There is no such thing as non-specific back pain, there is always a cause. Nearly always the pain is worsened by specific motions, postures and loads, and yet may also be relieved with specific motions, postures and loads. Trainers who work within this reality create able-bodied, robust clients.
The medical system is woefully inadequate for dealing with back pain. Most patients rarely receive the most important part of the prescription to get rid of back pain from their doctor – the knowledge and understanding of their condition required to become their own best advocate. Typically they receive a 10 or 15 minute appointment that simply is not sufficient to diagnose back pain. The person remains clueless and frustrated, left in the dark about what behaviors must be stopped in order to alleviate the cause of their pain. They have no guidance as to what is required to build a foundation for pain-free movement.