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The McKenzie Institute believes in keeping our members and students well informed and equipped with resources to help you and your practice. Below you'll find recent news and member information, tips for the media, important schedules, photos from recent events and other useful items.

This Physical Therapy Approach Keeps Loved Ones Pain-Free, Saves Money

SYRACUSE, New York – No one likes to see a loved one in pain, especially on a special holiday like Valentine’s Day...Read More.

Maney Publishing Seeks Editor-in-Chief

Our partners at Maney Publishing seek a dynamic, energetic individual with high standards and excellent leadership skills to serve as Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of International Musculoskeletal Medicine. Subject to peer review, the EIC will have the full authority to shape the content, commission, accept or reject submitted papers, and appoint Associate or Deputy Editors and Editorial Board members.

We seek a dynamic academic/researcher/clinician who has high standards and the ability to give the Journal intellectual and scientific leadership.

International Musculoskeletal Medicine welcomes research and review papers about pain and dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. It encourages better treatment by improving the evidence base for best practice, and to promote better understanding of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, it publishes papers dealing with its causation and the mechanisms underlying chronicity as well as the mechanisms for obtaining satisfactory relief.

International Musculoskeletal Medicine should be of interest to anyone concerned about the best and most cost effective non-surgical relief of musculoskeletal pain, especially by manual, exercise and injection therapies whether from the medical, physiotherapy, osteopathic or chiropractic professions. Authorship is two-thirds medical and one-third physiotherapist.

Interested applicants should contact Kimberly Martin by February 20, 2015, sending a brief CV, biographic details, list of publications for the last 3 years, a statement that describes why you would like to be considered for the position, and ideas/plans/suggestions for the development of the Journal.


Physical Therapists Treat Spine Pain Through McKenzie Method

Dick Broom, a journalist for The Ellsworth American of Ellsworth, ME, features McKenzie Certified Therapists, husband and wife duo, Glen and Joanne MacPherson of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in his article, "Physical Therapists Treat Spine Pain Through McKenzie Method". Click here to read the complete article.

Richard Rosedale Awarded The Extension Award ("The Bronze Lady")

The highest award made by the McKenzie Institute International is The Extension Award (The Bronze Lady). The recipient of this award is selected by the Extension Award Committee, a sub-committee of the McKenzie Institute International Board of Trustees. It is with great pleasure that we announce this year's recipient, Richard Rosedale, in recognition of his outstanding contributions over many years to both MDT Research and MDT Education. Richard will be presented his award at the 13th International Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in Copenhagen, Denmark in September 2015. The McKenzie Institute USA and The Robin McKenzie Institute Canada applaud Richard for this great accomplishment and extend the warmestest of congratulations to him!

MDT Education Update - 2015

The Institute's International Education Committee has prepared a "MDT Education Update" to help ensure all clinicians are aware of recent changes in MDT terminology. Curriculum changes have been made accordingly starting in January 2015.

Will my disc ever heal?

Greg Markley, DC, MS, Cert. MDT, DACO discusses research supporting the use of MDT for management of spinal problems in his latest blog entry. Click here to read this, and other articles, on Dr. Markley's blog.

Fixing and Preventing Pain in the Lower Back

If you read Lee Poston PT, Dip. MDT's article, "MDT and CrossFit: An Interesting, Nay, Necessary Combination", in Vol. 3 No.2 of the MDT World Press this year, then you're already familiar with his story of how successful MDT has been in treating CrossFitter and weightlifter, Dave Lipson. Click here to read Dave's own testimonial on his MDT experience!

One "Slick" Exercise for Her Hip ... a MDT Testimonial

Lynn Grimm PT, Cert. MDT, shares a testimonial from her friend , Allys Dierker, a patient treated at a recent MDT: Advanced Extremities course in New Orleans, LA, in a November post to her blog, The Grimm Details. If you're looking for an enlightening read, click here.

McKenzie Therapists Adhere More to Evidence-Based Guidelines and Have a More Biopsychosocial Perspective on the Management of Patients with Low Back Pain than General Physical Therapists in Japan

Our colleagues in Japan set out to see whether therapists credentialed in MDT were more behavioral oriented and less biomedical oriented than general physical therapists. Click here to access their study and findings.

Allan Besselink PT, Dip. MDT to Present "Social Media and MDT" Webinar

Join Allan on Dec. 17th as he introduces key social media tools and how clinicians can use best utilize them. For more information, or to register for the webinar, click here.

