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Pain and Possibility

Pain and Possibility

Pain and Possibility

This course includes
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This online physiotherapy course provides a clinical application of the current science of pain in order to give practicing clinicians confidence in working with pelvic pain. Explore clinical reasoning and problem-solving for acute to chronic pain conditions.
Develop confidence in the principles of treating pelvic pain, so that you can adapt these principles to the individual patients you see in the clinic.
We are committed to supporting course participants through the online system to answer questions and help problem solve!



Learning Objectives

In this online course you will:
  • Understand pain as a changeable and impermanent sensation
  • Identify targets of treatment based on patient priorities
  • Develop treatment programs that have measurable goals and clear
  • progressions
  • Describe novel and fun activities to include in practice.
The instructors
Sandy Hilton

Sandy graduated from Pacific University (Oregon) in 1988 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University in December 2013.

Sandy teaches Health Professionals and Community Education classes on returning to function following back and pelvic pain, and co-teaches Advanced Level Male Pelvic Floor Evaluation/Treatment for Entropy Physiotherapy as well as Neurodynamics and Sensory Integration for Pelvic Pain and a Practical Application of Pain Science course with Pelvic Health Solutions.

Sandy’s clinical interest is chronic pain with a particular interest in complex pelvic pain disorders for men and women. Sandy is also pursuing opportunities for collaboration in research into the clinical treatment of pelvic pain conditions. Sandy has co-authored two papers, 2 book chapters and "Why Pelvic Pain Hurts" a patient focussed book.

Sarah Haag
Sarah graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. Sarah has pursued an interest in treating the spine, pelvis with a specialization in women’s and men’s health. Over the past 8 years, Sarah has seized every opportunity available to her in order to further her understanding of the human body, and the various ways it can seem to fall apart in order to sympathetically and efficiently facilitate a return to optimal function. Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the Section on Women’s Health. She went on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Masters of Science in Women’s Health from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded a Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS). Sarah also completed a Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy from the Mckenzie Institute in 2010. Most recently, Sarah completed a 200 hour Yoga Instructor Training Program, and is now a Registered Yoga Instructor. Sarah plans to integrate yoga into her rehabilitation programs, as well as teach small, personalized classes. Sarah looks at education, and a better understanding of the latest evidence in the field of physical therapy, as the best way to help people learn about their conditions, and to help people learn to take care of themselves throughout the life span.
Course Material included in this course
  • Module 1: Pain and How to Change It
  • The Meaning of Pain
  • Complex, Not Complicated
  • Can We Get Ahead of Pain?
  • Sensitization and Threat
  • Changing Perspective
  • Feedback
  • Module 2: Interview Skills that Work
  • Measuring Pain
  • Communication and Behavior
  • Information from the Interview
  • Becoming Comfortable with Questions
  • CBT and Acceptance
  • Feedback
  • Module 3: Great Goals & Powerful Programs
  • The Important Physical Exam
  • Goals
  • Success Stories
  • A Tale of Two (People with) Vulvas
  • Feedback
  • Module 4: It's All Fun and Games... and Important Work
  • Shaping the Future
  • Treatment and Context
  • Practicing Pleasure
  • What Feels Good?
  • Breathing as Treatment
  • Movement and Context
  • Feedback
  • Conclusion
  • Final Thoughts
  • Feedback
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