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McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

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McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy


Provided by all our Physiotherapists at our Bedford and Halifax locations.

What Is The McKenzie Method?


 

The McKenzie Method of MDT is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a MDT assessment may be right for you!

Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs). The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body’s potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.

If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to:

  • Accurately understand the patient’s presentation and behavior of symptoms.
  • Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.
  • Eliminate symptoms and restore full function.
  • Empower the patient to self treat and prevent recurrences.
  • Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed.

 How Does It Work?


McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy is comprised of four primary steps: assessment, classification, treatment and prevention.

Most musculoskeletal pain is “mechanical” in origin, which means it is not due to a serious pathology like cancer or infection but a result of abnormal or unusual forces or mechanics occurring in the tissue. Further, it means that a position, movement or activity caused the pain to start. If a mechanical force caused the problem then it is logical that a mechanical forceMcKenzie Direction Preference may be part of the solution. The MDT system is designed to identify the mechanical problem and develop a plan to correct or improve the mechanics and thus decrease or eliminate the pain and functional problems.

 

In the simplest and most common instance, this may mean that moving in one direction may provoke and worsen the pain, and moving in the opposite direction may eliminate the pain and restore function.  This is known as Directional Preference. Other patients may have pain just at the end of movement or with certain functional movements like throwing or stair climbing.  The McKenzie assessment explores these different positions and movements, how the patient performs them, and the response to these movements. Interpreting this information, the clinician determines which of the movements and posture becomes the treatment as well as the necessary exercise dosage.

 

 

A Clients Experience With The McKenzie System


 

Meet Our Bedford Physiotherapists & McKenzie Practitioners


Jason Kuhnow, MPT

Jason Kuhnow, MPT

Physiotherapist, McKenzie Method Provider

Jason completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Human Kinetics in 2012. His passion for healthcare and love of anatomy classes pushed him to pursue a career in physiotherapy. He then completed his Master of Physical Therapy at The University of Western Ontario in 2014.

 In his professional development Jason has completed numerous post-graduate courses in order to better serve his clients including advanced manual therapy techniques and acupuncture. He is currently working towards being one of a handful of credentialed McKenzie MDT therapists in Nova Scotia. McKenzie MDT is a comprehensive system of assessment and treatment, which ensures fast and effective client results. 

Since graduation Jason has worked in multidisciplinary settings collaborating with chiropractors, massage therapists and family doctors to achieve optimal results for his clients. He also worked in a sports medicine clinic helping everyone from weekend warriors up to elite athletes to achieve peak performance. 

Jason believes that each and every patient deserves ample education on their condition, exercises aimed at correcting the problem, and hands on care when necessary to produce optimal results. Overall, his treatment philosophy is aimed at achieving quick results and empowering clients to reach their wellness goals. 

Yolanda Pinedo, MscPT

Yolanda Pinedo, MscPT

Physiotherapist, McKenzie Method Provider

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Yolanda attended the University College of Rehabilitation May Hamilton and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy with honours “Cum Laude” in 2000. She has practiced in a various settings including hospitals, private practice and sports events. Yolanda graduated with her Master of Science in Physiotherapy degree in 2012 from Dalhousie University, where she was the recipient of the Dalhousie University Graduate Studies Scholarship Award.

She has been working in private practice since her graduation in the treatment and management of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions in clients of all ages. With more that 14 years of experience, Yolanda provides an excellent patient-centered care, with a perfect balance between hands-on approach, exercise prescription and appropriate modalities. She actively involves her patients into their own care and empowers them with the necessary tools to reach their goals and maintain their health.

Yolanda has completed numerous post-graduate courses including, McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Acupuncture, Advance Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, and Shoulder and Knee post-surgical rehabilitation.

 

Meet Our Halifax Physiotherapist & McKenzie Practitioner


Alexi Kuhnow, MPT

Alexi Kuhnow, MPT

Physiotherapist, McKenzie Method Provider

Alexi Kuhnow started her career by graduating from the University of Guelph with her BSc in Biomedical Sciences. From there, she knew she wanted to use her knowledge of the human body and passion for fitness to help others, so she went on to graduate from the University of Western Ontario with her Master of Physical Therapy. Since then she has been working with people of all ages to help them to become pain-free and to achieve their sport, fitness and functional goals.

In her physiotherapy practice, Alexi is focussed on evidence-based care and getting people better and back to their regular lives as quickly as possible. She knows that a key component of treatment is empowering others to be able to resolve their pain at home, which achieves permanent improvement. Alexi is known for resolving pain and problems that have persisted despite previous therapy or surgery, including neck and low back pain, recurrent overuse injuries, and arthritis.

Outside of the clinic, Alexi is working towards becoming the sixth health care provider in Nova Scotia to become credentialed in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment. She also has been an examiner for the national physiotherapy exam, conducts research in the health care field, and consistently takes advanced training in the treatment of low back, neck and extremity problems. In her spare time she enjoys training for races, exploring hiking trails, and spending time with her husband and dog.

 

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