Introduction to the Complexity of Pain & Movement

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Over a quarter of the United States struggles with frequent pain and movement difficulty. Despite advances in diagnostics, surgery, regenerative medicine, pharmacology, and rehabilitative interventions, chronic pain continues to grow in prevalence exceeding heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. Research on the science of pain spanning the past three decades has changed the way we understand, educate, and treat pain. Concurrent to these developments in pain science, movement science has increasingly recognized the interplay of biopsychosocial factors in human movement. Advancements in research on biomechanics, motor control, and manual therapy have also revealed an increased need for clinicians to recognize and understand the complex layers of the lived human experience as playing important roles in assessment and prescription of movement. This evolution in understanding of pain and movement is built on a biopsychosocial model.This course provides an introduction to concepts within contemporary pain science, movement science, and behavior change utilizing a biopsychosocial process-based framework called the Movement with Pain Framework (MWPF). Coursework includes bonus material covering 8 persistent movement misconceptions.This course is an online lecture format for rehabilitation providers to improve their ability to help people struggling with movement and pain.

Your Instructor

Leonard H Van Gelder
Leonard H Van Gelder

Leonard Van Gelder is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, therapeutic pain specialist, spinal manual therapist, and strength and conditioning specialist. He has been involved in the movement and rehabilitation field for over 15 years. During this time, he has studied, published research, and presented at regional and international conferences on the science of stretching, strength and conditioning, and therapeutic pain science interventions. He has explored a diverse spectrum of manual therapy and movement approaches, and emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to manual therapy, movement, and education in his practice. He owns and practices clinically at Dynamic Movement and Recovery (DMR) in Grand Rapids, MI.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts Apr 25, 2020 and is available for 12 months! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
This course will be available for 12 months. Why 12 months? Odds are we're going to have to change it with new content and updated research by then!
Is this course approved for any Continuing Education credits?
The course is approved for 2.25 CEUs of Physical Therapy Continuing Education through the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (CEUL057757).
Who is this course designed for?
Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Physical and Occupational Therapist Assistants, Massage Therapists, Osteopaths, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Rehabilitation Professional Students

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