Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of current best evidence in the pain sciences, including definitions, epidemiology, and current theories of persistent pain.

  • Understanding of the impacts of pain on society.

  • Utilize pain science research to outline more effective ways to interact and treat patients with pain.

  • Understanding of current evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance practice skills and improve patient outcomes.

  • 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.

  • Ability to develop rapport and work effectively with chronic pain patients.

  • Increase the practitioner’s understanding of pain self-management and to improve their ability to teach pain self-management to their clients.

  • Use case studies to emphasize key points and discuss treatment options.

Course Description

This course will provide knowledge and practical skills for working with clients in persistent pain. 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 conceptual framework into daily practice. 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 to improve therapeutic outcomes when working with persistent pain clients. 

Continuing Education Credits

The following associations have approved this course for continuing education credit. Credit may also be available from those associations with no formal approval process.

CMMOTA - 2.25 Credits

CMTBC - 2 PD Credits

CMTNB - Pending

CMTNL - 2.25 Category A Credits

CMTPEI - 4.5 Credits

CRMTA - 4.5 Secondary Credits

MTAA - 4.5 Primary Credits

MTAM - 4.5 Primary Credits

MTANS - 2 Primary Credits

MTAS - 4.5 Primary Credits

MTWPAM - 4.5 Primary Credits

NHPC - 5 Credits

Course Curriculum

  • 2

    Module 1

    • Introduction

    • What is Pain?

    • What is Pain Science?

    • Spinal Pain Burden

    • Reconceptualizing Pain

    • Neurophysiology Introduction

    • Nociception

    • Spinal Physiology

    • Central Sensitization

    • Neuropathic Pain

    • Clinical Question

    • Neurotags

    • Sensitized Nervous System

    • Key Points

  • 3

    Module 2

    • Introduction

    • Introduction to Pain Models

    • BPS Framework

    • Accepting Uncertainty

    • Myths

    • Application

    • Language Matters

    • Therapeutic Alliance

    • Key Messages

  • 4

    Module 3

    • Introduction

    • Treatment Fundamentals

  • 5

    Module 4

    • Case Studies

  • 6


    • Final Thoughts

    • Quiz

    • References

Course Certificate

After successful completion of this course, you will receive a course certificate stating that you've completed 4.5 hours of online training.


Eric Purves, RMT, MRSc

Eric is a Registered Massage Therapist, educator and researcher based in Victoria, BC. In 2010, Eric and his business partner opened Achieve Health, which is a large multidisciplinary healthcare clinic. Eric’s main area of clinical and rehabilitation interest is persistent pain management. He has been a faculty member with PainBC since 2016, where he teaches a workshop for RMTs on pain management. He also instructs courses on persistent pain, rehabilitation principles and evidence-based practice strategies for manual and movement therapists throughout Canada and the US. In 2019 Eric received his master of rehabilitation science from the University of British Columbia. His graduate work focused on the role of RMTs in the healthcare system and how to use evidence-based strategies to enhance research evidence in curriculum development and education delivery. www.ericpurves.com

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