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Active Backs

Do you suffer with ongoing or recurrent back pain that affects your daily life? Did you know that exercising is the most effective way to manage low back pain! 

Active Backs at goPhysio is a supervised, clinical, group exercise programme to help people manage back pain positively and effectively. 

Who is it for? 

Active Backs is ideal for people:

  • With recurrent, persistant or ongoing back pain 
  • Who want to be pro-active about managing their back pain
  • Who want to gain confidence exercising despite their pain
  • Who want to learn more about back pain, how to manage it and how to improve it 
  • Who want to use exercise to help relieve and ease their back pain longer term

What does Active Backs involve? 

Active Backs is a weekly, supervised, small group exercise programme held at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford. The weekly Active Backs session consists of:  

  • A gentle warm up and 50 minutes of a circuit based exercise class led by one of our Physiotherapists or Sports and Rehabilitation Therapists
  • A range of exercises designed to improve your fitness, strength, flexibility, mobility, posture and stability
  • Education and advice to help you learn more about back pain and managing it positively 

There is a maximum of 6 people per session, so that the sessions are well supervised and you can have the benefit of being both well supported and progressed and enjoying exercising with other people!  

When is Active Backs? 

Active Backs is held every Wednesday from 6 - 7pm. 

How do I book Active Backs?

Bookings for Active Backs classes are made directly through the clinic. Each session costs £12.50. There is no long term committment, classes can be attended on a 'pay as you go' basis. 

Your first class is free - so why not book in and give it a try, see if it's right for you. 

Before you come along to your first class, please complete this form, so that the Therapist can find out a little more about your back pain and tailor the classes accordingly. Please print out the completed form and bring it along to your first class.

How will Active Backs help me? 

The aim of the Active Backs exercise programme, is to help you:

  • Learn how to exercise to get you and your back fit
  • Have the confidence to exercise safely and without aggrivating your pain 
  • Increase confidence in using your spine normally
  • Learn about your back and how to manage your symptoms
  • Learn how to prevent further problems in the future
  • Learn how to cope if your symptoms flare up
  • Gain crucial knowledge – the key to long lasting recovery
  • Promote self management of back pain through advice and education
  • Teach appropriate exercises which will help improve your back pain and help you live an active lifestyle
  • Help you learn techniques to help prevent your pain coming back or getting worse in the future
  • Increase your confidence in using your back normally

More About Back Pain 

Low back pain affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. For some people, back pain can become a recurrent & persistent part of their life. Sometimes it isn’t possible to find a specific cause for the pain. It could be a combination of several structures in the back, including joints, discs & connective tissues that is causing tension, soreness and/or stiffness in the lower back area. In cases where no specific cause can be found for the back pain and any serious problems have been ruled out, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) have developed guidelines for the treatment of persistent low back pain.

It is based on these guidelines that Active Backs at goPhysio has been developed.

The evidence for the treatment of persistent back pain - NICE recommend that people with low back pain should keep physically active & continue with their normal activities as far as possible. They suggest that “staying physically active is likely to be beneficial”. Regular physical activity & exercise in combination with education can help people manage their low back pain.

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