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Date(s):1st June 2019
Total Spaces:25

Pain: Translating Neuroscience into Clinical Practice

Venue: Physio Dept, A101, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS2 8HW

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019 - Registration: 8.30am-9am, course close 5pm

Cost: £120 MACP members - £140 non-members

Movement, neurophysiology, psychology, social interactions, health and lifestyle- why do these affect pain? Can you assess their contribution to each individual's presentation and offer a tailored treatment?

Assessing and treating from these multiple dimensions is challenging to do without a solid understanding of the science behind clinical presentations. This workshop will deepen clinicians' understanding of pain neuroscience to help clarify complexity in daily practice. Importantly, this course highlights how to integrate inputs from the body (peripheral inputs) and the brain and nervous system to guide clinical reasoning and develop treatment strategies reflective of contemporary pain science. This includes approaches to physical activity and manual therapy, as well as pain education and strategies to reduce pain-related fear and anxiety.

You can view some video clips below to give you an idea of the course . . .

Click here for a trailer of the course. Click here to see the tennis elbow simulation.

This workshop will deepen clinicians' understanding of pain neuroscience in order to clarify more complex patient presentations and facilitate refinement of clinical assessments, and application of more appropriate and effective interventions.

Course length: 1 full day

Course Aims:

1. Improve participant's knowledge of pain neurophysiology relevant for physiotherapists including: nociception and inflammation, pain modulation and neuro-endocrine-immune system responses
2. Using interactive tasks and clinical scenarios, explore how these physiological processes relate to patient presentations and influence clinical decision making (assessment and treatment)

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop participants will:

1. Understand the neurophysiological processes, and clinical features of nociception, central sensitization and inhibition
2. Be able to perform physical assessments for pain sensitization and descending pain modulation
3. Understand the evidence for investigating psychological contributions to pain and how these factors impact on pain sensitization and descending pain modulation
4. Be able to identify psychological contributions to pain within clinical case studies, and be aware of strategies to address these factors
5. Understand interactions between neural, endocrine and immune system with respect to pain, and the evidence for multidimensional profiles in patient populations
6. Be able to interpret models of pain (specifically Inputs/Outputs and Allostasis models) that consider multiple dimensions and explain clinical findings to a patient within the context of these models .


Dr Martin Rabey is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. He completed his Master of Manipulative Therapy (Curtin University) in 2000 and was awarded Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009. His PhD (2016), completed at Curtin University in Perth, explored the complex interactions between multiple dimensions (pain sensitivity, psychological, health and lifestyle, movement, behaviour, demographics, socioeconomics) associated with persistent low back pain. Following this, he was part of a team researching novel interventions for persistent low back pain at Neuroscience Research Australia. He has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research widely at national and international conferences. He has been a clinical mentor for musculoskeletal Masters degrees in both the UK and Australia and a mock examiner for the Australian College of Physiotherapists Fellowship training scheme. While in Perth Martin taught on the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy), Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy and Sports Physiotherapy majors) and Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy degree programmes at Curtin University. He has been teaching short courses to clinicians on numerous topics, including pain physiology, since 2001. He has recently returned to clinical practice in Guernsey in the Channel Islands where he grew up. His ongoing research revolves around the examination and management of chronic pain disorders.


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