The Mckenzie method (MDT)
The McKenzie Method is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems.
This method has been developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950’s. It is an exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
This method promotes the body’s potential to heal itself and allows the patients to manage their own symptoms with principles and exercises.
The Mckenzie assessment explore different movements and positions, how the patient performs them and the mechanical response to these movements.
Some patients may have a directional preference which means that moving in one direction may provoke and increase the pain and symptoms and moving in the other direction may reduce the pain and restore function.
Other patients might have pain only at end range of motion or with certain functional movements like trowing a ball.
After the assessment, the nature of your problem will be explained to you, the physiotherapist will identify what he can do for you and you will be advised and educated on what you can do to help yourself.
The aim is to be as effective as possible in the least number of sessions.
- Advice on posture to adopt or to avoid
- Hands on techniques if necessary
- Neck problems with or without radiating arm pain
- Back problems with or without sciatica
- Degenerative disc disease or herniated disc
- Extremity problems such as shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or ankle
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Muscle spasm
- Numbness in hands or feet