Clinical Applications of Pain Science for Manual and Movement Therapists (Milwaukee)

Clinical Applications of Pain Science for Manual and Movement Therapists (Milwaukee)

Equivalent to 14 contact hours


This two day course will focus on re-conceptualizing pain and manual therapy and their roles in musculoskeletal healthcare. The focus will be on how to use manual and movement techniques 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 and movement therapy practices can improve patient outcomes. The course aims to decrease practitioner stress and increase confidence when working with routine and complex patients. Instructors will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and how to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into your daily practice. The course will challenge many misconceptions about pain and manual therapy as we learn the basics of utilizing a biopsychosocial framework in musculoskeletal practice.
Traditional manual and physical therapy beliefs will be challenged throughout the course to provide attendees an understanding of how a biopsychosocial approach is often more beneficial than a pathoanatomical one. Lecture, discussion, observation, practical applications and small group work will be used to emphasize key learning objectives.

Learning objectives:

  • 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 and practical skills can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes
  • Understanding of new evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance their practice, improve patient outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress


Additional course objectives are to:

  • Increase the practitioner’s understanding of pain self-management and to improve their ability to teach pain self-management to their clients.
  • 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.


Oct 18 2019 - Oct 19 2019



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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
UWM School of Continuing Education, Milwaukee, WI, USA
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