Online Course
Managing Low Back Pain with Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Programme
Use a holistic approach to empower your clients and provide holistic care treatment for chronic LBP

11-13 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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An individual has a 60% to 85% lifetime chance of experiencing low back pain. The integrative lifestyle medicine approach to low back pain management involves holistic whole person treatment interventions beyond those of traditional physiotherapy practice. Integrative medicine supplements conventional exercises and therapeutic interventions with sustainable physical activities and mind-body exercises. It also addresses healthy lifestyle changes such as whole food and plant-based diet, restorative sleep, stress management, issues surrounding substance abuse and addiction, establishing meaningful social networks, and healthy self care strategies. All these strategies can be a part of therapeutic interventions used for persons with chronic low back pain by clinicians including physiotherapists.


This programme of courses will empower the participant to identify the key features, concepts and components of integrative lifestyle medicine and recognise lifestyle-related risk factors as a source of back pain in order to develop an effective management plan for patients with chronic low back pain.


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

  1. Introduction to Managing Chronic Low Back Pain with Integrative Lifestyle Medicine
  2. Lifestyle Medicine and Office Ergonomic Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain
  3. Lifestyle Medicine, Exercise and Nutrition for Managing Chronic Low Back Pain
  4. Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep Hygiene and Psychological Well-being for Managing Chronic Low Back Pain
  5. Lifestyle Medicine, Behavioural Modification and Self Care for Managing Low Back Pain

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 11-13 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 11 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses 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. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that meets that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

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

  • define concepts in integrative and lifestyle medicine
  • review components of lifestyle medicine
  • recognise lifestyle-related risk factors as a source of back pain
  • identify evidence-based integrative lifestyle medicine intervention strategies for managing back pain

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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