“My Patients taught me all I know”
Robin McKenzie, world renowned physiotherapist, died peacefully on 13 May 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was at his home in Raumati, New Zealand, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife and soul mate, Joy, four children and six grandchildren.
Robin was born in Auckland in 1931. He was educated at Wairarapa College, spent his student years at Otago University, and graduated from the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy in Dunedin in 1952. In 1953, he started a private practice in Wellington, and it was here that he developed a special interest in treating spinal disorders.
A chance clinical observation led Robin McKenzie to begin systematically evaluating the effects that simple movements and positions had on his patients’ back pain. A clear assessment process gradually emerged. This system, now known as the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), has achieved worldwide recognition and is now regarded as part of “normal” management for low back pain. His vision was that all patients with musculo-skeletal pain be taught how to manage their own pain. The two books he wrote specifically for patients: Treat Your Own Back
and Treat Your Own Neck
have sold over 6 million copies and are available in 17 languages. As he pursued this vision, Robin McKenzie had to overcome significant skepticism and, at times, outright hostility. He would no doubt attribute this single mindedness to his Scottish ancestry, of which he was very proud.
Robin McKenzie dedicated his life to one of humanities great afflictions; musculoskeletal pain. By empowering people to overcome their pain and disability, he has improved the lives of millions. This is a truly great legacy to pass on to future generations.
Thank you and so long to Vicki Reid
Vicki Reid has been the face of IFOMPT for many years and has been instrumental in the evolution of IFOMPT into a professional organisation. She has decided to pursue a different path and we wish her all of the very best. Vicki, you will be missed dearly and will always remain a member of the IFOMPT family. Go well and stay in touch.
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