McKenzie therapy

McKenzie therapy

McKenzie MDT is the abbreviation for Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment. It is a worldwide used research and treatment method for people with musculoskeletal complaints. McKenzie MDT has become known for its excellent results back and neck complaints with or without radiation in legs or arms. In addition, this method also gives good results when treating the other joints. The aim of the treatment method is both curative and preventive so that the complaints do not occur in the future. McKenzie therapy is a clearly defined treatment system based on scientific research.



complaints to the musculoskeletal system


back and neck pain


The process that you go through with your McKenzie MDT therapist starts with an in-depth, protocol-based examination. During an interview the complaints are mapped out, after which a movement examination takes place. In the movement research, repeated movements are used to examine the mechanical influence on the existing phenomena. It is examined which movements or postures aggravate the symptoms and with which movements or postures the complaints can be reduced. After the examination, your therapist will be able to clearly indicate whether your complaint is suitable for treatment with McKenzie MDT.

The treatment strategy

After a clear mechanical diagnosis, treatment begins, focusing on your ‘self-reliance’. With just a few simple exercises you will learn to improve your symptoms yourself in order to speed up your recovery as much as possible. In addition, attention will be paid to the postures and movements during your daily life. The therapist can optionally supplement the therapy with, among other things, manual techniques, such as mobilizations and / or manipulations.

Why McKenzie instead of regular physical therapy?

McKenzie MDT is currently the most researched and best documented treatment method worldwide for mechanical complaints of the musculoskeletal system, especially neck and back complaints. The insights are used in many international guidelines for manual and exercise therapy. The therapists listed in the McKenzie MDT register have followed all course parts for 2.5 years and have successfully proven their knowledge in a theoretical and practical exam. They will examine and treat you according to the established principles of McKenzie MDT. In addition, they are obliged to participate in regular continuing education and training.

Maarten Melief, MSc

Maarten Melief

Jeroen Lemm

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