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.


May 23: Pain science discussion - The Power of Expectation and Placebo (VCMT)

Pain is highly modifiable by psychological and contextual factors. How can we harness the power of these effects to enhance treatment outcomes?

How do patient expectations influence rehabilitation outcomes? How do provider biases influence patient expectations?

What types of contextual factors are important to consider in the set and setting of our treatment space?

How can we enhance the positive benefits of placebo, while avoiding nocebo?

What are the ethical implications for applying expectation and placebo into clinical practice?

Join us on May 23 at VCMT 7-9pm for a video and discussion moderated by Jenn Sharman (Intent Health Clinic) and hosted by Diane Casteel (VCMT).
We’ll watch a video from the San Diego Pain Summit: “Dr. Mark Bishop, You, Them, Us: What You Expect Is What You Get”.

(Preread the following article: Enhance placebo, avoid nocebo: How contextual factors affect physiotherapy outcomes): https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301760314_Enhance_placebo_avoid_nocebo_How_contextual_factors_affect_physiotherapy_outcomes


June 1-2: Neurocentric Approach to Massage Therapy and Persistent Pain (Langara - Vancouver)

Active and Passive approaches to Treating Mechanical Deformation of Nerve Tissue.


June 22-23: Edge Work and Novel Movements: Applying Pain Science to Clinical Practice - Cory Blickenstaff (WCCMT - Victoria)

This 2 day course will cover pain science concepts and history in physical therapy, specific applications of novel movements and edge work, exposure based care in physical therapy, and fostering a consistent message and mode of communication across the entire treatment encounter.


July 20-21: Clinical Applications of Pain Science: Manual Therapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation Principles for RMT’s (Vancouver)

This 2-day course will focus on reconceptualizing pain, manual therapy and the role of RMT’s in healthcare. The focus will be on how to use manual therapy and therapeutic exercise in a manner that is consistent with the evidence and theories of how multiple factors can impact pain, movement, performance and disability.


August 17-18: Pain, Science, and Pelvic Health: Neurodynamics and Manual Therapy (Vancouver) Sandy Hilton

  • Gain an appreciation for the definition of central sensitization and how to clinically assess for central contribution to chronic pain.

  • Understand a new framework for treating persistent pain that expands on your current clinical skills (from new grad to seasoned clinician)

  • Explain how to incorporate pain biology education in to your practice using accurate language and metaphors

  • Demonstration of treatment techniques that specifically target the nervous system to decrease pain.

  • Explain how to design a treatment program that is well balanced for peripheral and central contributors to persistent pain


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

'Well delivered Explain Pain Education currently has the best outcomes of any Intervention for persistent pain.’

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.


Nov 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.


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.



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