Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists
This one day, in-person course will provide knowledge and practical skills for working with clients with chronic pain, and the opportunity for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) to build collaborative networks of practice. The course provides the opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase practice success, improve outcomes for people in pain, and decrease practitioner stress when working with chronic pain clients. We will discuss and practice effective therapeutic pain management approaches and current theories of chronic pain, including neuromatrix theory. The course will also cover common traps that challenge people with chronic pain, as well as when to refer them to other chronic pain specialists, via the client’s primary care physician.
Who Should Attend
RMTs interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and persistent pain.
Continuing Education Credits
Eligible for 7 professional development core credits (7PD/A2)
Learning activities will consist of lecture, case study, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, experiential exercises, and discussion.
Practitioners taking this course will improve their:
- Understanding of major therapeutic approaches to chronic pain management
- Understanding of new evidence-based frameworks on chronic pain to enhance their practice, improve patient outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
- Ability to identify the person requiring a shift from routine treatment
- Understanding of how existing manual and practical skills can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes
- Knowledge of current best evidence pain science, including definitions, epidemiology, and current theories of chronic pain
- Understanding of the impacts of chronic pain
- Ability to develop rapport and work effectively with chronic pain patients.
Additional course objectives are to:
- Increase the practitioner’s understanding of pain self-management and to improve their ability to teach pain self-management to their clients
- Provide the practitioner with knowledge of and ability to provide resources to people with chronic pain
- Improve the practitioner’s confidence and ability to work more effectively in an inter-professional context
- Utilize pain science research to outline more effective ways to interact and treat patients with chronic pain
- Use case studies to emphasize key points and discuss treatment options.
About the Faculty
Eric Purves, B.Sc., RMT
Eric Purves has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2006 and is the co-owner of Achieve Health, a multidisciplinary healthcare clinic in Victoria, BC. His area of therapeutic and research interest is in the treatment and management of persistent pain. He currently sits on the executive of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia’s (RMTBC’s) professional practice group in pain management. The groups’ mandate is to provide education and evidence-based practice guidelines for massage therapists in the treatment and management for those who live in persistent pain. Because of a desire to enhance his clinical and research knowledge and in order to advance the profession of massage therapy, Eric is taking his Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC. Eric believes that living an active and healthy lifestyle is the key to well being. When not at work, studying, or spending time with his young family, he is a passionate soccer player, runner and cyclist and he spent many years training in a variety of martial arts.
Tickets are 100% refundable up to 17 days prior to an event, 50% refundable 16-11 days prior, and non-refundable 10 days prior to the event.
In the unlikely event that Pain BC must cancel a workshop, participants will be refunded 100% of the workshop fee. Pain BC is not responsible for any travel, accommodation or other fees incurred by participants as a result of workshop cancellations or rescheduling.