Back Care Programme
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much does the Back Care Programme cost?
The one hour Initial Assessment costs only £50 and comes with no obligation to continue with any further sessions.
If you decide to follow our recommendations and start your road to recovery with us, you will be asked to pay for a 6 week block of sessions. These sessions can include Physio/Osteo treatment, Pilates, and Rehab Exercise. By paying for a block up front, we can give you a discount on the usual session rate. The cost of each block is £200 - a saving of £40 on the full price. Or looked at a different way - you pay for 5 sessions and get a 6th session FREE!
You will not get such a comprehensive programme of clinical assessment and one-to-one Pilates Rehab teaching anywhere else in Bristol for this price.
2. Will I be fixed in 6 sessions?
You may see claims made elsewhere that your back can be 'fixed' quickly if you follow a particular 'method'. A great selling tool, but rarely backed up. In reality, evidence has shown that a minimum of 6 sessions of treatment is needed to begin to effect change in chronic pain issues. We'd love to be able to wave a magic wand for you, but realistically few long-term back / spinal problems will resolve that quickly, and you may need to continue with your programme for some months to see lasting improvements. We don't make promises we can't deliver on. Our aim is to teach you how to start to manage your own back and take back control of your body. The good news is that you can continue working with us for as long as you wish, buying repeat blocks at the reduced price.
3. I've been assessed by a Doctor / Physio already so why do I need another assessment?
Our assessment is undertaken jointly by a Chartered Physiotherapist / Osteopath and a Pilates Instructor, who are both back care specialists, qualified to assess and recommend exercise for back pain. In order to provide an exercise programme individually tailored to your needs we do need to assess you. The assessment is a vital part of our programme, which sets us apart from other one-size-fits-all treatment programmes available, by ensuring that the programme we give you is safe, effectively targets your issues and so is appropriate for you personally.
4. Why can't I just go to a general Pilates class?
Pilates is very good for backs BUT only if it is done correctly and taught by an appropriate Instructor. Work incorrectly and you could actually make your back worse! Evidence has clearly shown that in people with back pain, the deep muscles that support the spine are usually inhibited and not working as they should. Failure to correct this dysfunction leaves your back vulnerable to uncontrolled movement, more damage, and continued pain.
The good news is that Pilates is perfect for retraining these muscles, however in big general classes you will not get the tailored programme, individual attention and hands-on correction you must have to get the results you need.
Our Back Care Pilates programme will be tailored to your specific needs and modified to ensure that it is safe for people with back problems, even those who have had surgery and spinal fusion. Our Instructors are specialists and have experience and knowledge that many general Pilates class teachers simply do not have.
We would recommend you don't take risks. Put your back in the safe hands of our specialists to begin your recovery.
5. If I come for an assessment do I then have to do the full programme?
The assessment forms a vital part of our programme. However if at the end of your assessment you do not wish to go ahead then all you will pay for is the Assessment cost. There is no hard sell, and we will tell you if we think another option would suit you better. The cost of the stand alone Assessment is £50.