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Functional Restoration Programme

BEST Education

Pain can affect just about every aspect of people's lives. It can affect:

  • the way people move
  • their employment
  • how able they are to take part in activities or hobbies
  • how confident and optimistic they feel
  • their relationships with others
  • how well they sleep or concentrate
  • their general health
  • how much they enjoy life

As time goes on the effects of pain can become more disabling and complicated.

Pain involves the interaction of biological factors (genetic, biochemical, musculoskeletal dysfunction, etc), psychological factors (mood, thoughts, feelings, personality, behaviour etc), and social factors (culture, familial, socioeconomic, medical etc).

Our aim

  • To provide current knowledge about pain and stress biology in relation to persistent spinal pain in a healthy group learning environment
  • To engender hope and create awareness that education is critical in the rehabilitation process
  • To promote self-management and provide skills, knowledge and self-management strategies which are applicable to “whole of life”

Our Objectives

At the end of the course the individual will:

  1. Have knowledge of current pain and stress biology as it relates to them
  2. Have an awareness of the effects of inactivity and the benefits of exercise
  3. Possess the ability to work out their baseline fitness and have a graduated plan to return to chosen activity levels
  4. Be aware of pacing techniques
  5. Explore, use and develop personal skills in goal setting
  6. Function better with healthier knowledge on avoidance behaviour and unhelpful thoughts
  7. Have learned relaxation and mindfulness techniques for the management of stress
  8. Have the ability to recognise and develop coping strategies when faced with a flare-up
  9. Possess knowledge on the pillars of health and the benefits of sleep and nutrition
  10. Have access to additional pain education resources

How is the group run?

The course is run for 6 consecutive weeks with a mixed group of up to 12 individuals. Each session duration is for 2 hours to include 1-hour education and 1-hour exercise in our hydrotherapy pool or alternatively on dry land. Relatives and friends can attend along with the individual for the education sessions.

Who runs the group?

The course is run by specialist physiotherapists who have a special interest in pain management.

Janice Gastinger
Nikki Hallam
Judith Jehring

BEST Hydro

Patient feedback

Some comments we have had from patients who have attended the FRP course:

  • “The course was loads better than I imagined and I felt we were all respected and listened to-all our opinions. I have actually improved mind, body and soul!”
  • “Would definitely recommend to someone with back pain and chronic pain”
  • “I have introduced some exercises to people I know with back pain. This course should be made more available and well-known to the public”
  • “Both physiotherapists have been great, helpful, friendly and easy to discuss problems with. I have had previous physio but did not benefit me however this course has provided me with optimism. Already my back feels stronger. I will continue with the exercises and walking”
  • “The course has been very informative and the clinicians have been exemplary”
  • “The staff were excellent and couldn’t have done any better.  They done us all justice”
  • “I learned a lot about pain management. Exercises that I can do that I didn’t try before. Overall excellent”
  • “Pain can be very isolating so to be within a group of people in a similar predicament helps. The exercises have helped and my confidence to do more has increased. Wish it was longer”
  • “Everyone is helpful and friendly – I enjoyed the course”
  • “Thank you for pointing me in the right direction; I still have flare-ups but am managing them better”

4ward is our Trustwide culture change programme which is helping us build a more positive, supportive workplace for the benefit of our patients and colleagues. At its heart are our four 4ward Behaviours.