What is it?

Back-in-Rehab Programme is a Guided, Pain Free, Mindful Exercise Programme for Chronic Low Back Pain Rehabilitation.

Patients are placed at the centre of their own recovery and provided with guidance on how to move and exercise. Movement Maps have been developed specifically for the Back-in-Rehab Programme to promote conceptualisation of movement and clarify exercise performance. When a patient understands and feels this way of movement, they have no need to rely on someone else who is unable to experience their feelings.  What’s more the eight stage programme is designed to slowly increase demands made on the body, at a pace that is pain free and suitable for the individual.

Spine Rotation Animation   Is it for me?

  1. Do you have Chronic Low Back Pain (more than 6 weeks)?
  2. Can you find a position of comfort?
  3. Are you motivated enough to rediscover pain free movement and undertake a regular exercise programme?
  4. Has your GP excluded specific identifiable causes for your Low Back Pain?

If you have answered YES to all 4 questions and meet the inclusion criteria, the Back-in-Rehab Programme is for you.

If you have answered NO to any of the questions above, you should not undertake the Back-in-Rehab Programme at this stage.

Why this programme?


  • The beginning of the Back-in-Rehab Programme is very gentle and suitable for most people with chronic pain.
  • Exercise intensity gradually builds as you continue with the Back-in-Rehab Programme.
  • All exercise are graded into 8 Stages from very gentle to high intensity.
  • There are 8 Levels in every stage.

Pain free

  • All exercises are designed to be pain free and with minimal discomfort.
  • Alternative starting positions are available to maximise comfort.

5 Components

  • Perception exercises are used to rebuild body awareness and proprioception.
  • Stretching is used to restore normal flexibility.
  • Strengthening is for rebuilding muscle tone, power and endurance.
  • Functional Loading exercises are used to enhance every day tasks such as standing, walking, running and exercising.
  • Endurance emphasises the need for an improvement in fitness levels.

Self Directed

  • Nobody else feels your pain or experiences your movement.
  • You decide when and where to exercise.
  • You decide when to progress the levels and stages of exercise.

Understand how, why and where to move

Movement Maps, Zones of Movement and Areas of Discomfort have been developed for the Back-in-Rehab programme and are used extensively to enhance understanding of how, why and where to move.