This course provides a foundational overview of the practical application of contemporary pain science, movement science, and manual therapy assessments and interventions, utilizing a biopsychosocial framework. Conceptual integration of the Neuromatrix framework with loading capacity, graded exposure, sensorimotor strategies and movement variability, interaction with the human nervous system, and applications of existing, and novel, manual therapy will be interwoven throughout the course. All content is built around developing non- threatening language skills and patient centered education. This is an online course which services as the foundation for the 1-day lab foundational intensive of PSMMT.
Research on the science of pain spanning the past three decades has changed the way we understand and teach patients about the human pain experience. This educational evolution is built on a biopsychosocial framework and its application has resulted in improvements of clinical outcomes including: decreased pain, reduction in fear of movement, promotion of better quality movement, increased motivation and willingness of patients to participate in exercise and skilled therapy, and decreased overutilization of medical services. Furthermore, these improvements have been shown to be greater when combined with movement and manual therapy. Cornerstone to this educational approach is recognizing the role of threatening (nocebo) language in worsening patient outcomes and iatrogenic disorders. Concurrent to these developments in pain science, movement science has increasingly recognized the interplay of biopsychosocial factors in human movement. Advancements in research on biomechanics, motor control, and manual therapy have also revealed an increased need for clinicians to recognize and understand the complex layers of the lived human experience as playing important roles in assessment and prescription of movement.
Course Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Physical and Occupational Therapist Assistants, Massage Therapists, Osteopaths, Physicians, Rehabilitation Professional Students
1.) Discuss why understanding that nociception does not guarantee pain is important for both clinicians and patients to understand and treat pain.
2.) Describe how nociception, in the absence of pain, is valuable in assessing and prescribing mobility and movement interventions.
3.) Summarize two changes you can make in your current practice to more effectively educate patients on pain and improve their participation in skilled therapy.
4.) Compare and contrast movement/exercise from a biomedical perspective and a biopsychosocial perspective using current research related to neuromuscular control and coordination.
5.) Describe how a biopsychosocial informed approach to movement and manual therapy can be integrated into existing practice.
6.) Summarize two changes you can make in your current practice related to therapy to more effectively educate patients on pain and mobility, while simultaneously increasing self-efficacy and reducing dependency on passive interventions.
Leonard Van Gelder is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, therapeutic pain specialist, spinal manual therapist, and strength and conditioning specialist. He has been involved in the movement and rehabilitation field for over 15 years. During this time, he has studied, published research, and presented at regional and international conferences on the science of stretching, strength and conditioning, and therapeutic pain science interventions. He has explored a diverse spectrum of manual therapy and movement approaches, and emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to manual therapy, movement, and education in his practice. He owns and practices clinically at Dynamic Movement and Recovery (DMR) in Grand Rapids, MI.
Pain Science, Movement, and Manual Therapy – Online Foundational Framework
Online Course Modules
Pre-Course Quiz – YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS BEFORE STARTING THE VIDEOS!
Module 1 – Introduction to the Human Pain Experience
Module 2 – Introduction to Language Change
Module 3 – Pain Definitions and Basic Nociception
Module 4 – Inflammation and Healing
Module 7 – Posture & Tissue Issues
Module 8 – Modern Movement Science meets Pain Science
Module 9 – Sensorimotor topics
Module 10 – Pain Science and Manual Therapy
Module 11 – Physical Interaction with the Nervous System
Module 12 – Behavior
Module 13 – Graded Motor Imagery
Module 14 – Pharmacology & Surgery
Course Pricing Information
- Online Course$299
Dynamic Principles, LLC (BOC AP#: P10134)) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 6.5 EBP Category hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations received at least 7 business days before the event are 100% refundable. There will be no refund for cancellations received later. If participants register and do not attend, they are still responsible for full payment. Participants will need to contact Dynamic Principles, LLC. via phone or email with a request for refund. Dynamic Principles, LLC. will process the participant’s refund within 3-5 business days from the day the request is received.