More than 80% of the adult population suffer from low back pain at some time in their life. It is one of the most common reasons why people take time off work, and may be distressing and frustrating as quality of life often suffers.
Yet gentle, effective exercise, delivered by a properly trained exercise professional, can often help with the prevention and management of low back pain. This was underlined by the publication in 2009 of medical guidelines recommending that people with persistent non-specific low back pain should be encouraged to stay physically active and exercise. Non-specific low back pain is tension, soreness and/or stiffness in the lower back region, back pain for which your medical practitioner has not been able to identify a specific cause for the pain. The key focus will be to help you to self-manage your condition and to keep you active.
Back4Good® Practitioners are exercise specialists who are trained to help people with non-specific low back pain. Practitioners are already experienced Body Control Pilates teachers, having been certified by Europe’s foremost Pilates organisation. They have additionally undertaken extensive training exclusively related to exercise referral and low back pain to become a Back4Good® Practitioner and a Level 4 Advanced Exercise Instructor. This training has been externally accredited by SkillsActive and The Register of Exercise Professionals who oversee quality and standards for the UK health and fitness industry.
If your doctor, physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor refers you to a Back4Good® Practitioner – or if you enrol for the ‘Healthy Back’ classes – you can have total peace of mind that you are being taught by a qualified professional.
Where a Back4Good® Practitioner needs to liaise with your doctor or specialist they are equipped with skills to do so – this will be done with your permission and in complete confidence as Practitioners are bound by a strict Code of Professional Practice.
BackCare, the national charity for healthier backs, has endorsed the training programme for Back4Good® Practitioners, who are registered as BackCare Professionals.
If you are referred by your medial practitioner, you can book on the one-to-one Back4Good programme. This programme consists of 8 one-to-one sessions booked over a 12 week (or less) period – with the option of more sessions if wanted.
The sessions consist of:
Price: £40 per session
I am currently running a ‘Healthy Back’ class. This is a small group class that I keep to a maximum of 8 people. The exercises are gentle and are mainly based on the Back4Good® exercise programme. This class is a nice progression from the one-to-one Back4Good® sessions, and also for anyone wanting a gentle start up in Pilates, post natal, or recovering from injury.
For more information view the classes page