Effective exercise for the prevention and management of Low Back Pain

More than 80% of the adult population are afflicted by lower back pain at some time in their life. It is one of the most common reasons why people take time off work, and can be distressing and frustrating as the quality of life often suffers.

“Rest and get worse or get active and recover” – The Back Book

Yet gentle, effective exercise, delivered by a properly trained professional, can often help with the cure and prevention 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 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 teachers, having being certified by Europe’s forefront Pilates organisation. We have all undertaken extensive training exclusively related to low back pain to become a Back4Good Practitioner and 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.

Many of my referrals are from physios or doctors.

Peace of Mind
If your doctor, physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor refers you to me as a Back4Good Practitioner – or if you enrol for the ‘Health Backs’ classes – you can have total peace of mind that you are being taught by a qualified professional.
As a Back4Good Practitioner, I may need to liaise with your doctor or specialist, but this will be done only with your permission and in complete confidence, because as Practitioners we are bound by a strict Code of Professional Practice Conduct.
Backcare, the national charity for healthier backs, has endorsed the training programme provided by Back4Good Practitioners, and we are all registered Backcare Professionals.

What types of exercises are in the Back4Good Programme?
During the sessions I will teach you the ‘Pilates ABC’s’ – Alignment, Breathing and Centring (Core Stability) – in a supportive environment. Once these basics are learnt, you will be taught a series of exercises designed to help you control your movements and improve your posture, increasing both the strength and flexibility of your back.
So, if you have been advised to take up exercise to help manage your low back problem or if you want to enrol for classes, what is the best ways forward?

Referral to the Back4Good Programme
You may be referred to my classes by your medical practitioner, such as your GP or physiotherapist. I will happily liaise with your GP to facilitate your referral and to plan the best programme for you.
You can opt to join the ‘Group’ Programme (small group classes, with a maximum of 10 clients) which offers a structured exercise programme for 8 weeks, or the ‘One to One’ Programme (which also includes a movement assessment and personalised exercise plan).
In both cases, I will take you through a thorough enrolment process to ensure that you get maximum benefit from your Back4Good sessions. Both programmes will be tailored to your own special needs.
I also work on the principle that, when it comes to exercise, “every little bit helps” and will promote a ‘Get Active’ programme for clients as a way of continuing to exercise when away from Back4Good classes.

Enrolling for ‘Health Back’ classes
Alternatively, if you are looking at back pain prevention, then the ‘Health Back’ group class is the prefect option. Based on the world-renowned Body Control Pilates programme, these classes (‘one-to-one’ sessions also available) will give you a gentle, balanced workout with the focus on strengthening the core abdominals that do so much to support your back, improve the quality of your movements and keep your spine flexible and strong.

For more information, please contact me by email or telephone.

For more information on the Back4Good Programme, please visit: www.back4good.eu