The Evidence Behind MDT


McKenzie Therapist Receives 2014 Emerging Leader Award from the APTA

McKenzie clinician Edward Orloff, PT, DPT, CSCS, Dip. MDT, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Emerging Leader Award by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA). This award was established annually to honor individuals early in their careers who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the physical therapy profession and the APTA...

Click here to read the complete press release.

Las Cruces Physical Therapy Provider Selected for National Ad Campaign

LAS CRUCES, NM – The McKenzie Insitute® USA will feature physical therapy provider Southwest Sport & Spine in an ad campaign aimed at PTs nationwide...

Click here to read the complete press release.

MDT Clinicians to Present Educational Sessions at the American Dental Association's Annual Meeting

SAN ANTONIO, Texas. – McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) clinicians and advocates Timothy Caruso and David Pleva will present educational sessions at the American Dental Association’s Annual Meeting Oct. 9-14...

Click here to read the complete press release.

Tallahassee Physical Therapy Provider Selected for National Ad Campaign

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The McKenzie Insitute® USA will feature physical therapy provider Integrated Mechanical Care Inc. (IMC) in an ad campaign aimed at PTs nationwide...

Click here to read the complete press release.

MDT Clinician to Speak at Nurse Practitioner Association's Annual Conference

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) clinician and advocate Joseph G. Maccio will present on the method at the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State’s 30th Annual Conference Oct. 22-26...

Click here to read the complete press release.


The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a better solution for back, neck and extremity pain. Through a validated, evidence-based system of assessment, treatment and prevention, the McKenzie Method puts the patient at the center of the process.

MDT uses a thorough and reliable analysis of symptoms, provides precise diagnosis and empowers patients with self-treatment.

For more information about the McKenzie Method or to find a certified MDT provider near you, visit

STRIVE Physical Therapy Selected for 2015 MIUSA National Ad Campaign

The McKenzie Institute® USA will feature physical therapy provider STRIVE Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation of Mount Laurel, NJ in our 2015 Testimonial Ad Campaign aimed at practitioners nationwide.

Click here to read the complete press release.

McKenzie Institute Looks at Centralization Phenomenon in Sept. 17th Webinar

MDT clinicians Brian McClenahan and Bob Robinson will discuss the confusion surrounding the Centralization Phenomenon (CP), its varying definitions, the supporting literature to date, the implication that this literature has upon the many classification systems using the CP, the role of Centralization in prognosis, and the optimal strategy to elicit this important response. They will also highlight the place MDT holds in the current APTA guidelines and best practice management of musculoskeletal conditions. To register for the webinar, click here.

Click here for the press release.

MDT Diplomates aim to form a Special Interest Group in MDT!

If you are a member of the Orthopaedic Section of APTA, we could use your help! A core group of MDT Diplomates are coordinating efforts to establish an Educational Interest Group (EIG) in the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA as a first step to be considered for a Special Interest Group recognized by the APTA.

We must have 100 original signatures by September 15th from members of the Orthopaedic Section.

Please review more details here in our PETITION - and print, sign and mail to us today!

Josh Kidd is "On the Case" with Today in PT!

Today in PT's blog recently featured McKenzie's own, Josh Kidd PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, CSCS! Josh set the stage for his upcoming webinar, outlining the trials and tribulations involved in the undertaking of writing and submitting a case report. Read more of what Josh had to say to Today in PT here.

For more extensive coverage on creating a case report, don't forget to join us for Josh's upcoming webinar on June 18th. Click here to register today!

13th International Conference in MDT - Registration Now Open!

The McKenzie Institute Denmark looks to welcome Physiotherapists, Physicians and other allied health professionals to discover all Copenhagen has to offer at the 13th International Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Conference registration and hotel reservations are now being accepted for the September 4-6, 2015 event! Click here for more information.

A Clinician's Perspective to Writing a Case Report

Learn how and why to create a case report in The McKenzie Institute's next webinar June 18. Presenter Josh Kidd, PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, CSCS, will walk his digital audience through the purpose of creating a case report, selecting the right topic, starting the process, structuring the text, submitting the document and how much time you can expect to spend on each task.

Click here to register.

Backwoods Home Magazine Features the McKenzie Method!

Join Dave Duffy, author of "How to fix your aching back using the McKenzie Method", as he takes the reader through his own journey through 40 years of back pain and how the McKenzie Method helped to heal him in 10 days, courtesy of Backwoods Home Magazine, Issue 144, November/December 2013.

