RMT Resources

A listing of Pain Science courses, events, podcasts, websites and research articles.


Courses and Events:

Gentle Movement and Relaxation Course (online, self-paced)

Pain BC is offering a one of a kind online course on gentle movement and relaxation techniques. The course is developed in collaboration with renowned Canadian physiotherapist Neil Pearson. The goal of the Gentle Movement and Relaxation course is to equip physiotherapists and other therapeutic movement professionals with practical knowledge and teaching resources to lead their own movement and relaxation program for people living with chronic pain.

In this self-paced course, practitioners will gain knowledge in pain science, pain and recovery, and learn specific gentle movement and relaxation exercises to administer to their clients. Interactive slides, audio recordings of breath and body exercises, video resources, weekly homework, movement exercise sheets and other helpful tools will also be available to help facilitate the program.


September 7-8: Dermoneuromoduating - A manual therapy model for treating persistent pain

DNM Stands for Dermo (skin) Neuro (nervous system) Modulation (a change from one state to another). It is a method of manual therapy/massage therapy used to change the state of the nervous system from a painful hyperactive state to a less painful and reactive one.


September 13-14: Introductory Motivational Interviewing for Helping Professionals (Vancouver)

Introductory Motivational Interviewing is a two-day knowledge and skills-based training. Learners will gain familiarity with MI core elements and overall communication style. They will also have the opportunity to practice skills and strategies to increase engagement and motivation, decrease discord, and initiate and guide change conversations across a range of topics. No previous experience in MI is necessary.


September 14-15: Applied Neuroscience and the “Paining” Patient (Vancouver)

In this 2-day course, participants will learn the most common theories of pain as well as the basic mechanisms believed to link pain and nociception.


September 28-29: NOI Presents: Explain Pain (Vancouver)

In the midst of the opioid epidemic, Explain Pain provides an effective, drug-free solution. The provision of pain knowledge to patients is an effective evidence-based treatment tool and patients have a large capacity for understanding. Based on David Butler and Lorimer Moseley’s book of the same name, this course explains how the pain system works when there are injured tissues and nerves, what happens in the brain in relation to pain experiences, and the impact of stress in relation to pain. Explain Pain is delivered in a way in which any professional working with patients or clients in pain can utilize.


October 5-6: A Neurocentric Approach to Massage Therapy and Persistent Pain 

What I hope to achieve with this course is to provide my students with a way to better understand how painful conditions arise and how we can successfully treat these conditions with passive movements that target peripheral nerves and active movements that empower the patient to help themselves achieve a resolution of their pain.

The second part of the course looks at passive treatments that are based on Neurodynamics. Neurodynamics is a method popularized by David Buttler and Michael Shacklock who are two prominent Physios from Australia.


October 6: Knee Osteoarthritis Assessment and Treatment: An Evidence-Informed Approach (Vancouver)

Our understanding of the etiology and management of knee osteoarthritis is quickly evolving. During this one-day theoretical and practical course on knee osteoarthritis assessment and treatment, participants will learn about the complex, multifactorial nature of knee osteoarthritis and develop the necessary skills for effective history taking, assessment and treatment. By the end of this course, students will also be to establish an evidence-based, patient-centered treatment plan for individuals with knee osteoarthritis.


October 22: Interdisciplinary Complex Pain Education (Vancouver)

  • A focus on the intersection of pain, trauma and substance use

  • Presentations by multidisciplinary clinical experts

  • Interactive breakout sessions

  • Innovations in pain management strategies


November 2-3: Patient Communication and Interpersonal Skills (Victoria)

Ample clinical and scientific evidence clearly indicates that patients value strong interpersonal skills over strong technical skills when asked what they want in a good physiotherapist. Despite the clear importance of strong interpersonal skills in clinical encounters, physiotherapists are presented with few opportunities to develop these critical competencies. Having recognized this gap in professional development, 3 physiotherapy clinicians and academics have created a first-of-its-kind interpersonal skills development opportunity for Canadian physios.

Join us for a transformative and interactive 2-day workshop that will lead to individualized reflection and provide strategies that can improve your clinical interactions, patient satisfaction, outcomes, adherence, loyalty and overall brand equity.


November 3: Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists (VCMT - Vancouver)

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain. The workshop aims to improve your confidence and decrease your stress when working with the challenges of persistent pain. We will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and ways to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into daily practice. The course will challenge misconceptions about pain as we learn the basics of incorporating a biopsychosocial framework into daily practice behaviour.


November 15-16: Advanced Motivational Interviewing for Helping Professionals (Vancouver)

Advanced Motivational Interviewing is a two-day skills-based training that builds on the learning in Introductory MI. Learners continue to refine their skills, increase MI proficiencies, decrease MI inconsistent behaviours, and practice strategies to support learning sustainability. Learners will be introduced to a fidelity coding tool (MITI) and tape and code their own MI practice conversation.


