DTS Low Back Pain Specialist is designed to help trainers bridge the gap between lower back pain and activity. It combs through practical functional anatomy while also teaching students how to thoroughly investigate the root causes of pain. This course was made in collaboration with world renowned spine expert, Dr. Stuart McGill and utilizes both his research and methods. Like many health and fitness topics, Low Back Pain is not a “one-size fits all”. While you will learn practical assessments for your clients that will help to uncover their individual pain triggers and relief postures, as well as motions and loads associated with low back pain; you will also learn solutions. We will explore what small changes can be implemented into the client's daily routine? What movements and exercises can contribute to the problem? What movements and exercises provide relief? What would an exercise program look like for an individual with low back pain? 

Module 1

Low Back Functional Anatomy

The Spine Essentials Functional Anatomy Overview 

  • ​Skeletal Systems: Vertebral Column 
  • ​Joint Systems: The Spine & Sacroiliac Joint
  • ​Joint Systems: The Hip 
  • ​Nervous System: Low Back Nerves
  • Skeletal Muscle System: Trunk & Back
  • ​Skeletal Muscle System: Hip Flexors and Extensors
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Module 2

Assessments & Solutions

The Spine Detective Methods in Practice

  • Questionnaires
  • Client Interviews
  • ​Pain Triggers and Pain Solutions
  • ​Slump Testing
  • ​Extension Intolerance Pain Trigger
  • ​Lumbar and Hip Motion Pain Trigger
  • ​Lumbar Instability Pain Trigger 
  • ​Sciatica Pain Trigger 
  • ​*SI Joint Pain Trigger* 
  • ​Spinal Stenosis
  • ​Functional Assessments
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Module 3

Exercise & Programming 

The Spine Restoration Planning for Movement

  • Exercise Considerations
  • T-Spine and Hips
  • ​Spinal Decompression
  • ​Core and McGill 3*
  • ​Spine Hygiene Considerations
  • ​My Back is Starting to Feeling Better, Now What?
  • ​How to Train a Client with Low Back Pain?
  • ​*Case Studies (10 total)*
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Course open on a laptop

So you’re a certified personal trainer, but you know you need to keep learning? We understand. Once we were certified, we kept working with clients who challenged us and our skills. And we’re grateful for them, because it helped us go deeper and learn more about the human body. It’s critical to keep learning and continue getting better in this competitive field.  

When you learn online, you tap into...

  • The convenience of learning at your own pace, any time you want, for as long as you want. As long as you have a WiFi connection, you can turn any coffee shop, hotel, or make-shift home office into a classroom. If you want to power through our materials in one day, you can! Otherwise, you can spread them out as you please.
  • The chance to really learn the material. Our online continuing education courses require you to pass quizzes in order to maximize retention. This forces you to be more involved with the course and the material so that you can get the certificate of completion.
  • A variety of learning strategies. Our online course features articles, videos, online webinars, and more. There is something for every type of learner.
  • Lifetime access to our courses. This allows you to utilize the materials as you need to, while staying connected. 


The McGill Method is based on over 30 years of scientific research and has been developed on the premise that the diagnosis of non-specific back pain is incomplete. There is always a cause for back pain. Using the McGill Method will allow you to determine what the potential causes are and apply solutions accordingly.

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That’s our promise. Work with DTS for 30 days and if you’re not happy with what you learn after you complete the course, we’ll give you every penny back.  

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Looking to Become a Certified Low Back Pain Specialist?

Ever wonder what it’s like to not be able to bend forward and tie your shoelaces? Well, chances are you already know how it feels and if you don’t, statistically, you eventually will. Lower back pain is one of the leading physical health conditions in North America. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, 80% of people will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. In addition to that, every year roughly 25-30% of the United States population are currently experiencing low back pain. As a fitness professional, it is your responsibility to ensure that the demand of your program is consistent with the capacity of your client. In this certification you will learn what to avoid and what to implement to keep your clients pain free, resilient and robust. The material learned in this course will give you confidence, competence and a roadmap to negotiate the minefield of triggers for low back pain and rebuild their capacity for life’s demands. 

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