Spinal Awareness

Our online Spinal Awareness short courses show learners to protect their spines to avoid musculoskeletal disorders.

Key Learning Points:

  • Work activities that affect the spine
  • Areas of the spine at risk
  • Risk assessments for spinal damage
  • How to achieve good posture
  • Helpful stretching exercises

Course Overview

Whether we’re sitting at a desk for long periods, driving or manual handling, we’re using our spine. Over half a million workers in the UK suffer with musculoskeletal disorders every year, many of which are related to their spines.

Our Spinal Awareness eLearning training is made up of four modules:

  • Understanding your Spine
  • Managing the Risks
  • Improving your Posture
  • Stretching Exercises

The course is available as a set of all four modules, as separate modules, or as a Toolbox Talk. Toolbox Talks are designed for group learning and include resources to facilitate discussion.

Course Details

  • Available as a set of all four modules, as separate modules, or as a Toolbox Talk for group learning
  • Bite-sized microlearning
  • Certificate on completion
  • Course can be tailored to meet your specific requirements

Course Contents

Our Spinal Awareness online training is presented in four standalone modules.

Our Spinal Awareness online training is presented in four standalone modules.

Understanding your Spine

We use our spine constantly, whether we’re moving or stationary. This short module explores the three regions of the spine (lumbar, thoracic and cervical) and how our daily activities can place strain on each of them. Learners find out about the structure of the spine and how each can be at risk from strenuous activity or bad posture.

Managing the Risks of Spinal Injury

Whether a person is performing manual handling, sitting at a desk or standing for prolonged periods, there are risks of spinal injury – both immediate and in the long-term. This module explores the TILE risk assessment method (task, individual, load, environment) which is designed to make manual handling tasks safer.

Improving your Posture

Good posture means keeping your spine and other parts of your body in alignment, so they are balanced and supported. It’s important whether you’re sitting, standing, moving around or even sleeping. This module covers how good posture, across a range of everyday activities, can help to avoid or reduce neck and back pain.

Stretching Exercises

When done correctly, stretching exercises can help you to maintain good spinal health and avoid aches and pains further down the line. This module explores the benefits of regular stretching and exercise to combat muscle tension and pain caused by prolonged static posture. It includes many examples of useful stretching exercises.

This course is published by Cylix

Tailored versions of the courses are available for the following sectors

Compatible for

Any Workplace

Public Sector




Fire & Rescue

The Assessment

Learners receive multiple-choice questions to check their understanding of the material being covered in each module.

2 Ways of Purchasing

You can purchase our courses individually or for even better value you can purchase the complete range of Compliance, Health and Safety or Performance Management courses in one neat bundle.

1. Individual Licenses

If you buy courses on an individual bases you pay a price per learner, per course per year. You can run these courses on your own LMS if Xapi/SCORM compliant or you can take them online.


2. Complete Bundle

Buy all of the Compliance, Health and Safety or Performance Training courses in one great value package and receive unlimited benefits including our AI driven Learning Experience Platform, Astute.

1. Individual Pricing

Number of Learners Cost (per year)
1 - 10
£34.50 / per learner
11 - 20
£29 / per learner
21 - 50
£23 / per learner
51 - 100
£17.50 / per learner
101 - 150
£11.50 / per learner
Exchange rates are updated regularly but are only intended as a guide.

2. Complete Bundle Pricing

If you buy all the Compliance, Health & Safety or Performance Training in a complete bundle, all features come as standard, no matter the size of your organisation!
Number of Learners Cost (per year)
50 - 100
£34.50 / per learner
101 - 200
£29 / per learner
201 - 300
£24.50 / per learner
301 - 400
£21 / per learner
401 - 500
£17.50 / per learner
501 - 750
£14.50 / per learner
751 - 1000
£11.50 / per learner
1001 - 2500
£9.50 / per learner
2501 - 5000
£7 / per learner
5000 - 10,000
£6 / per learner
10,000 +

Included Features

  • All courses in our catalogue
  • Our Learning Experience Platform ‘Astute’
  • New courses added regularly
  • Branded, downloadable posters
  • Customise Course Content for Your Team
  • Regular course updates
  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • Unlimited help desk support
Exchange rates are updated regularly but are only intended as a guide. Prices are based on a 2 year contract.

The Importance of Spinal Awareness Training

Whether we’re driving, sitting, walking, standing or even sleeping, bad posture can create long-term spinal problems. With a few simple precautions, we can all improve our postures and avoid them.

Regular movement is an important part of spinal health. We should take particular care when putting pressure on the spine, such as during manual handling tasks.

When it comes to spinal problems and musculoskeletal disorders, prevention is better than cure.

Employees who are aware of what to do to protect their spines are more likely to prioritise good posture and regular exercise, avoiding issues that can have both immediate and lifelong consequences.


If you have any questions that are not covered here, please get in touch.

You keep your spine healthy by moving and exercising regularly and making sure you have a healthy posture. Every activity, even sitting or sleeping, puts some kind of pressure on our spines. Over time, this can cause health issues. Paying attention to spinal health can encourage better health and less pain in later life.

Bad posture can be fixed with the correct exercises, stretches and sitting positions. It can take repeated efforts because how we stand, sit and lie down are all ingrained habits. It is however never too late to correct bad posture and the health benefits can be substantial.

We can put pressure on our spines when standing, sitting or lying in one position for an extended period of time. The key is to vary our position, move around a lot and make sure our backs are supported when we are still. Stretching exercises can be very helpful.

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