Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Management – Bristol, UK

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Management – Bristol, UK


Course Information

This 2 day course is all about fibromyalgia and chronic pain and how we can help sufferers with Massage Therapy and other Manual Therapy approaches. We will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and learn ways to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into daily practice.

An understanding of current pain science, combined with massage and manual therapy research is provided so clinicians can learn biopsychosocial clinical reasoning principles. The primary objective is for you to receive the current best evidence and rehabilitation strategies so you can obtain better outcomes with your clients.

This course provides the opportunity to learn how better communication skills, manual therapy interventions, movement modifications and therapeutic exercises can be implemented within your scope of practice to improve client outcomes.


– Explore current evidence-based frameworks on fibromyalgia and chronic pain to enhance practice, improve client outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
– Modify, practice and refine your existing manual and technical skills to improve client outcomes
– Apply pain science research for more effective ways to interact and treat clients who live with fibromyalgia and chronic pain
– Understand the importance of forming a therapeutic relationship through contextual effects
– Review current best evidence on pain science, including definitions, epidemiology, and current knowledge of fibromyalgia and chronic pain
– Explain the impacts of chronic pain on individuals, and their unique lived experiences
– Incorporate pain self-management strategies, and improve your ability to teach pain self-management
– Analyze case studies to emphasize key points and discuss treatment options
– Identify when a shift from routine treatment is required

About the instructor

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, the barriers and facilitators to the use of research evidence in practice and how to use evidence-based strategies to enhance the utilization of research evidence in curriculum development and educational delivery.

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May 06 - 07 2023


9:00 am - 4:00 pm



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