News Room

News Room

The McKenzie Institute believes in keeping our members and students well informed and equipped with resources to help you and your practice. Below you'll find recent news and member information, tips for the media, important schedules, photos from recent events and other useful items.

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® Helps Uncover Causes Hiding in the Spine

Kevin Jones, PT, Dip. MDT agrees wholeheartdely with the old atage that you can't judge a book by its cover. Read more.

Reviving Referrals with Direct Access

Good physical therapy practice owners must also be good marketers as the health care model continues to evolve. When physician referral patterns changed a few years ago, David Grigsby started looking for a way to reverse the trend.  Read more.

Improving and Proving Care with Clinical Outcome Data

Care influences outcomes, outcomes influence care. It's this simple equation that makes clinical data collection and analysis a best practice for private practice owners. Read more.

St. Peter's Health Congratulates Lindsey Bone on Achieving McKenzie Certification

Lindsey Bone, St. Peter's Health physical therapist, completed a certification program through the McKenzie Institute Center for Postgraduate Study in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in February. Read more.

Hospital Uses Movement to Manage Pain

Patient, Colleen Moser, and her doctor couldn't figure out how to fix her back and leg pain until Moser talked with Darcy Zehr, a physical therapist at Lewis County General Hospital and learned about the McKenzie Method. Read the article.

MD Curbs Opioid Use with Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

Like his peers, Vikas Agarwal, MD, Cert. MDT, is working to curb the risks of opioid abuse by reducing his patients use of and dependency on it to relieve pain. He's found a solution in physical therapy, particularly the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT). Read more

Mobile Model Moves New Practice Owner Forward

Sara Shupe, MSPT, Dip. MDT, has two recommendations for practice owners looking to start or grow their business: join a networking group ... and join a gym. Read more

MIUSA Orthopaedic Residency Program Welcomes Butcher as Newest Resident

MIUSA is pleased to welcome Michelle Butcher, PT, DPT of Brooks-TLC Hospital in Irving, NY as the newest program resident. Read more.

2019 Americas Region: MDT Diplomate-Faculty Symposium Set for August

The 2019 Diplomate-Faculty Symposium Program Committee and Administrative Team are hard at work finalizing details for this highly anticipated event. View agenda and reserve your spot.

PTA Eligibility Changes

The MIUSA Board of Directors voted recently to no longer allow PTAs to attend the Parts C and D courses, even with a letter from a McKenzie Certified MDT PT. Following the tenets of the APTA and AAOMPT positions, the advanced curriculum of these courses delves further into evaluation and a progression of forces to mobilization and manipulation, which, according to the APTA Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, are procedures performed exclusively by a physical therapist and thereby fall beyond the purview of the PTA. Read the complete MIUSA PTA Position Statement

Classifying and Treating LBP: A Cutting Edge System that Puts You in the Driver's Seat

Dr. Ryan Beck PT, DPT, Dip. MDT, Dr. Keaton Ray PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, Cert. MDT, CSCS and Dr. Joe Oelfke PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT provide an informative webinar.
Click here to download the webinar.

Mentoring Webinar: The Prevalence of MDT Syndromes in Extremity Joints and Associations of Directional Preference with Clinical Applications to the Wrist

Joseph Maccio, PT, MA, Dip. MDT and Joseph Maccio, DPT, Dip. MDT provide an informative webinar.
Click here to download the webinar.

Mentoring Webinar: Utilizing MDT to Evaluate and Classify Cervicogenic Headache

Gerry Gordon, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT and Bill Oswald, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT provide an informative webinar.
Click here to download the webinar.

Mentoring Webinar: Derangements with Directional Preference of Flexion in the Lumbar Spine

Kay Scanlon, PT, Dip. MDT and Linnet Kazemi, PT, Dip. MDT provide a mentoring webinar.
Click here to download the webinar.

Over 150 Patients Treated in Uganda

In early March 2018, Jill Boorman, PT, Cert. MDT, Clinical Director and Owner of Premier Physical Therapy in North Charleston, SC, set out on her annual medical mission trip to Uganda. The team that she met up with in Uganda was organized through Seacoast Church and included clinicians from all over the US. Together they treated over 150 patients a day, many presenting with debilitating injuries.  To read more about Jill's work in Uganda, click here.

FRHS Therapists Earn McKenzie Certification

Two northeast Nebraska physical therapists are now listed among the elite clinicians in the country. Faith Regional Health Services announced physical therapists Erin Baumert, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT and Russ Baumert, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, recently earned MDT certification. Read the full article.

