Suffering from neck, back or extremity pain? McKenzie Method can help!

The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an evidence based system of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. This method has been one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available and has been widely used all over the world for more than 30 years with emphasis on patient empowerment and self-treatment.


MDT begins with the MDT trained clinician taking a detailed history about your symptoms and how they behave. You will be asked to perform certain movements and rest in certain positions. The main difference to most other assessments is the use of repeated movements rather than a single movement. How your symptoms and range of movement changes with these repeated movements provides the clinician with information that they can use to categorize your problem.


Using the information from the assessment, the MDT trained clinician will prescribe specific exercises and advice regarding postures to adopt and postures to temporarily avoid. If your problem has a more difficult mechanical presentation, a qualified MDT clinician may need to add hands-on techniques until you can self-manage. The aim is to be as effective as possible in the least number of sessions.

The unique combination of postural advice and the application of specific individualized exercises when delivered by an MDT trained clinician enable the majority of patients to effectively self-manage their condition.


By learning how to self-treat the current problem, you gain knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence. You can also rapidly deal with symptoms if they recur, putting you in control of your treatment safely and effectively. Persisting problems are more likely to be prevented through self-maintenance than by passive care.

Registered physiotherapist at Therapy One, has completed advanced courses in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and provides comprehensive assessments and appropriate treatments for all areas of the musculoskeletal system.