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Central Sensitization and the Etiology of Fibromyalgia

Central Sensitization and the Etiology of Fibromyalgia

Central Sensitization and the Etiology of Fibromyalgia

This course includes
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Patient Education (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion


This course is the first course in the 'It's Time To Demystify Fibromyalgia' 3-part series by Debbie Patterson.

Treatment for Fibromyalgia has not been very successful for many people until more recently with the publication of the current international guidelines Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result.”

That is what has happened in the past when we treated Fibromyalgia - well-meaning health care professionals treated persistent pain the same way as they treated a recent injury or condition and expected it to respond the same way. But it didn’t. People continued to experience high levels of pain and increasing disability.

Now we know more about our brains and our nervous system. When treatment is directed at changing the pain system that is controlled by the brain, pain can and does decrease, sometimes quite significantly. The suffering can stop and you can help your patients return to activities their enjoy.


Learning Objectives for the It's Time To Demystify Fibromyalgia Series

In this online course series, we will:

  • Learn the signs and symptoms that people report with Fibromyalgia. (Module 1)
  • Understand the key points of central sensitization. (Module 1)
  • Review the pathogenesis of Fibromyalgia based on recent research. (Module 1)
  • Learn the recommended assessment and management strategies, including recommendations from the 2012 Canadian guidelines as well as more recent research.
  • Review up to date information about the assessment of Fibromyalgia. (Module 1).
  • Learn evidence-based treatment approaches. (Modules 2 &3)
  • Learn treatment approaches for physiotherapists in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Sleep. (Module 3)

This online course series is clinically relevant and immediately applicable. On checkout you will be presented with the option to purchase this individual course or all 3 courses in the series.


This course is valuable for all health care providers working with people with Fibromyalgia. This includes physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and kinesiologists.


What's Included in this Course?

  • A 41-page workbook, which you can download and follow along throughout the course.
  • Almost 2 hours of powerpoint lecture and videos led by Debbie Patterson!
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certification of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content, such as the workbook can be downloaded, the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • Quizzes throughout to help you integrate the knowledge.
  • Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • A Special Coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!
The instructors
Debbie Patterson
Registered Physiotherapist

Debbie Patterson is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of persistent pain. Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain. This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain.

Debbie Patterson is a registered physiotherapist in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. She is a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Debbie has a clinical practice treating people whose lives are affected by persistent and complex pain conditions. She has worked within the Biopsychosocial model of pain for over 35 years. She sees herself as a physiotherapy coach to help patients relieve suffering, pain and distress and improve their quality of life.

Debbie has used Telerehab to assess and treat patients for over 10 years. She is a trained and certified Progressive Goal Attainment Programme (PGAP) clinician and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Debbie has a passion for teaching patients and health care providers about the science of pain in the Biopsychosocial model. She has taught courses in pain science and appropriate assessment and treatment approaches. Now she provides live and recorded webinars. She also mentors other physiotherapists in developing their knowledge and skills to better meet the needs of their patients with persistent pain.

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • Welcome and Your Course Manual
  • Pre-Course Quiz
  • Introduction
  • Central Sensitization & Pathophysiology
  • Central Sensitization
  • Pathogenesis of Fibromyalgia Part 1
  • Pathogenesis of Fibromyalgia Part 2
  • Feedback
  • Assessment
  • Assessment Part 1
  • Assessment Part 2
  • Assessment Part 3
  • Assessment Part 4
  • Feedback
  • Post Course Quiz
  • Post-Course Quiz
Patient Education included in this course
  • Demystifying Fibromyalgia: Part 3
  • Demystifying Fibromyalgia: Part 2
  • Demystifying Fibromyalgia: Part 1
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