Craig Liebenson, D.C.

 The Functional Approach

Dr. Craig Liebenson, D.C. is the founder of First Principles of Movement, and author of Rehabilitation of the Spine (2007) & The Functional Training Handbook (2014). He provides educational courses for trainers and rehab specialists, in cities around the world.


Dr. Craig Liebenson is the first health care provider in California to receive a Certification of Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Back Pain Care. He is the founder of First Principles of Movement which is dedicated to promoting health span and preventing disability by addressing the worldwide inactivity crisis.

Dr. Liebenson has engaged in research as a Visiting Scholar at Pr. Stuart McGill’s Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Department of Biomechanics & Kinesiology.

Dr. Liebenson is the Founder and Director of L.A. Sports & Spine, providing health span and performance enhancement advice. He supervises one on one, TeleHealth and group Medical Rehabilitation. He began studying directly with both Dr. Karel Lewit and Pr Vladimir Janda beginning in 1987 after launching The Visiting Scholar’s Program at his Alma Mater. He is Continuing Education faculty with Parker University in Dallas Texas and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation; the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy; and Journal of Manual Therapy.

Dr Liebenson was the first ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors and is a past Associate Professor at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.

Dr. Liebenson extensively publishes and is the editor of the book/DVD Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Person-Centered Approach (3rd ed), 2020; & The Functional Training Handbook. His books have been published in Spanish, Greek, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese. He also released the DVD series: Functional Integrated Training, Functional Performance Training, Core Stability Training, and Flexibility, Yoga Training and Ergonomic Postural Advice. He worked as the team chiropractor for the N.B.A. Los Angeles Clippers from 2005-2009, served as consultant for the M.L.B. Arizona Diamondbacks, the N.F.L Seattle Seahawks, EXOS (formerlyvAthletes Performance International), Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group and Perform Better, Inc .




Learn about The Functional Approach from The Functional Training Handbook and Rehabilitation of the Spine.

L.A. Sports and Spine

Patients and athletes, go to L.A. Sports and Spine to learn about Dr. Liebenson’s clinical practice and set up an appointment.


Explore the schedule of courses from First Principles of Movement for the upcoming year.

  1. Interview with Katie Dabrowski DPT Sports Science Dudes Podcast 57:49
  2. Katie Dabrowski - Understand Pain & Be the Voice that Makes a Difference Move Without Limits Podcast 37:48
  3. Dr. Ryan Chow - U Are Not Fragile The Coach U Podcast 1:01:24
  4. Interview with Dr. Liebenson 21st Century Physio Podcast 58:15
  5. Donald Mull - Playing Within the Constraints Be A Better PT Podcast 44:08
  6. Dr. Liebenson - The Motion is the Lotion The Coach U Podcast 1:17:29
  7. David Joyce, Dr. Craig Liebenson, & More - "Most Underrated & Most Overrated Method Or Exercise." Athletes Authority ON AIR 50:54
  8. Dr. Don Berry | Strength Is Life RAW with Marty Gallagher 1:33:22