We are pleased to announce that Nathaniel Wiechmann, D.C., A.R.T., is now trained in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) Part A, B and C – the first three programs in a four-part series that focuses on identifying and correcting mechanical instabilities that cause pain.
The McKenzie Method of MDT is a process used to treat and assess a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and ankle pain, as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and more. Part A of the McKenzie Method of MDT focuses on assessing and treating conditions related to the lumbar spine, while Part B focuses on the cervical/thoracic spine. Parts C and D focus on the spine and extremities, such as shoulders and knees.
The following is a step-by-step guide to MDT (provided by the McKenzie Institute):
- Assessment – An MDT clinician begins by evaluating medical history and symptoms. During the initial examination, you will be asked to perform specific functions and hold certain positions, which will help “classify” your condition.
- Classification – Each symptom will be addressed individually using specific mechanical procedures, including repeated movements and sustained postures.
- Treatment – Based on the information garnered from the assessment, the clinician will prescribe specific exercises and posture adjustments. Depending on your condition, the clinician may apply hands-on techniques, such as soft tissue therapy, to aid your treatment. The goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to manage your condition on your own.
- Prevention – By learning how to manage your condition independently, you will gain the knowledge and tools to help minimize the risk of re-injury. You will also be better equipped to address future symptoms, putting you in greater control of your condition.
Dr. Wiechmann completed the 26-hour Part A course at Cleveland University-Kansas City in November 2016 and the 28-hour Part B course in February 2017. He plans to complete Part D later this year to earn his official certification as an MDT clinician.
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