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Modern Management of Neck and Shoulder Pain – Edmonton

Course Description

This 2-day course promises to deliver an outstanding learning experience. Attendees will learn how to use an evidence-based framework to achieve better outcomes in the treatment and management of clients who suffer with acute and chronic neck and/or shoulder pain. An understanding of current pain science, combined with massage and manual therapy research is provided so clinicians can learn person centred 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 RMT scope of practice to improve patient outcomes.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of current evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance practice, improve outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
  • Distinguishing between tissue health, biomechanics and the role of psychosocial factors in pain, exercise and rehabilitation.
  • Applications of existing manual therapy and movement skills can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes
  • Increase utilization of movement modification for self-management and to improve participants abilities to teach self-management/exercise to their clients.
  • Practicing key principles in forming a therapeutic relationship through client interaction and contextual effects
  • Improve understanding of various presentations for pain and dysfunction in the neck and shoulder
  • Improve and refine assessment and treatment strategies for the neck and shoulder
  • Understand differences when treating mechanical sensitivity, central processes and recognizing when to refer to other healthcare providers.
  • Learn how current evidence can be applied to improve treatment outcomes
  • Improve abilities to apply a combination of manual therapies, movement, and exercises for a variety of patient presentations

Course Delivery

In Person. This course features a good balance of lecture, group discussions, observation, and hands on practice with case studies in partners and small groups to emphasize key learning objectives.

About Me

Eric Purves MSc, RMT has been practicing as an RMT since 2006. He is on the education faculty at PainBC where he teaches a course on chronic pain management. Eric runs his own education company for healthcare professionals where he has instructed over 150 workshops across the world on evidence-based practices for pain management, manual therapy, movement/exercise therapies and rehabilitation principles.

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 academic and professional journals.


Oct 21 - 22 2023


9:00 am - 4:00 pm



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Vicars School of Massage
2828 Calgary Trail, Edmonton, AB, Canada
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