November 16-17: Science based manual and movement interventions for RMT’s (VCMT - Vancouver)

This 2 day course focuses on the latest evidence and relevant science behind how massage therapy, manual techniques, movement and exercise interventions exert their effects on the musculoskeletal system and influence sensory and behavioural change.  The focus is on using manual and movement interventions in a manner that is consistent with the evidence and theories of how biopsychosocial factors can impact pain and its related disability.


November 24: Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists (WCCMT Victoria)

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain. The workshop aims to improve your confidence and decrease your stress when working with the challenges of persistent pain. We will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and ways to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into daily practice. The course will challenge misconceptions about pain as we learn the basics of incorporating a biopsychosocial framework into daily practice behaviour.


October 19-20: Greg Lehman - Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science (VCMT - Vancouver)

This is practical course designed to help therapists simplify the mechanical aspects of their treatment and build new communication and clinical reasoning skills.  It teaches an alternative to the kinesiopathological model of pain and injury but still tries to answer when biomechanics matters.  Special topics include therapeutic neuroscience education, assessment and exercise prescription, symptom modification techniques, tendinopathy as a model for persistent pain research and a reconceptualization of manual and exercise therapy that is symptom modification based rather than biomechanically driven.


November 3: Chronic Pain Management for RMT’s (Vancouver)

This one day, in-person course will provide knowledge and practical skills for working with clients in persistent pain. The course provides the opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional manual therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain. It aims to decrease practitioner stress and provide confidence when working with chronic pain clients. We will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and how to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into daily practice. The course will challenge many misconceptions about pain as we learn the basics of incorporating a biopsychosocial framework between clinician and patient into daily practice behaviour.


Dec 7-8: NOI Presents: Mobilization of the Neuroimmune System (WCCMT Victoria)

NOI’s classic, longest running course, Mobilisation of the Nervous System, has evolved. Based on the latest evidence, the course has been completely updated and re-written ‘from the basic science up’. The research is compelling – the immune system via its interaction with the nervous system is a critical player in learning, memory, movement and sensitivity. This new understanding integrates peripheral and central processes and targets therapy towards healthy neuroimmune balance.

This comprehensive lecture and hands-on course integrates the latest research on neurodynamics and neuroimmune science to provide a clinical reasoning framework to identify those patients who will benefit from neuroimmune mobilisation. The course then updates and refines the essential practical skills to examine and manage the physical health of the nervous system – skilled, safe and appropriately timed handling techniques are covered in detail during labs and practical sessions.



February 11-16, 2020: San Diego Pain Summit

The San Diego Pain Summit brings together leading researchers and practitioners  to give you a curated selection of the most important information that will increase the impact of your practice.


May 23-24, 2020: Functional Therapeutic Movement Introduction, Low Back Pain Strategies and Lower Limb - Ben Cormack (Location TBD)

  • Looking at the research – What does the research for exercise and movement for pain & rehab tell us? What should we look for and how to apply it in practice.

  • Looking at people. – Key factors that determine the success of any treatment process ESPECIALLY involving exercise. Belief structure, self efficacy & predicted outcome.

  • Looking at pain. – Can we view pain education in a more practical way? Does it really need to be about neuroscience? Thinking about when and why to apply it rather than just the  information.

  • Looking at exercise programming. – How important are getting sets reps etc right? Well it depends on the goal!

  • Getting practical – An embracing application of different types of exercise for low back pain & lower limb. “There are no bad exercises, just bad application”

  • Thinking about clinical reasoning – How can we bring it all together in a systematic way that is not a system.

  • Looking at adherence - Why do people not engage and how can you improve that.



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Pain BC Brochures

The following materials outline Pain BC's supports and services for people in pain and their families. All materials are available via download or print, free of charge, and can be distributed to people in pain and their caregivers, and to health care providers to display in an office or waiting room.



Pain Science and Sensibility

Join Physiotherapists Sandy Hilton and Cory Blickenstaff as they discuss current research and interview prominent figures of pain science. 



Pain Reframed

Pain Reframed is a podcast that explores how pain is managed in our society.  Join Dr. Tim Flynn and Dr. Jeff Moore as they share expertise from the medical and psychological fields and discuss our roles as clinicians.




Tame The Beast

A great patient resource! The project aims to promote an evidence based understanding of pain and guide patients to make more informed decisions about pain treatment and recovery. Check out the animated video that depicts pain as 'beasts' that can be tamed. Patients can peruse a list of resources to help them understand pain, and listen to real stories from people who have recovered from pain. The information provides a path forward and affirms that "is it possible to tame the beast of persistent pain!" 



Neuro Orthopaedic Institute

NOI's core philosophy is to create and provide evidence-based multimedia resources and courses for the treatment of pain. 
You can find the Explain Pain books here, as well as the Protectometer book. 


Soma Simple

Discussion forums for Health professionals on research and pain management.


Physio Network

This site helps practitioners keep up to date with the latest research and its clinical implications by having industry experts review the most relevant and recent studies in physiotherapy.




Reconceptualizing Pain According to Modern Pain Science,


Meta-analysis of Massage Therapy Research