Quad Med Physical Therapist Teaches in West Africa

Rick Schurman, PT, Cert. MDT of Quad Med in Schofield, WI joined two retired Nephrologists in treating and educating less priviledged patients and clinicians at Mbingo Baptist Hospital near Bamenda, Cameroon in West Africa as part of an outreach program organized by Medical Education International (MEI). Read the full article.

McKenzie Method Drives 'Mechanical Care Everywhere' Mission

Physical therapy is about helping people. So, for Jason Ward, PT, Cert. MDT, blending his professional skills with missionary work came naturally. Read more.

Improving and Proving Care with Clinical Outcome Data

Care influences outcomes, outcomes influence care. It's this simple equation that makes clinical data collection and analysis a best practice for private practice owners.

The consistent pursuit of clinical outcome data can be invaluable. In the case of Integrated Musculoskeletal Care, it's been essential to building its multi-state practice.

"Our organization uses the clinical outcome data to quality assure and in real-time change clinical process behaviors toward an improved outcome," IMC President and Chief Clinical Officer J. Mark Miller says. "When you can consistently achieve quality outcomes, you can then use that data as a marketing tool."Read more.

How to Build a PT Practice in 15 Minutes

Lynn Grimm works for free ... and her practice has never been stronger.

That’s because the 15 minutes she invests in free consultation with potential patients almost always leads to return visits. In fact, these discovery sessions, along with impressed patients, are the primary support for her cash-based business.

The formula is a simple one. Grimm, PT, Dip. MDT, introduces herself, explains her process and then gives an estimate of how many visits it should take to solve the problem. Read more.

MD Uses Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to Curb Opioid Use

The statistics grow increasingly alarming: 64,000 deaths a year due to overdose with more than a half million forecasted for the next decade.

The opioid crisis has reached fever pitch, with government leaders turning serious attention to prescription painkiller abuse and media coverage increasing in kind.

An international study labeled America as the No. 1 consumer in the world and one prominent economist recently produced evidence these drugs are impacting the U.S. workforce. Doctors have received some of the blame for seeding the opioid crisis by prescribing too much too often to address acute pain.

Primary care physicians have worked in recent years to change that. Like his peers, Vikas Agarwal, MD, Cert. MDT, is working to curb the risks of opioid abuse by reducing his patients use of and dependency on it to relieve pain. He's found a solution in physical therapy, particularly the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT). Read more.

Set a Course: 3 Keys for Getting the Most from Continuing Education

Whether it’s required for your license renewal or a pursuit of professional development, continuing education comes at a cost. How and where you invest that money matters. And that’s the first thing to keep in mind when deciding on your next "course" of action, says Harvey Aikman, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT, a private practice consultant with West Texas Therapy in Midland, Texas. Read more.

Outcomes Software Answers the Hard Questions for PTs

Positive feedback doesn't always signal successful intervention. A patient who is feeling better may also be feeling afraid to be fully functional. Graeme Keys, PT, Dip. MDT, COMT, CMP, has found that free of pain doesn't mean free of fear. It's the one piece of data the traditional indexes couldn't show him. So, he turned to tech. Read more.

2018 MDT Clinical Integration Webinar Series

Registration is open for the first webinar in the 2018 series, Derangements with Directional Preference of Flexion in the Lumbar Spine, presented by Kay Scanlon, PT, Dip. MDT and Linnet Kazemi, PT, Dip. MDT. Register today! AND - Stay tuned for three additional new and exciting webinars to come soon!


The McKenzie Institute USA Promotes Marissa DeVaul to Director of Development

Former Project Coordinator at The McKenzie Institute USA, Marissa DeVaul, has been promoted to Director of Development. Read the full press release.

MDT Practitioners to Recap Urban Hospital System Research at APTA's 2017 NEXT Conference

A committee established to standardize the referral process for spine care within the New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) will present at the 2017 APTA NEXT Conference June 21-24 in Boston. MA. William Oswald, PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT and Mia Palazzo, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT are among the speakers discussing "Value-Based Management of Spine Pain in an Urban Hospital System" as part of the Practice Management Track June 22. Read the full press release.

NASS and the McKenzie Institute to Host International Meeting on Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

Burr Ridge, IL - The North American Spine Society (NASS) and the McKenzie Institute International (MII) will present the 14th International Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in San Francisco, September 22-24, 2017. Read the full press release.

