At the Physical Therapy Connection, Kim Dare PT, Cert MDT uses a system of spinal pain evaluation treatment and prevention developed by Robin McKenzie, a New Zealand physical therapist. Over the past 40 years, McKenzie has refined his theory and practice into programs that are now taught to practitioners worldwide at the McKenzie Institute. Kim completed the rigorous credentialing program to become a certified McKenzie practitioner.

What is The McKenzie Method?

Also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, The McKenzie Method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. This approach continues to be the most researched physical therapy based method available. The key distinction is its initial assessment component – a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Rarely is time or money wasted in performing expensive tests. Certified McKenzie clinicians have a valid indicator to know right away whether and how the method will work for each patient.

The Maitland-Australian Approach

The Maitland-Australian approach is world renowned, and the cornerstone of modern day Evidence-Based Orthopedic Manual Therapy. First developed by the famous Australian Physiotherapist, and co-founder of IFOMPT, Geoffrey Maitland, the Maitland-Australian approach was introduced to the U.S. by MAPS founder Robert Sprague PT, PhD, GDMT, COMT, FAAOMPT. The approach is based primarily on the assessment and treatment of the patient’s signs/symptoms, respecting the diagnosis, understanding the pathology and using biomechanical knowledge when applicable. Biomechanical theory plays only a small role. The examination and subsequent treatment is intended to gently provoke the patient’s actual symptoms and thus confirm the source and specific tissues potentially at fault. Carefully graded physiological and accessory passive mobilization techniques are performed to reproduce the pain of a stiffness disorder (pathomechanical) to restore normal movement and mechanics, OR to reduce/eliminate the patient’s pain dominant (pathophysiological) related to inflammation or other pathophysiological processes.