Marissa Lerner

Marissa Lerner, BKin MScPT, MDT

Marissa is from Calgary, Alberta. She completed her undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012. She remained at the University of Saskatchewan for her Masters of Physical Therapy which she completed in 2014. She worked as a physiotherapist at a McKenzie clinic in Calgary before she moved to Whitehorse. Since graduating, Marissa has pursued the McKenzie Method and became a certified McKenzie therapist in 2016.

Marissa works at the Downtown clinic location.

What is the McKenzie Method? The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It has been widely used all over the world for more than 30 years. This approach continues to be one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available and has found that certain movements and postures can often abolish pain and restore function.

Robin McKenzie believed that most patients could learn to treat themselves if taught correctly. He felt that self-treatment empowered the patient and reduced their dependency on medical intervention. The McKenzie Method® promotes the body’s potential to heal itself without medication, surgery or other passive modalities such as heat, ice or ultrasound therapy. It also addresses a growing demand from patients and third party payers for professional rehabilitation services that develop the patient’s self-treatment skills in a cost-effective and time-effective manner.
More information can be found at
http://www.mckenzieinstitute.org/
(The McKenzie Institute International, 2017)

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