MedX

Med X in Mentone

mhealth Physiotherapy & Pilates are proud to offer MedX in Mentone. MedX – Computerised Spinal Assessment and Strengthening that:

  • Provides accurate assessment of spinal flexibility and strength
  • Strengthens sore and deconditioned backs
  • Strengthens athletes’ back to give them the competitive advantage
  • Helps patients with spinal conditions avoid surgery
  • Graphs and measures every step of the way in your treatment program

Over 1000 clinics worldwide are successfully using MedX treatment. Published medical research shows that it works.

WHAT IS MEDX TREATMENT?

Our treatment uses specialised MedX® rehabilitation equipment that removes weakness and instability from the spine and reduces or eliminates pain for good.

MedX is a unique assessment and rehabilitation tool incorporating state of the art technology. MedX measures your back strength and flexibility with computerised accuracy and compares your results to the normative data of a person of your age, gender, height and weight.

MedX targets the deep paravertebral muscles of the back. These muscles often become inhibited with injury and shutdown causing poor movement patterns about the spine.

In chronic conditions, the spinal muscles become deconditioned and weak. This causes excessive pressure to be put on the passive structures of the spine such as the facet joints and discs. If this progressive weakness is allowed to persist then the passive structures become degenerative and can often proceed to – for example – a bulged or herniated disc or facet joint arthropathy amongst many other back conditions.

 

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IS MEDX FOR YOU?

MedX treatment is used for both acute onset and chronic conditions of the back. Despite the diagnosis, most pathologies cause the spinal muscles to malfunction and eventually weaken. This increases load on the passive structures of the back causing them to degenerate over time.

The list below highlights conditions that can be treated successfully using MedX (on the left) and conditions that are not suitable for MedX.

Suitable for MedX Treatment:

  • Recurrent Low Back Pain
  • Sequestrated Disc
  • Lumbar Strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Muscle Spasm
  • Poor Posture
  • Sway Back
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc or Joint Disease
  • Referred Pain into the Legs
  • Stenosis
  • Radicular Pain
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Arthritis
  • Slipped Disc
  • Hypermobile / Unstable Spine
  • Bulged Disc
  • Scheuermann’s Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Pre-surgery Conditioning
  • Weak Back
  • Stiff Back
  • Lumbago
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post Surgery Rehab (not within 6 weeks of surgery)

Not Suitable for MedX treatment (Contraindicated)

  • Pregnant Women
  • Spinal Tumours
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Acute Infection
  • Severe Osteoporosis
  • Acute Spinal Fractures (within 6 weeks from diagnosis)
  • Acute Post Surgical Patients (within 6 weeks of surgery)

Sore backs are weak backs and weak backs become sorer backs. MedX breaks into this cycle and strengthens your back. Regardless of diagnosis, more than 80% of our patients report significant and sustained improvement as a result of our treatment.

Our highly qualified clinicians have been specially trained and use their expertise to treat a wide variety of back conditions.

MEDX DYNAMIC EXERCISE

The second component of the MedX treatment is to strengthen the back through its available range of movement. As with the MedX Initial Assessment, you are positioned with the pelvis and lower limbs immobilised by the patented MedX restraint system.

Our clinicians accurately determine a safe and effective level of work for your spine on the MedX equipment. A weight is then lifted by the patient through the appropriate range of lumbar movement. The deep lumbar extensor musculature muscles of the lumbar spine are isolated by the MedX and exercised. The muscle activation is both concentric and eccentric. This is important, as it is not just about strengthening backward bending. It is actually more important to control the spinal segments as they bend forward. The deep lumbar extensors stabilise or control forward bending. Without them acting normally, an excessive load is placed on the discs and joints of the spine.

Over a series of MedX Dynamic Exercise Sessions, your working weight is increased until you match your age, gender, height and weight matched normative data.

WHY IS MEDX SO EFFECTIVE?

Most back pain can be treated successfully if the weakened muscles of the spine are isolated and strengthened. MedX prevents pelvic rotation during treatment and this ensures that only the lumbar extensor muscles are exercised. As the strength and flexibility of the deep back muscles increases, function improves and pain decreases.

Only MedX completely immobilises the pelvis during strengthening treatment.

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If the pelvis is not immobilised and allowed to rotate during exercise, the hips, gluteals and thighs extend the spine instead of the back muscles. This means that the low back muscles remain inactive, weak and vulnerable to painful episodes.

1) Without pelvic immobilisation, exercise is non-specific. Most of the work is done by the hamstrings and gluteals.

2) Where the pelvis is immobilised, strengthening is focused on the deep lumbar extensors.

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HOW LONG DOES MEDX TREATMENT USUALLY TAKE?

We follow the MedX medical protocol (Medical Research Article “Effect of Training Frequency and Specificity on Isometric Lumbar Extension Strength”) of a 12-week programme, which comprises an initial isometric test followed by 16 treatment sessions. For the first month, you will visit the clinic twice a week, and thereafter once a week until completion. If you are in acute pain, we will not start the MedX programme immediately but will treat you using manual therapy until such time as you are assessed by our clinicians as being suitable to begin the programme.

HAS THERE BEEN MEDICAL RESEARCH CARRIED OUT TO ESTABLISH WHETHER THE MEDX PROGRAMME ACTUALLY WORKS?

Yes. Numerous studies have been published in scientific and medical journals on the effectiveness of the MedX® treatment in treating patients with back pain. Studies have been published in the following “peer reviewed” medical journals:

  • The Spine
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
  • American Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy

Call mhealth Physiotherapy and Pilates and book your MedX Computerised Spinal Assessment today!

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