The McKenzie method (also known as MDT, or “Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy”) was developed by physiotherapist Robin McKenzie, who believed in developing a treatment tailored to the patient.
The so-called mechanical diagnosis and therapy is thus about a thorough examination and the development of personalized treatment appropriate to the patient’s condition. Accordingly, in the first round, the therapist examines how the patient’s sense of pain changes in different body positions and as a result of movements (movement test). The observation would like to discover when the level of pain decreases or in which cases it disappears. In addition, by questioning the patient in detail, the therapist will also find out when and how the patient’s pain began, where it can be felt, what is behind it (surgery, possibly an accident), and whether it may indicate any inflammation or other lesions.
The exercises are designed with the main characteristics of the patient’s pain (direction, intensity of the pain) as a result of certain movements. The biggest advantage of the method is that it has been recognized that not all patients benefit from the same practice, as they must always be based on individual characteristics and feelings of pain.