4 Thursday evening sessions In November/December 2019 from 6-10pm Toronto time
- November 7
- November 14
- November 28
- December 5
Join this unique venue for learning one of the most important skills that physiotherapists can learn in today’s evidence-based landscape. If you treat people who have pain for more than 12 weeks, this course is for you. This course is 100% required for anyone who treats pelvic pain because every pelvic pain condition has significant central pain mechanisms.
This is not a Graded Motor Imagery course. This is not a pain education course. This is a course to teach you how to integrate those skills and so much more into your every day practice providing an evidence-informed framework for the treatment of pain.
Join us on this small group, interactive, computer-based course where you can learn, interact with the group, and do the labs by video-based instruction all from the comfort of your home. Get your colleagues at your office involved. Receive a 10% discount on your registration if you recruit a non-pelvic health physiotherapist from your clinic to register for the course with you! It also gives you the added bonus of an instant partner to practice the labs with. Save on travel and accommodation costs if you are outside the GTA and have always wanted to do this course.
You must have access to speakers/web camera!
Historically, physiotherapists have been trained from a biomedical approach. Making the transition to a biopsychosocial approach has been a challenge for many clinicians because of our rich biomechanical training. Over the past 15 years, research has been knocking on our cognitive door to embrace a biopsychosocial framework when treating persistent pain. Pain Biology Education has been at the forefront of this practice shift; yet, many physiotherapists are left talking about pain from a biopsychosocial perspective, falling back on their biomechanical skills within their treatment approaches. How do we truly incorporate a biopsychosocial approach? A framework is needed to address the biological, tissue components of a persistent pain experience as well as the psychosocial distress components so that every patient can be addressed through a true biopsychosocial lens. The use of distress questionnaires and skills training for the psychosocial components is lacking in many physiotherapy training programs. This course will teach you how to use distress questionnaires to assess the drivers of a centrally sensitized state. Matching treatment techniques such as pain biology education, yoga, qi gong, meditation, sensori-motor retraining, expressive writing exercises and cardiovascular exercise to each patient’s “driver” of their sensitized state will help to enhance treatment outcomes and streamline treatment.
This is a lecture-format and lab-based course. Included in the cost of the course are handouts and resources for each of the techniques learned. The audio resources presented at the course for meditation, progressive relaxation exercises and qi gong can be purchased through an online app called Embodia. (www.embodiaacademy.com)
- To move beyond “talking” about a biopsychosocial model of care to truly incorporating this model into your practice
- To define central sensitization and how to measure it
- To understand a clinical framework for treating persistent pain that expands on your current biomechanical skills (from new grad to seasoned clinician)
- To learn how to assess various drivers of a sensitized nervous system and to “match” evidence-based psychosocial skills to these drivers
- To learn how to incorporate pain biology education in to your practice using accurate language and metaphors; please note, this is NOT an Explain Pain course. This course is designed to teach you how and when to incorporate pain biology education within your practice.
- To learn novel movement exercises including four qi gong routines for the upper body, lower body, breathing and organs to help to address sensori-motor smudging as well as generalized tension
This course is open to all health care professionals – licensed physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.
Four Thursday evening sessions in November/December from 6-10pm Toronto time
Dates: November 7, November 14, November 28 & December 5
- You must have access to speakers/web camera
- There are no prerequisites for this course
- This course does not involve any internal palpation of the pelvic floor and is not specific to pelvic pain only