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Health Matters: Don't let back pain get you down

Health Matters: Don't let back pain get you down

Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life. It usually feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in your back. The pain can be caused by many things including by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly.

Physiotherapy can help but to achieve longer term relief, a programme of back advice and exercise can help people self-manage and develop strategies to reduce pain and lessen the impact on that person's day to day life.

Wirral Community NHS Trust offers a six week rolling programme of 90 minute back pain and education sessions. Following an assessment with one of our expert physiotherapists you can take part in the programme which includes advice, education, a gym based exercise programme, goals setting, advice on self-management and support.

Recently there has been a large amount of research into the efficiency and effectiveness of back programmes, and how the patients involved have gained greatly in knowledge, and both physical and emotional wellbeing, regarding their various back conditions.

Leann Davitt, Senior Physiotherapist at Victoria Central Health Centre said, "We believe it is important to involve patients in the sessions, looking at their personal goals and creating a programme that is bespoke to them. We help people understand how their back works and how the pain is caused and develop strategies to make improvements day by day. We recognise that back pain can effect people's wellbeing and by working with our Livewell team, introduce people to activies that will support their ongoing physical and mental wellbeing".

If you suffer with long term back pain and think you would benefit from the programme, visit your GP and ask to be seen by Wirral Community NHS Trust.

Classes are held on Fridays at Victoria Central Health Centre from 2.30pm - 4.00pm.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:48

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