getback™ at the forefront as allied health joins forces (finally!)

Lower back pain
By Geoffrey Mackay, getback Clinical Director

Historically, there has been little cross-over or complementary approaches to the treatment of back pain between allied health disciplines such as Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy. In other words, my way, or the highway!

That is starting to change, with getback at the forefront of a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment and long-term prevention of back pain.

getback™ has recently partnered with several allied health providers to create treatment programs that transition patients from pain relief to long-term spinal health through exercise based therapy.

Exercise therapy is now recommended by healthcare authorities for long term prevention of back pain.
Exercise therapy is now recommended by healthcare authorities for long term prevention of back pain.

For a long time, the idea of exercise as a treatment for chronic back pain was thought to be counter-intuitive. If movement and exercise could potentially aggravate pain, why risk it?

Instead, patients were given medication and advised to rest, provided with short term relief through manipulation or faced major intervention through surgery.

In recent years however, the effectiveness of graduated, exercise therapy for long term prevention of back pain has become not only accepted, but is now recommended by healthcare authorities as the first-line treatment for back pain

Those recommendations are starting to have an impact within the allied health world. 

Restoring musculoskeletal function

Chronic back pain can stem from a myriad of lifestyle, medical and physical factors. Understandably, the initial priority for most people during an episode of back or neck pain is to seek relief. 

Hands-on physical therapy and spinal adjustments can offer relief by alleviating pressure on nerves and correcting misalignments. However, once musculoskeletal function has been restored, long-term relief from back pain requires complementary approaches.

getback for back pain relief
Hands-on physical therapy and spinal adjustments can offer relief by alleviating pressure on nerves and correcting misalignments

New healthcare guidelines for back pain treatment

In 2022 the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare released new recommendations for practitioners to help patients manage low back pain and the risk of recurrence. 

The recommendations included not waiting for pain to be gone completely before resuming physical activity. It also suggested a gradual build-up of activity at regular periods and encouraged patients to set treatment goals.

One of the most effective exercise therapies to prevent recurrence of back pain is targeted strength training. The muscles around our spine are especially important in supporting our overall posture, stability and movement. If these muscles are weakened, the spine loses its most important supporting pillar and it becomes harder to move smoothly and with confidence. 

Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths have slightly different philosophical approaches on how to restore this ‘pillar’, but when it comes to maintaining the ‘Pillar’ they are turning to strengthening programs.

New alliances to beat back pain

It’s no coincidence that in the past two years, getback has been approached by allied health providers to provide safe and graduated strength and mobility programs for back pain patients.

getback back strengthening program for long-term prevention of back pain
getback delivers specific and measurable back strength programs using devices that enable ‘isointertial resistance’.

Allied health providers have recognised that getback can deliver specific and measurable strength and mobility training using devices that enable ‘isointertial resistance’.

Isoinertial resistance is strength training which maintains a constant and maximum inertia through the full range of muscle motion – rather than traditional strength training where the range of motion gets shorter as you get tired.

The biomechanical properties of getback devices enable isolated, smooth and progressive load and range of movement to prevent over-exertion and setbacks.

Targeted programs for specific needs

After an initial consultation to understand the patient’s condition and needs, getback measures the mobility and strength of spinal muscles using devices designed by Bio-mechanists and Exercise Scientists. 

The devices precisely measure spinal muscle strength and activation patterns to identify imbalances and weaknesses that can lead to spinal instability. 

A getback therapist will then devise a targeted treatment plan to increase strength and mobility where it’s needed.

Better outcomes for back pain patients

Collaboration between GPs, allied health providers and Cognitive Movement Therapists such as getback can ensure that treatment programs align with the patient’s short and long-term needs. 

getback™ provides a logical pathway for patients to transition back into activity and wellness. These complementary and integrated approaches empower patients to actively participate in their health and lay the groundwork for a lifetime of spinal health.

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