Clinical Outcomes Becoming More Important in Pitches to Physicians

The free lunches just don't cut it anymore. Not only are physicians busy handling the flood of aging Baby Boomers, they're also bombarded with proposals (and bagels) from PT practice owners. Uninspired by the traditional pitch-and-pray meet-and-greet with potential referral sources, Integrated Mechanical Care (IMC) President and Chief Clinical Officer, J. Mark Miller, refined his approach. He goes right to CEOs and chief medical officers with a simple message. Read more.

Mechanical Diagnosis Helps Practice Build Its Own Network

Many, if not most, private practice owners consider participation in a third-party administrator network essential for sustainable business. That's the model most clinicians and patients are used to. But, what if a private practice could negotiate its own reimbursement processes with payers? That may sound unusual, but it might not be for long. For Integrated Mechanical Care (IMC) and CEO Chad Gray, it's already been happening for nearly 10 years. That's because a decade ago, they launched a strategic plan focused on large, self-insured employers. Read more.

Listen to Jason Ward's recent interview with Chad Gray on the Mechanical Care Forum.

How Embracing 'Failure' Can Build a Winning Practice

Physical therapists, like all health care providers, share a dedication to one thing: helping people. You got into the business to improve, even save, lives. Of course, this noble dedication can lead to frustration when you can't help a patient and be unfairly considered “failure." But, Jane Borgehammar, PT, Dip. MDT, has learned to reframe failure as a signal to recognize "red flags" of potentially serious issues and to get the patients to the most appropriate health care provider. Read more.

MDT in JMMT: Application of the McKenzie system of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in patients with shoulder pain; a prospective longitudinal study

Congratulations to Afshin Abady, Richard Rosedale, et al on the publishing of their most recent work! Read the abstract here.

Ron Donelson to Present IMDTRF Funded Research Project at 2017 ISSLS Annual Meeting

Congratulations to Ron Donelson on the acceptance of his presentation, "The cost impact of a precise mechanical diagnosis on low back pain care: a comparison with ususal community care", which he will present at the 2017 International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Annual Meeting in Athens, Greece, to be held May 29 - June 2, 2017. Read the abstract here.

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® Helps Uncover Causes Hiding in the Spine

Kevin Jones, PT, Dip. MDT, agrees wholeheartedly with the old adage that you can't judge a book by its cover. Numbers show that most musculoskeletal pain in manageable conservatively, even when imaging suggests otherwise. Read more.

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® Keeps Runners Moving Forward

More than 40 million people in the U.S. run competitively or for fitness. A majority get hurt and very few get better. An avid runner and coach himself, Alan Besselink, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT, has spent the better part of his career working to change that. Read more.

North Myrtle Beach Physical Therapist Uses Interesting Form to Help Reduce Pain

WMBF News in North Myrtle Beach, SC recently interviewed newly credentialed MDT clinician, Frank Moreno. Click here to read the article.

Denise Campbell PT, ATC, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT Named Strathmore's Top Female Leader 2017

Congratulations to MIUSA's own Denise Campbel, whol has been named Strathmore's 2017 Top Female Leader in America for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of healthcare. Read the full press release here.

MDT Comprehension Self-Test - Part A: Available Now!

The all new MDT Comprehension Self-Test Series has been developed to provide you with a measure of your understanding of some of the fundamental MDT content covered during the A to D courses. While the self-tests for Courses B, C and D are still in development, the Part A Self-Test is ready to challenge your knowledge! Take the Part A Self-Test.

14th Annual Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy: Patients Come First - Exploring Optimal Care - Registration Now Open!

The McKenzie Institute is pleased to announce that registration is now open for this event. Make plans to join us in lovely San Francisco, CA, September 22-24, 2017. Click here for information.

Community Connections Drive Practice's Marketing Plans

Practice owners are always looking for new ways to market themselves. While digital marketing and social media are a major part of modern strategy, it's important not to overlook opportunities that may be right in front of you. Read more.

2017 MDT Clinical Integration Webinar Series

Registration is open for the first webinar in the 2017 series, Recovery of Function, presented by Kay Scanlon, PT, Dip. MDT and Linnet Kazemi, PT, Dip. MDT. Register today! AND - Stay tuned for three additional new and exciting webinars to come soon!

