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Cervical Spine Retraction & Extension

Mckenzie Method retraction & Extension - Neck pain relief - West Loop Chiropractor

One of the most common complaints we see as chiropractors is neck pain. As the only therapist in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago certified in the Mckenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and therapy, we often combine chiropractic adjustments with home exercise programs. The beauty of these Mckenzie exercises is that they can be effective no matter your diagnosis. We have had patients with everything from bulging and herniated discs, degenrative disc disease, facet syndromes, whiplash, and even stenosis find relief from the Mckenzie approach.  The key is to find the right exercise for YOU.

This exercise, Cervical Retraction & Extension, was made famous by Robin Mckenzie for it's ability to help centralize, relieve, and abolish neck pain. If we have prescribed it for you, take a look at the video for a reminder on the finer points of how to properly perform this exercise for best results.

The posture we assume when seated, working, or scrolling may also put undue stress on your neck.  Take a peak at this video to see how posture drives our neck position, and therefore the forces we put on the tissues of our neck.


Lastly, this cervical spine exercise may cause pain.  That's okay. Not all pain is a signal of tissue damage.  Sometimes it may even be a good thing.  If this exercise is at all uncomfortable, this last video has a few talking points which highlight how to know when pain is a stop sign, or just a detour to recovery. 

Dr. Todd Peterson, DC, Cert MDT. Dr. Todd Peterson Dr. Todd Peterson is a chiropractor and certified provider for Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT, aka the McKenzie Method). Dr. Peterson played football at the University of Nebraska, where he was a 4 year letter winner and Academic All American. He briefly played professional football in 2009 before returning to Chiropractic School in 2010. He earned his doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree from National University of Health Sciences in 2013, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors.

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