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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn How to Help People With Back Problems 

Problems with back health and wellbeing are extremely common and cost governments, employers, and the people suffering with the injury enormous amounts of money. These problems are also widespread – at some point, close to 60% of us will experience some sort of back pain.               

 - This course teaches students how to recognise genuine back problems and consider appropriate responses.

 - The course has been developed to broaden and deepen an understanding of back care in a holistic way. 

 - Learn about posture, anatomy, the nervous system, assessment of back health, how to treat and prevent back injuries, and so much more. 

Course Content 

There are nine lessons in this course, each requiring approximately 11 hours of work including reading, additional research, completing the set tasks and assignments.
The content of each of the 9 lessons is as outlined below:

1. Patterns, Causes, and Effects of Back Problems
Red Flags for Back Pain
Pain only on One Side
Back Injuries
The Connections Between Back Pain and Depression
Work Related Back Pain
Posture and Ergonomics

2. Back Anatomy and Physiology
The Skeleton
The Skeletal System of The Back
Spinal Curvatures
The Relationship Between the Muscles and The Skeleton
Stretching A Muscle
The Nervous System’s Supply to The Back
Experiencing Pain
Trigger Points

3. Preventing Back Injuries
Lifestyle Issues and Habits
Correct Lifting Technique
Good Posture
Preventative Treatments
Muscles and Flexibility
Managing Back Related Injuries
Taping Up an Injury
Managing Inflammation

4. Types of Back Injury
Spinal Injuries
Musculoskeletal Injury
Neurological Injuries
Pinched & Trapped Nerves

5. Assessment and Screening
Collecting Client Information
Functional/Physical Assessment
Psychosocial Assessment
Symptoms of a Spinal Injury (Bone)
Symptoms of a Muscular Back Injury
Symptoms of a Neurological Back Injury
Clinical Assessment Procedures

6. Professional Treatments
Back Care Professionals
Complementary Therapies
Psychological Treatments for Chronic Pain Management

7. Surgical and Pharmaceutical Treatments
Pharmaceutical interventions
Understanding Prescription Medication Addiction

8. Back Health Maintenance 
Best Practice
Changing Habits
Legal Issues
Specific Practitioner Issues
The Mind’s Impact on the Physical Body
A Holistic Approach

9. Rehabilitation
Back Pain & Grief
Progressive Programme Design
Providing Psychosocial Support
Establishing and Monitoring Exercise Quotas and Intensity
Personal Rehabilitation
Professional Rehabilitation and Care


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Consider important questions to determine the nature of back pain.
Explain the difference is between posture and ergonomics.
Determine significant causes of back pain.
Draw a simple sketch of vertebrae and discs.
Discuss trigger points.
Explain differences in spinal curvature in relation to movement.
Determine whether a person has a nerve injury or muscle injury of the back.
Describe how to tape different types of upper back injuries
Discuss different types of stretching and their role in back health.
Explain the difference between a bulging disc and a herniated disc.
Describe the difference between subluxation and dislocation.
Explain similarities and differences between sprains and strains.
Determine exercises to recommend for pinched spinal nerves and sciatica.
Devise a weekly exercise program for an individual with a back problem.
Explain what is meant by Physiology Slump Test.
Explain differences between neurological and muscular symptoms of back injury.
Assess psychosocial aspects of back pain/injury.
Suggest the best course of treatment for different back conditions.
Compare alternative treatments to traditional treatments for back injuries.
Discuss similarities and differences between over the counter and prescription medications for back pain.
Explain what is meant by drug dependence.
Discuss different types of spinal surgery and expected outcomes.
Provide instructions for post-operative clients to help them get into and out of bed comfortably.
Describe effective and manageable sleep routines.
Delineate the importance ethical practice when helping clients with back pain.
Explain psychosocial aspects of pain management.
Establish and monitor exercise quotas and intensity with a client.

Who is this Course For?

This course is of relevance to anyone who has an interest in back care. This includes not only people working in mainstream and complementary health care, but also those concerned with fitness and wellbeing in or outside of the workplace. It is also relevant to workplace health and safety, to sporting and fitness professionals, counselling,  coaching professionals, and more.

The course may be used for professional development purposes or as a foundation to further study. It may also be of value to individuals with back pain or back health issues who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of this subject.    

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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