Courses Overview

The McKenzie Institute Education Programme offers a range of courses. For an overview of each explore below by course type.

The requirements for undertaking each part of the core curriculum is that Part A must be completed first, and Part D last. Parts B and C may be undertaken in any order at the discretion of the participant.

Part A - The Lumbar Spine

Course A

Part A - The Lumbar Spine

Course Overview

This four-day course introduces the theoretical aspects and concepts of the McKenzie Method in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), as it is applied to the musculoskeletal system. The focus of this course, which is the first in the McKenzie course series, is the assessment, classification and management of patients with complaints of low back, related referred pain and functional limitations.

Countries have a choice to have one day of the course completed as an online distance learning component. This online component is completed prior to attending the three days at a teaching venue with an Instructor. In countries that don't utilise the online distance learning component the full four-day course is completed onsite with an Instructor.

The principles of MDT and how they apply in the context of the biopsychosocial framework of managing patients with musculoskeletal pain and functional limitations will be a key focus.  The participants will explore and extensively practice the MDT assessment, classification and management process through lectures, workshops, discussions, and patient demonstrations. The classifications of Derangement, Dysfunction and Postural syndromes are described in detail and appropriate management plans are discussed, with emphasis on the use of patient self-treatment procedures and education. Indications for the use of clinician procedures will also be discussed and the procedures demonstrated and practiced.  Subgroups not fulfilling the criteria of the McKenzie syndromes are introduced and the basis for their differential diagnosis is outlined.

Follow-up patient demonstrations will illustrate the reassessment process and allow participants to get a realistic feel and understanding of the impact of the MDT system on differing patient presentations over 2-3 treatment sessions.

The course will include an illustrated manual and complete reference list.  Participants will also have access to videos of all procedures, the full reference list on the MII website and a voluntary self-assessment post-course quiz (English Only). 

Course Goals

Following attentive participation in, and completion of, this course will provide participants with the introductory knowledge, basic skills and abilities to begin to:

  1. Describe and discuss the basic principles of MDT and how it fits within the context of the biopsychosocial back pain experience
  2. Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of MDT to patients with lumbar spine problems.
  3. Distinguish between the MDT syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural) and OTHER subgroups and provide appropriate management regimens for each of the MDT syndromes.
  4. Identify when the application of external forces is required for the resolution of symptoms using MDT’s concept of ‘Progression of Forces’.
  5. Recognise how to assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes to achieve management goals, taking into account any personal or environmental barriers to recovery.

Part B - The Cervical and Thoracic Spine

Course B

Part B - The Cervical and Thoracic Spine

Course Overview

This four-day course focuses on the application of MDT to the cervical and thoracic spine. The course details the assessment, classification and management of patients with complaints of cervical and thoracic pain, related referred pain and functional limitations.

Countries have a choice to have one day of the course completed as an online distance learning component. This online component is completed prior to attending the three days at a teaching venue with an Instructor. In countries that don't utilize the online distance learning component, the full four-day course is completed onsite with an Instructor.

The principles of MDT and how they apply in the context of the biopsychosocial framework of managing patients with cervical and thoracic pain and functional limitations will be a key focus.  The participants will explore and extensively practice the MDT assessment, classification and management process through lectures, workshops, discussions, and patient demonstrations. The classifications of Derangement, Dysfunction and Postural syndromes in the cervical and thoracic spine are described in detail and appropriate management plans are discussed, with emphasis on the use of patient self-treatment procedures and education. Indications for the use of clinician procedures will also be discussed and the procedures demonstrated and practiced.  Subgroups not fulfilling the criteria of the MDT syndromes are introduced and the basis for their differential diagnosis is outlined.

Follow-up patient demonstrations will illustrate the reassessment process and allow participants to get a realistic feel and understanding of the impact of the MDT system on differing patient presentations over 2-3 treatment sessions.

The course will include an illustrated manual and complete reference list. Participants will also have access to videos of all procedures, the full reference list on the MII website and a voluntary self-assessment post-course quiz (English Only).  

Course Goals

Following attentive participation in, and completion of, this course will provide participants with the introductory knowledge, basic skills and abilities to begin to:

  1. Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of MDT to patients with cervical and thoracic spine problems.
  2. Distinguish between the MDT syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural) and OTHER subgroups and provide appropriate management regimens for each of the MDT syndromes.
  3. Identify when the application of external forces is required for the resolution of symptoms using MDT’s concept of ‘Progression of Forces’.
  4. Recognise how to assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes to achieve management goals, taking into account any personal or environmental barriers to recovery.

