Good news for patients with upper and lower back pain: Nathaniel Wiechmann, D.C., A.R.T., is now trained in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) Part A – the first in a four-part post-graduate series that focuses on identifying and correcting mechanical instabilities that cause pain.
Part A of the McKenzie Method of MDT focuses on assessing and treating conditions related to the lumbar spine. Part B focuses on the cervical/thoracic spine, while Parts C and D focus on the spine and extremities. This exercise-based assessment process helps provide patients with the tools and resources to manage musculoskeletal pain.
The following is a step-by-step guide to MDT (provided by the McKenzie Institute):
- Assessment – MDT clinicians begin by evaluating each patient’s medical history and symptoms. During the initial examination, you will be asked to perform specific functions and hold certain positions, which will help the clinician “classify” your condition.
- Classification – Each symptom will be addressed individually using specific mechanical procedures, including repeated movements and sustained postures.
- Treatment – Based on the information garnered from the assessment, the clinician will prescribe specific exercises and posture adjustments. Depending on your condition, the clinician may apply hands-on techniques to aid your treatment. The goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to manage your condition on your own.
- Prevention – By learning how to self-manage your condition, you will gain the knowledge and tools to help minimize the risk of recurrence. You will also be better equipped to address future symptoms, putting you in greater control of your condition.
Dr. Wiechmann completed the 26-hour Part A course at Cleveland University-Kansas City in November. He plans to complete Part B-D to earn his official certification as an MDT clinician. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.