Having had lower back pain for a several months, I saw Spinal Surgeon, Mr Chris Adams at Spire Murrayfield hospital. Having examined me, he referred me for an MRI scan. Mr Adams identified that there was no need for surgery (thank goodness!) but suggested that I may benefit from physiotherapy as my core muscles weren’t as strong as he would have liked. Following my referral to the back and neck clinic, I met with Laura at spire Livingston physiotherapy centre. She recommended a 12 week programme to strengthen the muscles in my back and started Pilates exercises to improve posture. I had pain and difficulty sleeping as a result of the back pain which gradually alleviated over the course of treatment. I can’t believe the range of movement I have now and am completely pain free which I find astounding (I honestly didn’t believe it was possible from simply strengthening these muscles). I have now progressed to an intermediate Pilates class which I thoroughly enjoy. I’m so grateful to all who have helped me get to this stage of improved health as I can do my job better and walk further and generally have an improved quality of life.