Science based manual and movement interventions for RMT’s (Vancouver)

Science based manual and movement interventions for RMT’s (Vancouver)


This 2 day course focuses on the latest evidence and relevant science behind how massage therapy, manual techniques, movement and exercise interventions exert their effects on the musculoskeletal system and influence sensory and behavioural change.  The focus is on using manual and movement interventions in a manner that is consistent with the evidence and theories of how biopsychosocial factors can impact pain and its related disability.

This course teaches how to modify traditional massage and manual therapy practice to improve treatment outcomes and obtain more consistent results with complex pain and health conditions.  There is an emphasis on how to use a biopsychosocial framework in practice.

  • Conducting a biopsychosocial interview.  Understanding the person’s lived experience and determining clinical targets for treatment.
  • Assessment: Validity and use of orthopaedic and special tests
  • Treatment:  Hands on, movement/exercise prescription and patient pain science education

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the role of biomechanics and tissue health with a patient’s pain experience
  • Understanding the importance of psychosocial factors and how to use educational strategies, movement and manual techniques to influence those factors
  • Appreciate the complexities of pain from a biopsychosocial perspective
  • Understanding of new evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance their practice, improve patient outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress


This will be a fun, informative and highly interactive weekend where participants will learn valuable knowledge and skills to advance their practice.

Discussion, observation, case studies, practical applications, small group and partner work will be used to emphasize key learning objectives.

About the instructors

Eric Purves BSc, RMT and Richard McIlmoyle BSc, DC are co-owners of Achieve Health Chiropractic and Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC.  It is a 13 practitioner multidisciplinary healthcare clinic with a primary focus on using evidence-based strategies and incorporating a biopsychosocial approach for the treatment of acute and persistent pain problems.

Eric has been a practicing RMT for over 12 years.  He was the lead developer, with support from the RMTBC and their Pain Management Advanced Practice Group, and is the primary faculty, for a chronic pain management workshop for RMT’s that he teaches through PainBC.  He currently is completing his Masters in Rehabilitation Science at UBC.

Richard has been a practicing chiropractor for over 17 years.  He is an associate faculty member at PainBC where he teaches chronic pain management to chiropractors.   He currently is completing his graduate certificate in pain management through the University of Alberta.


Nov 16 2019 - Nov 17 2019


9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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