The modern neuroscience approach to chronic spinal pain: combining pain neuroscience aducation with managing stress intolerance & sleep problems

Physiotherapists combine the unique skills for targeting the chronic spinal pain patient’s mind, body and brain concomitantly. Yet physiotherapists are often unaware of their ability to do much more than treating the muscles and joints of patients with chronic spinal pain (i.e. neck or low back pain patients). Therefore, the course aims at learning physiotherapists to apply evidence-based guidelines for chronic spinal pain management.

Over the past decades, scientific understanding of chronic spinal pain has increased substantially, shifting treatment approaches away from pure biomedical treatments, such as lumbar fusion surgery, to multimodal approaches acknowledging the complex biopsychosocial nature of chronic spinal pain. The latter includes addressing lifestyle factors like physical (in)activity, exercise, stress and diet. Indeed, lifestyle factors such as severe and long-term stress are of utmost importance to maintain chronic spinal. Hence, stress management should also be incorporated in a multimodal approach for people having chronic spinal pain and difficulties coping with everyday stressors, a notion that is supported by available evidence. In addition, other lifestyle factors such as sleep are often neglected by clinicians working with people with chronic spinal pain. This course will teach you the basic skills to assess and treat stress and sleep problems in clinical practice.

To facilitate active involvement of the audience, the course will emphasize skills training for clinicians rather than lecturing. Hence, the course focus will be on teaching the follow skills that clinicians can directly apply in daily clinical practice:

  • clinical reasoning skills in people with chronic spinal pain;
  • communication skills to explain pain to people with chronic spinal pain;
  • communication skills applied when providing exercise interventions for people with chronic spinal pain;
  • designing a comprehensive treatment plan for people with chronic spinal pain;
  • providing cognition-targeted exercise therapy for people with chronic spinal pain;
  • providing stress management to people having chronic spinal pain;
  • providing sleep management to people chronic spinal pain.


Impartido en inglés con traducción simultánea.

Datos del curso
  • DIRIGIDO A: Fisioterapeutas y estudiantes de último curso
  • TITULACIÓN OBTENIDA: Certificado otorgado por Pain and Motion
  • BARCELONA: Centro Univers: Calle Comte de Salvatierra 5-15, 08006 Barcelona


  • 13, 14 y 15 de marzo de 2020


  • Viernes de 09:00 a 13:00 y de 14:00 a 17:00  
  • Sábado de 09:00 a 13:00 y de 14:00 a 17:00    
  • Domingo de 9:00 a 13:00
Precios y matrícula del curso

Precio: 380 €


  • FTP: Desde 0€ Formación Bonificada GRATUITA para el trabajador. Recupera el importe del curso bonificándolo por la Fundación Tripartita

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Contenido del curso

The course content will be delivered through a mixture of methods to optimize multi-faceted knowledge transfer, designed to address local barriers to knowledge translation, in line with current best-evidence approach in improving evidence-based practice / clinical practice guideline uptake among physiotherapists, including:

– interactive lectures

– demonstrations

– didactic sessions

– practical skills training

– illustrations

– discussion and feedback sessions addressing clinical reasoning skills

– case studies

    Programa del curso

    Day 1:

    Understanding persistent spinal pain: modern pain neuroscience applied to chronic low back pain and chronic neck pain

    Biopsychosocial assessment of patients having persistent spinal pain, including clinical reasoning to develop individually tailored treatment plans

    Explaining pain to patients having chronic spinal pain in clinical practice: combining pain neuroscience education with motivational interviewing


    Day 2:

    Shared decision making with patients having chronic spinal pain in clinical practice

    Exercise therapy for changing pain cognitions and beliefs in patients with chronic spinalpain: The modern neuroscience approach

    Addressing comorbidities: stress management for patients with chronic spinal pain


    Day 3 (half-day):

    Addressing comorbidities: sleep management for patients with chronic spinal pain

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