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A Fresh Biopsychosocial Approach to Core Training

A Fresh Biopsychosocial Approach to Core Training

A Fresh Biopsychosocial Approach to Core Training

This course includes
This course was recorded in June 2022

This is a BONUS Course!

This is an exclusive BONUS course in THE Biopsychosocial Bundle. It is ONLY available to those taking THE Biopsychosocial Bundle AND who have completed all six courses in the bundle within a year.


Course Overview

Chronic low back pain (LBP) remains one of the most challenging problems that physiotherapists face.  Exercise is still the most-evidence based approach to address non-specific low back pain but what is the best exercise? Does it matter?
Should core training still be the default paradigm in most cases?
Kinematic studies have demonstrated that tension is more problematic in patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) than weakness.  They move too stiffly and are guarded.  If this is the case, the evidence is asking us to critically look at the role of core strengthening in CLBP.
Join Carolyn Vandyken, recipient of the CPA's Medal of Distinction for her work in pelvic health and pain science, as she explores the recent evidence for a biopsychosocial approach to exercise in CLBP.
This will be a fun and interactive journey that will address the pelvic floor's role in CLBP, the use of screening tools to identify nociplastic pain, and the discovery of novel, sensory-motor exercises to address both tension and weakness in the lumbopelvic complex.
This course will change your practice to the "core" - Guaranteed! (see what we did there? 😉)


Course Objectives

In this free bonus course, participants will learn:

  1. To critically assess the role of the pelvic floor in CLBP (clothes on)
  2. To critically assess the appropriateness for core strengthening in CLBP
  3. To critically assess the need for sensory-motor training in CLBP
  4. How to empower their patients to gain mastery and control over their own LBP experience


This online course is only available to those taking THE Biopsychosocial Bundle and who have completed all six courses in the bundle within a year.
THE Biopsychosocial Bundle is developed for ALL manual therapists - physiotherapists, osteopaths, massage therapists, chiropractors and others who treat musculoskeletal pain. You can learn more about this unique learning opportunity here.
The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken

Carolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 37 years. She is a McKenzie Credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015). Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science.

Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Reframe Rehab
Online Teaching Company

We are a passionate group of highly trained clinicians who champion virtual, live online education courses to develop a biopsychosocial framework for your clinical practice. Our mission is to break down the silos in clinical practice between musculoskeletal pain, pelvic pain, pain neuroscience education, and psychology by providing timely, cost-effective, live online learning opportunities from the world's leading clinical educators on these topics.

Interested in learning more about Reframe Rehab or taking a course with us? Check us out on Instagram @reframerehab or visit our website to view all our course offerings.

Course Material included in this course
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • Meet Candace: A Case Study Approach
  • How are LBP and PFD related?
  • Predictors of PFD in LBP
  • Moving from Fixer to Facilitator
  • Expressive Writing
  • Feedback
  • Part 2: Understanding the Complexities of Persistent LBP
  • Pain vs. Nociception
  • Identifying Nociplastic Pain
  • Using the Central Sensitivity Inventory to Measure Sensitivity
  • PFD and LBP are Siblings
  • Feedback
  • Part 3: Assessment
  • Telling Your Story
  • Subjective Evaluation
  • Session 1
  • Regroup and Expressive Writing
  • Feedback
  • Part 4: Desensitization
  • Addressing Catastrophization
  • Regroup
  • Desensitization
  • Qi Gong
  • Lower Qi Gong
  • Regroup and Expressive Writing
  • Feedback
  • Part 5: Graded Exposure
  • Functional Restoration
  • Visit 3 (Moving Towards Functional Movement)
  • Face the Day: Whole Body
  • Remapping of the Pelvis/Hips/Sacrum/Tailbone
  • Visit 4 (Redoing the Distress Questionnaires)
  • Remapping Exercises for Dynamic Sitting
  • Feedback
  • Part 6: Supported Independence
  • Creating Independence
  • How Do I Apply This to my Practice
  • When Should I Refer to a Pelvic Health PT?
  • Your Personal Challenge/Final Expressive Writing
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Remapping Exercises for Dynamic Sitting
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