I help people with back pain by diagnosing the problem, identifying contributing factors and developing a personalised treatment program that creates long term change 


For people with back pain

I am the owner and founder of Spinal Management Clinics; a network of expert physiotherapists, specialist pain physicians and psychologists.  Through virtual technology including a self management App, online surveys, Skype conferencing and email we can assist in diagnosis, advice and planning a treatment regime.  Many cases of back pain are complex and the experience from our experts can make the difference in creating long term change.  Whether you live near one of my clinics or on the other side of the world I can help you. Contact me to organise how the best way way for me to help your back pain.

Practitioners treating back pain

In order to help people with back pain we need more practitioners around the world using the latest methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The under-graduate program for many courses does not equip practitioners with sufficient skills and knowledge to treat complex back pain optimally. I am the owner and founder of Knowledge and Learning Solutions International (KALSI) where we provide a range of education options including: free resources (eLearning modules, treatment protocols, questionnaires, videos), bite sized but detailed paid eLearning modules, short courses in your country,

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and even an option to join our international network of evidence-based practitioners.

What is the basis of the treatment model?

  • A comprehensive understanding of past and current research including the work of Peter O'Sullivan, Jonathan Hill (STarT Back), Tom Petersen, Stuart McGill and Paul Hodges
  • Incorporating the work of expert practitioners such as Robin McKenzie, Geoff Maitland, Michael Nicholas, David Butler and Joel Saal
  • Blending western and eastern approaches when appropriate to create a holistic approach 
  • Integrating all these influences into a system that is manageable by most practitioners
  • Working with the person who has back pain to understand their perspective on what they want from treatment
  • Identifying and prioritising the barriers to recovery be they pathoanatomical, psychosocial or neurophysiological 
  • Developing a treatment program that specifically addresses the barriers to recovery
  • Measuring our results and continually refining the treatment model
  • Publishing our results to assist practitioners in helping people with back pain