Our Story

Healthy Back Solutions is a dedicated team of highly trained health and business professionals.

Our mission is to significantly relieve your back pain so you can enjoy greater wellbeing and better quality living.

How do we do this?

By delivering world-leading, scientifically-proven back and neck pain treatment programs that are highly effective, long-lasting and reliable.

Our journey began over 30 years ago when founders, Professor John Carlson and Geoffrey Mackay, became immersed in searching for the most effective answer to back pain.

Through working with professional athletes and the general public, and seeing first-hand how many people are affected, and the resulting impact on their wellbeing, work and life, John and Geoffrey developed a passion to make a difference.

The search for answers led them to literally travel to the four corners of the globe seeking out the very best research, equipment and treatment methods for eliminating back pain. John and Geoffrey experimented with various treatments and protocols until finally arriving at the most effective, proven and scientifically measurable system available today: Healthy Back Solutions. Australia’s leading revolutionary, evidence-based back pain treatment.


Director of Clinical Practice

Geoffrey Mackay

BApp Sci (Human Performance)
& B App Sci (Physiotherapy)

Founder and Owner of Middle Park Physiotherapy,
Consultant to Australian National Sporting Teams,
Accredited National Coach


Director of Research

Professor John Carlson

Dip PE (Melb), BSc (Alberta)
MSc (Kansas)
PhD (Illinois)

Emeritus Professor, Victoria University,
Institute for Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL),
Former Director of the Victoria University Research Centre for Exercise Rehabilitation,
Sport and Exercise Science.

The Founders

Geoffrey Mackay is co-founder of Healthy Back Solutions  and owner of Middle Park Physiotherapy. He has over 20 years of experience working with elite athletes and researching and developing the most effective means for addressing low back and neck pain.

Geoffrey was awarded the Australian sports medal in 2000 for his services with international sport. His contribution included working with the Australian Cricket Team, the Australian Institute of Sport the Australian Olympic team and the Australian Commonwealth Games team. He also served with Australian tennis for 14 years and contributed at a national level across cycling, squash, modern pentathlon and Australian rules football.

Professor John Carlson has published over 100 refereed journal papers and book chapters and been awarded in excess of $8.75 million in grant money for research in exercise and sport science and exercise rehabilitation. He has worked with Australian national sporting teams including: track cycling, hockey, tennis, badminton, water skiing, modern pentathlon, triathlon and AFL clubs Collingwood, St Kilda, Essendon and the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm in the NRL and the Melbourne Tigers plus many others. John has also served for an extended time as an external advisory consultant to the Australian and Victorian Institutes of Sport.

The Healthy Back Solutions Difference

Daily innovation. Only best practice.

The Healthy Back Solutions treatment program undergoes a constant and continuous state of improvement on a daily basis. We do this by instantly sharing assessments and results between Healthy Back clinics around Australia via a central, computerised system. In fact, each of the six Healthy Back Solutions machines is computerised and every movement is evaluated to test strength and flexibility, record results, adjust treatment as required and measure improvements.

Highly-qualified. Patient-focused.

When you step inside a Healthy Back Solutions clinic you can rest assured that you are in a safe, highly trained and motivated environment designed to create the best back treatment for your unique condition. We bring together the very latest tried and tested methods globally for eliminating back pain, with the highest levels of patient care and professional supervision by exercise physiologists and physiotherapists.

Completely individual. Targeted treatment.

In consultation with you as our patient, you will experience reliable and individualised treatment programs that deliver outstanding results for your back pain. During treatment you also have immediate, on-screen feedback as you perform each exercise to show you how each muscle is improving as strength is increased to reduce and eliminate pain. No other back pain treatment can provide this level of measurement and quantifiable results.

It is very rewarding for patients and staff to say the least!

Click here to learn how to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Restore movement
  • Recover from injury
  • Return to wellbeing.