CPD ESSA Advanced Lumbar Spine Day 1 Part 1 (Live Program)


Become a leading expert in your clinic for lumbar spine conditions

Delve into the latest scientific evidence for a specific protocol to benefit patients with low back pain. We help you better focus on the essential needs of clients and patients plus position yourself as an expert in your field

In this fully accredited, ESSA 7 CPD point course you will find:

  • Find out why is it important to meet patient expectations
  • Understand the four unique expectations for exercise programs for low back pain
  • Differentiate lumbar spine presentations with clarity and speed
  • Prescribe exercises for unique patient presentations with confidence
  • Explain to your patients exactly why you are doing what you are doing
  • Get superior patient engagement with set strategies
  • Develop your skills as a leading expert in this field

PLUS: Enjoy lifetime access to additional resources in our online learning portal

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What’s in the program?

Day 1:

9.00am – 10.30am        Essential (but fascinating) anatomy and physiology to guide your approach

10.30am – 11.00am       Morning Break

11.00am – 12.30pm       Differentiating lumbar spine conditions (quick and easy in clinic system)

Acute lumbar disc (exercises to relieve pain)

12.30pm – 1.30pm         Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00pm          Chronic pain a summary of the neurology

3.00pm – 3.30pm         Afternoon break

3.30pm – 5.00pm        Exercises (including Pilates) for chronic lumbar pain

Who is your presenter?

Dr Alice Evans

BHSc. M.Chiro. Cert IV Training and Assessment, Pilates Practitioner (DipPilates), Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach

Over the past 20 years, Alice has worked as a leader, clinician (chiropractor, Pilates instructor), and educator in the health promotion and e-learning space. She has been integral in developing over 45 hours of ESSA accredited courses through her company Evidence for Exercise and trained over 3000 practitioners world-wide by providing engaging online content. An early and passionate adopter of Pilates she established a multidisciplinary clinic in 2006 and has had over 80,000 consults. As a chiropractor she has a special interest in low back pain and is an annual international guest speaker at the Virtual Neurology Summit. A former national gymnastics champion and coach Alice has a lifelong passion for exercise.

If you have any questions before, during or after this course please email us: support@evidenceforexercise.com

ESSA members love studying with us:

“Sign me up for more, great! Where was this when I was at uni?”

“Fantastic explanation of the exercises and why they’re performed. Also loved the ‘what to say to patients.’”

“Fantastic course, and will definitely be using it for my work.”

How to enrol

Step 1: Apply for the program

This is a 1-day live program with set dates. Submit an application and we will let you know when the next opportunity is.

Step 2: Check your email for confirmation

The email will confirm your successful application and provide additional instructions for enrolment. Don’t forget to check your spam/junk mail!

Step 3: Complete your enrolment

Once complete you are ready to attend

Step 4: Attend the program and become a lumbar spine expert!

Invest in yourself in this 1-day advanced program to understand and easily implement the best evidence-based strategies for your patients.

Please note:

ESSA certification does not imply endorsement of your sponsoring organisation’s products/services.

Our exercise prescriptions and practitioner notes are provided for CPD study purposes only. For a license to distribute them, please become a member here

Additional information

ESSA CPD Requirements

A minimum of 20 CPD points per membership year (1st January to 31st December). A minimum of 15 CPD points are required annually from Category 2, Further Education.


This course aims to provide exercise and sports scientists with the knowledge and skills required to effectively prescribe evidence-based exercises. It is suitable for exercise and sports scientists with fundamental skills and knowledge in exercise prescription who are interested in improving their teaching skills and understanding of exercises based upon the latest scientific evidence.

Learning aims and objectives

Essential (but fascinating) anatomy and physiology to guide your approach

At the completion of this course participants should:
•Recall the structures in the spine that can generate pain under current evidence
•Understand the special role of the disc
•Recall the features of the nucleus pulposis that creates strength and flexibility of the spine
•Recall the features of the annulus fibrosis that contribute to its function
•Recall the features of the annulus fibrosis that make it vulnerable to certain types of loading movements
•Recognise changes in the intervertebral disc that cause degenerative or painful discs
•Recall a recent study demonstrating better disc composition and hypertrophy with chronic running in age group 25-35
•Understand the role of facet joints, sacroiliac joints, vertebral endplates, ligaments and muscles in generating pain

Differentiating lumbar spine conditions (quick and easy in clinic system)

At the completion of this course participants should:
•Understand that patients with discogenic pain or facet joint sprains will be aggravated with certain movements
•Be able to perform a battery of tests that can help you identify which movements or types of exercise are more likely to aggravate your patients with low back pain
•Recognise that developing and practising a routine for patient history and examination will improve patient outcomes

Acute lumbar disc (exercises to relieve pain)

At the completion of this course participants should:
•Be able to prescribe several exercises that provide relief for patients with acute lumbar disc pain

Chronic pain: a summary of the neurology

At the completion of this course participants should:
•Understand that chronic pain is fundamentally different from acute pain
•Recognise that biological factors could still be playing a part in the chronic pain process
•Understand the psychosocial factors associated with chronic pain
•Recall the current theories of chronic pain science

Exercises for chronic lumbar pain

At the completion of this course participants should:
• Be able to prescribe exercises based on the biopsychosocial nature of chronic pain

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