19. March 2021 - 8:30
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Hall
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Explain Pain and Graded Motor Imagery, Canberra | Friday, 19. March 2021

The essence of Explain Pain is the notion that when people understand pain they hurt less, and there is now ample, reliable and repeated evidence supporting this. Teaching people about the biology of pain has become a well accepted strategy, but in order to do it well you need broad and deep knowledge, combined with the skills to tailor and deliver effective educational interventions. NOI’s Explain Pain and Graded Motor Imagery courses provide the very latest in pain science education and pain treatment.

There are three types of tickets available. You can register for the 2-day Explain Pain course, the 1-day Graded Motor Imagery course, or the entire 3-day event.

Tim Cocks will be teaching our 2-day 'Explain Pain' where he will help you understand how the pain system works when there are injured tissues and nerves, and what happens in the brain in relation to pain experiences. You will also hear about the impact of stress in relation to pain. The seminar is delivered in a way in which any professional working with patients or clients in pain can utilise.

Neuroscience can be fun. You’ll be introduced to the newest knowledge about pain ‘neurotags’, ‘brain ignition nodes’, zinging and zapping nerves, smudging in the brain and backfiring nerves. You will learn about how the immune, sympathetic and cortisol systems can be critical in pain experiences.

Boost your theuraptic skills with an additional 1-day 'Graded Motor Imagery' course. For the first time, effective treatment for difficult neuropathic pain states (eg CRPS) is now available. The Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) course provides the most up to date basic sciences, clinical trials, and clinical use of the programme. The course is series of lectures, practical sessions and clinical applications.

The term ‘graded motor imagery’ broadly means that in rehabilitation the focus is placed on synaptic exercise and health and is delivered in a graded fashion. The exercising of synapses assumes that the brain is changeable and easily adaptable and gives hope to people with difficult pain states. It involves the use of computers, flashcards, imagined movements and mirror visual feedback.

Evidence for the use of GMI comes from basic sciences (neuroscience) and clinical trials. It can offer substantial improvements in pain and disability in complex regional pain syndrome and phantom limb pain and anecdotally, the GMI programme, or parts of it may offer improvements in a range of chronic pain states such as brachial plexus lesions and osteoarthritis.