Imagine a day when you have the power to control your pain, stiffness and regain the ability to do your work and daily activities​

You will not need to spend months in therapy. You do not need special equipment. And you will not have to rely on medications, injections or frequent trips to the doctor

You will be empowered to help yourself when you learn the proper exercises and techniques from our clinic's
Certified McKenzie Provider, Britt Zink MSPT, Cert MDT.

What is the McKenzie Method of MDT?

The McKenzie Method of MDT is a proven and reliable assessment process that addresses a multitude of musculoskeletal problems including pain in the back, neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle, as well as addressing conditions such as sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain (SI Joint), degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms, intermittent numbness and tingling in hands and feet.

If you are suffering from these conditions, then a MDT assessment may be right for you!

The McKenzie Method was developed by Robin McKenzie, and is a researched and clinically validated, exercise-based approach that incorporates assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and uses a thorough, comprehensive and clinically guided evaluation of patients without the use of expensive imaging studies (e.g. xrays, MRIs).

This treatment approach promotes the body's potential to repair itself and does not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.

How does it Work?

Most pain of the neck, back and extremities (shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, etc) is "mechanical" in its origin, which means that it did not start because of a serious disease process, but rather is the result of abnormal stresses, forces or mechanics occurring in the tissue.

This means that a position, movement or repeated activity caused the pain to start. If a mechanical force caused the pain to start, then logic would convey that a mechanical force may be part of the solution.

The MDT system is designed to identify the mechanical problem and develop a plan to correct or improve the mechanics and thus decrease or eliminate the pain and functional problems.

Interpreting this information, the clinician determines which of the movements and posture becomes the treatment as well as the necessary exercise dosage.

McKenzie Method

What's Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy?

The McKenzie Method: Step By Step

The McKenzie Method: Step By Step

Step 1: Assessment

Assessment starts with the McKenzie Therapist taking a detailed history about your symptoms and how they behave.

Next you will perform specific movements and the McKenzie therapist will monitor how these movements and positions affect your symptoms

How your symptoms and range of movement changes with these movements provides the clinician with information that they can use to categorize your problem.

Step 2: Classification

​After the assessment is completed, your McKenzie therapist categorizes your your condition and this guides the treatment approach that will be initiated and progressed with the consultation of your McKenzie Therapist.

Step 3: Treatment

With the information gathered during the assessment, the McKenzie Therapist will prescribe specific exercises that are appropriate for the patient's condition.

The patient then performs these prescribed exercises and their program is progressed and modified by the McKenzie Therapist during their course of the patient's care.

If your condition has a more difficult presentation, your qualified McKenzie Therapist may need to incorporate hands-on manual techniques to assist you in your recovery until you are able to manage your symptoms yourself.

Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided with the necessary knowledge and tools.

Step 4: Prevention

​With collaboration with your McKenzie Therapist, you will learn how to self-treat and prevent recurrence of your problem.

You will gain knowledge and skills to prevent future recurrence as well as to self-treat should you your symptoms ever recur.

Ultimately the patient is empowered to help themselves!

Are you wondering how PT can help you? Do you have questions you would like to ask before you schedule your first appointment? We would be happy to have a PT call you to answer your questions.

Do you have questions about insurance coverage or about scheduling your appointment? Wondering if a doctor order is needed for PT? We would be happy to discuss any questions you have. ​

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