Rehabilitative Tai Chi for Chronic Back Pain

Brian Trzaskos, PT, LMT, CSCS, CMP, MI-C

Online Course

Includes all course content in digital format

Prerequisites Required
2 hours - Provided by Summit Education



The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute reports that 65 million Americans report experiencing low back pain, while health economists estimate that the cost of chronic pain in the United States is $635 billion annually. Back pain is the leading cause of lost work days and has a high correlation to feelings of emotional distress. Current research is revealing the broad ineffectiveness of long-term pharmaceutical approaches and strongly suggests that successfully treating the multifactorial nature of chronic back pain requires an integrative, holistic approach.

Tai Chi is a widely recognized mind-body modality and non-pharmacological approach in treating chronic pain conditions. This highly insightful 2-hour course has been designed to outline the scientific and physiologic basis of key rehabilitative Tai Chi components, to instruct simple Tai Chi practices shown to be effective in remediating back pain and dysfunction, and to review the evidence base for validating rehabilitative Tai Chi in the treatment of patients dealing with chronic back pain.


  • Practice 10, easy-to-use rehabilitative Tai Chi strategies that can be applied immediately in patient care
  • Effectively validate the evidence-based benefits of Tai Chi in rehabilitation to even the most resistant patients and colleagues

Learning Objectives

  1. Interpret the dysfunctional neuromuscular patterns specific to patients dealing with back pain and dysfunction.
  2. Demonstrate the use of rehabilitative Tai Chi strategies specific to patients dealing with back pain and dysfunction, in seated and standing positions.

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Brian Trzaskos, PT, LMT, CSCS, CMP, MI-C, is a body-mind rehabilitation expert and co-creator of the Sensation-Based Mindset method. He believes that education is powerful medicine that allows people to access their greatest healing potentials and has extensive experience in diverse clinical settings ranging from working at the world- renowned Craig Hospital for TBI and SCI Rehabilitation, to operating his own holistic center in Upstate New York.

Mr. Trzaskos is well known for making even the most difficult concepts easy to understand and immediately applicable to clinical practice. He is the president of NEW Health Inc. and director of the Institute for Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi, which specializes in the integration of western body-mind science and the ancient healing arts of Qigong & Tai Chi. As a practicing physical therapist and student of eastern movement and meditation practices for over two decades, Mr. Trzaskos holds advanced certifications in both Western and Eastern healing arts truly bringing together the best of both worlds in modern rehabilitative care. He earned his degree in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


FINANCIAL: Brian Trzaskos is compensated as the owner of NEW Health Inc. and by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: Brian Trzaskos has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

  1. Neuromuscular Activity Specific to Back Pain and Dysfunction
    1. The latest in understanding pain physiology
    2. Emotional and postural feedback loops
    3. Identifying dysfunctional neuromuscular patterns
  2. Rehabilitative Tai Chi Specific to Back Pain and Dysfunction
    1. Rehabilitative Tai Chi principles
    2. Tai Chi movements for spine dysfunction
    3. Implications for OT, ADL's

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