The McKenzie Method
What is The McKenzie Method®
The McKenzie Method®, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®, is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. It is a three step process: Assessment, Treatment, Prevention
The stated goal of McKenzie MDT is to “Promote the body’s potential to heal itself without mediation, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, surgery or endless visits to the clinic”
"Globally recognized as a leading treatment for back, neck and extremities disorders."
What is unique about this approach?
The distinction of this method is actually what happens BEFORE any treatment ever begins. A thorough evaluation is completed to reach an accurate diagnosis. In a congested healthcare system, this imperative step is often glossed over, but determining the correct source of pain is absolutely essential to effectively treating the problem.
The evidence has shown that the initial Mckenzie assessment procedures performed by competent MDT clinicians are as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (i.e., X-rays, MRIs). References here
The ultimate goal of The McKenzie Method® is to equip patients with the knowledge and techniques they need to prevent pain and treat themselves. MDT Practitioners want to empower patients to use their own ability for movement and minimize trips to the clinic.
What happens during treatment?
Based on the individual evaluation, a series of exercises are used to move and ultimately eliminate pain. The goal is to centralize pain, which means moving it from the upper/lower back, neck, and extremities to the center of the back through various movements (i.e., extension or flexion, right or left lateral movement, etc.). Patients who respond favorably can treat themselves safely and effectively.
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