This is a patient’s honest account of his low back pain journey at Prestons Health, treated using a Cognitive Functional Therapy approach:


Following our little chat at the Health Fayre I am only too happy to put some words together in praise of what you guys have done for me.

Lower back pain is the curse of my family. My Father suffered terribly, my younger brother still does. I have had problems on and off for over 40 years.

I spent years lying on my back dosed up with pain-killers only to later be told that this was more harmful than good and that I should ‘potter’ and try move about gently to stop the back muscles from locking up.

The last episode was so painful that I had to seek major pain relief from my GP. He counselled physiotherapy but advised that the NHS service would mean a 4/6 week wait and I really needed something more immediate. He offered me a couple of local Private Physiotherapists to try if I could afford it and, as Prestons was the closest to home, I gave you a call.

Luckily there was a free appointment with your good self that very afternoon and I was only too happy to take it in the fervent hope that you would be able to offer me some relief.

I turned up for the appointment full of Temazepam and Co-codamol and wondered what I had let myself in for.

Well, the appraisal was much less painful than I thought it might be although the subsequent manipulation of the muscles in spasm wasn’t quite as much so.

And then you introduced me to breathing.

Did I know about this you asked.

Of course, I says, I’ve been breathing all my life.

No you say, about taking a deep breath and exhaling when moving rather than holding your breath and tensing up.

I had never heard of such a thing and my first thought was this was a load of nonsense. Then I tried it and was amazed. Doing this when sitting or standing up turned what had previously been a painful exercise into something much more bearable.

I now do this each and every day when moving about, standing or sitting or doing anything at all strenuous. I still find it difficult to believe but I know that somehow it works.

Subsequent appointments led to more manipulation and the introduction to various exercises specifically designed to use those back muscles that had been in spasm on a more regular basis so that when they came under pressure they didn’t immediately go back to that state.

Now every morning after my shower I get down on the floor and go through those exercises. It takes less than five minutes. I do the same when I get home from work and change clothes and again just before going to bed. (I sometimes miss this one if I’ve been to the Pub.)

I had a holidayrecently and my wife was amazed when I did this in the Hotel room.

All of this, in conjunction with a Work Station appraisal which helped greatly by moving screens etc to a better place, has made a massive change to my well-being.

I no longer slouch at my desk. I no longer sit there for hours on end and get ‘set’. I take a shortstroll round every hour or so, in line with your advice, and I feel so much better.

If only I’d been exposed to this sagacity some years ago I wouldn’t have suffered half as much as I actually have.

I now have the confidence to do things I would previously have shied away from for fear of ‘doing’ my back.

You really have made a huge impact on my well-being and how I do things.

Thank you so much for that.
John Skeels

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Our main clinic location is within David Lloyd Club in Thorpe Wood, Peterborough with a satellite clinic in Oundle School (students and staff only). Please contact us on 01733 565911 for more information on our clinic times & locations.

David Lloyd Club

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Thorpe Wood Business Park,
Peterborough PE3 6SR

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Within Oundle School Sports Centre,
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Rebecca Ella
Rebecca Ella
Preston’s was recommended to me by my GP as the NHS waiting list is months long! Had my first appointment with Leora Penkar today and she really put me at ease. I have been in pain with my knee for months now and it was amazing to finally have someone examine it, write up a letter and give me a workout to improve it. I have already recommended Leora to a few people who are looking to book in with her as well. Would definitely recommend 😃 Thank you Leora!
Jay Jack
Jay Jack
Superb service. Linda was excellent with consideration for lower back pain and treatment.
Daniela Secan
Daniela Secan
Linda Dennis took a detailed history of my symptoms before she performed a thorough assessment. She is kind and polite with brilliant communication skills. I strongly recommend Linda.
caroline Salmon
caroline Salmon
Great service and very professional. Loved the holistic approach.
Karyn Reidy
Karyn Reidy
Really listen to the issues and focus on the cause rather than just easing the problem. Had 5 sessions and each one was really useful.
Leanne Hilless
Leanne Hilless
Prestons Health (and Helen) were suggested to me by my GP during what has been a very difficult period of my life. I have never had physiotherapy before and was unsure what to expect. Helen made me feel completely at ease and showed me genuine empathy and kindness, taking every aspect of my wellbeing into account - physical and emotional - as well as demonstrating her years worth of skill in her trade. I am making great progress and I couldn't recommend Helen and her Team more. Thank you!
Helen is absolutely wonderful and professional. She helped me to combat my low back pain with full confidence. I highly recommend Helen Prestons. Thanks Helen & team
Joan Mallett
Joan Mallett
Went in doubled up in pain unable to stand or walk. Have had four sessions on my knee and leg muscles and am walking, can straighten my leg and ZERO pain. Can’t thank Caroline enough. I heartily recommend this company for reliability, competence and effectiveness 💕
Pennell Partners
Pennell Partners
i have been using Prestons Health over the years for various reasons and have always found them to be excellent in their dedication to discovering the underlying problems you present to them and their ability to make you feel better going out then you did going in! Helen particularly is excellent.
Nella Butler
Nella Butler
Excellent physiotherapist, would highly recommend. The assessment was very thorough and professional. I felt complete confidence in the treatment and follow up exercises provided. Very pleased with every aspect of my appointments.

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