RMT Resources

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

 
 

Courses:

March 24: Chronic Pain Management for RMTs (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.

https://ericpurves.com/courses/chronic-pain-management-for-rmts-vancouver-2/

March 30-31: Clinical Applications of Pain Science: Manual Therapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation Principles for RMT’s (Courtenay)

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.

Participants will learn how to apply a biopsychosocial framework into their practice through better communication with patients about their pain experience, and by adapting their manual skills, movement applications and therapeutic exercises to be consistent with current evidence.

https://ericpurves.com/courses/clinical-applications-of-pain-science-manual-therapy-exercise-and-rehabilitation-principles-for-rmts-courtney-2/

April 27-28: Pelvic Health for the Non-Pelvic Health Practitioner - Sarah Haag (VCMT - Vancouver)

This 2 day course will be a comprehensive introduction to the world of Pelvic Health.  ‘Pelvic Health’ includes more than just the pelvis, and this course will cover not just issues men and women are more likely to experience, but also how healthcare providers can address those issues.  Pain, incontinence, dysmenorrhea, pregnancy, menopause, and female athlete triad are just some of the issues that will be addressed in this course.  Bowel and bladder function will be addressed in detail, as well as basic assessment and interventions that will be within the scope of practice for participants.

http://www.achievehealth.ca/product/pelvic-health-for-the-non-pelvic-health-practitioner-victoria-april-2019/

 

April 29: PABC Lecture: 7 Pain Discoveries that will Change your life (Vancouver)

Pain BC has partnered with the Physiotherapy Association of BC and UBC Continuing Professional Development to discuss recent discoveries in the field of pain neuroscience that have the potential to change how practitioners treat patients with pain. Dr. Tasha Stanton will provide a contemporary view of the role and function of pain with emphasis on examples that can be used clinically to convey difficult or challenging concepts to patients. She will also provide guidance on suggested treatment strategies for people with persistent pain, including evidence supporting the use of pain education as an integral part of multidisciplinary treatment.

https://painbc.ca/health-professionals/education/pabc-lecture-7-pain-discoveries-will-change-your-life

May 4-5: Modern Management of the Low Back Pain Patient for RMTs (WCCMT - New West)

This course is about the low back pain patient: assessment, treatment, and therapeutic exercise intervention, from prehab to strength training. Mechanical and psychosocial mechanisms will be represented as equally important in this integrative approach to patient-centered case management.

http://www.taylorjames.ca/courses/

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

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

http://wellandable.ca/continuing-education-courses/neurocentric-approach-to-massage-therapy-and-persistent-pain-september-2930-awdel

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.

http://www.achievehealth.ca/product/edge-work-and-novel-movements-applying-pain-science-to-clinical-practice/

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.

https://ericpurves.com/courses/clinical-applications-of-pain-science-manual-therapy-exercise-and-rehabilitation-principles-for-rmts-vancouver-2-2/

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

http://www.achievehealth.ca/product/pain-science-and-pelvic-health-neurodynamics-and-manual-therapy/

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.

https://www.ampphysio.com/shop/noi-presents-explain-pain

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.

https://ericpurves.com/courses/science-based-manual-and-movement-interventions-for-rmts-vancouver-2/

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.

http://www.achievehealth.ca/product/reconciling-biomechanics-with-pain-science/

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.

https://ericpurves.com/courses/chronic-pain-management-for-rmts-vancouver-2-2/

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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.

http://www.achievehealth.ca/product/functional-therapeutic-movement-with-ben-cormack/

PODCASTS

Pain Science and Sensibility

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

http://ptpodcast.com/podcasts/pain-science-and-sensibility/

 

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.

http://painreframedpodcast.libsyn.com

 

WEBSITES

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!" 

https://www.tamethebeast.org

 

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. 

http://www.noigroup.com/en/Home

Soma Simple

Discussion forums for Health professionals on research and pain management.

https://www.somasimple.com/forums/

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.

https://www.physio-network.com

 

RESEARCH ARTICLES

Reconceptualizing Pain According to Modern Pain Science

 

Meta-analysis of Massage Therapy Research