The Back4Good® Programme

Effective exercise for the prevention and management of low back pain.

More than 80% of the adult population suffer from low back pain at some time in their life. It is one of the most common reasons why people take time off work and may be distressing and frustrating as quality of life often suffers.

Yet gentle effective exercise, delivered by a properly trained exercise professional, can often help with the prevention and management of low back pain. This is underlined by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommending that people with persistent non-specific low back pain should be actively encouraged to stay physically active and take up 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. GP’s and medical practitioners are encouraged to refer patients, where appropriate, to properly qualified exercise professionals.

Back4Good Practitioners are exercise specialists who are trained to help people with non-specific low back pain. Practitioners are already experienced Body Control Pilates teachers, having been certified by Europe’s foremost Pilates organisation. They have additionally undertaken extensive training exclusively related to exercise referral and low back pain to become a Back4Good® Practitioner and the qualification sits at  Level 4 on the UK Register of Exercise Professionals. This training is endorsed by leading medical practitioners; and by the independent bodies who oversee quality and standards for the UK health and fitness industry. In addition all Back4Good practitioners are fully endorsed and registered as a ‘BackCare Professional’ with BackCare, the charity for healthier backs.

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 who understands your needs. Where your teacher needs to liaise with your doctor or specialist, this will be done with your permission and in complete confidence as Practitioners are bound by a strict Code of Professional Practice.

Jill Rowland is a qualified Back4Good® practitioner and currently offers  1:1 individually tailored ‘healthy back’ sessions. This could consist of a one to one assessment before joining a Healthy Back Class or a series of private one hour sessions booked over a regular period. The programme comprises:

  • A movement assessment to determine correct exercise prescription.
  • Pilates A,B,C’s (alignment, breathing and core stability).
  • Appropriate exercise prescription from the Back4Good Specialist Exercise programme. These exercises are designed to control movements and improve posture, increasing both strength and flexibility of your back.
  • Full support and guidance from your teacher.

Cost: £50 per session