Benefits of MDT

  • Scientific basis: To be effective, any treatment system must be based upon a sound assessment, and an accurate diagnosis or sub grouping.  When these principles are applied to the McKenzie system the supporting research is very strong1,2
  • Early prognosis: It is often possible to predict patient prognosis within 1-2 consultations.
  • Self-treatment: The emphasis on self-treatment empowers the patient and helps foster a strong sense of independence3. Research shows that patients who are empowered have a better outcome than patients who receive passive care. Further research has shown that management with a patient specific exercise programme based on a classification system monitoring symptomatic and mechanical responses achieves better outcomes than non-specific exercise therapy4.
  • Prevention of recurrence: Patients who have been educated in self-management are able to initiate treatment at the first sign of recurrence. Symptoms can usually be relieved before they become severe.


  1. Kilpikoski 2002
  2. Razmjou2000
  3. Skytte 2005
  4. Long 2004