Saturday, 01. June 2019, 200 E Roosevelt Rd, Clinical Companion to FixYourOwnBack

Learn to integrate the current evidence and cutting edge functional rehab exercise methods in management of lumbar disc injury.

Managing a lumbar disc injury in the clinic requires an understanding of the mechanics of flexion intolerance. This requires an approach that incorporates a functional toolbox, not just a structurally oriented viewpoint. Participants in this event will learn structural and functional assessment techniques to find the complaining disc before it produces neurological symptoms. Treatment strategies utilizing movement re-patterning exercises will help you teach patients to help themselves. Special attention will be paid to common exercises to avoid in the gym and rehab environment which frequently result in re-injury.

Additional Info: JUNE 1-2, 2019

Hours of the course: 9am to 5pm on Sat and 9-3pm on Sun (two day course)
-Please arrive 30 min early on Fri for registration.

12 hrs CEU’s will be available for Physical Therapists and Chiropractors in most locations, but availability may depend on course location.

This course is a lecture/lab course. Please wear comfortable clothing you are able to move freely in. Exercise apparel is encouraged.

Learning Objectives:

(This course is for licensed physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths, etc. Personal trainers and bodyworkers may attend only with waiver obtained directly from Dr. Snell)

1. Recognize the effectiveness of exercise interventions in managing this serious and common type of spine presentation.

2. Learn to integrate current pain neuroscience into management of chronic back pain.

3. Recognizing the continuum of flexion related structural injury.

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

5. Developing familiarity with specific exercise interventions to manage pain.

6. Train hip dissociation by improving spine stabilization using Prague School and U of Waterloo derived principles.

7. Integrate Joint by Joint Approach to spare the spine by improving mobility in the hip and T-sp.

8. Safe ways to build strength in the recovering flexion-injured spine.

9. How to build agility in the injured spine to avoid re-injury with rapid movements.

10. When to add power exercise into the rehab programs.

11. Sport specific considerations in rehab of the flexion-intolerant back.

12. Histochemical associations between painful vs. non-painful herniated discs.


“I took this course over 3 years ago. It is still the blueprint for treating patients with low back pain of a discogenic origin. It has greatly formed my clinical thought process with this specific population. I’m confident treating the condition/presentation that I otherwise would have referred out.”–Porter Brown, DC, Thunder Bay, Ontario

“This course synthesizes the leading research in back pain treatment and rehabilitation into a highly effective and useful format that I could apply Monday morning.”–Steve Shirley, DC, Spokane, WA

“The Fix Your Own back course is a refreshing approach to a terribly misunderstood topic. I learned more in two days about flexion intolerance than I have in my entire coaching career, while enjoying every minute of it. It’s an excellent balance between an education seminar and an engaging hands on no doubt, Dr. Snell is an expert on the topic but more importantly, he’s able to impart his knowledge in clear, concise fashion. I left the course with a much better understanding of the topic, practical steps to take back to my clients and genuinely excited put it all into action. Highly recommended!”–Mike Panarella, Personal Trainer, Vancouver, BC

“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

“This was hands down the best continuing education course I have attended during my years in practice. Dr. Snell dives into the research and boils it down to a concise, but well thought out set of tools for doctor and patient. I have been able to successfully implement what I learned in this course as soon as I returned to my clinic and the outcomes have been wonderful.”–Nate Coppock, DC, Yakima, WA

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