The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy™ is an active patient treatment philosophy for back, neck and extremity problems that emphasizes prevention and intervention, and encourages patients to be in control of their own treatment. The key distinction is its initial assessment component — a safe and reliable evaluation means to accurately reach a diagnosis and initiate the appropriate treatment plan. It is a logical, cost-effective process that evaluates the patient’s problem quickly.
Classification of Pain
Since most spinal pain is believed to be mechanical in nature, most patients will show patterns of response to pain and function, and then be classified accordingly. This classification is unique to the McKenzie Method and provides a benefit to the patient and practitioner by eliminating the need for expensive and/or invasive procedures, because patients will be treated based on their individual spinal syndrome.
How to Become a McKenzie Practitioner
In order to become certified in the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy™ (Cert. MDT), therapists must complete four courses and have a minimum of two years of clinical experience. Additionally, therapists must pass a comprehensive written and clinical examination which is designed to assess the clinical knowledge and skills developed by the practitioner throughout the course curriculum.