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This online course aims to provide health care professionals with an innovative therapeutic approach pain management.

It combines neuroscience of pain, polyvagal theory, mindfulness, meditation, yoga and medical therapeutic yoga, and motor imagery to better manage pain.

The online section aims to provide a theoretical clarification of key concepts that will be integrated and practiced in class.

Exercise demonstrations will also be available online, for you and your patients.

* Duration of the course: 4 hours

* You can view the course online whenever you want, there is no deadline for completion. However, you must have completed it before attending the in-class course.

* Within a maximum of 24 business hours following your purchase (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday), you will receive all the necessary information by email to view the course.

Click here to view excerpts of the online course.

Continuation of online course (in-class course – practical part)

This course is designed to provide health care professionals with an innovative therapeutic approach to the management of pain. The hands-on classroom course allows the student who has completed the online training to deepen the learned concepts and apply them in practice.

The theoretical online course is therefore required prior to this course as it allows the student to get familiar with key concepts that will be used during the classroom module.


To understand the neuroscience of pain in relation to practice and clinical reality in order to be able to better explain it to patients

Explain the basics of pain neuroscience, nociceptive pathways, pain stages, pain modulation, and peripheral and central sensitization in order to be able to explain it to patients

Assess all facets of the patient using the Yogic Biopsychosocial Model

Classify the types of pain (by pain mechanism) and select the appropriate treatment for classification

Identify predisposing factors for persistent pain

Assess biopsychosocial barriers to rehabilitation

Use validated questionnaires to objectify pain, health, yellow flags, and treatment progression

Understand the basics of polyvagal theory and human stress response, and its relationship to persistent pain

Understand the basic foundations of motor imaging and its application in pain management

Adapt treatments to the various stages and mechanisms of pain

Recognize central sensitization (no disciplinary pain)

Understand the clinical implications of polyvagal theory and how to adjust the treatment approach in relation to the patient’s stress response

Explain and integrate clinical reasoning according to the neuromatrix theory of pain

Apply the enhanced biopsychosocial model (BPS+) in the assessment and treatment of clients

Use validated questionnaires in pain management for condition assessment and treatment progression

Recognize psychosocial barriers influencing treatment


The neuroscience of pain
  • Sharp pain vs. persistent pain
  • The nociception routes
  • Peripheral and central awareness
  • Modulation of pain
  • Responses from the various systems
  • The "vine stocks"
  • The neuromatrix theory
  • Clinical involvement and the importance of pain education
The BPS+
  • The biomedical model vs. the biopsychosocial model
  • Risk factors for the development of persistent pain
  • The "Koshic" Model of Yoga
  • The 5 facets of the BPS+
  • Clinical involvement and importance of the BPS+
Classification of pain by mechanism of pain
  • Nociceptive pain
  • No disciplinary pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Engine system factors
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Assessment and treatment by pain mechanism
Validated questionnaires
  • Recognizing no disciplinary pain
  • Questionnaires to assess pain and overall health: Concise Pain Questionnaire – DETECT Bread – DN-4 – PHQ-9 – SF-36
  • Detect yellow flags: TSK – PCS – FABQ – STarT Back Tool
Polyvagal theory and stress response
  • Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, polyvagal theory explains the human response to situations in the environment.
  • Vagus nerve, vagal tone, and its importance in persistent pain
  • Human and nervous system response to stress, potential danger, and pain (neuroception)
Motor imaging
  • Inspired by the NOI group's Graded Motor Imagery
  • Assessment and treatment according to the recognized sequence of laterality, imaging, and mirror therapy
  • Integration of yoga and imaging in clinics

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