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Physical Activity’s Role in Pain Avoidance and Management

Three Pain Physical Therapists TAP (Talk About Pain)... Tap into this podcast as they share science, insights and tools to improve the movement and management of people living with pain. Click here to access this podcast.

Mindfulness as Medicine: Practical Strategies for Stressful Times

Thursday, July 9, 2020 * 5:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM CST / 8:00 PM EST

Are you feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed by having your life turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic? You are not alone. To help our members navigate the challenges of these uncertain times, the Pain SIG Board* has invited our past president, Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA, to bring us together for a webinar on Mindfulness as Medicine: Practical Strategies for Stressful Times. This webinar is designed to support your stability, resilience and wisdom while you navigate the changes and uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. Evidence demonstrates healthcare providers who receive training in mindfulness show decreases in stress and burnout, increases in feelings of personal accomplishment and an improved ability to listen and respond to patients effectively. Upon completing this webinar, you will be able to define mindful awareness and discuss 4 mindful attitudes, describe 4 mindful awareness training activities and how they can be integrated into self-care, discuss evidence for role of mindfulness training in reducing stress and promoting well-being in healthcare providers and access online resources for mindfulness training. We hope you will join us for this program designed to help you find inner peace and steadiness in these turbulent times and, from a place of your own calm and centeredness, provide care and comfort to your patients and community.



Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA, is the immediate past President of the Pain SIG. She holds Master’s degrees in both physical therapy and psychology and has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for over 30 years. She is a national leader in the integration of mindfulness into healthcare. From 1998 to 2018 she taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA and from 2009 to 2019 she served on a research team at the Puget Sound VA, examining the role of MBSR and Kindness meditation training for veterans with a wide range of medical concerns. Carolyn is passionate about sharing her training and experience with other professionals and is a regular presenter at state and national conferences. She provides continuing education courses on mindfulness-related topics and offers mentoring to professionals interested in integrating mindfulness into patient care. Additional information can be found at


The intent of this quarterly webinar series is to provide you with the latest information on pain education, practice, research, engagement and advocacy and give you the opportunity to present your questions to leaders in the field.

May 8, 2019 Pain SIG Webinar
9:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Central / 12:00 PM Eastern
Nutrition and Pain: Building Resilience through Nourishment

Webinar Recording
Additional Information:

The food we eat impacts every system of the body and nourishment status directly relates to our overall health picture affecting a multitude of conditions treated in physical therapy including chronic pain. Nutrition & Pain: Building Resilience through Nourishment provides the physical therapist with a unique and timely opportunity to explore multi-dimensional connections between physical therapy, pain, and nutritional sciences. This webinar is a cutting-edge experience designed for clinicians ready to access organized and clinically relevant nutrition information applicable to all experience levels and practice settings.

Whether at the beginning of your journey or well on your way down the path of integrative care, this course is a unique, not-to-be-missed opportunity. Nutrition & Pain: Building Resilience through Nourishment is developed and instructed by Megan Pribyl, PT, CMPT, CMTPT, a physical therapist / pelvic rehab specialist with both a degree in nutrition and an intense passion for sharing the convergence of these worlds for the benefit of clients and physical therapy professionals.

Watch for webinar login details to come!

Upcoming Webinar: Mechanism Based Approach to Physical Therapy Pain Management

Planned for Winter, 2019
Presenter: Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA​​

Description: The ability to identify and understand underlying mechanisms that give rise to pain is an essential prerequisite to the successful treatment of the patient in pain. This course will provide an overview of the current scientific research on peripheral, central and neuropathic contributors to the generation of pain. How the movement system and psychological factors impact pain will be identified. The role of common physical therapy treatments for pain, such as education, exercise, manual therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, in modifying pain mechanisms will be presented. The understanding of pain mechanisms and individual treatment strategies tailored to address these mechanisms will provide the conceptual framework for the clinician to more effectively care for patients in pain.

Dr. Kathleen Sluka is a Professor at the University of Iowa in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. She is a physical therapist, neuroscientist, and clinical researcher with an active research program focusing on mechanisms of pain and non-pharmacological treatments of pain, as well as clinical efficacy and implementation of non-pharmacological approaches for pain. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, written the book Pain Mechanisms and Management for Physical Therapists, and regularly speaks at national and international meetings. She is actively involved in the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Based on the biopsychosocial model of pain, identify 5 mechanisms that contribute to the generation of pain (nociceptive, neuropathic, nociplastic (central), motor, psychosocial)
  2. Identify clinical factors that suggest nociceptive, nociplastic (central), neuropathic or psychosocial mechanisms that contribute to pain.
  3. Discuss how physical therapy treatments modulate the underlying mechanisms that give rise to pain and tailor treatment choices to address these mechanisms.

Instructions for registration and participation to come.

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