How Can McKenzie Method Therapy Help Me?

The McKenzie Method is a specialized form of physical therapy developed by Robin McKenzie that focuses on the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. It is aimed at providing self-management techniques to patients, empowering them to take an active role in their own recovery.

Why Consider the McKenzie Method?

Individualized Assessment

Individualized assessment with aa tailored treatment plan.

Self-Treatment Techniques

Strong focus on empowering patients to manage their own symptoms.

Active Patient Participation

Learn self-assessment methods, and the tools to modify your symptoms.

Evidence-Based Approach

Relying on proven methods, you can be confident in the credibility and success of the McKenzie Method.

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McKenzie Method Treated Conditions

McKenzie Therapy is Known to Improve the Following Conditions

The McKenzie Method is employed to treat a wide range of conditions including:

Low Back Pain
Sciatica / DDD
Sacroiliac Joint / SIJ
Neck Pain
Mechanical Headaches
Shoulder Pain / Rotator Cuff Injury
Hip Pain / Bursitis
Knee Pain / Jumper’s Knee
Tendonitis / Tendonosis
Deconditioning / Weakness
Ligamentous Injury

McKenzie Method Advantages

Individualized Assessment

The McKenzie Method utilizes a systematic approach to assess the specific mechanical problem causing pain or dysfunction. This assessment involves identifying movement patterns, postures, and activities that provoke or alleviate symptoms.

By understanding the patient’s unique pain triggers and responses, the therapist can tailor treatment techniques accordingly. This individualized assessment allows for a targeted treatment plan that addresses the root cause of the pain, leading to more successful outcomes.

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Self-Treatment Techniques

The McKenzie Method provides patients with a range of self-treatment techniques that are easy to learn and integrate into their daily lives. These techniques are designed to reduce pain, improve movement, and minimize the risk of future episodes.

Examples of self-treatment techniques include specific exercises, such as repeated movements or sustained positions, which are prescribed based on the patient’s response during the assessment.

By equipping clients with self-management strategies, the McKenzie Method empowers them to actively participate in their own recovery, leading to improved outcomes and decreased reliance on healthcare professionals.

Active Patient Participation

The McKenzie Method emphasizes the importance of active patient involvement in the treatment process. Patients are educated about their condition, helping them understand the underlying causes of their symptoms. They are taught self-assessment techniques to monitor their progress and make necessary adjustments to their treatment plan.

This active participation fosters a sense of control, self-efficacy, and responsibility for their own health. By actively engaging in their treatment, clients are more likely to adhere to the prescribed exercises, postural modifications, and lifestyle changes, resulting in faster recovery and reduced risk of recurrence.

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Evidence-Based Approach

The McKenzie Method is based on a solid foundation of research and evidence. Over the years, numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach in treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and sciatica.

By employing evidence-based techniques, potential clients can have confidence in the credibility and success of the McKenzie Method. The reliance on scientific research ensures that treatment decisions are based on proven principles and techniques, leading to optimal outcomes for patients.

What Makes Physical Therapy in Motion Different

1-on-1 Plus+ Care

We value your time and effort so you deserve our undivided attention to get the most out of each session. We also offer constant contact. Don’t wait! We encourage communication via our patient message portal to answer questions or tweak your program between visits.

Self Treatment

We believe in empowering you by prescribing specific exercises, helpful postures, and activity modifications that give you the control, not your condition. Often we can identify 1-2 simple movements on day one that will immediately impact your symptoms.


Treatment doesn’t stop when you walk out of our office. We train you for a successful transition past our care – for life. We teach you practical ways to prevent recurrence, tips and warning signs for early detection and how to self-treat should they recur.

