Physiotherapy Courses

  • Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association

Explain Pain: A two-day interactive seminar

Location: Royal Bank Theatre Halifax Infirmary Site 1796 Summer Street, Halifax NS

Dates: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - Sunday, October 07, 2018

Course Sponsor/Host: Nova Scotia Orthopaedic Section
Location: Royal Bank Theatre Halifax Infirmary Site 1796 Summer Street, Halifax NS
Registration Dates: Open
Registration Fees: 661.25 (tax included)
Registration Form: Download Form


In a world experiencing an epidemic of chronic pain and increasing evidence of the failure of synthetic drugs; simple but extremely powerful educational tools can effectively target the natural pain treatment systems within us all.

The Explain Pain course is based on David Butler and Lorimer Moseley’s book of the same name. The presenter will help you understand how the pain system works when there are injured tissues and nerves, and what happens in the brain in relation to pain experiences. You will also hear about the impact of stress in relation to pain. The seminar is delivered in a way in which any professional working with patients or clients in pain can utilise.

Neuroscience can be fun. You’ll be introduced to the newest knowledge about pain ‘neurotags’, ‘brain ignition nodes’, zinging and zapping nerves, smudging in the brain and backfiring nerves. You will learn about how the immune, sympathetic and cortisol systems can be critical in pain experiences.

The provision of pain knowledge to patients is an effective evidence based treatment tool. Patients can understand far more than most health professionals realise. The therapeutic tools taught on this course are educating patients about how they can use their pain in an effective way, even if it is ‘in their head’, graded exposure to stimuli which evoke pain and also included are virtual body exercises - exercise your synapses not just your muscles.

Course aims / objectives

To expand the clinical framework of rehabilitation via the paradigms of neuromatrix and pain mechanisms.

To teach biologically based pain management skills under a framework of the sciences of clinical reasoning and evidence from clinical trials, neurobiology and education research.

To reconceptualise pain in terms of modern neuroscience and philosophy.

To stimulate an urgent reappraisal of current thinking in rehabilitation, with benefits for all stakeholders in clinical outcomes – the patient, the therapist, the referrer and the payer.

To teach the core pain management skills of neuroscience education.

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