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McKenzie MDT Part A Online: The Lumbar Spine

Location: Online

Dates: Tuesday, February 08, 2022 - Sunday, February 13, 2022

McKenzie MDT Part A Online: The Lumbar Spine

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


Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® - MDT:  A reliable assessment & classification system for the spine & extremities, that leads you to an effective treatment strategy for your patients

To be effective, treatment strategies first require a thorough and accurate assessment. Now is the perfect time to discover why thousands of clinicians worldwide rely on MDT to improve their patient outcomes.  Assess and diagnose patients accurately and confidently using the McKenzie MDT system.



Eligibility:  Clinicians practicing in the Atlantic Region  /  Fee: $695.00

Online Registration: 

This course is comprised of four sessions conducted fully online. As with all McKenzie MDT courses, legitimate patient demonstrations with follow-up appointments will take place during the online course.


The first Session (S1) you will complete online at your own pace. Sessions 2, 3 and 4 will be conducted online, in real-time live with two course instructors. All online sessions must be completed in their entirety, to qualify for the course certificate. S1: Complete by 07FEB22.  S2 - TUES 08FEB 5.30pm - 10.00pm.  S3 & S4 - SAT/SUN 12-13FEB, 9.00am - 5.00pm Atlantic Time.  Please adjust accordingly for your local time zone.  An asymptomatic patient model preferably under the age of 65, will be required for approximately 2 hours on Sunday, February 13th (time to be advised).  Access to a treatment table (portable is fine) is preferred for the practical session. Course Status: Pending Confirmation



  • I now have a much more clear and systematic approach. I had a lot of success with the basics, but I feel much more confident assessing and treating patients that do not respond to extensions/flexions/side glides and I now know when is best to implement new force progressions or force alternatives
  • The A course has fully restructured my assessment approach to be more comprehensive and provide me with much more provisional categorization of people with low back pain so that I can have a more targeted objective exam.
  • The traffic light analogy and a deeper understanding of force progressions/alternatives has benefitted my clinical application of MDT. Also a step by step description/demonstration of the lumbar techniques and rationale behind them was extremely valuable to me.
  • My level of understanding about patient self- treatment and exercise improved (especially on posture and extension exercise)


The MDT approach is a comprehensive biopsychosocial classification system that enables clinicians to reliably classify specific sub-groups and successfully match the classification to the appropriate treatment. Also, the MDT system identifies if the patient is unsuitable for mechanical therapy. A full history (with or without examination) can exclude patients with serious pathology or non-mechanical pain that require medical referral or non-mechanical treatment approaches. With a thorough knowledge of the three syndromes (derangement, dysfunction and posture) a trained clinician can identify directional preference, centralization or other consistent mechanical responses in keeping with the MDT syndromes and their predicted response to treatment. Once the syndromes are ruled out, the clinician can more accurately identify other diagnoses such as SIJ, spinal stenosis, symptomatic spondylolithesis or non-mechanical presentations unsuitable for mechanical therapy [Danish Institute for Health Technology Assessment (1999) American College of Occupation and Environmental Medicine (2005)].

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