Complete this course and the in-course assessments to become a master in low back pain and sciatica management.
* Take your knowledge to “master level” in this very specific domain
* Secure high-quality CPD at low cost
* Attract new clients
* Boost your credibility
Successfully completing this course enables you to become a certified AXB partner.
The Free Sample Introductory Course (scroll to the bottom of this page) gives you an overview and information that you can apply immediately.
Drawing on scientific research, the main course provides depth and detail. It’s essential for you to learn the theory behind the Active X Backs approach, so that you have the right knowledge to support your clients. The course is grounded in the international clinical guidelines for the management of low back pain and sciatica.
You will need to demonstrate your understanding by completing short quizzes as you progress. These may be re-taken at your leisure.
- Overview of anatomy of the lower back
- Epidemiology, Comorbidities and Risk Factors for Lower Back Pain
- Red Flags for lower back pain
- Stratifying by risk of chronicity
- Determining severity of lower back pain
- Medication for Lower Back Pain
- Physical Therapy Protocols for lower back pain
- The Biopsychosocial approach to pain
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Education, staying active in response to lower back pain
- Other treatments for lower back pain
- Investigations for LBP – MRI, X-Ray
- Review in favour of exercise for lower back pain
- Yoga for LBP
- What about the biomechanical?
- And the psychosocial?
- Putting it into practice with protocols
THE COURSE ALSO INCLUDES A BONUS – 13 Lessons on Pain. All you’ll ever need to know about how pain works. And why chronic pain is so difficult (but not impossible) to resolve.
MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP TO THE COURSE WITH THE NAME YOU WANT TO APPEAR ON YOUR FINAL CERTIFICATE.
Low back pain and sciatica course certification
After completing the course successfully, you may become a certified AXB partner (no additional cost). You will be able to provide the AXB patient management protocols for clients wishing to relieve and prevent low back pain and sciatica. You will also be able to promote the AXB client course to your clients AND potentially secure new clients through the AXB platform.
Our free assessment for low back pain and sciatica triages clients, informing them when there is a need for them to seek a medical assessment.
When signing up to use our digital platform and any services provided by our certified partners, the client also accepts a medical disclaimer. It states that we do not provide diagnoses or advice for their back pain or sciatica. “All information provided by AXB and their partners is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice.” This is a necessary legal requirement for AXB in providing online information, and also protects you as an AXB partner. You must of course maintain your registered status and adhere to the requirements of your professional indemnity provider.
The AXB app (currently being trialled) nudges the client to answer safety questions on a weekly basis. Every day it offers them relievers and preventers tailored to their Functional Assessment. These vary depending on the progress they are making.
In being coached on the AXB platform, the client completes the AX Backscore, which is based on the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire – a validated tool for assessing disability related to lower back pain (see Lesson 5 in the main course for more details). And we continue to monitor their progress.
Gavin Routledge MSc DO(Hons) is the Clinical Director of Active X Backs. He graduated in 1991 as the Gold Medallist from the British School of Osteopathy in London (now University College of Osteopathy). He has written 2 books on lower back pain, and in his Masters Degree in The Clinical Management of Pain he focused on low back pain and sciatica. He has run 4 clinics in Scotland since 1993, also providing on-site osteopathic services to Standard Life, BP, ASDA, and Aegon UK. He was formerly (2005-2015) a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy and has acted as External Examiner for Scottish Massage Schools and The Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation, and been a Director of The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
He now concentrates on helping clinicians and movement professionals to better support low back pain and sciatica sufferers.