What do we do?
Our team work in partnership with you to explore your back pain, enabling you to increase your levels of physical activity and to engage in other lifestyle practices which are known to positively impact pain.
How do we do it?
We explore your preferences and experiences and develop a personalised programme. You’ll have a choice of various activities to try out, all of which are known to improve back pain and daily function. The activities will emphasize core strength, mobility, and conditioning. The supportive group environment offers a safety net in which to try new things as you learn what is useful to you and why it works.
We take an individual approach and focus on your unique capabilities. All exercises are discussed with you so you do not need to worry about being ‘fit enough’ or keeping up with the others. Our ethos is to find activities that are enjoyable and sustainable and to work on making the exercises part of your daily routines.
This clinic is for participants of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Participation is by referral from the Plymouth Low Back Pain Service at Mount Gould, to which you need to be referred by your GP.
Patients have said:
"I’ve found the group very very beneficial. It has changed my whole outlook on how to treat my back pain and it has been really good at lessening my pain.
"I feel really well, and I think that’s due to this course and making me understand a lot more about pain, about relaxation, about diet as well, and I feel confident about exercising."
"Mostly before I have been given painkillers and sent to the physiotherapists who say they can’t do much, just keep taking the painkillers. Now [this programme] has opened up a whole new avenue of how to deal with pain, using different gym equipment… boxing… things I would never have dreamed of doing before. It has opened up a whole new aspect of dealing with it and coping with it."