly what works for each person, the response can be immediate.”
Beth was committed to doing her prescribed set of exercises every few hours for several days, and was shocked and relieved to find her pain had dissipated. She now does stretching exercises twice a day, and knows when to apply specific exercises to alleviate any signs of pain through continued insight from Maclearie.
“If I could put a million dollars in her pocket, I would,” muses Beth, who skied a black diamond trail earlier this year and is back to riding and caring for her horses without the fear of pain or further injury. “You can tell that the entire team is really dedicated to their craft, which speaks volumes. Because of that thoughtful care, I now can live my life the way I want to.”
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