MDT in Primary Care: A Physician's Perspective

Join Jason Ward, MPT, Cert. MDT, host of the Mechanical Care Forum, as he chats with Vikas Agarwal, MD, Cert. MDT, FACP in "MDT in Primary Care: A Physician's Perspective". Available now for download!

Congratulations Sara Shupe, MSPT, Dip. MDT and Ryan Tauzell, PT, Cert. MDT!

A note of congratulations to two MIUSA members presenting at the North American Spine Society Evidence & Technology Summit, which was held in February 2017 in Park City, UT.

  • Congratulations to Sara Shupe, MSPT, Dip. MDT of the Institute for Athletic Medicine at Fairview Hospital in Rosemount, MN on the acceptance of her poster presentation, "Risk Stratified MDT: Benefits of Early Versus Delayed in Certain Low Back Pain Patient Populations".
  • Congratulations to Ryan Tauzell, PT, Cert. MDT of Choice Physical Therapy & Wellness in Christiansburg, VA on his presentation "Physical Therapy: Evidence-based vs. Experience-based Approach"

2016 Ron Bybee Scholarship Awardee - Brian Greer, PT, DPT

MIUSA would like to congratulate Brian Greer, PT, DPT of Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center of Southington, CT on being selected as the 2016 recipient of the Ron Bybee Scholarship Award for recent PT grads.

Interested in applying in 2017? Applications are accepted each year from June through October. For more information on the annual Ron Bybee Scholarship Award, click here.

Practice Owners Should Take Notice as ACOs Grow

The movement to make healthcare more affordable to patients is actually a profitable proposition for physical therapy practice owners who take advantage of a key trend. Read more.

Listening and Dedication to the Craft Lead to Clinical Excellence

How do you measure clinical excellence? "The person sitting in front of you probably knows more about their condition than anyone else," says Todd Edelson, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT. "So, it makes sense to listen to him or her." Read more.

Mentoring Makes a Difference in Lives, Treatment

The only way to learn is to teach. Denise Campell can say that with confidence after more than 30 years as a student and teacher of physical therapy. Read more.

Reviving Referrals with Direct Access

Good physical therapy practice owners must also be good marketers as the health care model continues to evolve. Read more here.

Texts, Tech and MDT Helped PT Grow His Practice

Patients can come from lost of places: referrals, marketing, word-of-mouth. Maybe even your living room. Read full article here.

MDT Clinical Mentoring Webinar Series: Classification: Its Importance- NOW AVAILABLE!

Click here to register and listen to the webinar!

Collaborations Outside PT Benefit Patient Care

The North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of spine surgeons and physicians in the world. So, what in the world was a physical therapist doing there? Read here.

MDT Clinical Mentoring Webinar Series: Taking A Timely History - NOW AVAILABLE!

Click here to register and listen to the webinar!

PT Day of Service - October 15, 2016

MIUSA is proud to be a Silver Sponsor the 2016 PT Day of Service... rally your coworkers, study group colleagues, students participate in your community! To learn more about PT Day of Service visit click here.

2016 Spine 10x25 Summit

Recent studies have identified that spine-related impairment is the number one cause of disability in the United States. In response to that, the North American Spine Foundation (NASS) has established Spine 10x25, an initiative that will lead to a 10% reduction in US spine-related disability by the year 2025. On the podium at this year's Spine 10x25 Summit were MDT Clincians Annie O'Connor and Ron Donelson. On demand video of both presentations can be viewed here. (Annie O'Connor - Section 4, Conservative Care: 00:15 and Ron Donelson - Section 4, Conservative Care: 36:15)

Alternatives for Opioids: Take the Pledge!

Certified MDT Clinician and Primary Care Physician, Dr. Vikas Agarwal, understands that mechanical pain is a common source of both acute and chronic pain in patients and he's managed to catch the ear of the US Surgeon General! Click here to read Dr. Agarwal's blog post, "Alternative for Opioids". Then make your own pledge to utilize MDT and "Turn the Tide" to end the opioid crisis!

Vacation Back Pain and Sciatica: 6 Tips

New York - based MDT Clinician, Todd Edelson, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT shares his insight on the woes of summer travel with The Huffington Post. Click here to read the full article.

College Connection Builds Practice, Student Confidence

Looking to populate your practice with top talent? Try going back to school. Troy, New York, physical therapist Joseph G. Maccio Sr., MA, PT, Dip. MDT, connected with a nearby college a few years ago, a move that has produced benefits for pupils and practice owners alike. "For me, it's not just about finding staff, but finding really good staff," Maccio says. "When you've got a good staff, it's a lot of fun." Read Full Article.

