5 - Back Pain Basics - Drills

Goals Information Skills Drills Questions Review

 Drill Time

Practice the skills and exercises shown by your therapist in this session. You'll be asked to demonstrate them during your next clinic visit. If you have pain or problems while practicing, your therapist can help at your next Drill Time.


You may have been shown some or all of the items listed below. Go over them with your therapist to make sure you're doing them safely and correctly.

Practice Lifting

  • Ball squat
  • Mock lift

Lifting Styles

  • Golfer's lift
  • Diagonal lift
  • Power lift

Lifting Strategies

  • Lifting infants and kids
  • Loading and unloading a clothes dryer


  • Core stabilization exercises
  • Home exercise program


Use this list as a reminder of the skills and exercises you'll be practicing. Practice only the skills and exercises demonstrated by your therapist. Don't create your own exercises or go on to the next level without talking to your therapist.

Posture Strategies

  • Driving
  • Working at a computer

Lifting Strategies

  • Lifting from a car trunk
  • Loading and unloading a dishwasher

Body Mechanic Stategies

  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Vacuming


  • Monitoring your heart rate
  • Calculating your heart rate
  • Calculating your rate of perceived exertion (RPE)

Goals Information Skills Drills Questions Review

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