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Information for patients

About FRP

What is a functional restoration programme?

This is an education and exercised based rehabilitation programme to help you to improve your function and manage your back pain more effectively. Many of these types of programmes are now running around the country and are seen to be the best way to manage persistent back pain. The programmes are run over a period of several weeks and involve you both talking through your back pain and using graded exercise to improve your function

What does a programme look like?

The programmes are done in small groups, as it is recognised that this often results in better outcomes. There will be exercise sessions, where you can try out activities you may be concerned about and also sit down sessions where you can learn information and new techniques to help manage your back problem.

How often do I need to attend?

The programme runs twice weekly, on a Wednesday from 2.00-4.00pm and on a Friday afternoon from 1pm-2pm and continues over a period of four weeks.

Will it hurt?

The aim of the programme is to help you improve your function. To begin with you may feel more uncomfortable, especially after the first couple of sessions, but this normally improves as you continue.

Want to find out more about what FRP is like? Read patient testimonies here

How to access FRP

If your GP or clinician thinks you are suitable to take part in the Functional Restoration Programme they can refer you to us. We will then send you an appointment. At your first appointment you will see a member of the FRP team who will talk with you and discuss whether FRP is the optimal recovery programme for you.

If your GP or clinician is unaware of FRP, please direct them to our website, or share our phone number: 0121 685 4000


Click here for FRP resources

Listen to FRP course coordinator Dave Rogers talk about back pain management on the Pain Concern Podcast

Pain Management videos 

Tension and Release Relaxation Induction
7 - 11 Breathing Relaxation Induction
These inductions are also available on SoundCloud here.

Useful Videos

Brainman stops his opioids  
Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes    
Choosing the right approach
TEDxAdelaide: Why Things Hurt

Tame the Beast - It's time to rethink persistent pain from Tame the Beast on Vimeo.

Tame the beast: re-thinking persistent pain