This course is an important part of your treatment at active X backs. Please make good use of it – remember, Knowledge is Power!
Introduction and First Principles
How to Get a Good Night's Sleep4 of 6
There are no distractions at night, physical or mental. You are motionless and have a lack of sensory input from anywhere else, therefore the volume on your back/leg pain is higher.
Lifting and Carrying2 of 5
Manual handling training (teaching people how to lift and handle loads) has produced little benefit in terms of decreasing low back pain and back injury in the work place.
Posture Power3 of 5
How you use your body determines how it changes over time. If you slump at a desk for years your muscles, discs, ligaments and even bones will re-model eventually.
Why is it Worse in the Morning?5 of 5
When you lie still your circulation slows down and inflammation and swelling build up, so people often find that pain is worst in the night, or first thing in the morning.
Analgesic Ladder1 of 2
You should seek medical advice if you are contemplating using medication to alleviate your lower back pain or sciatica.
The Role of Exercise
Getting Back to Normal... Gradually1 of 9
Guidance on how to gradually return to activities that cause pain.
Aerobic Exercise7 of 9
If you've had pain for more than 3 months, aerobic exercise is a cornerstone of a long term solution.
Lessons on Pain
Lesson 1 - Nerves as Alarms1 of 14
You may have thought your lessons on pain began in the school playground, but this is where it really starts.
Lesson 3 - How Nerves React3 of 14
Get to know how your nerves function from a practical point of view.
Lesson 4 - Pain is a Warning System4 of 14
Pain is only felt when your brain concludes that you are under threat.
Lesson 5 - Brain is Boss5 of 14
Although it's definitely NOT "all in your head", the brain is pretty important.
Lesson 6 - Nosy Neighbours6 of 14
Consider the nosy neighbour analogy to get a better grasp on how pain spreads.
Lesson 8 - Pain Neuromatrix8 of 14
The many different parts of the brain that form the pain experience.
Lesson 14 - Why do Disc Prolapses Vary in Pain?14 of 14
There are 4 main reasons that can determine the severity of your disc prolapse pain.
Lower Back Pain
Why is Back Pain So Unpredictable?2 of 4
It's not the last straw that broke the camel's back, it's the mass of straws that were there already!
Dealing with Muscle Spasms3 of 4
Everyday tips for low back pain spasms, including how to get up, sit down, turn over in bed and more.
Importance of Exercise4 of 4
Find out about just how important exercise is for lower back pain sufferers.