Your Physio’s Best Kept Secret

When it comes to treatments, there are a variety of ways your local Physio can work their magic. However, one of the most tried and tested, is the McKenzie Method.

Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT), also known as the McKenzie Method, is a research proven, reliable and valid form of assessment and treatment.

It is less well known about in Australia as it is not taught in the university system, and is only offered as a post-graduate qualification

However it is commonly used in It is used in over 28 countries in the world, including the USA, UK and New Zealand.  

So what are the benefits of MDT?

One of the biggest benefits is that patients are commonly taught exercises to give immediate relief of pain, which can be a big help for those suffering. This means less time spent in the pain, and more time spent enjoying life. Many patients often taught strategies to decrease and prevent recurrences

Those that will respond are usually identified in the first or second session and those that need to be managed in another way are quickly identified

Many costs are significantly reduced, as expensive imaging at times is not required. There has been evidence that shows the MDT assessment process is at least as reliable as MRI.

How does MDT differ from other types of treatment including traditional physiotherapy?

Essentially the assessment process involves the use of repeated motions, which are used to quickly identify a direction of movement that relieves pain and restores ability. 

There is a big focus in minimising appointments, teaching prevention and empowering self-management. We love our patients, but we don’t want them to get back to their lives as fast as possible!


What kind of problems work best with MDT

MDT is most recognised for its effect in treating back and neck pain, with or without referred symptoms into the leg or arm. Extremity joints like the knee, hip and shoulder as well as back and neck problems also frequently respond to direction specific exercises.

Good news for those who suffer from chronic pain, over 50% people rapidly respond to rapidly respond to direction specific exercises, even when failing to get better with a variety of other treatment approaches.

What if I do not respond to the MDT approach?

Non-responders are quickly identified; meaning valuable time isn’t spent on the incorrect method of treating your pain. Your experienced Medwest Physiotherapist will know the best technique and treatment moving forward.

So there you have it, a comprehensive look at one of the many methods used at our experienced Physiotherapists at our Keilor East Clinic.