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Integrating Research to Practice: The Neck and Shoulder – Kelowna

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. 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 pain in the neck and shoulder regions.

After this course you will have a solid understanding of current research and the best hands on and movement practices for pain, dysfunction and common clinical presentations in the neck and shoulder regions. This information is integrated with massage, manual therapy and rehabilitation research so you can obtain more meaningful outcomes with your clients.

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 use curiosity and exploration by learning and practicing different hands on techniques.
  • incorporating 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
  • Practice key principles to enhance therapeutic relationships
  • Improve understanding of various clinical presentations for pain and dysfunction in the neck and shoulder regions
  • Improve and refine assessment and treatment strategies for the neck and shoulder
  • 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

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Jun 08 - 09 2024


9:00 am - 4:30 pm




First College
532 Leon Avenue, Kelowna, BC, Canada
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