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McKenzie Method of MDT: Part A

Location: Online Atlantic Region Only

Dates: Tuesday, January 05, 2021 - Sunday, January 17, 2021

McKenzie Method of MDT: Part A

Course Sponsor/Host: McKenzie Institute Canada
Location: Online Atlantic Region Only
Registration Dates: Open
Registration Fees: $695.00
Registration Form: Download Form


Starting January 5, 2021 - 5 sessions

Registration for this fully online course is restricted to only those eligible health professionals from the Atlantic Region. Practice area will be verified with the associated college. The eligibility list is posted on our website. This course consists of five online training sessions. Session 1 (S1) you will complete by yourself online at your own pace. Sessions 2 through 5, will be conducted online, in real-time live with the course instructor(s). All sessions must be attended and completed in full to qualify to for the course certificate. S1: Complete at your own pace by 05JAN. S2-THU/07JAN 5.00pm - 8.45pm, S3-SAT/09JAN 8.00am - 1.30pm, S4-SUN/10JAN 8.00am - 1.00pm, S5 - SUN/17JAN 8.00am-1.00pm. Due to the online nature of this course, live patient demonstrations will not be possible. 

The participants will explore and extensively practice the MDT assessment, classification and management process through lectures, workshops, discussions, and patient demonstrations. The classifications of Derangement, Dysfunction and Postural syndromes are described in detail and appropriate management plans are discussed, with emphasis on the use of patient self-treatment procedures and education. Indications for the use of clinician procedures will also be discussed and the procedures demonstrated and practiced.  Subgroups not fulfilling the criteria of the McKenzie syndromes are introduced and the basis for their differential diagnosis is outlined.   Follow-up patient demonstrations will illustrate the reassessment process and allow participants to get a realistic feel and understanding of the impact of the MDT system on differing patient presentations over 2-3 treatment sessions.  Virtual or recorded patient demonstrations will be utilized on this course.

Course Goals

1.     Describe and discuss the basic principles of MDT and how it fits within the context of the biopsychosocial back pain experience

2.     Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of MDT to patients with lumbar spine problems.

3.     Distinguish between the MDT syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural) and OTHER subgroups and provide appropriate management regimens for each of the MDT syndromes.

4.     Identify when the application of external forces is required for the resolution of symptoms using MDT’s concept of ‘Progression of Forces’.

5.     Recognise how to assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes to achieve management goals, taking into account any personal or environmental barriers to recovery.


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