A Biopsychosocial Framework for Manual Therapy, Movement and Exercise (Toronto)
This 2 day course will focus on how to use a biopsychosocial framework to inform manual therapy practice, reconceptualize pain, the effects of manual therapy and the role of manual therapists (RMT’s, osteopathic manual practitioners, physiotherapists and athletic therapists) in healthcare. The focus will be on how to incorporate manual, movement techniques and exercise in a manner that is consistent with the evidence and theories of how biopsychosocial factors can impact pain and its related disability.
The course provides the opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional manual therapy practices can increase success and improve patient outcomes. It aims to decrease practitioner stress and increase confidence when working with routine and complex patients. We will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and how to incorporate effective biopsychosocial therapeutic management approaches into daily practice. The course will challenge many misconceptions about pain, manual therapy and movement/exercise as we learn the basics of utilizing a biopsychosocial framework in a manual therapy setting.
Discussion, practical exercises and case studies will be used to problem solve and enhance skills on how to incorporate a biopsychosocial approach to clinical practice.
Lecture, discussion, observation, practical applications and small group work will be used to emphasize key learning objectives.
- Application of using a biopsychosocial framework into manual therapy practice
- Pain has more to do with sensitivity than damage
- Tissue health and biomechanics become less important the longer someone experiences pain.
- Understanding of the importance of forming a therapeutic relationship through patient interaction and contextual effects
- Understanding of how existing manual therapies, movement interventions and exercise can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes
- Understanding of current evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance practice, improve patient outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
Additional course objectives are to:
Utilize pain science research to outline more effective ways to interact and treat patients with chronic pain.
- Use case studies to emphasize key points and discuss treatment options.