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

This course can be taken in person or via Zoom.  Zoom participants can save $50 using the coupon code “zoom” during checkout.
Approved for 14 PE credits by the CMTBC.

This 2-day course will focus on how to use an evidence-based framework to enhance massage therapy practice.  An understanding of current pain science and current principles of musculoskeletal care will be instructed. The objective is to help participants reconceptualize pain and enhance their clinical decision making.  Participants will learn how to adapt their current practice and be more comfortable in their communication and application of massage therapy techniques, movement modification and therapeutic exercise. There is an emphasis on the use of movement and therapeutic exercises within a traditional massage therapy environment to enhance self-management and rehabilitation outcomes.

Our goal is for massage therapists to become the leaders of evidence informed musculoskeletal care.  Participants will gain the knowledge and training to be more proficient in the treatment and management of acute and complex pain presentations.

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

We will inspire participants to improve their ability to help those suffering with pain through various manual therapy, movement and exercise interventions.

Course Delivery

Lecture, discussion, observation, practical exercises with case studies in partners and small groups will be used to emphasize key learning objectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of current evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance practice, improve outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
  • The distinctions between tissue health, biomechanics and their role in pain and exercise.
  • Applications of existing manual therapy and movement skills can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes
  • Increase utilization of exercise prescription for self-management and to improve participants abilities to teach self-management to their clients.
  • Practicing key principles in forming a therapeutic relationship through client interaction and contextual effects 

Refund policy:  Cancellations within 30 days of course will not be eligible for a full refund, but the credit may be applied to another course date and location.  All refunds will be subject to a $75 admin fee.

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About the instructors

Eric Purves MRSc, RMT graduated from WCCMT Victoria in 2005. Since 2016, Eric has been on the education faculty at PainBC where he teaches a course on chronic pain management. He also has his own education company where he has instructed over 90 workshops across the world on pain, manual therapy, movement/exercise therapies and rehabilitation principles for musculoskeletal health care providers.

Eric’s graduate studies at the University of British Columbia focused on knowledge translation and the application of research evidence into healthcare practice. Eric has presented his research at numerous conferences and his articles are published in various journals.

James Johnston, RMT is a Registered Massage Therapist, former massage college instructor, first responder/first aid instructor and firefighter in Victoria BC. Jamie graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2010 and has been working as a RMT since with a focus toward sports and sport injuries. As a massage therapy student Jamie began volunteering with the Victoria Grizzlies Junior A hockey club and spent the following seven years with them as an RMT and first responder. He has worked with the national men’s 7’s Rugby team, and with Hockey Canada in the women’s development program.

Before going back to school for Massage Therapy Jamie worked as an industrial first aid attendant for six years and began volunteering with the fire department in 2002. In 2010 he became certified as a first aid instructor and later as a first responder instructor. Jamie has taught RMT students and RMT colleague’s first aid and how to handle medical emergencies within their practice and considers it to be one of the best parts of his career.

As a continuing education instructor, Jamie teaches other Massage Therapists how to incorporate therapeutic movement and pain science into their treatments.

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