Cash-Based Care Benefits Patients and Practitioners

Kay Scanlon used to get quite a few clicks and dial tones when prospective patients called. Conversations tended to end abruptly after she revealed her office did not accept health insurance. At first blush, a higher cost per visit doesn’t seem to add up. But, in an era of rapidly rising out-of-pocket health care costs, paying more can actually save a lot of money. More and more, patients are paying greater attention to higher out-of-pocket costs. And it’s an opportunity for effective physical therapists to rethink their business models. Read Full Article.

Practice Owner Draws Patients with Unique Marketing Techniques

Before a patient leaves his office, Fortino Gonzalez draws them a picture. A physical therapist first and illustrator second (or third or fourth), Gonzalez prefers to go low tech in a day and age where digital tends to be the norm. Read more.

Eclectic Staffs Enhance Problem-Solving

The only answer that matters is the right one. But, there are many ways of getting to that single solution in the profession of physical therapy. In a field filled with a variety of approaches, longtime physical therapist, Diane Shiffer, decided to tap into different types of talent when she founded her Lake Oswego, Oregon, practice in 2012. Read Full Article.

Consider Alternative Referral Sources to Build Your Business

Physical therapy practice owners naturally target physicians and other medical professionals to produce referrals. While that method develops sustainability for many, alternative prospecting can elevate a practice to greater profitability. A bigger-picture approach to building a referral network actually starts with a smaller focus on a business' immediate surroundings. Yoav Suprun, PT, Dip. MDT takes a look at local assests to rev up referrals for his Miami Beach, Florida, practice. Read Full Article.

Denise Campbell, PT, Dip. MDT, OCS named 2015 Professional of the Year by America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals

MIUSA congratulates Denise on her success! Click here to read the complete article.

Three Keys for Building Referrals, Practices

Referral sources build practices. Building a network takes work. Bob Robinson, PT, DPT, MS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT relies on three pillars that produce results: accessibility, safety and outcomes.  “What the doctors really want more than anything is immediate accessibility to assist them in patient management,” he says. “They have an acute patient in their office and they need to trust it’s safe to send that patient to us for the initial evaluation.”  In that respect, Robinson credits the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) for his success. He’s able to take on cases quickly and free up physicians to treat other patients. Read Full Article.

Download Podcast "Taking on Students: A Burden or a Blessing?"

Clinicians sometimes complain that students can be a drain on time and resources, but many also get frustrated when hearing how non-MDT practitioners assess and treat patients. Exposing students to the McKenzie Method® early can make a difference in the care delivered. Hear from current CIs Ed Orloff, PT, DPT, CSCS, Dip. MDT and Jeff Cox, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS as they speak with Jason Ward, PT, Cert. MDT about the value of taking on students and how they have successfully handled them in their own practices. Listen to podcast.

Download Podcast "Life After Graduation: Adapting Your PT Skills from Class to Clinic"

Hear how two recent grads have accelerated their professional development through a practical and systematic approach to patient care without becoming overwhelmed. Tim Mahoney and Keaton Ray will share their experiences with MDT, including how the system has provided them structure in evaluation and treatment as well as its integral role in developing clinical effectiveness. Listen to podcast.

John Rossi, PT, DPT, MS, Cert. MDT Discusses MDT on Connecticut Spotlight!

John Rossi, PT, DPT, MS, Cert. MDT explains why he and Middlesex Hospital choose to enlist the McKenzie Method to treat their patients. Click here to see his interview!

MIUSA: Are you LinkedIn?

If you haven't already, join the McKenzie MDT Forum. Hundreds of active MDT clinicians are already sharing insights and ideas on a daily basis! Not sure how to go about chiming in? Click here for tips on posting in the forum.

Moving Out of the MDT Bubble: What I Learned at the 2015 APTA Orthopaedic Section Meeting

Susan Bamberger, PT, Dip. MDT and Denise Campbell, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT, ATC recently attended the 2015 APTA Orthopaedic Section Meeting in Phoenix, AZ on behalf of MIUSA. Click here to read Susan's insights on the experience.

Pain Relief Without the Prescription

Doctors in the primary care setting could head off chronic back and neck problems with the McKenzie Method, explains Dr. Vikas Agarwal, Mosaic Life Care in Kansas City, MO... Read the article here.

