A back school is an educational program that teaches you practical
information about back care, posture, body mechanics, back exercises, and
how to prevent long-term back problems. Going to a back school gives you the tools
for self-care, which may improve how well you manage
low back pain.
Back school works only as well as you make it work by applying your
back-care knowledge on a regular basis. Back school research has produced mixed
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Some studies have shown that back school
can improve low back pain and speed recovery. Other studies have shown no
benefit or mixed results.1, 2
One study suggests that back
school is as effective as manual treatments for relieving some low back
Ask your health insurance provider or doctor for the
name of a local back school. You may find a back school program in your nearest
rehabilitation hospital or outpatient program. Or you may find a back school that is an independent clinic.