The CBT back pain class aims to support patients with persistent low back pain that have already trialled traditional conservative management such as exercise and self-management advice. It aims to offer expert education and advice in line with NICE guidelines and the BesT Programme.  We recognise that there is a gap for the management/advice that you may receive in managing a long-term health condition such as chronic back pain and we want to support you along this journey.

What to expect

This is an educational group. It will consist of up to 10 people with chronic low back pain. The class will run as a 6-week course with a different topic each week. You will be given a workbook to work throughout the course and supplement the advice and information provided in the session.

What will I need?

  • Your workbook – this will be sent to you with your confirmation text/email, please contact us if you have not received this before your first class.
  • You may wish to bring a drink.

Read our FAQs for more information about our classes and what to expect.

Self-help resources

Please have a look at the links below that you may find helpful with your symptoms before starting the class:

Live Well with Pain

Tame the Beast

Physical activity reduces the chances of major illness


Reduced by up to 30%

Hip fractures

Reduced by upto 68%


Reduced by up to 30%


Reduced by 30%

Cardiovascular disease

Reduced by up 35%

Type 2 diabetes

Reduced by 40%

Colon cancer

Reduced by 30%

The importance of being active

NHS guidleines recommend the following:

  • 150mins moderate intensity exercise a week
  • 30mins x 5 = Weekly recommended activity
  • Moderate intensity = any exercise that elevates the heart/ breathing rate to a point where you can still hold a conversation 75mins of intense exercise a week
  • 15mins x 5 = Weekly recommended activity
  • Intense exercise = any exercise that elevates heart rate


Physical benefits include

  • Energy levels increased
  • Increased physical strength
  • Completing longer walks
  • Grants you some more ability to do more things that you may enjoy Decreases chance of developing OA by 83%


Mental benefits include

  • Stimulates Release of dopamine and serotonin
  • Improving mood
  • Reduces Stress
  • Improves sleep – Serotonin has been shown to be assistive with sleep regulation
  • Better digestion – Lower Serotonin presence in the gut is found to correlate with constipation
  • Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. WHO


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