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Exploring the Brain in Pain

Exploring the Brain in Pain

Exploring the Brain in Pain

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This course was recorded in May 2023


This online on-demand course will explore individual differences in cortical activity i) before pain begins and ii) soon after pain onset that predispose individuals to chronic pain.

Data from human pain models and clinical pain populations will be provided. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of novel therapeutic approaches that can target cortical activity to interfere with the transition to chronic pain.

Join the Neuroscience Division of the CPA and Dr. Schabrun for this online course 'Exploring the Brain in Pain.'

Who is this webinar for?

This course is for researchers and clinicians who are interested in understanding:

  • Brain-based risk factors that cause some individuals to develop chronic pain while others experience rapid recovery, and
  • Emerging treatment options such as non-invasive brain stimulation for pain.


Learning objectives

In this online course, participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of transcranial magnetic stimulation as a tool to assess and induce cortical plasticity
  2. Understand the role of the brain in the transition to chronic pain
  3. Explore current research on pain, plasticity, and new targets for treatment

Presenter Bio: Dr. Schabrun

Professor Schabrun, Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy

Professor Schabrun is The William and Lynne Gray Endowed Research Chair in Mobility and Activity at The Gray Centre for Mobility and Activity at Parkwood Institute and a Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western. Her research interests include the discovery of cortical biomarkers that can predict who will develop chronic pain – even before pain begins, investigation of the neurobiological mechanisms that underpin the transition from acute to chronic pain and the development and testing of non-invasive brain stimulation treatments for pain.


The instructors
Neurosciences Division

Welcome to the Neurosciences Division (NSD), a not-for-profit division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

We are a national organization operated by volunteers with a passion for neurological physiotherapy. We connect physiotherapists working in neurological settings to learning opportunities and a community of colleagues across the country.

The Neurosciences Division (NSD) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

Our Aim is to assist neuroscience physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants in enabling their clients to reach their full potential and participation in their communities through assessment, treatment, assistance, consultation, education, and research.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.
Course Material included in this course
  • Exploring the Brain in Pain
  • Welcome!
  • Downloadable slides (6 per page)
  • Downloadable slides (1 per page)
  • Introduction
  • Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Throughout the Ages
  • Corticomotor Excitability in Sustained Pain
  • Sensorimotor Cortex Excitability in Acute Clinical Pain
  • Review
  • Sensorimotor Cortex Excitability in the Transition From Acute to Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Take Home Messages
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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