McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an approach that is trusted and used by clinicians and patients all over the world.

The McKenzie Method is a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems. It focuses on the assessment and management of mechanical pain, which is pain caused by abnormal movement and positioning of the joints, muscles, and nerves.

The primary goal of this method is to empower patients by providing them with self-management tools to control their symptoms and prevent future recurrences.

What Does MDT Involve?

A vital feature of the McKenzie Method is its emphasis on accurate diagnosis. Qualified healthcare professionals, such as chiropractors and physiotherapists, trained in this method use a systematic approach to identify the source of a patient's pain.

By analyzing the patient's symptoms, conducting a thorough examination, and employing specific movement tests, they can determine the mechanical nature of the problem. This diagnostic precision enables healthcare providers to tailor treatment plans to address the underlying cause of the pain effectively.

Using information from the assessment, your clinician will provide a strategy for you to control or eliminate your pain and restore function.

By learning how to self-treat the current problem, hopefully, you will gain some insight into how to minimize the risk of recurrence. You should also be able to self-treat symptoms if they recur, putting you in control of your treatment safely and effectively.

Treatment Techniques

The McKenzie Method offers a range of treatment techniques to alleviate pain and promote healing. These techniques may include:

  1. Self-assessment and self-treatment: Patients are taught how to identify their pain triggers and perform specific exercises or postural adjustments to alleviate their symptoms. This empowers patients to take an active role in their recovery.

  2. Mechanical therapy: Chiropractors and physiotherapists trained in the McKenzie Method employ hands-on techniques to mobilize or manipulate the affected joints and tissues. These techniques aim to restore normal movement and function, reducing pain and promoting healing.

  3. Patient education: Understanding the condition and the factors contributing to it plays a vital role in the McKenzie Method. Healthcare professionals provide patients with comprehensive education about their condition, empowering them to make informed decisions regarding their treatment and lifestyle choices.

Common Injuries That May Benefit From MDT

Low Back Pain 
Neck Pain 
Shoulder Pain 
Knee Pain 
Hip Pain 
Tennis Elbow

When seeking a Saskatoon Chiropractor with expertise in the McKenzie Method, look no further than E3 Chiropractic + Wellness.

E3 Chiropractic + Wellness offers effective treatment plans that incorporate the McKenzie Method, helping individuals find relief from musculoskeletal pain and restore their quality of life.

Schedule an Appointment