PABC Education: Pain Science and Innovative Physiotherapy for People in Pain with Neil Pearson, March 16 & 17, 2013
The objectives of this two-day course are to bring physiotherapist up-to-date on pain neuroscience research and clinical practices, and to enhance physiotherapy practice by providing practical methods to integrate pain science into our daily physiotherapy practice.
Day 1 provides detailed current physiological understanding of pain, chronic pain and the lived experience of pain. This information is the biological foundation from which we can better understand the positive effects of our current physiotherapy treatments on outcomes of pain, function and quality of life. It is also the foundation from which we can analyze and develop new physiotherapy interventions for people in pain.
Day 1 also includes a review of neurophysiology of peripheral, central and autonomic systems, recent and ongoing research of neurophysiology and neuroplasticity, as well as treatments that will promote positive neurophysiological changes, and language with which to provide people in pain with an optimistic and realistic perspective of pain management.
Day 2 provides practical sessions combined with a deeper look into current interventions provided by physiotherapists for people with pain - specifically discussing situations in which the person does not respond as we would expect to our traditional biomechanical and exercise-based approaches. Given the recent academic disputes related to myofascial techniques and to acupuncture, the day will start with a discussion of these interventions, specifically related to pain biology.Exercise in the face of persistent pain will be considered in light of recent outcome studies. Specific movement practices, and their associated outcome studies will be analyzed, including yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong for people in pain. The NOI group’s graded motor imagery techniques will be reviewed, and participants will discuss how these innovation could be beneficial with in broader populations rather than only for those with complex regional pain syndrome.
Weekend Course: PABC Members $475 + tax, PABC New Grads $350 + tax (only 2 spots available at this rate), Non-Members $675 + tax.
Registration for Saturday only (Day 1) is available, PABC Members $275+ tax, Non-Members $375 + tax
Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, physical therapist, and yoga therapist. He is a passionate and engaging international presenter providing up-to-date research evidence and practical clinical techniques to health care providers, yoga therapists and people in pain. Neil resides in Penticton, BC, where he works as a physical therapist and a yoga therapist, solely with people with persistent pain. Neil is the founding Chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, was the first physiotherapist to receive the Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award from the Canadian Pain Society, is a Director of Pain BC, and has developed the informative website, www.lifeisnow.ca.