Treatment of shoulder pain utilizing mechanical diagnosis and therapy principles

Author: Kidd, Joshua
Source: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy Volume 21, Number 3, 2013, pp. 168-173(6)

October 2, 2013
By: William Harrison

The author's case report describes the effectiveness of mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) in the management of a patient referred with a diagnosis of shoulder tendonitis. – See more

"Best Practices for McKenzie Driven Private Practices" Webinar

Redefine your private practice with this insightful webinar. Presenter Dana Greene, PT, Dip. MDT, covers how to attract new patients, successfully market your practice and communicate the value of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT).

Our inaugural webinar was held September 12 and can now be downloaded here!

Tributes to Robin Continue

Ron Donelson, MD, penned a wonderful tribute to Robin in an upcoming issue of NASS Spineline. Reprinted with permission from the author and NASS, feel free to share and post. Read the article.

John Childs, PT, PhD on behalf of Editor in Chief and Editorial Board of the APTA PTJ, expressed generous thoughts, In Tribute: Robin McKenzie.

"McKenzie an expert in back pain" - Read the article recently published by The Dominion Post of New Zealand

(4/5/13 - Fairfax, NZ) Robin McKenzie is globally recognised as an authority on the treatment and prevention of back pain. His method of Mechanical Diagnosis Treatment is used extensively in more than 27 countries. Despite being an octogenarian, this humble Kiwi is finding it hard to retire. He still finds time to talk on radio internationally, oversee production of animated DVDs, writes and even treats the odd friend...

Click here for the complete story.

2013 Americas Conference Coming to Denver

(3/18/13 - Syracuse, N.Y.) Hundreds of clinicians from around the world will gather July 26 to 28 at The McKenzie Institute’s 2013 Americas Region Conference in Denver to learn about recent exponential growth of evidence supporting the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) and discuss a broad range of fresh, exciting and practical clinical skills...

Read the press release here.

Congratulations to the second certified McKenzie MDT clinician to receive a prestigious award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT)!

Lieutenant Colonel Skip Gill PT, D.Sc., OCS, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT was honored with the 2012 Kaltenborn "Teach I Must" Award. Dr. Gill, former Director of the Army-Baylor University Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and currently the Deputy Director of the Army-Baylor University Entry-Level DPT Program, was nominated by several of his former Fellows for his dedication to and influence on the development of a new generation of orthopaedic manual physical therapists.

Ron Schenk, PT, PHD, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT preceded Skip with this outstanding honor in 2011. Dr. Schenk is currently Dean of the Division of Health and Human Services and an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and Director of our Fellowship Program in MDT.

We are very proud of these two most deserving, and hard working professionals!

Recent Study: Therapists Effectively Classified Patients with Extremity Issues using the McKenzie Classification System

Read the press release here.

November 2012 APTA Student Assembly Pulse: Celebrity PT Podcast - Robin McKenzie Shares Tales From a Long and Illustrious Career!

We are delighted to announce that the Celebrity PT Podcast featured in the November 2012 issue of the APTA Student Assembly Pulse, conducted by Director, Samantha Letizio, PT, DPT, features our own Robin McKenzie! This interview was a result of student feedback Ms. Letizio received about PTs who have inspired them or they’d like to meet.  Robin was quick to accept the invitation, and although the initial logistics connecting from Boston to New Zealand were challenging with Skype not offering the best quality, the interview was deemed a great success. As Ms. Letizio put it, " ... the quality of his information and anecdotes GREATLY makes up for it!”

Click here to listen to the November 2012 Celebrity PT Podcast, featuring Robin McKenzie

Click here to access the November 2012 APTA Student Assembly Pulse

MIUSA pays special tribute to Senior Faculty, Phil Burchell, who passed away in October 2012.
View Our Tribute - Visit OBIT Page

Congratulations to Dr. Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, OCS, FAAOMPT, for receiving the Maney Distinguished Editor Award presented recently at IFOMPT by Kim Martin, Executive Publisher of Maney Publishing (USA) Inc. for his body of work and service as Editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (JMMT).

MDT Diplomat, Yoav Suprun, brings word of the benefits of the McKenzie Method to CBS4's Cynthia Demos.
Click here to access the video clip.

Dan Vaughn appointed new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of JMMT

MIUSA is pleased to announce Maney Publishing's selection of Dr. Dan Vaughn, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT, as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy (JMMT). Dr Vaughn will succeed Dr. Chad Cook, who has provided six years of service and strong leadership to the journal. Dan will work alongside Chad in 2012 before assuming full duties for the first issue of 2013. Chad will continue to sit on the Editorial Board of the journal and work as a reviewer.

Read full press release from Maney Publishing regarding Vaughn's appointment.

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