Research has enhanced our understanding of back pain, its causes and optimal treatment/management strategies. A wealth of research evidence now rejects the traditional view that back pain is simply due to biomechanical, physical or structural problems such as bad posture, ‘weak core’, vertebra ‘out of place/alignment’, disc injuries or degeneration. It is now recognised that the development and maintenance of back pain is multi-factorial, and is influenced by the complex interaction of biomechanical, behavioural, psychological, social, immunological, hormonal and genetic factors, whose interplay is unique to the individual experiencing pain. This means that health and fitness professionals require a broad skill and knowledge base (beyond anatomy, physiology and biomechanics) to effectively manage back pain.
While further research is refining, furthering and deepening our understanding of back pain, this holistic biopsychosocial view is largely agreed and cemented in the research and academic fields. However, when working with people experiencing back pain, health and fitness professionals largely adopt simple, biomechanical approaches which have been demonstrated to be sub-optimal and in some cases prevent recovery from back pain. Reasons for this include a lack of knowledge and awareness of the current research evidence base, or a lack of skills or confidence to implement the current research into their reasoning, decision-making and management of people experiencing back pain.
Dr Oliver Thomson regularly holds seminars, workshops and CPD courses to help translate the latest research into the work and practice of health and fitness professionals. His workshops aim to develop practical evidence-based knowledge, skills and strategies in the areas of clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and the clinical management of back pain. The workshops will increase confidence in adopting a biopsychosocial approach to back pain, while also enhancing your patient and client care. He also offers bespoke one-to-one and small group training and development sessions for students, and health and fitness professionals.
The courses are held together with osteopath, sports scientist and health coach Mr Keith Gladstone (click here for more information on Keith), and are designed to be stimulating and challenging but also practically useful, with key strategies to incorporate into your work with patients and clients. For courses planned for 2018 and how to find out more, click here.