The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain that has been used all over the world for more than 30 years. Its main objective is to set self=treatment principles so patients can learn techniques to improve thier pain independently. If you have ever experienced pain in the neck from poor posture or strained positions when sleeping or lying answer the following questions with a "yes" or "no" response to see if you can benefit from MDT treatment
- Are there periods in the day when you have no pain? Even 10 minutes?
- Are you generally worse when sitting for prolonged periods or on rising from the sitting position?
- Are you generally worse when inactive and better when on the move?
- Do you sometimes expereience pain across the shoulders or into the hand with symptomns like feeling of pins and needles or numbness in the fingers?
- Do you have periodic headaches?
- Have you had several episodes of neck pain over the past months or years?
- Are you able to move your head fully in all directions without pain between episodes?
- Are you pain-free between episodes?
- If you have pain in the scapulae, or upper/lower arm, does it sometimes stop completly, even though you may still have pain in the neck?
If you answered "yes" to four or more of those questions seek a certified MDT specialist to get help with decreasing neck pain and increasing the activities you love to do.
If you cannot see a certified MDT specialist right away try these few tips that may help to decrease neck pain due to postural deficits.
- Sleep on your back if possible to allow the spine to rest comfortably
- Use a computer monitor that is eye level
- Avoid straining your neck while you are texting
- Exercise and stretch the neck to keep proper alignment
- Drink adequate amounts of water
- Maintain supportive posture throughout the day.
Call us today for a free 10-minute phone consultation with our certified MDT physical therapist.
Refrences from mckenzieinsituteusa.org and spinehealth.org