WHAT IS FREE FROM PAIN?
FREE FROM PAIN aka Fear Reduction Exercise Early with Food from plants, Rest and relaxation, Organisation (family and friends) and Motivation (Ikigai in Japanese) to decrease Pain from Arthritis and to Increase Natural strength is a functional rehabilitation programme to help with musculoskeletal pain. It is a 12-week programme with 60 minutes of interaction each week. The sessions start with a short presentation and group discussion for 15 minutes. This is then followed by an exercise programme for 45 minutes. The exercise programme consists of 3 diﬀerent evidence-based exercise training plans and incorporates them into an easy-to-follow class. You can either join the exercise classes or do it yourself by purchasing the book and following the guidance.
WHAT EXERCISES ARE PERFORMED?
The exercises conducted during the class cover all parts of the body from the neck to the lower legs and aims to improve strength and reduce pain. The exercises alternate between weeks. The first week will comprise of exercises from the Otago exercise programme and the second week will comprise of exercises for lower back and neck pain. Most of the exercises can be done sat down, holding onto the back of a chair or lying on a floor mat. If you are unable to lie on a floor mat you will be provided with alternative exercises that do not involve lying on the floor. Participants can join at any time and from the point of joining, will be invited to participate in 12 weekly sessions.
WHO IS THE COURSE AIMED AT?
This programme is designed for the over 60s and aims to cater for seniors with musculoskeletal pain as well as for those who wish to try non-surgical options for managing their pain. It is also suitable for people who have already tried surgical treatments and did not get the results they had hoped for. Furthermore, this programme can potentially help those who may not experience great amounts of pain, but who just want to increase their strength and mobility.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAMME INCLUDE?
There are four parts to the programme.
i) CONSULTATION WITH DR GEORGE AMPAT, CONSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON (optional). The consultation is optional and can be “Online” or “Face-to-Face”:
(1) The Online consultation is available throughout the UK.
(2) The Face-to-Face consultation is only available in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Southport.
ii) FREE FROM PAIN – EXERCISE BOOK. The exercise book consists of three parts. The three parts are as follows:
(1) 12 Inspirations to exercise
(2) 12 Metaphors to understand musculoskeletal pain and how to address it.
(3) Details on how to perform all three forms of exercises included in the programme; The OTAGO exercise programme for balance and leg strengthening, motor control exercises for the lower back pain and the Isometric and strengthening exercises for the neck and shoulder pain. The book provides detailed descriptions and images of each exercise. You can also view the exercises on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/GeorgeAmpat. You could use these materials for exercising at home regularly. We suggest that you exercise either three or five times each week.
iii) FREE FROM PAIN – HEALTH GUIDE (optional).
Consists of 15 chapters and provides details on lifestyle changes to improve health. The main principles are based on the ﬁndings from the “Blue zones” of the world (1), where people are healthier and live longer on average.
iv) 12 EXERCISE CLASSES comprising of a short talk, discussion, Q&A and exercise session. The classes can be accessed either:
(1) Online (available throughout the United Kingdom) The classes are live-streamed on the online teleconferencing platform Zoom. Links to join the online classes will be sent out via email before the class. A contact number will be made available if you run into any technical diﬃculties. The usual timing of the classes are on Wednesday 3 PM to 4 PM
(2) Face-to-Face Group Classes (available only in Formby and Birkdale in Southport, Merseyside, UK)
We currently have two locations where the in-person group classes will take place.
