The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a Method of assessment and treatment for spinal and limb pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It has been widely used all over the world for over 30 years. It is an approach that aims to provide the patient with the tools to help themselves both in the short and long term. MDT is well researched and provides an evidence-based framework for assessment and treatment.
Who was Robin McKenzie?
Robin McKenzie was a physiotherapist from New Zealand who devised this method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from observation and treating patients over many years. He was an internationally renowned physiotherapist and was the Founder and President of The McKenzie Institute International. The McKenzie Institute International is an international research and educational organisation that was formed to further the development of his philosophy. There are branches in over 30 countries around the world to meet the growing demand for knowledge by both clinicians and their patients. The McKenzie Institute of Australia can be found at www.mckenziemdt.org.au
Do all physiotherapists use this Method?
No. Many Australian physiotherapists have not had training in the method, which seems surprising given its effectiveness and evidence base. It is particularly widely used in the USA and Europe. Unfortunately, many who claim to “do McKenzie” have modified and diluted the Method to such an extent that it barely resembles the true Method. Without following the correct assessment and treatment process, the results are often disappointing. Both Russell and Kirsty have successfully passed the Credentialling Exam in Sydney, meaning that they have been assessed to have a level of skill and knowledge to provide the McKenzie method.
Does the McKenzie Method involve electrotherapy?
Can it help even if I have had my problem for years?
Research has proven that this Method can effectively treat those patients whose pain has been present for months as well as years. A thorough assessment conducted over two to three sessions will allow the therapist to determine how much benefit you may gain from using the McKenzie Method.