Course Webinar: Which Came First: The Stress or The Pain?
Course description: The aim of this presentation is to improve the understanding of physiological and neuroscience mechanisms behind both stress and pain as well as the ways in which they interact, and outline strategies we can use to empower our clients and improve their quality of life and function. As therapists, it is important that we have an understanding of the physiological and neuroscience mechanisms involved in both stress and pain in order to provide the highest level of care. This is more important than ever as the stress and pain epidemics continue to grow in the United States. The time that we spend with clients is vital for identifying and addressing biopsychosocial factors that may be contributing to the development of and/or persistence of pain. Chronic stress and pain can start to spiral, but we can empower our clients to “spiral in a good way” by gradually improving both pain and stress levels.
Presented by Kathryn Moulison, PT, DPT, OCS, TPS
Originally presented: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Kathryn Moulison is passionate about meeting her clients where they are to identify individualized strategies to find freedom from pain. Since started practicing as a physical therapist ten years ago, she has been committed to furthering her education, focusing on orthopedics and pain neuroscience. She obtained her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification in 2018 and Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification in 2020. Additionally, she has been teaching yoga since 2012 and incorporates aspects of the practice into her work as a therapist especially in those suffering from persistent pain. She is passionate about education for herself, her clients, and for other providers. She has presented locally and regionally on assessment and treatment of the foot and ankle, pain neuroscience education, and the link between stress and pain.
Duration: 1 hour.
Target audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs and COTAs who work with adults in outpatient, home health or inpatient rehabilitation setting.
This course has been Approved by CERS, an Approval Agency for the California Board of Physical Therapy. CERS Course Approval #: 21-50652-1.
- Therapy Insights is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02421.
0:02 - Introduction
0:12 - Physiological changes that occur with stress
0:22 - Physiological changes that occur with pain
0:37 - How stress and pain impact each other
0:57 - Overview of EBP treatment strategies including TNE
1:00 - Course ends + quiz
Instructional level: Introductory (Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.)
Key learning outcomes:
As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to...
- Describe the physiological changes that occur with chronic mental/emotional stress and with persistent pain
- Explain, in client friendly language, the impact that stress and pain have on each other
- Identify clients that will benefit from incorporation of therapeutic neuroscience education (TNE) in their plan of care
- Identify implementation of evidence based treatment strategies to complement TNE in the management of persistent stress and pain
- Describe how these strategies complement TNE in the management of persistent stress and pain
- This course will be presented on the Zoom platform.
- High-speed internet connection is required.
Recorded course information:
- The recorded course will be made available on May 20, 2021.
- The course will be available for CEUs until May 19, 2026.
- You may register before the course is available and will receive an email with the link to the course once it becomes available.
- Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
Instructional methodology: Lecture
Course completion requirements:
- Full attendance during webinar, as tracked by on-time login and online presence for the duration of the course.
- Passing score of 100% on a 5-10 question quiz. You will receive immediate feedback and be able to correct answers. We want to ensure that you have the correct information as presented in this course.
- Quiz needs to be completed within 2 hours of end of course.
- Completion of program evaluation form.