Online Course
Lifestyle Medicine, Exercise and Nutrition for Managing Chronic Low Back Pain
Enrich your knowledge of integrative exercises and nutrition and confidently prescribe holistic treatments for chronic LBP

1-1.5 hours





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Z Altug
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Ziya "Z" is a physical therapist specialising in lifestyle medicine

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The management of chronic low back pain (LBP) often requires a lifestyle change for a long-lasting effect. Research shows that altering diet and increasing activity levels through exercise can help improve subjective complaints of chronic LBP. Physiotherapists can utilise the principles of lifestyle medicine to provide holistic treatments to clients with chronic LBP. This course, the third in a five-part series, compares the use and effectiveness of conventional and integrative exercises in the management of chronic LBP and provides an introduction to using food as medicine.


This course aims to refine your understanding of integrative lifestyle medicine with regard to using integrative or alternative exercise options along with conventional therapeutic exercises. It will also introduce the importance of proper nutrition on overall health and chronic pain management.


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. 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 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:

  • discuss the three types of conventional exercises commonly used in the treatment of chronic low back pain
  • develop a physiotherapy plan of care that includes integrative exercises to help those with chronic low back pain
  • describe seven types of integrative exercises
  • discuss how proper nutrition can be a tool to improve chronic low back pain

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Financial disclosure by Z Altug: I published 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.

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