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The McKenzie Method

Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT)

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT)

The McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) is an assessment and treatment process that can be used for ALL musculoskeletal problems. Doylestown Rehabilitation has 2 Certified MDT practitioners as well as many extensively trained in the MDT principles to best utilize this technique. It is an ideal method of treatment for the following, but not limited to these areas:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain(shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle)

A comprehensive evaluation is performed and treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body's potential to repair itself. 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. This allows the clinician to:

  • Accurately understand the patient's presentation and behavior of symptoms
  • Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan
  • Eliminate symptoms and restore full function
  • Empower the patient to self-treat and prevent recurrences
  • Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed

Most musculoskeletal pain is "mechanical" in origin, which means it is not due to a serious pathology like cancer or infection, but a result of abnormal or unusual forces or mechanics occurring in the tissue. Further, it means that a position, movement or activity caused the pain to start. If a mechanical force caused the problem, then it is logical 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 in order to decrease or eliminate the pain and functional problems. For more information please view the McKenzie Method website.


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593 W. State St.
Doylestown, PA 18901

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