Master Your Management of the Flexion Intolerant Back!

“This course will 100% help you more effectively diagnose, educate and, most importantly, empower patients with debilitating low back pain to take back control of their lives and learn that there are other options out there besides surgery.”-Andrew Caroon, DC- Vancouver, BC

  • 12 Hours of Self Paced Continuing Education

    Learning on your own time! 8+ Hours of video with built-in learning self-assessments.

  • Evidence Based Update

    Learn effective exercise interventions to manage the flexion intolerant lumbar spine.

  • A Neurocentric Lens

    Learn a neurocentric approach to assessment and management of low back pain.

  • Integrate Current Pain Neuroscience

    Differentiating the injured disc vs. other commonly presenting back injuries.

  • Strength & Agility

    Learn safe ways to build strength and agility in the recovering flexion-injured spine.

  • Better Manage Pain

    Develop familiarity with specific exercise interventions to manage pain.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    FOLLOW THE MONEY: Epidemiology and Public Healthcare Costs in Low Back Pain

    • Download Course Notes-Clinical Companion to FixYourOwnBack

    • Lesson 1: The Numbers (20:30)

    • Quiz-Lesson 1

    • Lesson 2: Pain Science Primer (20:06)

    • Quiz- Lesson 2

  • 2

    ISSUES IN TISSUES: Causes of Structural Injury in the Lumbar Spine

    • Lesson 3: Imaging and Injury Mechanisms for the Lumbar Disc (21:43)

    • Quiz-Lesson 3

    • Lesson 4: Factors Associated With Painful Discs (20:22)

    • Quiz-Lesson 4

    • Lesson 5: A Deeper Look at PsychoSocial Aspects of Low Back Pain (16:42)

    • Quiz-Lesson 5

  • 3

    THE DANCE: Structure and Function in Low Back Pain

  • 4

    A NEUROCENTRIC LENS: Seeing Low Back Pain in a Different Light

    • Lesson 8: History and Initial Physical Exam (25:20)

    • Quiz- Lesson 8

    • Lesson 9: The 3 Hats of MSK Evaluation (20:12)

    • Quiz-Lesson 9

    • Lesson 10: Physical Examination 1 (24:06)

    • Quiz-Lesson 10

    • Lesson 11: Physical Examination 2 (18:56)

    • Quiz-Lesson 11

    • Lesson 12: IVF Management (21:31)

    • Quiz-Lesson 12

    • Lesson 13: Investigating Extension Intolerance (23:21)

    • Quiz-Lesson 13

    • Lesson 14: Interpretation of Exam and Review of Findings (18:16)

    • Quiz: Lesson 14

  • 5

    HOW TO MOVE AWAY FROM PAIN: According to FixYourOwnBack Method

    • Lesson 15: Reprogramming the Faulty Movement With the Hip Hinge (26:49)

    • Quiz-Lesson 15

    • Lesson 16: End of Visit 1 (21:19)

    • Quiz-Lesson 16

    • Lesson 17: Building Endurance of Spinal Stabilizers (20:43)

    • Quiz: Lesson 17

    • Lesson 18: Video Review of McGill's Big 3 (11:50)

    • Quiz: Lesson 18

    • Lesson 19: Establishing Mobility in the Hips and T-spine (24:10)

    • Quiz: Lesson 19

    • Lesson 20: Mastering Rotary Stability (17:56)

    • Quiz: Lesson 20

    • Lesson 21: Building Strength in the Spine (36:53)

    • Quiz: Lesson 21

    • Lesson 22: Careful Addition of Power to the Rehabbed Disc (21:00)

    • Quiz: Lesson 22

    • Lesson 23: BONUS! Powerlifter Chris Duffin on Powerlifting While Avoiding Disc Injury (28:09)

    • Quiz: Lesson 23

Your Instructor

Author, Educator, Chiropractic Physician

Phillip Snell

Sometimes jokingly referred to as the “Disc Whisperer” :), Dr. Phillip Snell has a clinical chiropractic practice, Solutions Sports and Spine, Inc which resides in Evolution Healthcare and Fitness in Portland, OR. His practice is focused on rehab of lumbar disc herniation and sports injuries. He manages patients as diverse as world record holding athletes to average folks just wanting to remain active in their life. Dr. Snell’s practice is particularly suited to the aging former athlete who longs to return to higher levels of function and play. He leverages deep training in many rehab schools of thought with a heavy leaning toward the DNS work of Pavel Kolar from the Czech Republic, the work of Stuart McGill, the work of Gray Cook and a great deal of work in the use of kettlebells for training. Dr. Snell also utilizes a variety of manual methods including Fascial Manipulation, myofascial trigger point therapy, positional release and neural dynamics. Along with Dr. Justin Dean, Dr. Snell co-created the neurocentric manual therapy technique known as Dermal Traction Method (DTM). Beyond clinical practice, Dr. Snell maintains adjunct faculty status at University of Western States and lectures internationally on use of exercise interventions to help manage lumbar disc herniation, a process known as the FixYourOwnBack Method. That work was informed by his own disc injury and the subsequent combination of rehab therapies that he put together to manage this often incredibly painful condition. If you can’t make an appointment to come and see Dr. Snell in Portland, you can get the whole program online at You can also schedule a 60 minute teleconference with Dr. Snell at this link. If you’re a clinician reading this and would like to come to one of our courses for continuing education, click here to see our upcoming schedule. If you’re a clinician interested in our library of rehab exercise videos to share with your patients, then click here to learn more about MyRehabExercise.

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