Clinicians Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy?

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a Method of assessment and treatment for spinal and limb pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It has been widely used all over the world for over 30 years. It is a movement, manual therapy and educational approach that aims to provide the patient with the tools to help themselves both in the short and long term. MDT is well researched and provides an evidence-based framework for assessment and treatment.


What are the benefits to the patient of MDT / the McKenzie method?

  • Most patients who do respond favourably to MDT can successfully treat themselves – and minimise the number of visits to the clinic – when provided the necessary knowledge and tools to put you in control of your own treatment safely and effectively.
  • Patients who stick to the prescribed treatment protocols are less likely to have persistent problems
  • Gain hands on knowledge on how to minimise the risk of recurrence and how to quickly manage yourself if symptoms do occur
  • Achievable goals of the McKenzie Method are to:
    • Reduce pain and deformity
    • Maintain the reduction with education and posture advice
    • Restore full function; and
    • Prevent recurrences

How do I find out about becoming an accredited clinician and participating in the education courses?

For more information about our courses and becoming an accredited clinician, please visit our Education section


Who is Robin McKenzie?

Robin McKenzie was a physiotherapist from New Zealand who devised this Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy over many years. He is internationally renowned and was the Founder and President of The McKenzie Institute International. The McKenzie Institute is an international research and educational organisation that was formed to further the development of his rehabilitation philosophy. There are branches in over 30 countries around the world to meet the growing demand for knowledge by both clinicians and their patients. See more here