Online Course
Introduction to Managing Chronic Low Back Pain with Integrative Lifestyle Medicine
Learn the basics of holistic treatment for chronic LBP

1-1.5 hours





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Z Altug
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Ziya "Z" is a physical therapist with a passion for integrative and lifestyle medicine

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The complex nature of chronic low back pain requires clinicians to be able to assess and treat a patient in a holistic manner.  Integrative lifestyle medicine is a treatment option that combines the modern western practice of medicine with evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches to prevent and reverse lifestyle-related chronic illness. This course, the first in a five-part series, provides an introduction to lifestyle medicine and how it can be applied to the treatment of chronic low back pain by physiotherapists.


The aim of this course is to introduce the viewer to integrative lifestyle medicine and give a basic overview of how it can be used in the treatment of chronic low back pain.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. 2 Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.0 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • list the costs and burdens of chronic low back pain
  • describe the components of integrative health and lifestyle medicine that may be used in disease management
  • outline integrative options for managing chronic low back pain
  • discuss clinician strategies that complement the lifestyle medicine approach
  • design an appropriate evidence-based management strategy for an individual with chronic low back pain based on a case scenario

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Financial disclosure by Z Altug: I will publish the book, The Lifestyle Medicine Toolbox with Jessica Kingsley Publishers (London) on February 21, 2024.
No relevant non-financial relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
The course was a real eye-opener on the various integrative lifestyles that are pretty easy but often ignored in our attempts to provide holistic treatment to our patients.
Sinikiwe Jere
It was a fantastic course! It has emphasized the importance of managing chronic lower back pain like a team, exploring various options, and guiding patients.
I love this course! I cannot wait to be more in-depth with this topic.
It is a great introduction to treating chronic low back pain using lifestyle medicine. The course points out other factors which can contribute to chronic low back pain, including sleep, nutrition and physical activity.
Claron O' Neale
The course was very comprehensive and easy to understand. The instructor made sure that they were giving the information in a way that would not confuse me. Thank you so much for such a great course!
Saqib Subhan
It is a very informative and knowledgeable course for all the physiotherapists!
Dr. Arunjyoti Hazarika
The best way to learn more about physio related. The best platform!
Saipriyaa Muhunthan