Online Course
Lifestyle Medicine, Behavioural Modification and Self Care for Managing Low Back Pain
Learn how behavioural factors influence the severity and longevity of low back pain

1.5-2 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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Chronic low back pain (LBP) management often requires a complete lifestyle change for effective, long-lasting pain relief. For some persons with LBP, unhealthy behaviours such as substance abuse, lack of social connectedness, and poor self-care can contribute to the chronicity of LBP. This course, the fifth and final in a five-part series, considers how lifestyle behavioural factors can influence the severity and longevity of LBP. This course also includes a required case study that will review all integrative lifestyle medicine topics discussed in this series, allowing the participant to practise providing holistic whole-person care.


This course aims to broaden your understanding of integrative lifestyle medicine with a discussion of behavioural influences on chronic LBP.


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

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Video
  4. 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 1.5-2 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 1.3 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:

  • describe the effect substance abuse disorders can have on chronic low back pain
  • discuss methods for changing addictive behaviours within the framework of integrative lifestyle medicine
  • explain the connection between social connectedness and low back pain
  • describe the effect integrative exercises and treatments can have on chronic low back pain
  • design an intervention programme for Mr. Smith from the presented case study within the framework of integrative lifestyle medicine

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.


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