McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a unique, dynamic and comprehensive
system of assessment, classification, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Its framework
allows one to screen, categorize and apply tailored treatment and a preventative program for each patient.
The Part A course focuses on the application of the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®
for the Lumbar Spine. Each major subdivision of the course has very specific educational objectives. The goals
of this course are to gain knowledge and skills that form the basis from which one begins to develop their
abilities in applying these principles.
Following attentive participation in, and completion of, this course will provide participants with the
introductory knowledge, basic skills and abilities to begin to:
1. appropriately apply McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® to patients with Lumbar
2. distinguish between derangement, dysfunction, postural syndromes and other spinal conditions and
provide appropriate management regimens for each syndrome.
3. identify when the application of external forces is required for the resolution of symptoms using
progression of forces.
4. assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes to achieve management goals and prevent