McKenzie Method of physical therapy

McKenzie Method

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) or the McKenzie Method, as it is often referred to, is a comprehensive and clinically reasoned method of evaluation that does not require the use of expensive diagnostic testing. The treatment principles of MDT promote the body’s own potential to repair itself without the use of medication, injection, or surgery. Through movement testing, the clinician can quickly identify one’s “directional preference” or movements that take pressure off the injured structure that is causing pain and dysfunction. Client education is paramount in this approach. This allows the clients to learn the basic principles of MDT, empowering them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on in-clinic care.

The achievable goals of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy are:

  • Accurately understand the client’s symptom presentation
  • Determine movements of “directional preference”
  • Empower clients to self-treat
  • Abolish symptoms and return full-functional ability
  • Educate clients on how to prevent future occurrences of pain and dysfunction
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