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Clinical Applications of Pain Science: Manual Therapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation Principles for Healthcare Providers


This 2-day course will focus on how to use an evidence-based framework to inform manual therapy practice.  An understanding of current pain science and biopsychosocial principles will be introduced which will help participants reconceptualize pain and benefit their clinical decision making.  Participants will learn how to adapt their current practice and be more comfortable in their communication and application of manual therapy techniques, movement and exercise.


This course provides the opportunity to learn how modifications of manual therapy practices can improve patient outcomes. It aims to decrease practitioner stress and increase confidence when working with routine and complex patients.


We will challenge many misconceptions about pain, manual therapy, movement and exercise as we learn the basics of utilizing a biopsychosocial framework in the manual therapy setting.


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Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2021

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This course is open to all practicing manual therapists and healthcare providers.


This course is approved for 14 CEUs for massage therapists by NCBTMB.


This course is approved for 14 contact/clock hours of continuing education credit provided by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois in collaboration with the University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine for the following professions:

  • Acupuncturist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Counselor-Professional/Clinical
  • Dentist/Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Nurse (APN, RN, LPN)
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist/COTA
  • Physical Therapist/PTA
  • Psychologist
  • Respiratory Therapist

Tuition: $375

Cancellation Policy (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


Included in the course tuition is a non-refundable $75 registration fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course 30 days prior to the course start date you will be refunded your full tuition less the $75 registration fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 30 days (but more than one week) prior to the course start date you will be refunded 50% of your tuition less the $75 registration fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 7 days prior to the course start date your tuition will be non-refundable.


In the event of proper documentation of medical emergency, death in the immediate family, or weather prohibiting travel your entire tuition (including the registration fee) may be allowed to be rolled over to a workshop at a later date. This special consideration will be allowed one time only at the discretion of the instructor.


If fewer than 25 students are enrolled in this course 60 days before the course start date, Healwell may cancel the class. If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment your tuition (including the registration fee) will be refunded in full.

Eric Purves, RMT is a registered massage therapist, educator and researcher based in Victoria, BC Canada. In 2010, he opened Achieve Health, a large multidisciplinary healthcare clinic.

Eric’s main area of clinical and rehabilitation interest is ‘Persistent Pain Management’. He has been a faculty member with PainBC since 2016, where he teaches a workshop for RMT’s on pain management. He also instructs courses on persistent pain, rehabilitation principles and evidence-based practice strategies for manual and movement therapists throughout Canada and the US.

In 2019 Eric received his master of rehabilitation science through UBC.  His graduate work focused on the role of RMTs in the healthcare system and how to use evidence based strategies to enhance research evidence in curriculum development and education delivery.



James Johnston, RMT is a Registered Massage Therapist, former massage college instructor, first responder/first aid instructor and firefighter in Victoria BC. Jamie graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2010 and has been working as a RMT since with a focus toward sports and sport injuries. As a massage therapy student Jamie began volunteering with the Victoria Grizzlies Junior A hockey club and spent the following seven years with them as an RMT and first responder. He has worked with the national men’s 7’s Rugby team, and with Hockey Canada in the women’s development program.

Before going back to school for Massage Therapy Jamie worked as an industrial first aid attendant for six years and began volunteering with the fire department in 2002. In 2010 he became certified as a first aid instructor and later as a first responder instructor. Jamie has taught RMT students and RMT colleague’s first aid and how to handle medical emergencies within their practice and considers it to be one of the best parts of his career.

As a continuing education instructor, Jamie teaches other Massage Therapists how to incorporate therapeutic movement and pain science into their treatments.