In speaking with therapists who utilize McKenize principles in their decision-making process, they are quick to remind you that the McKenize system is more than just extension exercise (ie, the fabled prone press up). Diplomates in this system in particular are quick to remind you. Fair enough. However, it seems odd then that their top research award each year is called ‘The McKenzie Institute International Extension Award‘. It’s even known within the Institute as "The Bronze Lady" and is presented to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to education or research in the field of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
We should applaud the Institute’s efforts in publishing clinical research to assist in the physical therapy decision-making process, espcially efforts to identify relevant sub-groups. However, it seems paradoxical and counterproductive to name your top award as an ‘extension’ award if in fact the Institute is trying to tone down perceptions that the McKenzie system is all about extension. See for yourself. Here is the logo:
Perhaps my understanding of their desire to reverse the common perceptions that McKenzie equates to extension exercise (namely the prone press up) is false. McKenzie Diplomates or others, feel free to chime in.