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getback™ cognitive movement therapy addresses multiple aspects of back pain and is backed by published research showing its benefits. getback™ therapy is enhanced by rehabilitation devices included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods [ARTG] as Medical Devices Class 1 and used in more than 500 clinics in 35 countries.

Most back conditions can be treated by getbackincluding unspecified back and neck pain, degenerative changes, prolapsed or ruptured discs.

Functional rehabilitation​

Man and woman testing the getback devices

Around four million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems, based on self-reported data from the 2017-18 National Health Survey (NHS) by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Pain interfered with daily activities for almost two in five people (38%) with back problems in 2017-18.

getback™ is functional rehabilitation through movement, focused on restoring the spine’s functional capacity and returning patients to normal levels of mobility and strength.

Movement can be effective treatment, but it’s difficult to exercise when pain is present. An important factor in safe treatment is controlling the range of movement and load during exercise.

getback™ devices are precisely designed to provide an appropriate level of support through the full range of movement.

Published research

Similar devices and treatment protocols to those used by getback have been cited in over 35 peer reviewed articles in prestigious journals such as Rheumatology, Spine, Europa Medicophysica, Arbietsmedizin, Manuelle Medizin, The Spine Journal and Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine.

The results of these studies consistently show significant strength development, reduction in pain, and effectiveness of the intervention with similar devices and protocols to those used by getback.

Therapeutic and Economic Effects of Multimodal Back Exercise: A controlled Multicentre Study.

Müller G. et al. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2019; [51]:61-70.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30406268/


Effectiveness of device-based therapy for conservative management of low back pain.

Anandani G. et al. Journal of Physical Therapy Science 2015 Jul; 27(7): 2139–2141

Read the full article – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4540835/


A Review of the Clinical Value of Isolated Lumbar Extension Resistance Training for Chronic Low Back Pain.

Steele J, Bruce-Low, S., Smith, D. Pain Management 7 (2015) 169-187

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25452128/


Exercise interventions for the treatment of chronic low back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

Angela Searle, Martin Spink, Alan Ho and Vivienne Chuter. Clinical Rehabilitation 2015: 1–13

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25681408/ 

A reappraisal of the de-conditioning hypothesis in low back pain: review of evidence from a triumvirate of research methods on specific lumbar extensor de-conditioning.

Steele, Bruce-Low & Smith. Current Medical Research & Opinion 2014 Vol. 30, [5] :865–911.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24328452/


Reliability of Isometric Trunk Moment Measurements in Healthy Persons over 50 Years of Age.

Kienbacher, T., Paul., B., Habenicht, P., Wolf, M., kollmitzer, J. and Ebenbichler, G. (2014). Journal of Rehabilitation and Medicine: 46 (3), 241 -249.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24473577/


Effective spine triage: patterns of pain.

Hall, H. (2014). The Ochsner Journal, 14: 88 – 95

Read the full article – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3963059/


Neuromuscular responses to different resistance loading protocols using pneumatic and weight stack devices.

Peltonen H., Häkkinen,K & Avela, J. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 2013 [23]:118–124

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23021603/


Functional rehabilitation of low back disorders.

S Taimela, S Negrini, C Paroli. Eura Medicophys; 2004 Mar; 40(1):29-36.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16030491/


Lumbar paraspinal muscle function, perception of lumbar position, and postural control in disc herniation-related back pain.

V Leinonen, M Kankaanpää, M Luukkonen, M Kansanen, O Hänninen, O Airaksinen, S Taimela. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 2003 Apr 15;28(8):842-8.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12698130/


Does good trunk extensor performance protect against back-related work disability?

A Rissanen, M Heliövaara, H Alaranta, S Taimela, E Mälkiä, P Knekt, A Reunanen, A Aromaa. J Rehabil Med. 2002 Mar;34(2):62-6

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12019581/


A randomized controlled trial of rehabilitation after hospitalization in frail older women: effects on strength, balance and mobility.

L Timonen, T Rantanen, O P Ryynänen, S Taimela, T E Timonen, R Sulkava. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2002 Jun;12(3):186-92.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12135452/

Paraspinal muscle responses during sudden upper limb loading.

V Leinonen, M Kankaanpää, O Hänninen, O Airaksinen, S Taimela. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2002 Nov;88(1-2):42-9.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12436269/

Impaired lumbar movement perception in association with postural stability and motor- and somatosensory-evoked potentials in lumbar spinal stenosis.

V Leinonen, S Määttä, S Taimela, A Herno, M Kankaanpää, J Partanen, M Kansanen, O Hänninen, O Airaksinen. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2002 May 1;27(9):975-83.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11979174/

Impaired lumbar movement perception in association with postural stability and motor- and somatosensory-evoked potentials in lumbar spinal stenosis.

V Leinonen, S Määttä, S Taimela, A Herno, M Kankaanpää, J Partanen, M Kansanen, O Hänninen, O Airaksinen. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2002 May 1;27(9):975-83.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11979174/

Comparison of Three Active Therapies for Chronic Low Back Pain: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial with One-year Follow-up.

Mannion AF, Muntener M, Taimela S, Dvorak J. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2001 Jul;40(7): 772-8

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11477282/

Intra- and inter-tester reliability and reference values for isometric neck strength.

Peolsson, A., and Oberg, B. (2001). Physiotherapy Research International, 6(1) 15–26, 2001

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11379253/

Disc herniation-related back pain impairs feed-forward control of paraspinal muscle.

V Leinonen 1, M Kankaanpää, M Luukkonen, O Hänninen, O Airaksinen, S Taimela. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) . 2001 Aug 15;26(16):E367-72.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11493866/

Reduction of back related sick leave of workers who load and unload aeroplanes, through specific medical training therapy of the back.

