Back Stability

Front Cover
Human Kinetics, 2000 - Medical - 272 pages


Stay on the leading edge of therapeutic exercise technique with this valuable resource on back stability programming. Back Stabilityprovides professionals with the conceptual tools needed to assist in diagnosing lumbar back problems and presents practical techniques to develop basic back stability and to build back fitness suitable for any level of activity.

Back Stabilityis a practical manual that shows readers how to apply precise techniques immediately. A perfect balance of theory and practice, it's backed by proven real-world clinical advice. The book helps professionals increase client compliance by detailing how and why the exercises are so effective.

Author Christopher M. Norris, MSc, MCSP, is a leading physiotherapist who treats people with lower back pain. In Back Stability, he presents the physiological bases of lumbar back pain and lumbar back stability in Part I.In Part II,he shows readers how to teach clients the basic skills necessary for back stabilization. Part IIIpresents a wide range of exercises to help clients rehabilitate their backs for the level of physical activity that is appropriate for them and to prevent recurrence of back pain. Part IVdiscusses how to tailor a program suited to the unique needs of each client using the assessments and exercises presented throughout the book.


Back Stabilityoffers
-22 exercises for establishing or restoring basic back stability,

-16 exercises for establishing correct posture,

-18 tests and exercises for assessing and correcting muscle imbalance,

-59 exercises for building back stability using resistance training,

-23 exercises for advanced-level back stability using weight training and plyometrics, and

-64 exercises featuring body weight, exercise balls, or other simple equipment. Every exercise is explained step by step. The book includes 45 medical illustrations, 150 line drawings, 45 charts, and 11 tables to clarify every concept and exercise presented.

Back Stabilityprovides a powerful clinical resource for professionals who work with clients suffering from back pain. Research-based but eminently practical, it's a priority purchase for all back care professionals.

Back Stability CD-ROM
For sale separately is an easy-to-use CD-ROM provides a powerful software complement to the book Back Stability.Written by Christopher Norris, a leading back physiotherapist, this software provides you with a library of 152 exercises including 127 illustrations. These essential back activities are taken from the book and assembled on a Physiotools software platform. Click on related products for more information.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

About the author (2000)

Christopher M. Norris, MSc, MCSP,has more than twenty years of experience as a physiotherapist and sport scientist. His specialty is exercise therapy. He is currently the director of Norris Associates in Manchester, UK.

An expert on back stability, Norris is the author of four books. One of his books on sports injuries is in its second edition and has been adopted by most physiotherapy schools in the United Kingdom. He has taught for the British Association of Sports Medicine on flexibility training and back rehabilitation. In addition to serving as a consultant to major companies, Norris also published the first-ever review of back stability in a series of articles in Physiotherapy Journal.

Norris is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine. He holds a certificate in occupational health physiotherapy, an advanced certificate in acupuncture, and a certificate in business administration.

He and his wife Hildegard live in the Peak District National Park. He enjoys hill walking and ju jitsu.

Bibliographic information