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IPRS offers new cervical rehabilitation system to combat neck pain

Injury Prevention And Rehabilitation Services (IPRS) : 25 June, 2007  (New Product)
Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Services (IPRS) has become the first in the UK to offer a revolutionary new treatment to combat chronic neck pain
IPRS, which has a nationwide network of treatment and rehabilitation facilities, is one of only 40 centres in the world offering the Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU), an innovative system with a 56 per cent success rate on neck injuries which have persisted for four years or more.

David Bingham, IPRS' managing director, says the system allows therapists to go further in rehabilitating the spine by pin-pointing precise areas of weakness.
Bingham says: 'The Multi-Cervical Unit, which works alongside the Melbourne Protocol, has so far offered spectacular results on the treatment of chronic neck pain'.

'It works by using a digitally interfaced system that allows for real-time recording of cervical spine movement and isometric strength in more than 1,000 positions'.

'The machine focuses on functional isotonic testing and can evaluate cervical strength and range of motion by identifying direction specific weakness of the cervical musculature'.

'It has been particularly effective on clients with long term injuries and for those insurers who are forking out a lot of money on income protection claims this system can save them a lot of money'.

'We use two criteria for measuring the MCU's success'.

'The first is when the patient improves function and the second is met when he or she returns to work'.

In a recent Swedish study, it was found that one out of every two people who had neck pain following an accident continued to report pain and disability 17 years later.

The level of functional change achieved with the Melbourne protocol has proven to be twice as effective as other traditional therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques.

Bingham is planning to publish a study into the efficacy of the MCU and the Melbourne Protocol later this year.

He adds: 'A previous study using the MCU demonstrated that 50 percent of chronic neck pain could be 'cured' after 19 sessions of strengthening using the MCU'.

'If our research backs this data then we may have found the 'holy grail' of physiotherapy'.
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