• Dr. Monica Ngo

The McKenzie Method | Unity Spine and Health (London, ON)

Table of Contents:


What is the McKenzie Method (MDT)?

Where does the McKenzie Method come from?

Advantages of MDT?

McKenzie Method for treating neck and back pain


McKenzie Method® mechanical diagnosis and treatment (MDT)


The McKenzie Method is a widely recognized evaluation and treatment method for back pain, sciatica, disc herniations and neck pain. It's a self-guided home workout program that uses repetitive movements to aid with discomfort, dysfunction and sciatica-like symptoms.


Where does the McKenzie Method come from?


The McKenzie Method was created by New Zealand physiotherapist Robin McKenzie and is an internationally acknowledged method of examination and treatment for spinal and extremities pain. For more than 30 years, it has been widely utilized all over the world.


All parts of the musculoskeletal system are assessed and diagnosed by MDT clinicians. An MDT evaluation may be suitable if a problem arises in or around the spine, joint or muscle.


MDT is a concept of active patient involvement and education trusted and used by doctors and patients worldwide for back, neck and extremities disorders. This procedure is still one of the most well-researched physical therapy-based approaches accessible.


The initial evaluation is an important element since it is a safe and reliable technique to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and design the proper treatment plan. Expensive examinations like MRIs are frequently unnecessary, and certified MDT clinicians can quickly assess the appropriate approach for each patient.


Advantages of MDT


1. Reliable evaluation

When assessing an area a thorough examination and accurate diagnosis is required. Scientific evidence supports McKenzie system's reliability and has shown to improve patient education, comprehensiveness along with its diagnostic method’s validity.


2. Prognosis at an early stage

Patients frequently inquire about their prognosis. Within 1-2 appointments, the McKenzie evaluation method allows doctors to forecast a patient's prognosis.


3. Concentrates on self-care

The emphasis on self-treatment empowers patients and fosters a strong sense of self-sufficiency. According to research, patients who are empowered to participate in their own care develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to lead to positive outcomes.


Further study has demonstrated that using a patient-specific exercise program based on a categorization system that monitors symptomatic and mechanical responses produces better results than using non-specific exercise treatment.


4. Better outcomes


MDT techniques have been demonstrated to be effective in the following areas:


● Decreasing the number of overall surgeries performed

● Avoiding surgical interventions

● Focusing on spinal manipulation and general exercise

● Being cost-efficient


5. Recurrence prevention

Patients who have received self-management training are able to begin therapy as soon as a recurrence is detected. Symptoms can be alleviated before they become significant.



McKenzie Technique for Neck and Back Pain


The McKenzie Method's long-term goal is to teach patients with neck and/or back pain to treat and manage their pain through exercise and other strategies for the rest of their lives. Other objectives include to:


● Quickly alleviate discomfort

● Return to regular activities in a normal state and while staying pain free.

● Reduce the likelihood of recurrent pain (avoid painful postures and movements)

● Reduce the number of times you have to see the therapist


To help you live a pain-free life, Unity Spine and Health offers a wide range of evidence-based and sophisticated manual chiropractic therapies, physiotherapy modalities and rehabilitation procedures. We can give you effective, quick, and personalized treatment for various muscle, joint and nerve pain. These include the McKenzie Method.


For more information about the McKenzie Method, contact Dr. Ali Atoof or Dr. Monica Ngo at Unity Spine and Health in London at (226) 223-2437.

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