MDT - The McKenzie Method®

Empowering patients with education and active involvement

At ReSOLVE we pride ourselves on being certified practitioners of the most current, research-backed method of physical therapy to assess, diagnose, and treat our patients.

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT)

The McKenzie method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education for back, neck, and limb problems.

The Key Difference with MDT

The initial assessment provides a safe and reliable way to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Expensive tests are rarely required because Certified MDT clinicians can identify signs to know if—and how—the McKenzie Method will work for each patient.

MDT is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and limb pain.

Developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie who started through a chance discovery in the 1950’s and followed up by considerable research and testing through the 1960-70s. McKenzie found that rapid results could consistently be achieved in people with mechanical or musculoskeletal pain using different movements. Research began in the United States in the 1980’s and continues to this day around the world, making MDT the most researched conservative method of treating musculoskeletal disorders worldwide.

MDT categorizes musculoskeletal disorders by how the symptoms behave with dynamic movements rather than relying on X-ray or MRI to assign a medicinal or surgical diagnosis.

ReSolve’s certified MDT clinicians are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat all areas of the musculoskeletal system.

Watch Robin McKenzie discuss his method

How Certification in MDT Changed this Doctor’s Internal Medicine Practice  

Learn even more about MDT at the McKenzie Institute website.

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(616) 200-4428
950 Taylor Ave, Suite 180
Grand Haven, MI 49417

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Founded in 2017 with the goal of educating and empowering individuals to reduce or eliminate their pain and symptoms. The ReSOLVE team can get you back to doing what you love!

Is MDT for you?

Spine and extremity problems are some of the most common types of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), mechanical pain and symptoms can be rapidly reversed with movement. Still wondering if you could benefit from a McKenzie Method® assessment?

What our patients are saying

“I had a severe back injury resulting in debilitating sciatic nerve pain to the point I could no longer walk or stand because it was excruciatingly painful. I am so fortunate that I found Resolve Physical Therapy (31 & Taylor). Before finding them there was zero to almost zero hope that I could heal from the injury without surgery. Because of the severity and duration of my injury I still have a little ways to go but I am confident at this point in my journey that I will be able to heal naturally and not have the burden that the limitations of surgery would have left me with. I speak highly of every team member in that office. The experience there is different from most as they use MDT therapy or the McKenzie Method. It has given me my life back. It is amazing to finally have a day free of pain.”

-Jenny C.


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