Frequently Asked Questions

getback™ is an evidence based, back rehabilitation programme aimed at restoring normal spinal strength and function to clients who struggle with everyday activities due to back pain.

Using medically registered exercise devices, getback designs individual treatment programmes to improve a patient’s mobility, strength and spinal co-ordination through functional rehabilitation.

The getback devices are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods [ARTG], Certificate #244352 as Medical Devices Class 1.

Functional rehabilitation begins with an assessment of a patient’s current capabilities in strength, range of movement and ability to perform functional (or daily living) activities.

Essentially, functional rehabilitation is rehab through movement, progressing from simple to more complex activities such as muscular balancing, motor control training and nervous system programming. The goal is to return the patient to pain-free functional mobility, strength and endurance in the focus area.

getback™ treatment is focused on restoring the functional capacity of the spine. A healthy back with peak functional capacity should encompass:

Sufficient mobility – mobility in all segments of the spine and on all movement planes (bending forward, backwards, sideways and rotation).

Sufficient and balanced strength – correctly proportioned muscular strength sufficient to support the spine on all movement planes and in the whole range of motion.

Optimum muscular endurance – strength of body and neck muscles to support and protect the spine against major forces throughout the day.

No, you can make an appointment directly with the clinic for an Initial Consultation with our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists. Click here to make a booking for your Initial Consultation.

It depends on the condition and level of pain. Based on your Initial Consultation, Physiotherapy treatments may be required before moving into the getback programme.

If you have no pain or minimal pain, and are using getback for prevention and maintenance, you won’t need to see a Physiotherapist first.

getback™ treatment sessions go for an average of 30 minutes. getback recommends two treatments per week. Depending on results of the Initial Consultation, an individual programme ranges from 12 to 24 treatments.

To get the best results, getback recommends two treatments per week. Depending on the Initial Consultation, individual programmes range from 12 to 24 treatments.

Yes. Our qualified practitioners supervise each session to ensure all exercises are carried out safely and correctly and to monitor your progress.

Most patients feel an improvement in their strength and flexibility within four weeks. Patients track their improvement in regular reviews of their data with our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists.

The risk of injury while using getback devices is very low, as long as treatment programmes are followed as prescribed by our practitioners. As your body adapts to the exercises, you may feel some slight delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This may be felt as slight muscle soreness or stiffness between 12-48 hours after exercise.

DOMS is a normal response to new or unusual muscle exertion and is part of the adaptation process. It may mean you are using the correct, targeted muscles that have been dormant for some time. If you feel short of breath or dizzy with mild exertion, unwell or in any pain, cease the exercise and speak with your supervising Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist.

No, many of our patients use the getback devices either before or after work without changing clothes. You won’t break out in a sweat or need to shower afterwards.

getback™ devices are designed by Biomechanists and Exercise Scientists to a medical rehabilitation standard. The getback devices are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods [ARTG], Certificate #244352 as Medical Devices Class 1.

getback™ devices are designed to provide a resistance that matches the muscle capacity as it moves through its range of movement. This changing and accommodating resistance ensures that the exercise is not overly stressing the muscle at various points of weakness and ensures a more safe overload throughout the movement. The six devices are also designed to specifically target the musculature of the spine. This targeting is facilitated by the multi-movement planes of the devices which allow controlled movements in Cervical and Lumbar/Thoracic flexion (neck and back), extension, rotation and lateral flexion.

Our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists supervise every treatment and monitor your performance on each device.

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a tertiary trained health professional, with a minimum of four years of training specialising in movement therapies for those with (or at risk of developing) chronic conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal to cardiovascular and neurological conditions.

All Exercise Physiologists are required to be accredited by ESSA (Exercise and Sports Science Australia), adhere to the industry’s code of practice and are recognised by Medicare, Worksafe, TAC and most private health insurers.

Depending on your injury or condition, you may have to stop some forms of exercise for a few weeks. We dont recommend you start any new exercise programme during getback treatment, but we encourage you to remain active and continue normal daily activities.

As treatment progresses we would expect your ability to be more active will improve.

Yes. Your Initial Consultation and two following sessions are one-on-one with a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist. After that, there will be a maximum of four patients in the clinic under the supervision of our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists.

All clients undergo initial screening and baseline capability testing (strength and range of motion), which is used to design a programme targeted to each patient’s needs and goals. Your programme is designed in consultation with our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologist and every treatment session is supervised.

getback™ treatment consists of regular assessments throughout the programme. Data captured by the getback devices in these assessments allows treatment plans to be refined by our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists. Reports can also be supplied to you and your GP. In addition, the getback team anticipates you will start to feel greater ease of movement and reduced pain in your day-to-day activities.

No, getback is a planned rehabilitation programme with a defined end point, usually between 12 to 24 treatments.

Devices similar to those used by getback have been cited in over 30 peer reviewed articles published in journals such as the Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine, Journal of Physical Therapy Science, Rheumatology, Spine, Europa Medicophysica, Arbietsmedizin, Manuelle Medizin, and The Spine Journal. 

The results of these studies show strength development and reduction of pain.

Please refer to the Published Research page for further information.