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Research to Practice: Lower Back and Pelvic Pain – Edmonton

Course Description

Massage therapists agree that evidence-based practice (EBP) is the way forward for our profession. Providing evidence-based care leads to better patient outcomes, which, of course, is our ultimate goal. Better outcomes leads to happier clients and a more sustainable and healthier practice.

Attendees will learn how to use an effective clinical framework to achieve better outcomes in the assessment and treatment for clients who suffer with acute and chronic pain in the lower back and pelvic regions.

After this course you will have a solid understanding of current research on lower back and pelvic pain and how to use this information in your clinic. This includes learning and refining different hands on techniques and movement modifications for pain, dysfunction and common clinical presentations in the lower back and pelvic areas. This information is integrated with massage, manual therapy and rehabilitation research so you can obtain more meaningful outcomes with your clients. My goal is to inspire you to be more comfortable with knowing how to treat, and more importantly when, where and why.

You will learn:

  • improved interview skills by asking better questions
  • best practices for assessment. Which to use and what to avoid. This allows you to determine meaningful clinical targets
  • how to assess for specific conditions of the lower back and pelvic regions
  • how to use curiosity and exploration by learning and practicing different hands on techniques.
  • how to incorporate movement modifications to make your assessment, treatment and homecare more effective
  • the best therapeutic exercises and rehab protocols to maximize the possibilities of improved treatment outcomes

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of current science 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 and disability
  • Understand differences when treating mechanical sensitivity, central processes and recognizing when to refer to other healthcare providers.
  • Applications of existing manual therapy and movement skills can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes
  • Increase utilization of movement modification for self-management
  • Enhance you therapeutic relationship with clients
  • Improve understanding of various clinical presentations for pain and dysfunction in the lower back and pelvic regions
  • Improve and refine assessment and treatment strategies for the lower back and pelvis
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

All course cancellations will be subject to a $75 admin fee. No cancellations will be honoured within 30 days of the event.

Full credit can be transferred to another course, either live or online.

Course fee includes GST

Approved for 16 credits with the MTAA, CMMOTA and CRMTA. Can also be used for CE hours with NHPC

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Lower back and pelvic pain live course

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Jul 20 - 21 2024


9:00 am - 4:30 pm




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