McKenzie Method (MDT)


The McKenzie Method now known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), is a reliable assessment process based on the patients response to end-range movement intended for all musculoskeletal problems. These include pain in the back, neck and extremities. Other issues commonly classified include sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a MDT assessment would be ideal for you!

Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise-based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging. The treatment principles of MDT promote the body’s potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medications, injections, heat, cold, ultrasound, or surgery. McKenzie therapy allows patients to learn the principles of self-treatment and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on invasive medical intervention.

If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to:

  • Accurately understand the patient’s presentation and behavior of symptoms.
  • Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.
  • Eliminate symptoms and restore full function.
  • Empower the patient to self treat and prevent recurrences.
  • Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed.

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