Part C - Advanced Lumbar Spine & Extremities - Lower Limb

Course C

Part C – Advanced Lumbar Spine & Extremities – Lower Limb

Course Overview

This four-day course will review and advance the theory and practical application of MDT in relation to the Lumbar Spine and introduce the concept of MDT in the management of lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders.

The course will firstly assist the participants in expanding their capabilities for the assessment, classification and management of patients with complaints of low back, related referred pain and functional limitations. Secondly, the theory and practical application of MDT for lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders is presented. Lectures, patient assessments and practical sessions are utilised to demonstrate the characteristics and management of the syndromes and OTHER subgroups as they present in the lower extremity.

Problem solving, reflective learning and clinical reasoning activities are utilised to ensure the participant has a broader knowledge of MDT in the biopsychosocial framework of the musculoskeletal experience. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss and extensively practice the MDT assessment, classification and management process through workshops, discussions, and patient demonstrations. Practical sessions are utilised to develop skills in the application of both self-treatment and clinician procedures.

Follow-up patient demonstrations will illustrate the reassessment process and allow participants to get a realistic feel and understanding of the impact of the MDT system on differing patient presentations over 2-3 treatment sessions.

The course will include an illustrated manual and complete reference list. Participants will also have access to videos of all procedures, the full reference list on the MII website and a voluntary self-assessment post-course quiz (English Only).  

Lumbar Spine Course Goals

Following attentive participation in, and completion of this course, participants will be provided with more advanced knowledge, skills and abilities to:

  1. Identify, discuss and solve common problems encountered in the application of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the lumbar spine.
  2. Analyse and discuss the MDT assessment and how it assists with patient classification.
  3. Discuss the application of clinician forces, and how they fit with MDT’s ‘Progression of Forces’ concept.
  4. Perform clinician techniques for the lumbar spine at an advanced level and to identify difficulties or variations with their application.
  5. Analyse case studies/role plays of patients presenting with lumbar spine symptoms and determine classification.

Lower Extremity Course Goals

Following attentive participation in, and completion of this course, participants will be provided with the introductory knowledge, basic skills and abilities to:

  1. Describe and discuss the current evidence base for the use of MDT for lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders.
  2. Describe the characteristics of Derangement, Dysfunction and Postural syndromes as they present in lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders.
  3. Perform MDT assessments for lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders and determine the presence of the MDT syndromes.
  4. Design appropriate management programs for patients who present with Derangement, Dysfunction and Postural syndromes in the lower extremity within a biopsychosocial framework.
  5. Analyse case studies/roleplays of patients presenting with lower extremity symptoms and determine classification.

Part D - Advanced Cervical and Thoracic Spine & Extremities - Upper Limb

Course D

Part D – Advanced Cervical and Thoracic Spine & Extremities – Upper Limb

Course Overview

This four-day course will review and advance the theory and practical application of MDT in relation to the cervical and thoracic spine and introduce the concept of MDT in the management of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders.

The course will firstly assist the participants in expanding their capabilities for the assessment, classification and management of patients with complaints of cervical and thoracic, related referred pain and functional limitations. Secondly, the theory and practical application of MDT for upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders is presented. Lectures, patient assessments and practical sessions are utilised to demonstrate the characteristics and management of the syndromes and OTHER subgroups as they present in the upper extremity.

Problem solving, reflective learning and clinical reasoning activities are utilised to ensure the participant has a broader knowledge of MDT in the biopsychosocial framework of the musculoskeletal experience. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss and extensively practice the MDT assessment, classification and management process through workshops, discussions, and patient demonstrations. Practical sessions are utilised to develop skills in the application of both self-treatment and clinician procedures.

Follow-up patient demonstrations will illustrate the reassessment process and allow participants to get a realistic feel and understanding of the impact of the MDT system on differing patient presentations over 2-3 treatment sessions.

The course will include an illustrated manual and complete reference list. Participants will also have access to videos of all procedures, the full reference list on the MII website and a voluntary self-assessment post-course quiz (English Only).  

