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Integrating Mindfulness into Physical Therapy Practice

Integrating Mindfulness into Physical Therapy Practice

Integrating Mindfulness into Physical Therapy Practice

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Paying attention. On purpose. Non-judgmentally. These are the three main pillars of mindfulness practice, as defined by Dr. Jon Jabat-Zinn. 

Over the last decade, mindfulness has become an increasingly popular topic in scientific literature.

Despite being relatively new, there has been an explosion of interest and articles on this hot topic. Its integration into health-care as a treatment for patients has shown that training the mind like a muscle isn’t just a theory – it’s backed by evidence. 

But what about clinicians?

Clinicians are uniquely tasked with not only handling stressors in their own lives but caring for their patients as well. In a field where stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression are not uncommon, how can physical therapists use mindfulness in their own lives and improve resilience, empathy, and wellness? 

This presentation uses a combined lecture and practical format to present the evidence supporting mindfulness practices and demonstrate skills to incorporate mindfulness into physical therapy. 

Speakers Dr. Scotty Butcher and Shrey Vazir share their own journeys with mindfulness practice as they walk us through the “why” and “how” of mindfulness in this 90-minute presentation. 


Course Objectives: 

Evidence of Mindfulness Practice – presented by Dr. Scotty Butcher with the following objectives:

  1. To develop a basic understanding of a regulated stress response vs a trauma-induced response
  2. To learn the ways that trauma can develop, and can lead to maladaptive learning
  3. To explore and learn about the poly-vagal theory and its application to physical therapy
  4. To define “mindfulness”, and how it differs from “meditation”
  5. To learn the evidence behind the behavioural, clinical, and physiological effects of mindfulness
  6. To explore the ways mindfulness can impact both patients and clinicians

Practical Component  – presented by Shrey Vazir with the following objectives:

  1. What does mindfulness look like? 
  2. 3 Minute Mindful Movement
  3. A paradigm shift in rehabilitation
  4. Practical applications for patients
  5. Importance of trauma informed care
  6. Mindfulness for ourselves, for self-care
  7. Mini mindfulness: STOP and pause technique
  8. A guided mindfulness meditation



This online course is available to all healthcare professionals. It is brought to you by the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). 

This course was recorded at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress in May 2022. 

The instructors
Scotty Butcher

Dr. Scotty Butcher is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan and co-founder of Strength Rebels. He holds a BSc PT and MSc Kin from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta.He is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP), is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer (CF-L1), and is formerly certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS); the latter of which he has formally relinquished.

Scotty teaches exercise physiology, prescription, and rehabilitation to physical therapy students and has published several peer reviewed articles and two book chapters related to exercise testing and prescription. Currently training as a powerlifter, he has a passion for strength training and translates this to promoting quality exercise training and rehabilitation practices for clinicians and students. His focus in research, teaching, and clinical work is on the hybrid rehabilitation/strength training approach, and shares his views through blogging and vlogging.

Shrey Vazir
MSc (PT), B.Sc.Kin, Applied MPCPM™

Shrey is a Registered Physiotherapist and a Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator specializing in chronic pain and stress. Having gone through a personal journey with persistent pain, Shrey has embraced mindfulness into his daily practice – both personally and clinically.

With his advanced training in the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) program, he has integrated the principles of mindfulness meditation to teach patients and coworkers on how they can better cope with chronic illnesses such as chronic pain and stress. Shrey has also been a guest presenter at the University of Toronto and is deeply involved in their Physical Therapy Department’s pain curriculum.

As a passionate clinician who is well-versed with pain neuroscience and evidence-based rehabilitation practice, Shrey’s mission is to inspire current and future rehabilitation professionals to incorporate mind-body approaches in their own practice.

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