Education for Chiropractors

Courses Offered

  • Part A – Lumbar Spine – 26 hours (21.0 classroom + 5.0 online which is assigned a minimum of 2-weeks before the live course)
  • Part B – Cervical & Thoracic Spine – 26 hours (21.0 classroom + 5.0 online which is assigned a minimum of 2 weeks before the live course)
  • Part C – Advanced Lumbar Spine & Lower Extremities – 28 hours (no online hours)
  • Part D – Advanced Cervical Spine & Upper Extremities – 28 hours (no online hours)
  • Part E – Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy of the Advanced Extremities – 14 hours (no online hours)

Differences between the Chiropractic Branch and other McKenzie Branches

The McKenzie course information and materials are identical to all other McKenzie courses taught worldwide. However, the Chiropractic Branch’s instructors have a unique understanding of the audience’s background education, post-professional education, nomenclature utilized, manipulative & manual therapy techniques and philosophies. Our instructors are able to bridge any divide in conceptual understanding, which accelerates the attendee’s understanding of the foundational information.

It is our goal to provide each attendee with the best experience possible (relevant to chiropractic practice) while completing the McKenzie training courses as it can have a profound impact on the patients we serve and our clinical practices.  

CE/CEU credit

CE/CEU credit is provided for chiropractors that complete courses through our Branch. Please be mindful that the vast majority of other McKenzie Institute Branches do not or are unable to provide this service for chiropractors. Always inquire prior to registering whether a particular course is approved for CE/CEU credit in your particular state, province or jurisdiction. 

Scheduling of Chiropractic Branch McKenzie courses

The majority of McKenzie courses that take place worldwide are 4-day courses i.e. they take place 4 days in row and always utilize weekdays. As the majority of physical/physio therapists work in group practices, they are typically able to take time off during the week to attend continuing education courses as other therapists in their practice can provide patient coverage and they would not experience any salary loss. This is simply not the case for the majority of chiropractors. It is far more challenging for chiropractors to be away from their practices during the week as they are solo practitioners. Any amount of time that their practice has to be closed during the week equates to lost revenue and a potential loss of new patients. 

The chiropractic branch offers the majority of its courses over 2 weekends i.e. Saturdays & Sundays, not weekdays. This is done to limit a chiropractor’s revenue loss from having to shut down their practice during the week. In addition, many of the branch’s courses begin at 1:00pm on Saturday so chiropractors have time to travel to the course Saturday morning versus Friday afternoon or evening. This also saves them from having to close their office early on Friday and staying an extra night in a hotel on Friday.

The 2 sessions of any given Part are commonly scheduled 3 or 4 weeks apart. We've found that the courses are far less taxing to attendees when offered over 2 weekends versus 4 days in a row. This allows more time to assimilate the information and observe a greater number of patient encounters between sessions.

Support of the chiropractic profession

Completing courses through the Chiropractic Branch gives us the ability to support more endeavors in the profession in addition to generating support for educational institutions and professional organizations. Whenever possible, we like to collaborate with educational institutions and health care establishments to offer these courses. 

Becoming a sponsor and hosting McKenzie courses

If you would like to be considered as a sponsor and host courses at your facility, please contact Jonathan Soltys at jonathan.soltys@mckenzieinstitute.org.

Additional highlights of the training for chiropractors

McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) is one of the most widely utilized and effective assessment and treatment methods for mechanical neck, back and extremity pain but hasn’t been widely available to the chiropractic profession. This changed when the Institute approved a Branch specifically for chiropractors.

Patient encounters

Attendees gain valuable experience as patients with actual neck, low back and extremity conditions are assessed and treated in the courses by an expert in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Course attendees not only observe these patient encounters but are also invited to participate. The patients are brought back the following day after the initial encounter so attendees can see how they responded. In addition, the instructor shares their thought process for follow-up treatment.

Credentialing in MDT

Once an individual completes Parts A-D, they qualify to sit for the Institute’s credentialing exam. One of the greatest benefits of becoming credentialed is being included in the largest spine care/physical rehabilitation network in the world. Currently, there are fewer than 70 chiropractors included worldwide.

Official Disability Guidelines (ODG)

McKenzie Method is the only manual care technique listed as ‘Recommended’ for the treatment of neck and low back pain in the ODG, which Workers Compensation boards utilize in the United States. Currently, no named chiropractic technique is listed.

Additional benefits of chiropractors completing McKenzie courses

McKenzie is well known and accepted throughout the medical community, which in turn can help a chiropractor market their practice to those professions.

McKenzie Method focuses on accurately classifying a patient’s neck and back pain condition beyond their primary musculoskeletal diagnosis, which commonly results in a more rapid reduction of pain and improved treatment outcomes. This then allows a chiropractor to introduce active care rehabilitation earlier in the patient's treatment, which can demonstrate even further value to third party payers.

With patients that are in too much pain or have contraindications to manipulative and other manual methods, McKenzie Method offers safe and effective treatment protocols. 

There is far less physical stress to a chiropractor utilizing McKenzie Method in comparison to other spinal or extremity techniques. This helps to protect a practitioner’s shoulders, low back, wrists and thumbs.

Attendees receive a printed manual, McKenzie assessment forms to use in clinical practice, a McKenzie patient education book, a McKenzie roll and video access to assessment and treatment procedures.

Each course has a significant amount of hands-on training with alternating lecture components.

By the end of Parts A & B, the attendee will gain:

  • a greater understanding of mechanical neck and low back pain
  • the ability to assess and treat neck and low back pain with greater confidence
  • the foundation to classify and determine a directional preference for their patient’s condition beyond the primary diagnosis