The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is an internationally acclaimed method to assess and treat both spinal and extremity pain.
The philosophy behind MDT is that of active patient involvement and education. A key feature is the initial assessment - the main difference to most other assessments is the use of repeating movements or static positions rather than performing a single movement. Throughout the assessment, as you move, your therapist is evaluating how your symptoms and difficulties with movement change. These repeated movements provide the clinician with the information needed to categorize and help you treat your problem. Certified MDT clinicians are able to rapidly determine which method will be effective for each patient. Each syndrome is addressed according to its unique nature, with specific mechanical procedures, and thus the clinician will be able to prescribe specific exercises and postures aimed at treating your specific situation. Hands-on techniques most likely will be used to help assess your specific condition and may be needed to help you until you can self-manage.
The aim of classifying your problem and giving you specific exercises is to be as effective as possible within the least number of sessions. Although the clinician is there to help guide you along the process, the emphasis is on you being actively involved. Your active participation and adherence to your treatment plan can ultimately minimize the number of visits to the clinic, and your cost of care.
The MDT system is based on the patient not only being actively involved, but learning as much as they can about their condition, including what, how, and why it occurred. By learning about the current problem, you gain knowledge on how to decrease the risk of reinjuring yourself. Because we put you in control of your treatment, future problems are more likely to be prevented through self-maintenance and education.
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