What is the McKenzie Method?
- Robin McKenzie’s Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a philosophy practiced worldwide that emphasizes active patient involvement and education for self-managing back, neck, and extremity problems. MDT is more than an exercise, it is a system.
- As a non-invasive and self-directed treatment, the McKenzie Method has been proven to provide fast and effective relief, even for chronic pain. Harnessing the body’s potential to heal itself, MDT frequently prevents the need for more invasive therapies such as medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, surgery, or endless visits to the clinic.
- With an evidence-based initial assessment that has been proven as a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis in only 1-2 visits, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy allows for completely customized treatment plans for every patient after a diagnosis is reached.
- While some therapists may claim to practice McKenzie Methods, only a Certified McKenzie Clinic will be able to identify all the valid indicators to know right away whether—and uniquely how—MDT will work for each patient. Average length of stay is six visits or less for back pain patients.
How does it work?
- Assessment: The “initial assessment component” is a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. The assessment is a unique process beginning with a thorough history and testing of movements.
- Treatment: When appropriate, the McKenzie treatment uses the patient’s own movements and forces to abolish the pain and restore function. The treatment always matches the assessment finding. (In cases when a patient does not respond mechanically, alternative means of treatment and/or further medical evaluation is warranted.)
- Preventative: Patients who do respond favorable to MDT can successfully treat themselves. This will reduce the number of visits to the clinic and provide the patient with the necessary knowledge to quickly manage themselves if symptoms do occur.