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Evidence-based continuing education for massage and manual therapists

Eric Purves, MSc RMT


I am a registered massage therapist, educator and researcher based in Victoria, BC, Canada. My clinical and educational focus is on the application of research evidence to inform best practices for the treatment and management of persistent pain and musculoskeletal concerns. I have been a faculty member with PainBC since 2016 and I also run my own online and in-person continuing education company. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world teaching courses on persistent pain, rehabilitation principles and evidence-based practice strategies for massage, manual and movement therapists.

In 2019 I received my master of rehabilitation science through UBC. My graduate work focused on the role of RMTs in the healthcare system and how to use evidence-based strategies to enhance the utilization of research evidence in curriculum development and education delivery.

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What Others Are Saying

It has been so long since I have taken a course or been taught something that is evidence based and it is SO refreshing. I think every health care professional should take this course ... You guys are doing a great job at taking the best scientific approach to a world filled with murky pseudoscience.

You guys have taken all the tricky science stuff and made it digestible and have given me the tools to talk about this in a fun and excited way. You’re enthusiasm and excitement for this content is contagious!

Katherine M RMT

Eric has become a valuable resource for me and for many massage therapists. He is passionate about advancing the massage therapy profession, and has furthered his education and personal advancement by pursuing his masters degree in rehabilitation. After taking his course, he continued my interest in pain science and has since become influential in helping me understand the topic even more. I'm looking forward to seeing what he will continue to do in helping the profession of massage and manual therapists.

James Johnston RMT

Eric teaches with humor and good grace without a hint of arrogance or egotism. He speaks passionately and confidently on a topic that he is obviously quite knowledgeable about. This course is different because it focuses on how we think and encourages us to ask some big questions. If you’re ready for a paradigm shift, this course will be the first step in that direction.

Bruce Martell RMT

Thank you for a fantastic weekend of learning! I really appreciate your efforts, it was such a great course and I would highly recommend to others. By the way, my hip pain has diminished completely!

Barb T RMT

Eric is passionate about making lasting improvements in his patients by integrating pain science into his massage therapy practice. Eric shares his passion with other healthcare professionals by offering courses in how to integrate pain science into any healthcare setting. Eric is an amazing instructor, and we’re happy that he’s agreed to speak for us at Entropy Physiotherapy!

Sarah Haag DPT

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