Back Pain

By Josephine Key Dip. Phys. PGD. Manip. Therapy, Sydney University
Published by Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, Edinburgh, 2010.

Back Pain: a movement problem is a practical manual to assist all students and clinicians concerned with the evaluation, diagnosis and management of the movement related problems seen in those with spinal pain disorders.

It offers an integrative model of posturo-movement dysfunction which describes the more commonly observed features and related key patterns of altered control. This serves as a framework, guiding the practitioner’s assessment of the individual patient.


  • Examines aspects of motor control and functional movement in the spine, its development, and explores probable reasons why it is altered in people with back pain
  • Maps the more common clinical patterns of presentation in those with spinal pain and provides a simple clinical classification system based upon posturo-movement impairments
  • Integrates contemporary science with the insights of extensive clinical practice;
  • Integrates manual and exercise therapy and provides guiding principles for more rational therapeutic interventions
    • which patterns of movement in general need to be encouraged
    • which to lessen and how to do so
  • Abundantly illustrated to present concepts and to illustrate the difference between so called normal and dysfunctional presentations
  • Is written by a practitioner for practitioners

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"Great book": "I am deeply impressed how much you covered and also how well and how clearly you are covering all these different aspects. Definitely the best book I have seen so far on low back pain - particularly for us clinicians.  Congratulations!"

Robert Schleip, Director Fascia Research Group Ulm University

"A must read for Yoga Therapy": "This is a great book for anyone who teaches any form of movement therapy. Key's wide breadth of research incorporates physiotherapy, yoga, Feldenkrais, manual therapy, developmental movement patterns, somatics etc, but she grounds her approach in her own clinical experience. Key is a physiotherapist who understands the yogic approach to posture and movement. Her clear exploration of global versus local muscles, her dynamic approach to core stability, and her outline of the fundamental pelvic patterns were particularly valuable. As a therapeutic yoga teacher and a teacher of anatomy for yoga teachers I have found the book to be very clear, practical and accessible. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to teach yoga safely and therapeutically."

Maria Kirsten Yoga teacher