THE MCKENZIE METHOD® OF
MECHANICAL DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY® (MDT)
"Remember, we are here for the patient."
~ Robin McKenzie
The McKenzie Method is a biopsychosocial system of musculoskeletal care emphasizing patient empowerment and self-treatment. This system of diagnosis and patient management applies to acute, subacute and chronic conditions of the spine and extremities. It offers a reliable and practical approach that focuses on "what patients need" and not on "what therapists want to do".
Backed by years of research, evidence and clinical practice
Known to show results in as little as two to three visits
Assessment-driven and individualized treatment plans
Active, not passive, therapy strategies for more successful management
Cost efficient - treatment without expensive tests or procedures
Non-invasive - no needles, no scalpel
Self-directed and managed - we work with you and teach you
Preventative - lifelong knowledge and skills
The McKenzie Method of MDT give patients control of their pain and empowers them to get back to the life they love. Solutions proven to work!
Physical therapy providers: Learn more about the McKenzie Method here.
Patients: Check out an overview and frequently asked questions here.
The McKenzie Method 3 Step Process
The McKenzie Method utilizes a 3-step process to classify the spinal problem and treat the impacted areas. Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy aims to accurately diagnose a patient’s causes of pain through an evidence-based assessment and management protocol.
The McKenzie Method assessment step will identify the patient’s typical movements, positions, and any nuances that may be causing the root of the pain. The patient will be asked to perform movements and rest in different positions. The body’s response to these movements will guide the certified clinician in classifying the impacted extremities.
After the assessment, your provider will suggest positions to avoid and ways to improve your posture to prevent further aggravation to the impacted area. In some cases, your injury may need a hands-on approach to treatment. This is where our McKenzie certified therapists will be pivotal in your pain management.
The patient will be educated on how to safely and effectively self-treat the current injury making them active in their recovery rather than passive. The patient’s management of pain is an important step in prevention of recurring injuries.
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