Clinical Applications of Pain Science: Manual Therapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation Principles for RMT’s (Courtenay)

Clinical Applications of Pain Science: Manual Therapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation Principles for RMT’s (Courtenay)

The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre

1590 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2K4


This 2-day course will focus on reconceptualizing pain, manual therapy and the role of RMT’s in healthcare. The focus will be on how to use manual therapy and therapeutic exercise in a manner that is consistent with the evidence and theories of how multiple factors can impact pain, movement, performance and disability.

Participants will learn how to apply a biopsychosocial framework into their practice through better communication with patients about their pain experience, and by adapting their manual skills, movement applications and therapeutic exercises to be consistent with current evidence.

The course provides the opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional therapeutic practices can increase success and improve patient outcomes. It aims to decrease practitioner stress and increase confidence when working with routine and complex patients.

Discussion, observation, practical applications and small group work will be used to emphasize key learning objectives.

Learning objectives

• Understanding of how pain has more to do with sensitivity than damage
• The distinctions between tissue health, biomechanics and their role in pain and exercise.
• Understanding of how existing manual and practical skills can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes with a focus on movement modification to desensitize painful areas.
• Understanding of new evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance practice, improve outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
• Increase understanding of self-management and to improve RMT’s abilities to teach self-management to their clients.

About the instructors

Eric Purves BSc, RMT co-owns Achieve Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in Victoria, BC. He has been an RMT since 2006.  With support from the RMTBC, and the Pain Management Advanced Practice Group, Eric helped develop a chronic pain management workshop for RMT’s that he teaches through PainBC. He has been on PainBC’s education faculty since 2016. He currently is completing his Masters in Rehabilitation Science at UBC where he has been studying the application of research evidence in healthcare practice.

Jamie Johnson RMT is the founder of  He is passionate about furthering the professionalism and education of RMT’s.  He is also a firefighter, first aid instructor, and former clinical supervisor at WCCMT – Victoria.  His teaching style, sense of humour and humility has consistently received fantastic reviews from those who have attended his courses


Mar 30 2019 - Mar 31 2019


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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