The Spinal Program

Targeted strength training to reduce back pain

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The Spinal Program at Kieser

At Kieser, we strive to deliver outcomes for our clients suffering from back pain through the use of hands on physiotherapy and unique targeted strength training. We believe that targeted strength training is one of the most effective methods in the prevention and treatment of back pain.

With the help of our Lumbar Extension machine, our physiotherapists can test the mobility of your back and the strength of the deep spinal muscles in your lower back. These muscles are a crucial element to the health of your back.

The benefits of the Spinal Program at Kieser for back pain

Supervised by an experienced Kieser physiotherapist
Targeted toward the muscles that are the primary and secondary causes of lower back pain
Completed slowly and safely on specific back strengthening equipment
6-12 weeks in duration to allow muscle and connective tissue to respond to the program

The Back Problem

Cycle of deconditioning leading to chronic pain and recurrence

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, approximately 80% of Australians will suffer from back pain over the course of their lifetime. Back pain can then inhibit muscle activation and cause us to modify our movement patterns and posture to avoid painful positions. This causes the important stabilising muscles to begin to weaken and atrophy, which can lead to back spasms and pain.

It is this weakness that leaves us more susceptible to suffering recurring episodes of back pain and eventually chronic pain in what is known as the "cycle of deconditioning". 

Breaking the Cycle: The Kieser Difference

Client strengthening her lower back on the F3 lower back machine with a physiotherapist and exercise scientist

To reduce lower back pain and help prevent it from recurring, Kieser brings together contemporary physiotherapy and unique spinal strengthening programs that have been used extensively throughout the world. With over 130 Kieser centres worldwide, the results of this unique approach to spinal rehabilitation has been validated with over 20 years of clinical and scientific evidence and supported by more than 50 peer reviewed research papers published to date.

Our approach effectively breaks the cycle of deconditioning using the clinical reasoning and skills of our team of physiotherapists and targeted, safe and effective reconditioning of the deep spinal muscles.

How Does it Work?

During the initial 45-minute assessment your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition and where appropriate conduct a computerised diagnostic back strength test. This test is conducted on the Lumbar Extension (LE) equipment. Our unique testing equipment provides an objective measure of your deep spinal muscles.

Each subsequent appointment will involve a reassessment of your progress, hands on treatment as required and, subject to your progress, a strength training session on the LE equipment. Your strengthening and rehabilitation program is supplemented with additional strengthening exercises on 4-6 other pieces of Kieser equipment as we seek to improve your overall core strength and stability.