As a Remedial Massage therapist for nearly 30 years, treating low back pain is my 'bread and butter'. I took this course as a refresher but learned so much more, than just refreshing my knowledge. It confirms my observations over the years that manual therapy is only part of the healing equation and that exercise rehabilitation completes the picture. The sections I found most interesting were; controversies and conditioning. Controversies in relation to spinal function, posture & pain, non-specific low back pain, and pain and consciousness. Drawing on the principles of Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, HLC 1, considering the effects of sleep, nutrition, gut health, hydration, etc., and the role these may play in spinal issues and ongoing pain.
Conditioning; the concept of phase progression for rehabilitative exercise was new to me. I also liked the concept of the success formula & Panajabi's model of conditioning. I am not a qualified fitness trainer, and as a remedial massage therapist, we learned basic rehab exercises comprising, 'do this exercise for this specific problem'. Taking a holistic and graded approach to rehabilitation; flexibility, stability, strength, and power, obviously will lead to better outcomes and healing.
The course also gives a comprehensive introduction to spinal conditions which was well supported with images.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and it has certainly whetted my appetite for further exploration into exercise rehabilitation and assessment. Thank you to the presenter Matthew Wallden and the Chek Institute.