B. Sappich, W. Gaber, S. Caspar und K. Baum. Arbeitsmedizin 8/2001, 371-377

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23990391/


Active Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain 1: Effect on Back Muscle Activation, Fatigability, and Strength.

Mannion A, Taimela S, Müntener M, Dvorak j. Spine 2001; 26: 897-908.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11317112/


Active Therapy for Chronic Low Pack Pain Part 2. Effects on Paraspinal Muscle Cross-Sectional Area, Fiber Type Size, and Distribution.

Käser L, Mannion A, Rhyner A, Weber E, Dvorak J, Müntener M. Spine 2001; 26: 909-919

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11317113/

Active therapy for chronic low back pain: part 3. Factors influencing self-rated disability and its change following therapy.

A F Mannion, A Junge, S Taimela, M Müntener, K Lorenzo, J Dvorak. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2001 Apr 15;26(8):920-9.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11317114/


Comparison of three active therapies for chronic low back pain: results of a randomized clinical trial with one-year follow-up.

A F Mannion 1, M Müntener, S Taimela, J Dvorak. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2001 Jul;40(7):772-8.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11477282/


Preventive Interventions for Back and Neck Pain Problems What is the Evidence?

Linton S., and Van Tulder M. (2001). Spine Volume 26, Number 7, pp 778–787

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11295900/


The role of physical exercise inactivity on low back pain recurrence and absenteeism from work after active outpatient rehabilitation for recurrent-chronic LBP: A followup study.

Taimela S, Diedrich C, Heinrichy M. Spine 2000; 25: 1809-1816.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10888950/


Active treatment of chronic neck trouble: A prospective randomized intervention.

Taimela S, Takala E-P, Asklöf T, Seppälä K, Parviainen S. Spine 2000; 25: 1021-1027.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10767816/


Back and hip extensor muscle function during therapeutic exercises.

J P Arokoski, M Kankaanpää, T Valta, I Juvonen, J Partanen, S Taimela, K A Lindgren, O Airaksinen. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1999 Jul;80(7):842-50

Read the full article –https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10414772/


Mechanisms explaining the association between low back trouble and deficits in information processing. A controlled study with follow-up.

S Luoto 1, S Taimela, H Hurri, H Alaranta. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) . 1999 Feb 1;24(3):255-61.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10025020/


The effect of lumbar fatigue on the ability to sense a change in lumbar position. A controlled study.

S Taimela, M Kankaanpää, S Luoto. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1999 Jul 1;24(13):1322-7.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10404574/


The efficacy of active rehabilitation in chronic low back pain. Effect on pain intensity, self-experienced disability and lumbar fatigability.

M Kankaanpää, S Taimela, O Airaksinen, O Hänninen. Spine 1999; 24: 1034-1042

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10332798/


One-footed and externally disturbed two-footed postural control in patients with chronic low back pain and healthy control subjects. A controlled study with follow-up.

S Luoto, H Aalto, S Taimela, H Hurri, I Pyykkö, H Alaranta. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 1998 Oct 1;23(19):2081-9; discussion 2089-90.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9794052/


A submaximal back extension endurance test utilising subjective perception of low back fatigue.

S Taimela, M Kankaanpää, O Airaksinen. Scand J Rehabil Med. 1998 Jun;30(2):107-12

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9606773/


Back extensor and psoas muscle cross-sectional area, prior physical training, and trunk muscle strength–a longitudinal study in adolescent girls.

J E Peltonen 1, S Taimela, M Erkintalo, J J Salminen, A Oksanen, U M Kujala. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1998;77(1-2):66-71.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9459523/


Back and hip extensor fatigability in chronic low back pain patients and controls.

M Kankaanpää, S Taimela, D Laaksonen, O Hänninen, O Airaksinen. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1998 Apr;79(4):412-7

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9552107/


Age, sex, and body mass index as determinants of back and hip extensor fatigue in the isometric Sørensen back endurance test.

M Kankaanpää, D Laaksonen, S Taimela, S M Kokko, O Airaksinen, O Hänninen. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1998 Sep;79(9):1069-75.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9749686/


Arm motion speed and risk of neck pain.

H Laurén, S Luoto, H Alaranta, S Taimela, H Hurri, M Heliövaara. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1997 Sep 15;22(18):2094-9

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9322320/


The prevalence of low back pain among children and adolescents. A nationwide, cohort-based questionnaire survey in Finland.

S Taimela, U M Kujala, J J Salminen, T Viljanen. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1997 May 15;22(10):1132-6

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9160472/


Lumbar paraspinal muscle fatigability in repetitive isoinertial loading: EMG spectral indices, Borg scale and endurance time.

M Kankaanpää, S Taimela, C L Webber Jr, O Airaksinen, O Hänninen. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1997;76(3):236-42

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9286603/


Training does not increase maximal lumbar extension in healthy adolescents.

U M Kujala 1, A Oksanen, S Taimela, J J Salminen. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 1997 Apr;12(3):181-184

Read the full article –https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11415691/


Psychomotor speed and postural control in chronic low back pain patients A controlled follow-up study.

S Luoto, S Taimela, H Hurri, H Aalto, I Pyykkö, H Alaranta. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1996 Nov 15;21(22):2621-7.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8961450/


Physical loading and performance as predictors of back pain in healthy adults. A 5-year prospective study.

U M Kujala, S Taimela, T Viljanen, H Jutila, J T Viitasalo, T Videman, M C Battié. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1996;73(5):452-8

Read the full article –https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8803506/


Strength, mobility, their changes and pain reduction in active functional restoration for chronic low back disorders.

Taimela S, Härkäpää K. J. Spinal Disorders. 1996; 9: 306-312.

Read the full article – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8877957/

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