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Active back class

You may be referred into the active back class by your NHS physiotherapist, to see your NHS physiotherapist will need a referral from your GP, consultant or via NHS staff self referral scheme from occupational health.

The programme will consist of an evidence based exercise circuit, we use plenty of equipment and host a lively event. Classes are held twice a week, a maximum of 8 sessions are allowed per person, usually you will agree an amount with your physiotherapist. Remember to take things at your own pace. The class is managed by a senior physiotherapist and run by a qualified member of staff.

Classes are run in a group circuit format and an education session is held at the end.

The classes run: 

Monday and Thursday 1.00pm – 2.30 pm.

We do not run sessions on bank holidays.

The active back class is run in the therapy services department gym which is located on the lower ground floor, entrance 8.

Please report to the physiotherapy outpatients reception on arrival, then take a seat in the waiting area near the gym and you will be called into the class.

  • Please wear suitably loose clothing for an active class such as t-shirt.
  • Please ensure you have been introduced and have practiced your core exercises.
  • You may be asked to complete a questionnaire (Keele STarT Back).
  • If unable to attend please let us know 01202 442121. If we are not informed this will go down as a ‘did not attend’. You will then be discharged and this will be corresponded to your GP.


  1. To bring about the swift voluntary return to normal function for people with back pain.
  2. To improve confidence in movement and reduce effects of fear avoidance.
  3. To educate patients about the importance of exercise, and ways to manage their pain in order to reduce impact on normal function.
  4. To reduce the risk of chronic incapacity.
  5. To improve general cardiovascular fitness and conditioning.
  6. To improve trunk flexibility and strength.

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