McKenzie Method®

The McKenzie Method® is a comprehensive approach to the spine, designed to treat patients with the following conditions:

  • Bulging/herniated discs
  • Back & neck pain
  • Radicular or referred pain in to the arms and/or legs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sciatica
  • Stenosis
  • Spine arthritis











McKenzie-certified physical therapists have completed additional training to become a spine specialist. This unique training includes a four-part course with a comprehensive written and practical exam.

Hertel & Brown has three fully certified McKenzie therapists: Aaron Hertel, MPT, Cert. MDT, at West Erie Plaza; Darbee Harrington, DPT, CCI, Cert. MDT, in Warren; and Jessica Morphy, DPT, Cert. MDT, at Summit. Every Hertel & Brown location features at least one therapist that has had McKenzie training.

During an evaluation, multi-directional movements are used to determine if they provoke pain or if the patient is limited in his/her movements. Pain patterns guide a patient’s treatment, which becomes simple: implement more movements that reduce pain and avoid movements that produce pain.

The therapist educates the patient on proper posture and body mechanics, which is vital to decreasing aggravating symptoms.

Once pain is reduced, the therapist works with the patient to re-establish a normal range of motion in all planes and regain full function and mobility. The therapist essentially teaches the patient to treat themselves with a preventative maintenance program to keep neck and/or back pain away for good.

If you are interested in the McKenzie Method, call any one of our five locations to schedule an appointment today.