One Question Interview: Debbie Patterson


Debbie Patterson is a graduate of the University of Toronto and for over 25 years her clinical practice has focused on providing evidence based treatment for persistent pain conditions, including chronic low back and neck pain, complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain and fibromyalgia.

She was a founding member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Group and later was a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, serving on the executive as Secretary for two years.

Debbie is committed to post graduate education of healthcare providers. She is also an instructor in two day courses on "The Art and Science of Pain Management", "Pain in Women" and "Fibromyalgia". She is an invited speaker to interdisciplinary courses and congresses.

I had the opportunity to hear Debbie speak at a Clinical Symposium about Mindfulness & Neuroplasticity. Debbie kindly answered my our question during her talk.

1. All pain is real pain


It doesn't matter what the trigger is. Pain is not necessarily an accurate reflection of what is going on in our bodies.

2. Positive Nervous System


We have an incredible central nervous system. We should work to feed it and nourish it properly. Our brain is constantly changing - and we will work together to create positive change.


3. The Brain

There are a variety of way to access your brain - we are treating your brain and using movement to access your brain.

4. Self Control


You can self soothe and learn to move!

5. There are many different paths that we can take to improve


The overall goal is to have the expectation of joy and pleasure in learning, moving and improving.