These are at:
Holy Trinity Formby
Merseyside, L37 3HA
Friday 1 PM to 2 PM
St. James Church
26 Lulworth Road
Merseyside, PR8 2BQ
Friday 3 PM to 4 PM
(3) Private One-to-One Classes available only in our clinic at
Free From Pain
681 Liverpool Road
Merseyside PR8 3NS
Ring 01704 579337
MEET THE TEAM
Dr Ampat works as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Liverpool University Hospitals and is a Clinical Teacher at the School of Medicine, University of Liverpool. After years of surgical practice, Mr. Ampat now specialises in treating people with spine, feet and other musculoskeletal problems without surgical intervention if possible. His main research interests are spine, feet, exercise therapy and lifestyle modification. He has developed the “FREE FROM PAIN” functional rehabilitation programme to help seniors with musculoskeletal pain. FREE FROM PAIN is an acronym and when expanded reads as Fear Reduction Exercise Early with Food from plants, Rest and relaxation, Organisation [family & friends] and Motivation [Ikigai] to help with Pain from Arthritis and to Increase Natural strength. “Free from pain” combines the knowledge from the blue zones with three different established exercise programmes. Mr. Ampat has written books, published in peer reviewed medical journals and lectures both nationally and internationally. Mr. Ampat is also a paid consultant for Aetrex Worldwide, Inc. which involves Research, Teaching and Speaking. Outside work he enjoys time with his wife and two daughters. He derives his inspiration from his eldest daughter Talita who is profoundly handicapped and wheelchair bound due to Cerebral Palsy.
Hi, my name is Adam and I am a Graduate Sports Therapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach.
I studied BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy at The University of Central Lancashire and graduated in 2015. I have further developed my knowledge around the principles of exercise and rehabilitation by completing my master’s degree studying Strength & Conditioning at The University of Central Lancashire.
Since graduation I have been building my knowledge and expertise, treating both non-sporting individuals and elite professional athletes in sports such as Rugby, Football and Boxing. My main interest lies in using exercise as a tool to treat pain as opposed to strong prescription pain medications in many cases unnecessary surgical intervention.
BSc (Hons) – Sports Therapy
MSc – Strength & Conditioning
Emergency First Aid & Paediatric First Aid at Work
The FA Level 4 – Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football (ITMMiF).
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) – Rockblades
Hey everyone! My name is Jonny and I am Dr Ampat’s research assistant. I previously studied at Lancaster University, where I graduated with a degree in psychology in 2019. The human anatomy has always fascinated me, and my studies learning how the brain and the body work together deepened this fascination.
Since I graduated, rather than learning about how the human brain works, I now conduct research on Dr Ampat’s behalf into conditions of the body. The abundance of evidence that shows how simple lifestyle changes can reduce pain, improve function and enhance quality of life has had a lasting effect on me and my lifestyle. I have also been fortunate enough to observe first hand how exercise can improve a person’s wellbeing, to the point where it actually prevents the need for surgery. Alongside my research work, I am currently training to become a qualified fitness instructor, with the view to help my colleague Adam and Dr Ampat conduct our Free from Pain exercise classes (so you’ll hopefully be seeing me soon!).
BSc Psychology (Hons)
Working towards: Level 2 Gym Instructor
Working towards: Level 3 Personal Trainer
Hi, my name is Sammy, and I am a research assistant and exercise therapist for Dr Ampat.
I am from Leicester but moved to Liverpool in 2016 when I began university. I studied at Liverpool John Moores University where I completed my BSc in sports and exercise science. During this time, I gained an interest in biomechanics. This involves the study of mechanical laws relating to the movement and structure of living organisms. Following my interest, I decided to study for my MSc in Sports and Clinical Biomechanics, which I completed in July 2021.
Studying for both my degrees gave me a deeper understanding in the importance of physical activity and the positive effects it can have on our quality of life, particularly as we age. I am continually striving to develop my knowledge of health using functional methods of physical activity as opposed to surgical interventions. I practise this philosophy within my own life by participating in football, running, cycling and tennis.
BSc Sports and Exercise science
MSc Sport and Clinical Biomechanics
FA level 1 coaching qualification
We’d love to hear from you! Send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Telephone: 01704 579337
You can join any option at any time. We will ensure that, no matter what date you start on, you shall complete the 12 week series and will receive everything you are entitled to.
We would love to have you involved! If you would like to book onto the programme, or even just talk to us about what would suit you best please e-mail us or call 01704 579337