This technique has been used for more than thirty years around the world and it is a method of assessing and treating spinal and limb pain.
In the MDT classification system, there are three sub-groups or mechanical syndromes (postural, derangement and dysfunction syndrome), to categorize the pain of each patient after a clinical examination.
Thus, the appropriate personalized rehabilitation program is determined for each individual patient.
The McKenzie Method® – an overview
The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a biopsychosocial system of musculoskeletal care emphasizing patient empowerment and self-treatment.
This system of diagnosis and patient management is an evidence based assessment and management protocol that applies to acute, subacute and chronic conditions of the spine and the extremities. It offers a reliable and practical approach that puts the patient’s needs first and guides the clinician in meeting those needs
The MDT assessment enables clinicians to triage patients accurately and efficiently to the appropriate services required. It allows the early identification of non-musculoskeletal pain or contra-indications to therapy where immediate referral onwards is necessary.9 Research has shown that the majority of patients with mechanical spinal pain respond well to specific exercises and experience fewer symptoms when treated with exercises individualised to the patient.
The unique combination of postural advice and the application of specific individualised exercises when delivered by an MDT trained clinician enable the majority of patients to effectively self-manage their condition. This process promotes patient empowerment, increases satisfaction with treatment and is cost-effective.