Cervical and Thoracic Spine Course Goals

Following attentive participation in, and completion of this course, participants will be provided with more advanced knowledge, skills and abilities to:

  1. Identify and discuss common problems encountered in the application of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the cervical and thoracic spine.
  2. Analyse and discuss the MDT assessment and how it assists with patient classification.
  3. Discuss the application of clinician forces, and how they fit with MDT’s ‘Progression of Forces’ concept.
  4. To perform clinician techniques for the cervical and thoracic spine at an advanced level and to identify difficulties or variations with their application.
  5. Analyse case studies of patients presenting with cervical / thoracic symptoms and determine their classification.

Upper Extremity Course Goals

Following attentive participation in, and completion of this course, participants will be provided with the introductory knowledge, basic skills and abilities to:

  1. Describe and discuss the current evidence base for the use of MDT for upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders.
  2. Describe the characteristics of Derangement, Dysfunction and Postural syndromes as they present in upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders.
  3. Perform MDT assessments for upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and determine the presence of MDT syndromes.
  4. Design appropriate management programs for patients who present with Derangement, Dysfunction and Postural syndromes in the upper extremity.
  5. Analyse case studies/roleplays of patients presenting with upper extremity symptoms and determine their classification.

Credentialling Exam

The MDT Education Programme consists of comprehensive post-grad course study to best prepare the student for the Credentialling Examination - the primary level of MDT Certification

Prerequisites

  • Completion of Parts A, B, C and D
  • Licensed or Registered Clinician

With the increase in requests for Credentialled McKenzie clinicians, taking and passing the exam is strongly recommended. The exam consists of multi-level testing designed to assess the clinical knowledge and skills in MDT of the clinician.

Why do we have a Credentialling Exam?

  • To identify and recognise the clinician who has demonstrated competency in the McKenzie Method.
  • To further establish standards in the application of the McKenzie Method.
  • To ensure that educational opportunities are congruous and relevant to current practice techniques as advocated by the McKenzie Institute International.
  • To develop a pool of clinicians worldwide for referral.
  • To develop a pool of clinicians who can assist in research projects.

What are the benefits of being a Credentialled clinician?

Benefit 1

Referrals

A referral source for the McKenzie institute. Each year, the Head Office of the Institute receives an increasing number of requests for Credentialled MDT clinicians of the McKenzie Method throughout the world. Those who attain Credentialled status are added to a directory of qualified clinicians to receive potential referrals.

Benefit 2

Recognition

Recognition of your competency and enhancement of the Institute's MDT status amongst your colleagues, your faculty, community, referring professionals, industry, and third party insurers.

Benefit 3

Research Opportunities

Requests for involvement with ongoing outcome studies and research projects.

Further Studies

Following on from attaining Credentialled status, you can further your studies and gain the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy – Dip. MDT. The Diploma MDT Curriculum consists of two Components: Theoretical and Clinical and a Final Examination.

To complete and pass the Diploma Programme means to reach your maximum level of clinical competence in the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® and the credentials to use: Dip. MDT.

The McKenzie Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy - Dip. MDT

Learn more about the McKenzie Dip. MDT here

MDT - Advanced Extremities

Course E

MDT - Advanced Extremities

Course Overview

This intensive two day course (14 hours) will focus on more advanced principles and practical application through clinical reasoning, problem solving, analysis of case studies, assessment and treatment of patients, and technique work.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to build on prior knowledge gained from the introduction of extremities in Parts C and D to:

  1. Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to patients with extremity problems;
  2. Distinguish between the McKenzie Syndromes (Postural, Dysfunction, and Derangement) as applied to the extremities;
  3. Practice appropriate treatment regimens for each of the syndromes and their sub-classifications;
  4. Identify when the application of external forces or external stabilisation is required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's "progression of forces" concept;
  5. Assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes on their own to maintain treatment goals;
  6. Distinguish non-mechanical disorders and provide appropriate advice.

 Prerequisites

Completion of the following McKenzie Institute courses, presented by licensed McKenzie Institute Faculty:

  • Part D - Advanced Cervical and Thoracic Spine & Extremities – Upper Limb

Preparation for the Course

To best prepare for the Advanced Extremities course, those who completed the curriculum prior to the inclusion of extremities in Parts C and D are highly encouraged to audit Parts C and D courses or read the textbook, The Human Extremities - Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, before attending.