Therapeutic Machines to Alleviate or Even Eliminate Pain in the Back, Neck and Knees

Watch this 2-minute clip from NBC News featuring the machines and protocols we use to help people suffering from back pain.

What our clients have to say about our approach to mitigating back pain.

Brief video on the therapeutic machine we use to strengthen back muscles. Weak muscles are often at the root of back pain.

  Since a diagnosis of osteopenia of the lower lumbar brought her to New Element Training, Gina has made dramatic gains in strength and flexibility.

Since a diagnosis of osteopenia of the lower lumbar brought her to New Element Training, Gina has made dramatic gains in strength and flexibility.

Gina's Experience at New Element Training

About a year ago, I was diagnosed with osteopenia of the lower lumbar (next stop - osteoporosis).  My doctor suggested weight resistance training.

I was “resistant” to the idea as I’ve tried weight training here and there since my mid-twenties and I ALWAYS ended up hurt in some way or other.  However, knowing that osteoporosis is a crippling condition I owed it to myself to try everything in my power to ensure a healthy body as I moved into the “afternoon” of my life.   As the New Element Training centre is located in the lobby of the office building I work in, I really didn’t have any excuse.

Since then I have consistently attended the twice weekly, 30 minute sessions (barring vacations).  I have not suffered a single injury, my strength has increased tenfold and the one I hadn’t expected was the increase in flexibility.  I hadn’t touched my toes in decades and can now do it without having to do a warm up.  

I recently had a couple of falls, tripping on the stairs whereby I had the strength to stop myself instead of tumbling all the way down; and then slipping on a wet floor in a mall and landing heavily on my hip.  Though I sported a magnificent bruise, I did not break anything and the following morning had no ill effects whatsoever.

The last scan showed I still have osteopenia, however there had been no further decrease in bone mass and this was noted by the doctor as a “statistical improvement”. Additionally, I have been healthier in this past year and have so much more energy to just simply enjoy life.

How Does the New Element Back Program Achieve These Extraordinary Results?

The NET program combines physiotherapy assessment and treatment with specialized MedX spinal and peripheral equipment.

The MedX spinal computerized assessment and strengthening machine is a proven system that works on localizing the deep muscles of the lumbar spine. Multifidus is a deep muscle which functions together with abdominals and pelvic floor muscles to stabilize the low back and pelvis during functional activities. In chronic spinal conditions these muscles may become inhibited and prevent full recovery of a back problem.

MedX spinal treatment is used both for acute and chronic low back pain.

Working with the physiotherapist you will be assessed and tested on the spinal MedX back extension machines for approximately one hour; testing will include both static and dynamic performance. The physiotherapist will put you through resisted range of motion and determine the correct weight for you to work with.

Post-assessment, a 12-session program includes weekly supervised spinal MedX back extension exercises to increase your local back muscle strength, and hands on therapy with a physiotherapist. Other MedX machines may be used in the course of this treatment as well: for example: spinal rotation, chest and other general back machines.

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Investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin talks about the MedX lumbar extension machine in her book Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery, Chapter 11.

"Within months, it was evident that MedX was effective. Anywhere that a MedX lumbar extensor machine was up and running, spine surgeons complained bitterly that their surgery volume was declining."  (page 264)

How the MedX Lumbar Extension Machine Works

  Thomas, one of the New Element Training instructors, on the MedX Lumbar Extension Machine

Thomas, one of the New Element Training instructors, on the MedX Lumbar Extension Machine

When you have chronic low back pain, your back muscles are typically in spasm, preventing your back from moving smoothly. When you use the MedX LE machine, you are ‘forced’ to move your lower back. Just as when you move a hurt elbow or knee to 'work out the pain,' this movement can actually feel good.

The movement your low back goes through on the MedX LE machine helps increase your range of motion. Further, this movement stimulates the pumping of fluids into your spinal discs and helps lubricate your joints. The combination of all these factors can help injured spinal tissue heal naturally and give you relief from back pain.


The MedX LE machine isolates your lumbar extensor muscles by tightly holding your legs and pelvis in a position that eliminates them from the movement (Fig. 2).  This ultimately forces your deep back extensor muscles to do all the work. By isolating these muscles, they quickly regain lost strength and most people feel relieved of their low back pain.

The key in strengthening the deep back extensor muscles is eliminating the stronger gluteal (buttocks) and hamstring (rear thigh) muscles from the movement chain. This can be achieved through MedX’s proprietary pelvic stabilization system (Fig. 2).

When using a chain of muscles the body will use the stronger muscles first. Therefore any lower back exercises that rotate the pelvis (Fig. 1) are more of a gluteal and hamstring exercise and do nothing to strengthen the deep back extensor muscles.  However, when the pelvis is properly stabilized and neutralized from the movement, we can directly target the small muscles of the spinal column (Figs. 2-3).

MedX Knee Extension Machine: for testing, analyzing and strengthening


Bryon Holmes talks about New Element Training's MedX medical knee extension machine and its applications for knee rehabilitation and sport performance testing.