"Thanks to Pilates I feel more positive I can overcome my pain"

About: Community Health Services / Community physiotherapy St Helens Hospital / General medicine

(as the patient),

Was referred by my physio, Siobhan, to the pilot Pilates scheme, run by Kate. Cannot praise both of them highly enough. I have had a long term back problem, and although I still have symptoms, feel more positive that someday I can overcome the pain through strengthening my core.

My only criticism is that the course of 5 weeks is too short. I would willingly pay to continue the class, and that there were no handouts given. I have a very poor memory, so couldn’t exercise at home much as there was a fear of doing the wrong thing.

I think for me, finding a good beginner level class with a physio, rather than a gym instructor running it, will be my way forward. I did buy a beginner Pilates DVD but it was way too advanced for me. Could a video be made, especially for severe back sufferers? Or look into getting around copyright rules and provide handouts?

Either that or look into running a maintenance scheme for those of us that did benefit from being in a class environment – a lot of people would pay I’m sure.

Apart from a few appointment mix-ups the MCAS scheme at St Helens runs very well.

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

Dear Button681

Many thanks for your comments. We are pleased you had a positive experience overall. The class is a new service to give a ‘taster’ of pilates and we are currently looking at ways in which we can provide information for patients to be able to continue this following completion of the sessions.

Your comments are greatly appreciated and will assist us in making sure we provide what patients require.

With best wishes

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