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What is MedX®?

At our practice we have two specialised cervical spine MedX medical machines and one lumbar spine MedX machine.


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MedX® is computerised, non-invasive medical equipment that tests the strength of a patient's lumbar extensor muscles, cervical rotator muscles or cervical extension muscles. They then strengthen these muscles that support the spine, and deliver specific and highly accurate results.

Lumbar MedX®

It is the first machine capable of isolating the lumbar extensor muscles and producing an objective measurement of lower back strength and range of motion.

MedX® compares your lower back strength with that of a healthy pain free person of the same sex, weight and age. Using this information, including the precise extent of your lower back weakness and the limits of your range of motion, our physiotherapists are able to devise a treatment programme for you.


The key component of this treatment is the use of MedX® to strengthen the lumbar extensors and related musculature. As a result of the increase in muscle strength, the lower lumbar spine becomes supported which in turn leads to a decrease in, or elimination of, low back pain.

Why is Lumbar 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 the lumbar extensor muscles are exercised. As the strength and flexibility of the back muscles increases, function improves and pain decreases.
 

Only MedX® completely immobilises the pelvis during strengthening treatment.
 

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.

Cervical MedX®

The Cervical MedX® medical machines operate using the same principles as the Lumbar MedX®. It isolates the cervical rotator or extensor muscles and produces an objective measurement of cervical strength and range of motion. Evidence shows that weakness in these muscle groups cause headache pain, and can lead to disc degeneation
The key component of this treatment is the use of MedX® to strengthen the cervical rotators or extensors and related musculature. As a result of the increase in muscle strength, the cervical spine becomes supported which in turn leads to a decrease in, or elimination of, neck pain.

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