Research on the science of pain spanning the past three decades has changed the way we understand and teach patients about their pain experience. This educational evolution is built on a biopsychosocial framework and its application has achieved improved 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 are 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 pain science developments, movement science has increasingly recognized the interplay of biopsychosocial factors in human movement. Advancements in research on biomechanics and motor control have also revealed an increased need for clinicians to recognize and understand the complex layers of the 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