The McKenzie Method Solution for Low Back Pain

The McKenzie Method - Your Solution for Low Back Pain

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is an internationally recognized method of assessing and treating spinal and extremity pain. How does it work? It can be broken down into four important steps.

STEP 1 – Assessment

  • Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history of your symptoms and how they behave.
  • You will be asked to perform repeated movements and rest in specific positions.
  • Your physiotherapist will watch and ask you questions as you perform these tasks in order to see how it changes with each repetition.
  • A complete picture will form for your physiotherapist as to what your issues are.

STEP 2 – Classification

  • McKenzie therapists are trained to classify patients into 3 specific groups:
    • postural problems
    • dysfunction (stiffness, lack of mobility)
    • derangements (disc bulges) 

STEP 3 – Treatment

  • Your physiotherapist will prescribe specific exercises and advice regarding postures to use or avoid.
  • While the main focus of MDT is teaching the patient to self-treat, some hands on techniques may be required until you are able to handle it on your own.
  • The ultimate aim of MDT is to make the most progress in the least amount of time and sessions. In other words, if you can treat yourself five to six times per day by doing your exercises and postural techniques you will heal much faster than if you are only getting treated once or twice per week.
  • The most important part of MDT is commitment by the patient.

STEP 4 – Prevention

  • Once the physiotherapist teaches you to self-treat you will also learn how to avoid reoccurrence.
  • If the injury does reoccur, you will have the knowledge and tools to get a head start on your treatment.

All in all, McKenzie Therapy is an amazing treatment option that requires specific training to perform. It has been used around the world for 30 years.

To book an appointment with our very own McKenzie certified therapist, Charles Pépin, call the clinic at 704-474-4440.



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