Evidence Informed Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists
This one day, in-person course will provide knowledge and practical skills for working with clients in persistent pain. The course provides the opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain. It aims to decrease practitioner stress and provide confidence when working with chronic pain clients. We will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and how to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into daily practice. The course will challenge many misconceptions about pain as we learn the basics of incorporating a biopsychosocial framework between clinician and patient into daily practice behaviour.
A full catered lunch is included in the registration fee.
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.
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
- 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. Eric is currently enrolled in graduate school taking his Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC. Eric has been researching everything he can find about pain and has completed a number of projects regarding the use of massage therapy as a viable treatment option for people with various pain disorders.
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 and runner.