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Weird and Wonderful Strategies that EVERY Physio Should Know to Effectively Treat LBP

Weird and Wonderful Strategies that EVERY Physio Should Know to Effectively Treat LBP

Weird and Wonderful Strategies that EVERY Physio Should Know to Effectively Treat LBP


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Overview of this Webinar Series

Physiotherapy is a broad and diverse profession that brings us into all kinds of interesting spaces and places.  
The majority of people who experience an episode of acute LBP recover reasonably quickly (Menezes Cost e tal., 2012).  
Those who don't are those in whom social, psychological, experiential, and clinical factors shape particularly strong thoughts and beliefs that their back is irreparably damaged, fragile and unhealthy.  There may also be comorbidities involved (endometriosis and visceral pain syndromes) that lead to systemic inflammation and central pain mechanisms.  
Further, the health care system, through MRI's, patho-anatomic diagnosis, and biomedically-oriented clinical exams may inadvertently lead to an early understanding that their back is physically fragile and unfit for activities that bring value and purpose.
Understanding the various components of the LBP experience may involve exploring areas that physiotherapists don't usually consider.   Bladder Pain, endometriosis and other visceral pain conditions are highly comorbid with back pain.  We need to understand these conditions and our role in addressing them in order to effectively treat the person in pain, especially LBP.
A brand new RCT published in JAMA (the RESOLVE trial) also gives us further direction in the treatment of sensory-motor dysregulation for the treatment of LBP.  Changes in interoception in low back pain have been shown to occur in 98% of people with LBP (Wand et al, 2016), and addressing these through sensory discrimination training is an evidence-based approach that fits within a biopsychosocial framework (Bagg et al, 2022).
Lastly, fear of pain during labour and delivery is the number one concern of primiparous women (first time Moms).  "My back labour was horrible" is a common report and adds a dimension of fear to a pregnant woman's experience.  However, skilled physiotherapists can learn to use their pain neuroscience education tools to empower pregnant women during labour and delivery.
Curious?  Are you ready to broaden your horizons in the assessment and treatment of LBP?
Join our international faculty of skilled and expert clinicians who address these problems in their everyday practice.

Overview of each Webinar


Webinar 1: Bladder Health Matters in Low Back Pain

Presenter: Jilly Bond; Moderated by Carolyn Vandyken
Date and Time: September 30th at 12PM EST


Webinar 2: The 10% Club: Endometriosis Matters in Low Back Pain (LBP)

Presenter: Jill Mueller; Moderated by Carolyn Vandyken
Date and Time: October 7th at 12PM EST


Webinar 3: A Modern Day Approach to Inflammation and Low Back Pain (LBP)

Presenter: Dr. Sinéad Dufour; Moderated by Carolyn Vandyken
Date and Time: October 14th at 12PM EST


Webinar 4: The RESOLVE study: An Evidence-Based Approach to Cognitive Sensory Discrimination in Low Back Pain (LBP)

Presenter: Carolyn Vandyken
Date and Time: October 21st at 12PM EST


Webinar 5: Addressing (Back) Pain in Labour and Delivery

Presenter: Ibukun Afolabi; Moderated by Carolyn Vandyken
Date and Time: October 28th at 12PM EST


Additional Information

There's a maximum of 500 sets available in the webinar room. If you cannot attend live, please do not register. We will stream the live webinar to our YouTube channel and leave it up for 48 hours after the live event. Follow these 2 steps if you cannot attend the live webinar

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Each webinar will be recorded and made available as an on-demand course on Embodia for $20 ($10 for Embodia Members).

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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.

Jill Mueller
BKin, BHScPT (Pelvic Health)

Jill has been a physiotherapist for 20 years, focusing on pelvic health, orthopaedics, and visceral therapy. She has been assisting courses for the past 5 years and is ready to share her knowledge by teaching her own course on Endometriosis. She has a keen interest in using a patient-centered approach, integrating an evidence-based, biopsychosocial model into her practice.

Jill has explored using these approaches, having endometriosis herself, and is now able to manage symptoms and live a more productive life. She feels that physiotherapists can play a vital role in helping these clients regain a better quality of life, and hopes to show others how they can help their clients suffering with similar symptoms.

Ibukun Afolabi
MScPT, BA(Hons.)Kin, PCES, CCE, CD

Ibukun is an Integrative Pelvic Health Physiotherapist whose passion lies at the intersection of women’s pelvic health and childbirth. She has been practicing as a registered physiotherapist since 2007 and the bulk of her career has been focused on serving pelvic and perinatal health population.

Ibukun is a certified childbirth educator, certified postpartum doula, and birth support physio/doula. She is an instructor with Doula Canada and Physio-Plus. Ibukun is a sought-after speaker and has offered training workshops for midwives, labour and delivery nurses, birthing families, and other health professionals. She is fascinated by the applications of pain neuroscience within the context of birth.

Dr. Sinéad Dufour

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an academic clinician who shares here time between clinical pursuits as the Director of Pelvic Health at the WOMB and academic pursuits in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She has been a practicing physiotherapists for 20 years. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2014). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to optimize pelvic floor function, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health and perinatal fitness for elite athletes.

Sinéad is an active member of several organizations charged with optimizing perinatal care and pelvic health and has led and contributed many national and international clinical practice guidelines to improve care provision. Sinéad also currently serves as a council member for the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Canada. Sinéad is a well-recognized speaker at conferences around the world and a sought out expert to consult with companies whose aim to improve perinatal care and pelvic health.

Relevant Links:

IG: @dr.sinead

Jilly Bond
Physio Researcher Speaker Educator

Jilly Bond is a pelvic health physiotherapist based in Wales, UK, with a special interest in pelvic pain. She is a regular speaker at international conferences, runs professional development courses for physios in the UK and online, and her Youtube channel has free resources for patients and clinicians. Her research interests include understanding how graded motor imagery may help in the treatment of centralised mechanisms in visceral pain. If you’re interested in pelvic pain she’d love to hear from you.

To learn more about Jilly checkout her website:

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