Clinical Applications of Pain Science: Manual Therapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation Principles for RMTs

This 2-day course will focus on how to use an evidence-based framework to inform manual therapy practice. An understanding of current pain science and biopsychosocial principles will be introduced which will help participants reconceptualize pain and benefit their clinical decision making. Participants will learn how to adapt their current practice and be more comfortable in their communication and application of manual therapy techniques, movement and exercise.

This course provides the opportunity to learn how modifications of manual therapy practices can improve patient outcomes. It aims to decrease practitioner stress and increase confidence when working with routine and complex patients.

We will challenge many misconceptions about pain, manual therapy, movement and exercise as we learn the basics of utilizing a biopsychosocial framework in the manual therapy setting.

About the instructors

Jamie Johnston RMT is the founder of www.themtdc.com. He is passionate about furthering the professionalism and education of RMT’s. He is also a firefighter, first aid, Sport First Responder, and EMR instructor, and former clinical supervisor at WCCMT – Victoria. He has spent years working in sport, initially working with our local Junior A hockey team, the Victoria Grizzlies for seven years, one of which spent as head trainer and medical director. He also spent a year working with our national Men’s 7’s Rugby team, has worked with UBC swim team, along with other sports like rowing and Ironman. For the past four years has also been working with (and continues to) Hockey Canada in the women’s development program. His teaching style, sense of humour and humility has consistently received fantastic reviews from those who have attended his courses.

Eric Purves MRSc, RMT has been an RMT since 2006. He has a full-time practice and co-owns Achieve Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in Victoria, BC. He was a co-chair for the Registered Massage Therapists Association of BC (RMTBC) advanced practice group in pain management. The groups objective is to provide education and resources for evidence-based treatments and effective pain management strategies for manual and movement therapists. In 2016, Eric joined the education faculty at PainBC where he teaches a course on persistent pain management. He also has his own education company where he regularly teaches across North America workshops on pain, manual therapy, movement/exercise therapies and rehabilitation principles for health care providers. His graduate studies at the University of British Columbia focused on the application of research evidence in healthcare practice. Eric’s presented his research at conferences and has had articles published throughout the world in various massage therapy journals.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction of a manual therapy framework consistent with the current science of pain
  • Modification of existing manual therapy and movement skills to improve patient outcomes
  • Understanding of current evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance practice, improve outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
  • The distinctions between tissue health, biomechanics and their role in pain and exercise
  • Increase utilization of exercise and movement advice for self-management and to improve participants abilities to teach self-management to their clients
  • Practicing key principles in forming a therapeutic relationship through client interaction and contextual effects


Since using these principals and educating my patients on them, the reactions I have been getting are significant. Mostly, I am seeing a look of amazement from them, followed up by them telling me, “That’s what my neurologist told me last week!” That’s exactly what we talked about at the pain clinic, or at the MD, physio, etc.

It has been so long since I have taken a course or been taught something that is evidence based and it is SO refreshing. I think every health care professional should take this course… You guys are doing a great job at taking the best scientific approach to a world filled with murky pseudoscience. You guys have taken all the tricky science stuff and made it digestible and have given me the tools to talk about this in a fun and excited way. Your enthusiasm and excitement for this content is contagious!

Thanks!! In 15 years of continuing ed, I have never taken a course that was so easy to integrate into practice immediately. I have been doing this with at least half of my patients since starting Monday!

This is the first time in 15 years of practice that I have felt so aligned with other health practitioners, in the best way possible. Kudos!

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