Join us this fall at one of the stops in our Pain Science Series, featuring world-class faculty, the latest developments in pain neuroscience education and an affordable, flexible format.

Attend the entire weekend or sign up for the sessions that fit into your schedule.


December 7-8, 2019

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
San Marcos, California

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Adriaan Louw
Steve Schmidt
Kory Zimney
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January 2020

Dates and Location TBD

Adriaan Louw
Jessie Podolak
Steve Goldrick
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Session One

Pain Neuroscience Education: Teaching people about pain
Growing evidence supports that teaching patients about the neurophysiology and biology of pain allows for decreased pain, increased movement and function, various decreased psychometric measurements, and higher compliance with therapy. This lecture, based on the latest neuroscience view of pain, aims to help healthcare providers update their knowledge of pain.

Words that harm and words that heal
New research has shown that by altering the threat the brain perceives, pain can be influenced significantly. One powerful way to alter threat is the information we provide patients. The choice of words used by clinicians, support staff and even office personnel truly has the ability to harm or heal, and that includes the context, tone, and other factors involving the interactions with patients.

Session Two

Graded motor imagery for the clinician
The growing evidence shows the GMI program as a whole or parts of it can be used clinically to help desensitize a hypersensitive nervous system. This lecture will use a series of published case studies and case series showcasing how brief GMI interventions can be readily applied in real-life clinics and result in immediate shifts in pain, thus accelerating recovery in people struggling with persistent pain.

Widespread pain and fatigue: Treat the patient, not the label
This course aims to delve into the complexity of various widespread pain and fatigue conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. This presentation will help clinicians see how various complex pain issues share some common features including threat activation, various biological and physiological defense mechanisms as well as changes in neurotransmitters and immune system function.

Session Three

Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education
This lecture aims to introduce attendees to the development of the preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education program for spine surgery, TKA and shoulder surgery; the content and delivery methods; results; and overall clinical application.

The neuroscience of pain, the brain, athletes and sports performance
This lecture will update attendees on the latest neuroscience of pain, with an emphasis on structural and functional changes in the brain during a pain experience. Then, taking the knowledge of brain activation during a pain experience into consideration, various aspects of sports performance will be analyzed based on compelling new research