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The David Spine Concept assesses a patient’s spinal muscles and then treats weaknesses with a specialised circuit of equipment


spinal assessments and design bespoke rehabilitation and conditioning programmes. We have state of the art spinal conditioning equipment in a superb facility. We have a team of specialists, all experts in their fi elds, offering medical supervision, conditioning physiotherapy and exercise physiology to provide the very best standard of care in management of back pain.” The operation is overseen by a


clinical director, who works with two physiotherapists (one is also a sports scientist and one is an intern), two further sports scientists and one strength and conditioning coach. The minimum qualifi cation is a degree in sports science. There’s also a business manager and an admin/operations person. Rehab clients are currently referred


from Murphy’s own physiotherapy clinic or by medics and physios who know and trust him – and there are many – but the aim is to expand this reach once relationships with local physiotherapists, GPs and surgeons have been developed. Clients include people with back pain,


injuries and movement dysfunction as well as post-operative patients. The clinic also offers services for pregnancy care and for osteoporosis and age-related issues.


april 2011 © cybertrek 2011 Once the physiotherapist


is satisfi ed that the client has achieved a certain level of strength in their back through use of the David Spine Concept equipment, they fuse this rehabilitation with fi tness – and the client moves on to the milon fi tness circuit. The physio works with the strength and conditioning coach to develop a programme, overseen by the sports scientist who acts as a link between the medical and fi tness worlds. The gym is also open to the public.


technology The David Spine Concept, from Finland,


measures and assesses the condition of the muscles around the spine. A circuit of five stations is then used to treat the client’s specific issues – in a programme individually designed by the club’s clinical director and supervised by the physiotherapists. The circuit looks and works much like gym equipment but is, of course, much more specialised. Murphy explains: “As a physiotherapist


I can only get clients to 80 or 85 per cent, but they need to exercise to get the rest of the way. I wanted to offer our clients the very best for their journey


towards achieving function and I can’t do that with traditional gym equipment. That’s why David was essential.” In the gym, the milon circuit is the


only kit apart from some functional pieces from Jordan and FreeMotion and some Bosu balls. It’s a 34-minute, 12-station circuit, slightly modifi ed and medically certifi ed. “The reason we chose it,” says Walsh, “is because it’s completely controllable. Users need a card to activate the circuit and this card is programmed with the exact workout designed for this member. It sets the seat height, the weight and the range to minimise misuse and therefore any danger of getting injured.” Adds Murphy: “It’s ideal because


it’s fast, effi cient and safe, and it can record everything so you can track the development month on month. “Many of my clients are afraid of gyms


and exercise, but the milon circuit is so easy to use they want to work out on it.”


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