80% of the adult population suffer from back pain at some time in their life. 1 in 5 of these people lives with chronic back pain. 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 by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) in 2009 of medical guidelines recommending that people with persistent non-specific low back pain should be encouraged to stay physically active and exercise. GPs and medical practitioners are encouraged to refer patients, where appropriate, to properly qualified exercise professionals. Pilates is well renowned for being an effective way to manage back pain. Body Control Pilates has launched a new initiative which takes this to another level with Back4Good®.
What is the Back4Good® Programme?
The Back4Good® programme is a unique set of exercises designed to target many of the complex issues underlying causes of low back pain. The aim is to help people self-manage their low back pain and stay active. The exercises are designed to help control your movements and improve posture, increasing both the strength and flexibility of your back.
What type of exercises are in the Back4Good® programme?
The key focus of our class is to help you to self-manage your condition and keep you active. Our instructor is a Level 4 Advanced exercise instructor and back care practitioner. During your sessions your practitioner will teach you the Pilates ABC – Alignment, Breathing and Centring (Core Stability) in small classes. Once you’ve done the basics you’ll be taught a series of exercises designed to help you control your movement and improve your posture, increasing both the strength and flexibility of your back.
Referral to the Back4Good® Programme
You may self refer or be referred by your medical practitioner. We will assess your movement and create a personally tailored exercise plan. You will be given ‘homework’ in the form of a few well chosen exercises to be practised in between sessions. We will go over the exercises carefully to make sure you under the exercise objectives and to make sure you feel confident about performing them on your own and progress them as you require. Sessions are held in very small groups and offer a structured exercise programme for eight weeks or you can opt for the one-to-one programme.
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.
Working as a team of Physios, we can provide a comprehensive assessment of all factors related to your injuries, including those caused by swimming, running, golf, and cycling. We may use video motor analysis to look at your patterns of movements in your sport, then we can explain the biomechanics and assess any muscle imbalances in length or strength that may lead to trauma or overuse injuries.
Musculoskeletal screening is a process whereby the sporting person is assessed using specific standardised tests and procedures to gain information on the several areas of the patients physical makeup.
These will cover:
- Joint range of motion
- Core strength
- Functional strength (sports specific)
The purpose of the screening is to highlight any previous injury and its effects on performance and conditioning, it also aims to highlight areas within the 4 categories above where the patient demonstrates inefficiency which could be a pre determining factor to injury. It is therefore very much a tool for improving physical health and performance, as well as a tool for injury prevention.
The screening is divided into 3:
- First we carry out a detailed questionnaire looking at your history of injuries in order to relate the screening to those areas. We will question your activities and sporting habits from the equipment you use to your preparation and cool down activities.
- Next we carry out the screening which will take between 30-45 minutes.
- Finally we advise you on a set of exercises to help address any issues found during the screening process.
Anyone can receive a screening assessment, from amateur to professional sports people, to someone who has been injury prone or out of sport or activity for a period of time and wants to get back to sport safely. Musculoskeletal screening is a safe effective way of assessing the body for areas that can be improved. So if you are trying to shave time off your PB on your bike, improve your marathon time or you want to return or take up a new sport, screening could benefit you.
Mon-Fri: 08:00 to 19:00 (last appointment)
Physiotherapy – Women’s Health:
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