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Yoga and Science in Pain Care

An essential and often overlooked part of pain rehabilitation is listening to, working with, learning from, and validating the person in pain’s lived experience. Current research supports a more patient-valued, partnership-based biopsychosocial-spiritual model of healthcare where the patient is an active and empowered participant, as opposed to a model where the healthcare provider is ‘fixing’ the passive patient. We now need to consider how practitioners can address the entire human being in pain, and how to include the person as an expert for more effective and self-empowered care.

Join the co-editors/co-authors of Yoga and Science in Pain Care, Shelly Prosko, Marlysa Sullivan and Neil Pearson for a one-hour complimentary webinar. They will share some of the key concepts presented in their new textbook, talk about how people can use the book to assist people living in pain, and answer any questions related to pain, the lived experience of pain, and yoga therapy as part of evidence-based pain care.


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The Details:

  • When: Nov 21 at 12pm EST
  • What: One-hour complimentary webinar
  • Who: Shelly Prosko, Neil Pearson, and Marlysa Sullivan

What You Will Learn:

To provide some answers for healthcare professionals to questions such as:

  • Are there certain patients or conditions that seem to benefit most from the addition of yoga therapy?
  • Does adding yoga therapy to PT to improve PT care?
  • Are we suggesting that yoga therapists should learn ‘western’ pain care including PT?
  • What’s one thing about the assessment or care of people in pain that you learned in the process of writing for the book?
  • What’s the one thing about the assessment or care of people in pain that you want to highlight? - maybe one key technique or concept that you wished everyone knew and used?

This webinar is intended for practitioners including yoga therapists and healthcare practitioners interested in integrating yoga with their persistent pain population to expand their approaches in clinical practice.

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About our panelists:

Neil Pearson. PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, C-IAYT, ERYT500. 

Neil is the founder and director of Neil Pearson Physiotherapist Corporation, which operates as life is now. He focuses on providing the knowledge and tools for effective pain self-management, through two avenues: Pain Care Education, and Pain Care Yoga.
Neil works as a registered physiotherapist, and a certified yoga therapist in Penticton, BC, Canada. He is an educator: Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia, faculty with the BC Medical Association enhancing knowledge and clinical practice of primary care MDs, and a faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs. Near home, he is active in providing, and researching the effectiveness of group pain education within both primary and secondary pain care. Neil is the founding Chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the first PT recipient of the Canadian Pain Society’s top honour for Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education.
This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March of 2019

Shelly Prosko, PT, C-IAYT, CPI 

Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator and pioneer of PhysioYoga with over 20 years of experience integrating yoga into rehabilitation with a focus on helping people suffering from chronic or persistent pain, pelvic health conditions and professional burnout. She guest lectures at yoga and physiotherapy programs, presents at yoga therapy and medical conferences globally, provides mentorship to health providers, offers onsite and online continuing education courses for yoga and health professionals and is a Pain Care U Yoga Trainer. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Canada and believes that cultivating meaningful connections, compassion and joy can be powerful contributors to recovery and well-being. Shelly is co-editor of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain. 

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Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, C-IAYT

Marlysa is an assistant professor in integrative health sciences and yoga therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is adjunct faculty at Emory University where she teaches the integration of yoga and meditation into physical therapy practice. She is a physiotherapist and yoga therapist with a focus on helping people suffering from pain, orthopedic, and neurologic conditions. She presents at conferences internationally and is part of the global consortium of yoga therapy collaborating with yoga therapists around the world to share and further the development of the yoga therapy field. Her research interests focus on the integration of yoga therapy into modern healthcare contexts and bridging ancient wisdom with contemporary science and thought. She is the co-editor/co-author of Yoga and Science in Pain Care, and the upcoming book Understanding Yoga Therapy Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being.

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