MDT is a sensible, safe, research proven method of accurately assessing and treating back, neck and limb problems that restores pain-free function to joints, muscles and nerves.
Most people suffering from pain will be able to identify certain activities that increase their pain.
For example, lower back pain, with or without referred leg pain, is often increased by forward bending, sitting slumped or walking. Neck pain may be aggravated by sitting at the computer or turning the head to look over your shoulder. Sometimes, especially in the early stages, all movements seem to aggravate your pain.
Well, just as certain movements make your pain worse, a MDT examination can typically
identify a single movement that reduces your pain and restores your mobility.
Once identified, this movement can be used to TURN OFF THE PAIN and is known as your directional preference. The beauty of this is that when you discover your directional preference, you become your own therapist, able to switch pain off should it return down the track.
At times, painful neck and back problems can refer pain away from the spine and into the shoulder, arm, hip or leg. By using your directional preference movement, discovered in your MDT evaluation, this referred pain can be eliminated and brought back to the spine. When this occurs, research and experience tells us that you will make a rapid and remarkable recovery just by performing a simple movement.
Centralisation also occurs when pain felt in the neck or back is abolished by repeating the directional preference movement. When centralisation occurs, and research tells us that it usually does, patients experience a rapid improvement in their pain and immediate improvement in function. These patients are said to have rapidly reversible pain. Could your pain be rapidly reversible?
Peripheralisation is the reverse of centralisation and occurs when pain that was originally felt in the neck spreads to the shoulder region or arm. Peripheralisation also occurs when pain that was initially felt in the back spreads to the buttock, hip or leg.
This is an extremely important concept for you to understand because it’s a strong indicator that your problem is getting worse. Once you know this you can avoid those postures and movements that cause peripheralisation, stop reinjuring yourself and let the healing process begin.
Moving in the right direction
MDT is unique because it uses repeated movements and sustained postures to identify movements that peripheralise and centralise your pain. This enables the MDT practitioner and you to understand how movements and activities, performed in everyday life, are affecting your pain complaint. It also provides you with an extremely potent method of self treatment that can be employed at anytime and anywhere and at no further expense.
MDT is NOT exercise
MDT to not exercise, it’s a movement-based assessment and treatment method. MDT practitioners may prescribe general strengthening exercises, however, the movement used to TURN OFF THE PAIN is a single movement based on your directional preference. It’s not and exercise, its’ a self treatment. Interestingly, research has shown that movements utilising your directional preference have a greater effect on eliminating pain and restoring function than do traditional rehabilitation exercises. Research has also shown that it you perform exercises in the opposite diction to your directional preference, your pain actually gets worse.
It’s not all about you!
Well, actually it’s, but MDT practitioners do use hands-on techniques such as joint mobilisation and manipulation when required. However, what makes MDT unique is that it teaches and empowers you how to TURN OFF THE PAIN. This doesn’t take longer, on the contrary, it often occurs more quickly and is not only safer, but saves you a lot of valuable time and money! Our highly experienced McKenzie Method practitioners know when to apply hands-on methods to accelerate your recovery.