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Physical Therapist Completes Special Training

Jason Burtchell, a physical therapist at Central Maine Therapy Services in Lewiston, has earned certification in mechanical diagnosis and therapy through The McKenzie Institute.

The McKenzie Institute is the innovator of the McKenzie Method, an evidence-based approach for assessing and treating people who have neck, back and extremity pain. The goal of the system is for patients to experience symptom reduction under self-guided movements, although the mechanical diagnosis and therapy practitioner may provide manual techniques as needed to assist improvements.

Certification from The McKenzie Institute requires candidates to complete post-graduate courses and pass both written and practical examinations.

The McKenzie Institute is located in Syracuse, N.Y.

Burtchell has practiced with Central Maine Therapy Services for more than five years. He has nearly 15 years experience as physical therapist.

He earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy at Northeastern University in Boston.

Central Maine Therapy Services, an affiliate of Central Maine Healthcare, provides inpatient services at Central Maine Medical Center and outpatient therapy services at the Trolley Building, 77 Bates Street, in Lewiston.

In addition to Burtchell, Central Maine Healthcare offers the services of two other McKenzie certified physical therapists at Rumford Hospital. Presently there are only eight McKenzie certified physical therapists working in Maine.

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