Reviews and Recommendatations

Hunter Verner
Hunter Verner
Susan did a great job identifying my issue and giving me personalized therapy for my hip issue. She listened really carefully to my feedback and altered the plan when we did not see a specific movement improving my issue. Highly recommended.
Daniel J. Smith
Daniel J. Smith
Susan did a fantastic job helping me recover from a painful shoulder problem with severely restricted range of motion. I spent several months and lots of money, not to mention unnecessary pain, at a chain PT clinic making zero progress for several months. I went to Susan in desperation, mainly for a second opinion before pursuing shoulder surgery. Within a few weeks, however, I was seeing substantial gains under Susan’s guidance and was able to restore my range of motion and eliminate my pain. She was very good at explaining exercises and also providing videos to help me do them correctly at home. Scheduling and billing were easy and professional. I highly recommend Susan!
Christy Lammers
Christy Lammers
As a Holistic RN in a Pediatric ICU, I spend my days providing Massage, Healing Touch, Reflexology, Acupressure etc. to the patients and their families to minimize pain, enhance coping, promote comfort and healing. Although I love my job and witness the healing and rest that the patients were receiving, I was leaving work every day with my own neck, shoulder and back pain. After 6 years of these repetitive motions and sub optimal body positioning in ICU rooms, I knew something had to change or I would have to move on from something I loved. As a referral to Susan's GOATA program for my daughter, I instead wanted to pursue the program for myself first! I was in desperate need to be pain free. At 43 and in great health, I wanted to reconnect with my body and regain optimal pain free movement again. Susan was God sent! She is passionate about teaching her clients to listen to their bodies while giving them exercises to work on throughout the day. This program requires the willingness to commit to yourself! Bottom line, do the work and you will see the results! She coached and cheered me through every major and minor accomplishment. She tailors her sessions to you, as an individual, and meets you where you are in that moment. She pushes you past what you think your body is able to do. She understands the intricacies of the human body and never gives up on providing the tools to help you get to your goal of feeling your best Every Single Day. I am pain free today! I work 8 hours at my job and leave without pain. I continue to create more confidence in my body and I am empowered with tools and exercises to utilize if I have a flare up. I am so thankful I said yes to myself and working with Susan. She helped me transform my life for the better!
Andrew Oakley
Andrew Oakley
Dr. Susan Wood is a true partner in your health. She provides actionable steps in improving your way of life. I have been suffering from knee pain and shin splints that has hindered my training. After just a few sessions, I'm already seeing results with less pain and more mobility. Highly recommend!
Lara Bowen
Lara Bowen
Susan helped me with my IT band issues when the chain PT practice failed. She spent the time to do a thorough evaluation to determine the root of the problem. Her knowledge and experience were so valuable to help me get out of pain and back to running.
Derek Hawn
Derek Hawn
Susan at Physical Therapy in Motion is a great service provider. I was having lower back issues. We spent time targeting the issue and what worked best for me. After that, she provided various exercise and stretch activities to allow me to improve strength and flexibility over time. I am now comforted knowing I have these tools in the tool box for future use and maintenance. Thank you!
Cindy Hudson
Cindy Hudson
Susan is so knowledgeable about how the body works. She will ask questions and try different therapy modalities until she discovers the trigger point for your problem. She has helped my cranky, creaky knees so much by focusing on stretching my lower back!! I highly recommend her to help you with any mobility issue you have.
Safe Haven Solutions by Shelly
Safe Haven Solutions by Shelly
I had been dealing with upper back, shoulder and right neck pain for over three years. I tried chiropractic care, orthopedic care, injections, physical therapy… The whole gamut. I was introduced to Susan at a coffee shop just out of the blue one day. She offered to do a consult with me and I thought why not let’s see if this could be the answer… And it was! She knew exactly what tools I needed to manage the pain I was having and after only a few appointments I now can not only keep the pain from getting out of control, but manage the pain with the exercises that she taught me. I am so thankful God put her in my path that day in the coffee shop.
I came to Dr. Wood in Cool Springs/Franklin because I was having knee and hip pain. I wanted a specialist experienced in working with this sort of problem. She made a thorough examination of my gait/walk and posture. Base on that evaluation, she gave me several exercises to try during the session to see which would be most helpful. She sent me short videos showing how to do each exercise correctly, the number of reps and frequency. I'm improving after the second visit. I highly recommend Dr. Susan Wood.
Jeffrey Falvo
Jeffrey Falvo
I have had a great experience with PT in Motion in Franklin. After having ankle pain for several months, trying a few other treatment options which didn't work, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Wood. I had not considered physical therapy until a friend suggested Dr. Wood. On my first appointment, she thoroughly evaluated my gait and prescribed exercises to restore the natural alignment in my feet. Within 3 weeks I was walking better and most importantly without pain. I am so grateful for Dr. Wood and the type individualized care she provides. PT in Motion is worth the drive from Brentwood or even Nashville.

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