Attack Your Back Pain with Different Methods, Strategies

Molly Yatso Butz, the Community Health and Wellness Director for the Oshkosh, Wisconsin Community YMCA speaks with MDT Certified Chiropractor, Dr. Thomas Gauthier, about the benefits of MDT. Read more here ...

McKenzie Method Shoulder Solutions Make a Great Season Opener!

SYRACUSE, New York – While many are welcoming back the baseball season, many are also dealing with unwelcome shoulder pain. You might have more in common with those ballplayers than you think... Read More.

Knee Pain? March on with MDT

SYRACUSE, New York – Is knee pain taking the spring out of your step? Get moving again with the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT)... Read More.

Ron Bybee Scholarship Award - Attention!

New Physical Therapy professionals with less than three years in the field seeking certification in MDT – the Ron Bybee Scholarship Award offers financial assistance annually to an exemplary candidate – see if you qualify here(PDF).  Annual application deadline: Oct 1.

This Physical Therapy Approach Keeps Loved Ones Pain-Free, Saves Money

SYRACUSE, New York – No one likes to see a loved one in pain, especially on a special holiday like Valentine’s Day...Read More.

Physical Therapists Treat Spine Pain Through McKenzie Method

Dick Broom, a journalist for The Ellsworth American of Ellsworth, ME, features McKenzie Certified Therapists, husband and wife duo, Glen and Joanne MacPherson of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in his article, "Physical Therapists Treat Spine Pain Through McKenzie Method". Click here to read the complete article.

Richard Rosedale Awarded The Extension Award ("The Bronze Lady")

The highest award made by the McKenzie Institute International is The Extension Award (The Bronze Lady). The recipient of this award is selected by the Extension Award Committee, a sub-committee of the McKenzie Institute International Board of Trustees. It is with great pleasure that we announce this year's recipient, Richard Rosedale, in recognition of his outstanding contributions over many years to both MDT Research and MDT Education. Richard will be presented his award at the 13th International Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in Copenhagen, Denmark in September 2015. The McKenzie Institute USA and The Robin McKenzie Institute Canada applaud Richard for this great accomplishment and extend the warmestest of congratulations to him!

MDT Education Update - 2015

The Institute's International Education Committee has prepared a "MDT Education Update" to help ensure all clinicians are aware of recent changes in MDT terminology. Curriculum changes have been made accordingly starting in January 2015.

Will my disc ever heal?

Greg Markley, DC, MS, Cert. MDT, DACO discusses research supporting the use of MDT for management of spinal problems in his latest blog entry. Click here to read this, and other articles, on Dr. Markley's blog.

Fixing and Preventing Pain in the Lower Back

If you read Lee Poston PT, Dip. MDT's article, "MDT and CrossFit: An Interesting, Nay, Necessary Combination", in Vol. 3 No.2 of the MDT World Press this year, then you're already familiar with his story of how successful MDT has been in treating CrossFitter and weightlifter, Dave Lipson. Click here to read Dave's own testimonial on his MDT experience!

One "Slick" Exercise for Her Hip ... a MDT Testimonial

Lynn Grimm PT, Cert. MDT, shares a testimonial from her friend , Allys Dierker, a patient treated at a recent MDT: Advanced Extremities course in New Orleans, LA, in a November post to her blog, The Grimm Details. If you're looking for an enlightening read, click here.

McKenzie Therapists Adhere More to Evidence-Based Guidelines and Have a More Biopsychosocial Perspective on the Management of Patients with Low Back Pain than General Physical Therapists in Japan

Our colleagues in Japan set out to see whether therapists credentialed in MDT were more behavioral oriented and less biomedical oriented than general physical therapists. Click here to access their study and findings.

Allan Besselink PT, Dip. MDT to Present "Social Media and MDT" Webinar

Join Allan on Dec. 17th as he introduces key social media tools and how clinicians can use best utilize them. For more information, or to register for the webinar, click here.

The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®: Evidence of Success in Physical Therapy

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy: Evidence of Success in Physical Therapy


McKenzie Therapist Receives 2014 Emerging Leader Award from the APTA

McKenzie clinician Edward Orloff, PT, DPT, CSCS, Dip. MDT, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Emerging Leader Award by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA). This award was established annually to honor individuals early in their careers who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the physical therapy profession and the APTA...

Click here to read the complete press release.

