Back pain is being given the elbow at two new ‘Back to Fitness’ courses at Andover Leisure Centre which has a long history of helping people with it.
Fitness instructors have worked with physiotherapists from the musculoskeletal team at the Andover War Memorial Hospital for more than 10 years. And the two new back fitness classes have been started because of customer feedback and to satisfy a growing demand.
The courses, held on Tuesday lunchtimes and Wednesday afternoons, are aimed at helping people keep active and improve their strength and mobility.
It can help both manage and prevent back pain. And although it only started a few weeks ago, it’s already paying dividends for some people.
Keith Skitt, who’s 59 and suffers from lower back pain, said: “After four or five weeks attending the back fitness class, I’ve noticed a marked improvement in my flexibility and less pain!”
Forty-eight-year-old Glenn Dougan from Andover who’s had back issues for four years said: “The back fitness class is a really enjoyable experience for maintaining my bad back. I appreciate the tuition from the instructor. It gives me more confidence.”
Staying active and getting on with normal daily activities is one of the best ways to both prevent and cope with back pain.
The circuits style back to fitness classes run with an instructor at Andover Leisure Centre on Tuesdays at 12.15pm and Wednesdays at 4.30pm.
To find out more contact Laura Thomson, the Every Body Active coordinator at Andover Leisure Centre, on 01264 347100.