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McKenzie Method

How Does the McKenzie Method (MDT) Work?

MDT is a systematic approach to examination and evaluation for patient management that applies to acute, subacute and chronic conditions of the spine and the extremities, and it provides the foundation to direct appropriate treatment options emphasizing patient empowerment and self-treatment. Its greatest success lies in the practitioner being fully trained and committed to the integrity of the system.

Step 1: Active Examination

Listening to a patient’s detailed history and with their active involvement using repeated movements or positions during the unique MDT examination process, the clinician establishes a clear direction with a solid baseline to develop an individualized management plan.

Step 2: Dynamic Diagnosis

Patients will be prescribed specific exercises and given guidance for appropriate postures and behaviors to adopt or temporarily avoid outside the clinic. The clinician can quickly re-evaluate from the baseline and observing how their symptoms and range of movement changes to maintain the course or modify the plan. This may include hands-on techniques as needed.

Step 3: Reliable Intervention

By learning how to self-treat a current impairment, patients gain practical knowledge to minimize the risk of recurrence and rapidly deal with symptoms if they do recur. Prevention is the ultimate goal and patient education is a chief component with MDT.

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