McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, Part B - MDT: Cervical & Thoracic Spine

June 24-26, 2022
8:00-5:30 PM Friday
8:00-5:30 PM 

8:00-1:15 PM Sunday



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Course Description

As the name implies, this course focuses on the application of the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® for the cervical and thoracic spine. Each major subdivision of the course has very specific educational objectives. In more general terms, the goals of this course are that you gain knowledge and skills that form the basis from which you may begin to develop your own abilities in applying these principles

This course examines how McKenzie MDT applies to the cervical and thoracic spines, utilizing the same teaching format as Part A and also begins with a comprehensive online session, followed by a three-day live course.

Course Outline includes:

  • Pathophysiology and biomechanics of the cervical spine
  • Subjective / objective assessment
  • Review and treatment of the three syndromes
  • Cervical headache and trauma ('whiplash'
  • Complications, contraindications and outcome predictors
  • Thoracic spine: anatomy, pathology, examination and treatment
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Suggested Course Preparations:

  • Please review your Part A materials, especially Modules 3-4, as the Part B manual refers back to it on occasion.
  • Read the textbook, THE CERVICAL AND THORACIC SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP.

Course Objectives

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 the McKenzie Method of MDT to patients with cervical / thoracic symptoms in the context of the biopsychosocial model of care.


2. Distinguish between the McKenzie syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural) and the subgroups of OTHER and provide appropriate management regimes for each of the classifications.


3. Identify when the application of clinician forces are required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's “progression of forces” concept.


4. Assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes required to achieve the patient goals.

About the Instructor



Module 1: Introduction and Epidemiology
Module 2: Mechanical Diagnosis: Classification and Definition of Terms
Module 3: Anatomical Considerations Related to MDT
Module 4: History and Physical Exam

DAY ONE, FRIDAY, 8-5:30 P.M.

07:30-08:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast

08:00-09:30 Introduction and Review of Online: History and Physical Exam (Module 4)

09:30-09:45 Break

09:45-11:00 Evaluation of Clinical Presentations (Module 5)

11:00-12:00 Patient #1

12:00-01:00 Lunch

01:00-02:00 Patient #2

02:00-03:00 Patient #3

03:00-03:15 Break

03:15-03:45 Procedures of Mechanical Therapy – Theory (Module 6)
03:45-05:30 Procedures of Mechanical Therapy – Practical (Module 7)


07:30-08:00 Sign-in/Continental Breakfast

08:00-08:15 Q & A, Review and Discussion
08:15-09:00 Procedures of Mechanical Therapy – Practical Review

09:00-10:30 Management of Derangement Syndrome (Module 8)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Return Patients

12:00-01:00 Lunch

01:00-02:00 Patient #4

02:00-03:00 Patient #5

03:00-03:15 Break

03:15-04:00 Management of Dysfunction (Module 9)

04:00-04:30 Management of Postural Syndrome (Module 10)

04:30-05:00 Follow-up Evaluation (Module 11)

05:00-05:30 Recurrences of Prophylaxis (Module 12)

07:30-08:00 Sign-in/Continental Breakfast

08:00-09:30 Cervical Headaches (Module 13)

09:30-10:00 Whiplash Associated Disorders (Module 14)

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Return Patients

12:00-01:00 Thoracic Spine (Module 15)

01:00-01:15 Wrap-up/Conclusion


Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus


1st Floor Conference Center, Rooms WH-01A & WH-01B
18200 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094

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