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The Strong Backs Program

The Strong Backs Program presents a new approach to improving chronic low back pain and was specifically designed by a leading Sports Physiotherapist and Exercise Scientist after many years of learning the most effective way to improve people’s pain and function. The “Strong Backs Program” is a functional strength program that improves chronic low back pain by targeting the real underlying cause of low back pain – inadequate strength and poor movement patterns. Throughout the program there is a focus not on pathology and pain, but on breaking the low back pain cycle by constantly improving strength and functional capacities in the gym.

Who is the Strong Backs Program for?

  • If you feel like you have tried everything
  • If you have been told you have arthritis pain
  • If you have been told there is nothing else you can do
  • If you don’t know what else to do, then the “Strong Back Program” is for you…. Anyone, any age…. If you have pain that stops you doing what you want to do…. Then it is time to start the “Strong Backs Program”


The developer of the “Strong Backs Program” has his own journey of low back pain. After his own sporting career was cut short by a chronic low back injury, Sean went about using functional strength training principles to fix his own back and return to professional tennis. For years now he has been helping people improve their chronic low back pain with these same principles. Frustrated by the common misconceptions about chronic low back pain, Sean has developed a specific program to help more people achieve a long-term solution to their chronic low back pain.

Program Structure

Participants in the program will undergo an initial assessment and then be coached through an initial learning phase followed by three training stages. The program takes between 3 and 6 months to complete depending on the level at which the participant begins the program.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have developed effective movement patterns, an improved level of strength and are encouraged to continue their Stage 3 strength program and beyond for the rest of their life.


Exercise focused on motor control patterns and high load lifting improve both pain and functional capacity outcomes.

Michaelson, P., Holmberg, D., Aasa, B., & Aasa, U. (2016). High load lifting exercise and low load motor control exercises as interventions for patients with mechanical low back pain: A randomized controlled trial with 24-month follow-up. J Rehabil Med, 48(5), 456-463.

Aasa, B.,Berglund, L., Michaelson, P. & Aasa, U. (2015). Individualized low-load motor control exercises and education versus a high-load lifting exercise and education to improve activity, pain intensity, and physical performance in patients with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 45(2), 77-85

Exercise to correct neuromuscular imbalance of the lumbar spine reduces low back pain.

Renkawitz, T., Boluki, D. & Grifka, J. (2006). The association of low back pain, neuromuscular imbalance, and trunk extension strength in athletes. Spine J, 6(6), 673-83

Rehabilitation of back extensor muscles combined with flexibility exercises improves both pain and function.

Mbada, C. E., Ayanniyi, O., Ogunlade, S. O., Orimolade, E. A., Oladiran, A. B., & Ogundele, A. O. (2013). Rehabilitation of Back Extensor Muscles’ Inhibition in Patients with Long-Term Mechanical Low-Back Pain. ISRN Rehabilitation, 2013, 1-11.