SpineCheck @ The Poynton SpineCare Institute

About SpineCheck




For the majority of people with back pain the best management plan is education, exercise and lifestyle modification. However in many cases back pain reoccurs. At The Poynton SpineCare Institute we see many patients who recover from a bout of back pain but then suffer a relapse of severe pain. We have therefore created a bespoke service for assessing spinal health . We are offering this to people who may never have back pain or have recovered from an episode and wish to have a preventative strategy. This is not only relevant to those with jobs that involve manual handling but probably more important to those with sedentary lifestyles.




SpineCheck aims to address modifiable risk factors for spinal pain and identify movement restrictions and muscle function impairments, all of which increase the risk of recurrent low back pain. The assessment involves a full analysis of the nervous system and a state of the art musculoskeletal movement analysis – The Performance Matrix (TPM). The Poynton SpineCare Institute is the first TPM accredited movement centre in Ireland and is part of an elite group of movement therapists within Europe.

On completion of the assessment a full objective report of the analysis is generated. After a SpineCheck appointment clients can avail of one-to-one training sessions with one of our Spinal Specialist Physiotherapists to address any movement and structural faults identified which may predispose to recurrent spinal pain. Clients are re-evaluated using the TPM movement analysis at different intervals in their retraining to monitor their progress and give objective feedback allowing them to track their progress.




SpineCheck is for the active individual, from office worker to the elite sporting athlete. The only criteria is to have no history of spinal surgery or spinal injections and be pain free for 6 weeks and independently mobile. If you have a history of spinal surgery or spinal injections and have not been to The Poynton SpineCare Institute previously we will need a referral from either your GP or Consultant.  The assesement is a physical test that can take up to 1 hour to complete so the ability to maintain activity for this amount of time is essential.

SpineCheck is a self-referral process where clients can make an appointment without a referral from a health care physician ( see above re history of spine surgery). SpineCheck appointments are with Spinal and TPM Accredited Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists. The Physiotherapy team have years of experience in rehabilitating a wide variety spinal pathology with clients of varied activity levels and age groups.

If you are not currently able to partake in SpineCheck due to pain or past medical history you may benefit from attending The Poynton SpineCare Institute for consultation with one of the clinical team. 
For more details see www.poyntonspinecare.ie

Why should I have a SpineCheck Assesement?



SpineCheck is a unique process, which promotes client’s spinal health and movement. Spinal health can be influenced by several external modifiable factors such as physical activity and weight. SpineCheck will assess these modifiable risk factors and give you individual advice on how you can make improvements. Movement Health, where client’s process free flowing and fluid movements underpins what is desirable for a healthy and robust spine and movement system.

SpineCheck assesses a client’s movement health through ‘The Performance Matrix’ a movement analysis system. SpineCheck provides you with a written report of your assessment with future recommendations. Based on your recommendations clients can book in for one to one strength and conditioning, one to one Pilates or avail of group Pilates classes. Client’s can monitor their progress over time using TPM which will assess improvements in your movement.’

What Does SpineCheck Involve?



The assesement includes the following and takes approximately 1 hour to complete. You will need to wear shorts and a sleeveless vest to allow observation of movements for The Performance Matrix.

  • Neurological examination to assesses the nervous system function and out-rule specific pathology
  • Physical activity assesement through a screening questionnaire.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations
  • Abdominal girth measurement
  • Percentage body fat calculations
  • Movement analysis utilizing The Performance Matrix’ (TPM). TPM consists of 10 different tests, ranging from high to low level threshold.

SpineCheck uses The Performance Matrix (TPM) as part of the assessment process. TPM is a state of the art software package which analyses client’s movement health. This unique assessment process involves a series of tests which enables a bespoke retraining programme to be designed. TPM has been clinically proven and is based on years of clinical experience.