Las Cruces Physical Therapy Provider Selected for National Ad Campaign

LAS CRUCES, NM – The McKenzie Insitute® USA will feature physical therapy provider Southwest Sport & Spine in an ad campaign aimed at PTs nationwide...

Click here to read the complete press release.

MDT Clinicians to Present Educational Sessions at the American Dental Association's Annual Meeting

SAN ANTONIO, Texas. – McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) clinicians and advocates Timothy Caruso and David Pleva will present educational sessions at the American Dental Association’s Annual Meeting Oct. 9-14...

Click here to read the complete press release.

Tallahassee Physical Therapy Provider Selected for National Ad Campaign

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The McKenzie Insitute® USA will feature physical therapy provider Integrated Mechanical Care Inc. (IMC) in an ad campaign aimed at PTs nationwide...

Click here to read the complete press release.

MDT Clinician to Speak at Nurse Practitioner Association's Annual Conference

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) clinician and advocate Joseph G. Maccio will present on the method at the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State’s 30th Annual Conference Oct. 22-26...

Click here to read the complete press release.


What Is the McKenzie Method? Solution for Back Pain, Neck Pain & Extremity Pain

The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a better solution for back, neck and extremity pain. Through a validated, evidence-based system of assessment, treatment and prevention, the McKenzie Method puts the patient at the center of the process.

MDT uses a thorough and reliable analysis of symptoms, provides precise diagnosis and empowers patients with self-treatment.

For more information about the McKenzie Method or to find a certified MDT provider near you, visit

STRIVE Physical Therapy Selected for 2015 MIUSA National Ad Campaign

The McKenzie Institute® USA will feature physical therapy provider STRIVE Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation of Mount Laurel, NJ in our 2015 Testimonial Ad Campaign aimed at practitioners nationwide.

Click here to read the complete press release.

McKenzie Institute Looks at Centralization Phenomenon in Sept. 17th Webinar

MDT clinicians Brian McClenahan and Bob Robinson will discuss the confusion surrounding the Centralization Phenomenon (CP), its varying definitions, the supporting literature to date, the implication that this literature has upon the many classification systems using the CP, the role of Centralization in prognosis, and the optimal strategy to elicit this important response. They will also highlight the place MDT holds in the current APTA guidelines and best practice management of musculoskeletal conditions. To register for the webinar, click here.

Click here for the press release.

MDT Diplomates aim to form a Special Interest Group in MDT!

If you are a member of the Orthopaedic Section of APTA, we could use your help! A core group of MDT Diplomates are coordinating efforts to establish an Educational Interest Group (EIG) in the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA as a first step to be considered for a Special Interest Group recognized by the APTA.

We must have 100 original signatures by September 15th from members of the Orthopaedic Section.

Please review more details here in our PETITION - and print, sign and mail to us today!

Josh Kidd is "On the Case" with Today in PT!

Today in PT's blog recently featured McKenzie's own, Josh Kidd PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, CSCS! Josh set the stage for his upcoming webinar, outlining the trials and tribulations involved in the undertaking of writing and submitting a case report. Read more of what Josh had to say to Today in PT here.

For more extensive coverage on creating a case report, don't forget to join us for Josh's upcoming webinar on June 18th. Click here to register today!

13th International Conference in MDT - Registration Now Open!

The McKenzie Institute Denmark looks to welcome Physiotherapists, Physicians and other allied health professionals to discover all Copenhagen has to offer at the 13th International Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Conference registration and hotel reservations are now being accepted for the September 4-6, 2015 event! Click here for more information.

A Clinician's Perspective to Writing a Case Report

Learn how and why to create a case report in The McKenzie Institute's next webinar June 18. Presenter Josh Kidd, PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, CSCS, will walk his digital audience through the purpose of creating a case report, selecting the right topic, starting the process, structuring the text, submitting the document and how much time you can expect to spend on each task.

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Backwoods Home Magazine Features the McKenzie Method!

Join Dave Duffy, author of "How to fix your aching back using the McKenzie Method", as he takes the reader through his own journey through 40 years of back pain and how the McKenzie Method helped to heal him in 10 days, courtesy of Backwoods Home Magazine, Issue 144, November/December 2013.

