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McKenzie Method Treatment
The McKenzie Method® of treatment is a comprehensive treatment approach that is trusted and has been used by practitioners and patient worldwide for the past 30+ years for treatment of neck, back and extremity conditions. This approach utilizes a comprehensive, logical step-by-step assessment to evaluate the patient’s problem and then develop the appropriate treatment approach. Research has shown McKenzie assessment procedures to be as reliable as much more expensive & time-consuming diagnostic tests.

Also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), what sets The McKenzie Method apart from other physical therapy techniques is our innovative assessment process - a safe, reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then create the appropriate treatment plan. The step-by-step framework and problem-solving algorithm allow you to know right away if the method will work for your patient, eliminating the need for expensive, time-consuming tests and further evaluation.

The McKenzie treatment approach emphasizes a philosophy of active patient involvement, as well as patient education. By empowering the patient with the necessary knowledge, they are able to be in control of their own symptom-management, which reduces dependency on medical intervention. The McKenzie approach promotes the body's potential to heal without medication, heat/ cold treatment, ultrasound, needles, surgery, or a force dependent upon the practitioner. It also addresses the growing demand from patients and third-party payers for professional rehabilitation services that develop the patient’s self-treatment skills in a more cost-effective and time-effective manner.

Becoming a certified McKenzie MDT physical therapist is a rigorous process. The following are certified McKenzie MDT physical therapists:

Candy Nelson, PT, OCS, Certified MDT (Port Orchard) Request Appointment
Thayne Bosh, DPT, OCS, Certified MDT, CSCS (Silverdale) Request Appointment
Elias Cook, PT, DPT, OCS, Certified MDT (Poulsbo - NKMC) Request Appointment
Rob Sprague, PT, Certified MDT (Clinic Director/Partner - Poulsbo - NKMCS) Request Appointment
Sharon Stanley, PT, Certified MDT (Bremmerton) Request Appointment

Several other therapists are at various stages in the process of attaining certification.

McKenzie MDT is widely recommended as the first treatment option for neck and back conditions worldwide.

McKenzie credits the patient's ability to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention. The McKenzie Method promotes the body's potential to heal itself without medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, surgery or a force dependent on the practitioner. It also addresses a growing demand from patients and third party payers for professional rehabilitation services that develop the patient's self-treatment skills in a cost-effective and time-effective manner.

The McKenzie Method: Three Steps To Success

STEP 1: Assessment

Unique to the McKenzie Method is a comprehensive and logical step-by-step process to evaluate the patient's problem quickly. This mechanical examination can "classify" most patient conditions by the intensity and location of pain, as well as movement restriction patterns.

STEP 2: Treatment

Each patient is prescribed a series of individualized exercises. The emphasis is on active patient involvement, which minimizes the number of visits to the clinic.

Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided the necessary knowledge and tools. Patients with more difficult mechanical problems may require initial treatment with advanced, hands-on techniques by a McKenzie trained clinician until they are able to self-treat.

STEP 3: Prevention

By learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence as well as how to rapidly deal with recurrence if it does occur.

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