THE MCKENZIE METHOD
The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) as it is a reliable assessment process for musculoskeletal problems, including: back pain, sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis and degenerative disc disease. It is an evidence-based approach that relies on active patient involvement and education.
The evaluation and treatment process emphasizes exercise, posture, and teaching people to independently manage their own condition. Research has shown exercise to be the most valuable tool for longstanding relief of spine-related pain, but not all exercises are appropriate for all conditions. The McKenzie Method begins with a comprehensive evaluation to determine how the problem/painful region responds to movement or position. Based on this assessment, an individual treatment program is developed, tailored to the specific needs of the condition.
How is the McKenzie Method Different From Traditional Physical Therapy
It is focused on teaching a home exercise programs vs. coming to the clinic to perform a general exercise program
It emphazies active treatment using exercise and minimizes the use of passive treatments such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat, and ice.
Manual Therapy is used when necessary to supplement the benefits of exercise.