"These sessions helped me rule my back pain so that it no longer rules me"

About: Community Health Services / Community physiotherapy

(as the patient),

After suffering from chronic back pain for some years and flare ups of this condition I was referred to a clinic session called back to action. I waited for a couple of weeks for my first appointment and at first was rather sceptical as to what help I could be offered as at this point the pain was tending to rule my life. I did wonder what I could gain from the sessions but when I left my first session as 1 person in a group of 8 very nice people my eyes had been opened by Steph and Lorraine who began, through simple teaching techniques changing the way I perceived my back pain.

I had begun to gain an in depth but not too complicated knowledge of how the brain recognises pain. As the sessions went on I was putting the techniques and exercises I was being shown into practice in my daily life and actually felt happier in myself and certainly very pleased with the sessions I was attending. The sessions helped me to realise that there were also other sufferers of chronic pain and we all shared our stories and all increased our capacity to exercise. I can’t really think of any room for improvement in this service as the atmosphere was very welcoming and relaxed and I now understand my back pain and how to manage it whilst still living my life and actually getting back to doing things that I used to. As is often said ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’ and I believe that attending these sessions and being taught and advised so well has helped me rule my back pain so that it no longer rules me.

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Response from Jacqui Sellek, PALS Coordinator, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust

Dear Tens machine heavan

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are very pleased that you found the service so beneficial. Please be assured we will pass on your kind comments to the relevant staff who will be delighted to hear from you.

With kind regards

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