Video Course: Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment Planning for Back Pain

Whitney Lowe

Low-back pain is one of the most frequent and challenging musculoskeletal conditions that massage therapists will face. While the condition is very common, identifying the specific cause of pain continues to pose challenges for clinicians in every field. Recent research studies have shown that many conditions such as disc herniations, which traditionally were thought to be the cause of much low-back pain, exist in people who have no symptoms whatsoever. In addition, cadaver studies have shown the presence of severe structural deformities such as nerve compression, spinal degeneration, and serious disc compression in people who reported no back pain at all. The fact that pain can exist without tissue damage, and tissue damage can occur without pain makes identifying the specific cause of low-back pain very difficult. In this in-depth course, Whitney Lowe discusses the anatomy of the low back, several common causes of back pain, key factors to identify potential causes, how to create a treatment plan, and demonstrates appropriate techniques for work in the low back.
This course was featured during the 2015 ABMP Back Pain Summit.

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Whitney Lowe

Whitney Lowe directs the Academy of Clinical Massage which provides advanced clinical massage continuing education as well as programs for schools. His system of orthopedic massage is designed for massage therapists seeking to meet the needs of clients with chronic pain or sports, recreational, or occupational pain and injury conditions. He is the author of Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy and his articles appear regularly in professional peer-reviewed journals, Massage & Bodywork magazine, and other industry publications. Learn more about his workshops and online courses at

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