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Bionic Hand Back Care System

What Is Theraflex?

Over 20 years of research and design has led to the introduction of the Theraflex Back Care system. This truly revolutionary new spinal treatment has been developed by an expert team in Cornwall and is fast becoming the worldwide benchmark for spinal treatment. This unique treatment is now available at Belfast Back Care.

There has Never been an effective treatment for back and neck pain. Until now. Extraordinary results.
Daily Mail

How Can Theraflex Help you?

Authoritve literature states that 95% of all back problems are of a mechanical nature. To function correctly the spine must be supple and elastic, like the spine of a healthy teenager. As the spine loses supple elasticity, the joints in the low back and base of the neck become increasingly overworked and stressed. Loss of supple elasticity is natural with time and age and is often greatly accelerated by poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle/job.

It is worth remembering that the spine is a completely mechanical structure. A wonderful structure of bone, muscle and tissue; and the best way of treating back & neck problems is achieved by using an effective mechanical approach.

The solution to back and neck pain is to restore the balance between supple elasticity and strength throughout the spine, therefore restoring the mechanical efficiency.  This eliminates the over-stressing of the spinal joints in the neck and lower back. This is where the Theraflex system is very effective.

How Theraflex Works

The computerised Theraflex equipment consists of a “bionic hand” with four pistons powered by compressed air, making it light, safe, efficient and more effective than the hands alone to restore mobility to the joints of the spine.  The condition of every joint is felt through the handset, defining problem areas in the spine requiring attention. This enables therapists to use Theraflex to work with speed, and an energy that would otherwise be impossible to achieve in the same amount of treatment time by conventional methods.

In traditional manual therapy techniques, therapists use their fingers to apply a mobilising force directly to the fixed joints. Whilst the procedure is good in principle, it fails because the joints of the spine are much bigger and tougher than the joints of the fingers.  Many therapists destroy their hands in the attempt but the task is hopeless. The procedure is slow and the results are far from adequate.

The Theraflex mobilising technique differs to traditional manual therapy in that gentle, alternating pressure is applied over diagonally opposed transverse processes of adjacent vertebral pairs. Therefore, mobilisation is achieved through counter-rotational forces on adjacent vertebrae (as demonstrated below) and fixed or stiff vertebral pairs are gently moved through the normal range of motion.

The Theraflex treatment is administered in three phases, Rapid, Momentary and Progressive Mobilisation:

Spasm – Prepares the muscles & relaxes the back and helps reduce muscle spasm (this commences and ends each treatment).
Reflex – Stimulates and strengthens the back muscles and serves to stimulate stretch reflexes in these muscle groups.
Progressive Mobilisation – Gently and gradually frees up the joints of the spine.

In the hands of a skilled practitioner the Theraflex treatment will:

  • Restore the mechanical efficiency of the spine
  • Relieve pain
  • Counteract structural defects
  • Rejuvenate your spine

Theraflex Case Study


Local Sky Sports and BBC presenter Graham Little has just completed the Marathon de Sables, which is a 150 mile race across the Sahara Desert, supposed to be the toughest foot race in the world, but admits he only managed it with help from a bionic hand! Fitness fanatic Graham had been training for the race since August, but just six weeks before the event was laid up by a bulging disc in his back, a consequence he thinks of too much running and sitting in the one place on air at Sky Sports and the BBC.

“I had been in been in London a lot before that, and was very busy with work, so I wasn’t doing the proper stretching after training, which was probably made worse by the amount of time I was in the car and the amount of time I was sitting presenting and working. Then suddenly, six weeks before the toughest foot race on the planet, I just couldn’t get out of bed.

Back home a friend recommended Belfast Back Care on the Antrim Road, insisting that if I wasn’t happy he would personally give me my money back! He informed me that Physiotherapist John Magee and team have a revolutionary machine that improves mobility in the spine and helps alleviate back pain.”

The revolutionary machine is called Theraflex and is fast becoming the worldwide benchmark for back pain treatment. Over 20 years of research and design has led to its introduction. This truly revolutionary new spinal treatment has been developed by an expert team in Cornwall and is helping thousands of people across the world. Theraflex was brought to Northern Ireland by Mr. Magee in 2007 and people have been travelling to his clinic from all over Ireland to benefit from this fantastic technology.

Theraflex is about the size of a computer mouse and has four motorised pads that work on three different settings. The ‘spasm’ mode relaxes the back muscles, the ‘reflex’ mode stimulates muscle reflexes along the spine in preparation for the crucial ‘mobilisation’ phase. The condition of every joint is felt through the handset, defining problem areas in the spine requiring attention.

“The bionic hand made an unbelievable difference. I was so stiff and sore for the first few weeks I just wasn’t sure I’d make it to the start line let alone complete the race,” said Graham. “But I got more and more relief and was able to feel some strength coming back into my legs and after a few tough training sessions the week before I felt as good as new and ready to go”. “I finished the race as the top ranked Irish man in a time of 34 hours and 24 minutes. I cannot thank the staff at Belfast Back Care enough for the help that they have given me, I have referred numerous friends and family to these guys as the more people that know about this amazing treatment the better”.

This case study was featured in Ulster Tatler

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