Exercise Rehabilitation of the Lower Back

Exercise Rehabilitation of the Lower Back

The lower back is made up of various vertebrae and their supporting ligaments. This area of the body is vulnerable to injury and strain. Any physical activity can place stress on the lower back and lead to lower back pain. A lower back strain can be a mild muscle sprain or a more severe tear in one of the ligaments supporting the vertebrae. 

Lower back strains often cause pain and tenderness in the back and buttocks. People with lower back pain often experience stiffness and pain in the back, buttocks, hips, or legs. In addition to these symptoms, people with a lower back strain may also experience nausea, vomiting, and a general sense of weakness or fatigue. 

The lower back is involved in almost every movement we make. Activities such as squatting, walking, and twisting place strain on the back. Exercises for the lower back can help restore the muscles and ligaments, reduce pain, and strengthen the spine. Rest, light stretching, and core strengthening exercises can help relieve lower back pain. Rehabilitation of the lower back should be part of a comprehensive program that can help you recover more quickly. Read on to learn more about how to rehabilitate the lower back.

lower back rehabilitation


The most common “trouble” area in a clinic or rehabilitation center is the back. This practical and hands-on course will discuss the most common back injuries (degenerative disc disease, mechanical low back pain, lumbar disc herniation, post disc surgery, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis). This course is necessary to increase your understanding, success, and confidence in working with clients with low back injuries.


  • The key structures involved in low back injuries
  • Assessing the lower back to determine exercise readiness and progress
  • The six most common back injuries – degenerative disc disease, mechanical low back pain, lumbar disc herniation, post disc surgery, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis
  • Rehabilitation exercise and contraindications for the six most common back injuries.


LOCATION: Douglas College (Royal Ave & 8th St) – New Westminster, BC

ROOM: 1630

DATES: Saturday, December 7, 2013 – 1:15 pm to 5:30 pm (4 contact hours)

** Please note, the next time this course will be offered is 2014 **


  • $97 plus HST – pre-registration, prior to November 24
  • $127 plus HST – late registration after November 24

The course fee includes a comprehensive and detailed course manual.


Rick Kaselj – MS, BSc, PK, CPT, CEP, CES

Rick Kaselj specializes in exercise rehabilitation, post-rehab, active rehabilitation, therapy, and corrective exercise. He works in one-on-one and group rehabilitation settings, training people who have been injured at work, in car accidents, and during sports activities. His clients and group exercise participants include a wide variety of individuals from healthy and special populations. Rick has given over 233 presentations to 4531 fitness professionals and consumers across Canada while working in rehabilitation centers, physiotherapy clinics, fitness clubs, and personal training studios. Rick recently completed his Master of Science degree focusing on corrective and therapeutic exercises for the rotator cuff. To reach Rick or learn about his exercise rehabilitation courses, please visit ExercisesForInjuries.com.



  • 8:45 am – 10:00 am
  • 10:00 am-11:00 am
  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am
  • 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
  • 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

** Participants – if you have your yoga/stretch mat and foam roller, please bring them to class.

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