Treatment of shoulder pain utilizing mechanical diagnosis and therapy principles

Author: Kidd, Joshua
Source: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy Volume 21, Number 3, 2013, pp. 168-173(6)

October 2, 2013
By: William Harrison

The author's case report describes the effectiveness of mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) in the management of a patient referred with a diagnosis of shoulder tendonitis. – See more

"Best Practices for McKenzie Driven Private Practices" Webinar

Redefine your private practice with this insightful webinar. Presenter Dana Greene, PT, Dip. MDT, covers how to attract new patients, successfully market your practice and communicate the value of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT).

Our inaugural webinar was held September 12 and can now be downloaded here!

Tributes to Robin Continue

Ron Donelson, MD, penned a wonderful tribute to Robin in an upcoming issue of NASS Spineline. Reprinted with permission from the author and NASS, feel free to share and post. Read the article.

John Childs, PT, PhD on behalf of Editor in Chief and Editorial Board of the APTA PTJ, expressed generous thoughts, In Tribute: Robin McKenzie.

"McKenzie an expert in back pain" - Read the article recently published by The Dominion Post of New Zealand

(4/5/13 - Fairfax, NZ) Robin McKenzie is globally recognised as an authority on the treatment and prevention of back pain. His method of Mechanical Diagnosis Treatment is used extensively in more than 27 countries. Despite being an octogenarian, this humble Kiwi is finding it hard to retire. He still finds time to talk on radio internationally, oversee production of animated DVDs, writes and even treats the odd friend...

Click here for the complete story.

2013 Americas Conference Coming to Denver

(3/18/13 - Syracuse, N.Y.) Hundreds of clinicians from around the world will gather July 26 to 28 at The McKenzie Institute’s 2013 Americas Region Conference in Denver to learn about recent exponential growth of evidence supporting the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) and discuss a broad range of fresh, exciting and practical clinical skills...

Read the press release here.

Congratulations to the second certified McKenzie MDT clinician to receive a prestigious award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT)!

Lieutenant Colonel Skip Gill PT, D.Sc., OCS, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT was honored with the 2012 Kaltenborn "Teach I Must" Award. Dr. Gill, former Director of the Army-Baylor University Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and currently the Deputy Director of the Army-Baylor University Entry-Level DPT Program, was nominated by several of his former Fellows for his dedication to and influence on the development of a new generation of orthopaedic manual physical therapists.

Ron Schenk, PT, PHD, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT preceded Skip with this outstanding honor in 2011. Dr. Schenk is currently Dean of the Division of Health and Human Services and an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and Director of our Fellowship Program in MDT.

We are very proud of these two most deserving, and hard working professionals!

Recent Study: Therapists Effectively Classified Patients with Extremity Issues using the McKenzie Classification System

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November 2012 APTA Student Assembly Pulse: Celebrity PT Podcast - Robin McKenzie Shares Tales From a Long and Illustrious Career!

We are delighted to announce that the Celebrity PT Podcast featured in the November 2012 issue of the APTA Student Assembly Pulse, conducted by Director, Samantha Letizio, PT, DPT, features our own Robin McKenzie! This interview was a result of student feedback Ms. Letizio received about PTs who have inspired them or they’d like to meet.  Robin was quick to accept the invitation, and although the initial logistics connecting from Boston to New Zealand were challenging with Skype not offering the best quality, the interview was deemed a great success. As Ms. Letizio put it, " ... the quality of his information and anecdotes GREATLY makes up for it!”

Click here to listen to the November 2012 Celebrity PT Podcast, featuring Robin McKenzie

Click here to access the November 2012 APTA Student Assembly Pulse

MIUSA pays special tribute to Senior Faculty, Phil Burchell, who passed away in October 2012.
View Our Tribute - Visit OBIT Page

Congratulations to Dr. Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, OCS, FAAOMPT, for receiving the Maney Distinguished Editor Award presented recently at IFOMPT by Kim Martin, Executive Publisher of Maney Publishing (USA) Inc. for his body of work and service as Editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (JMMT).

MDT Diplomat, Yoav Suprun, brings word of the benefits of the McKenzie Method to CBS4's Cynthia Demos.
Click here to access the video clip.

Dan Vaughn appointed new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of JMMT

MIUSA is pleased to announce Maney Publishing's selection of Dr. Dan Vaughn, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT, as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy (JMMT). Dr Vaughn will succeed Dr. Chad Cook, who has provided six years of service and strong leadership to the journal. Dan will work alongside Chad in 2012 before assuming full duties for the first issue of 2013. Chad will continue to sit on the Editorial Board of the journal and work as a reviewer.

Read full press release from Maney Publishing regarding Vaughn's appointment.

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