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Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain - The Crucial Link

Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain - The Crucial Link

Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain - The Crucial Link

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This course includes
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Patient Education (View)
1 Year access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in November 2021


We all understand at some level the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is vital for all mammals for physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being. However, patients with persistent pain probably have not slept well for several years, and they often report that they will never be able to catch up on their sleep.

Research is now suggesting that poor sleep could be a driver of persistent pain as opposed to a consequence of it.

Does their poor sleeping patterns affect their ability to heal? 

Join Debbie Patterson as she explores the rationale for:

  • Treating sleep
  • The science behind sleeping
  • How to assess a patient's sleep and quality of sleep
  • How to treat sleep using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy strategies

This online course enables participants to understand the relationship between sleep and pain based on good evidence and to improve their skills in the assessment and treatment of sleep problems.

Upon registration for this course, participants will be invited to a monthly "Office Hours" zoom session with Debbie Patterson to discuss anything "sleep".


Learning Objectives 

  • To review the science including the biology of sleep, the regulation of sleep and the stages of sleep and the sleep cycle
  • To review the problems that people with MSK pain experience with poor sleep and insomnia, and to the research that supports the crucial link between sleep and pain
  • To increase competencies in the assessment of sleep with people who have persistent pain
  • To use sleep assessments and a sleep diary to assess their own sleep
  • To examine Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) as a current evidence-based treatment intervention
  • To practice using sleep diaries to identify problems with sleep



This course is developed for ALL manual therapists - physiotherapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, massage therapists, chiropractors, and others who treat musculoskeletal pain. This course will teach you how sleep affects pain levels and how to implement intervention strategies for sleep as part of your clinical practice.


Course Bundle

This online course is a part of THE Biopsychosocial Bundle - a very special learning opportunity for all healthcare professionals. 

This course can only be purchased with the whole bundle (not as an individual course).


THE Biopsychosocial Bundle is a carefully designed learning experience that includes 6 different courses by 6 experts in their respective fields. These courses have been carefully selected and constructed for clinicians who wish to excel in a biopsychosocial framework.

Learn more about THE Biopsychosocial Bundle by clicking here!

The instructors
Debbie Patterson
Registered Physiotherapist

Debbie Patterson is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of persistent pain. Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain. This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain.

Debbie Patterson is a registered physiotherapist in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. She is a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Debbie has a clinical practice treating people whose lives are affected by persistent and complex pain conditions. She has worked within the Biopsychosocial model of pain for over 35 years. She sees herself as a physiotherapy coach to help patients relieve suffering, pain and distress and improve their quality of life.

Debbie has used Telerehab to assess and treat patients for over 10 years. She is a trained and certified Progressive Goal Attainment Programme (PGAP) clinician and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Debbie has a passion for teaching patients and health care providers about the science of pain in the Biopsychosocial model. She has taught courses in pain science and appropriate assessment and treatment approaches. Now she provides live and recorded webinars. She also mentors other physiotherapists in developing their knowledge and skills to better meet the needs of their patients with persistent pain.

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
  • Introduction and Resources
  • Welcome
  • 2-Month Free Trial on Embodia + Resource Packages
  • Course Slides
  • Sleep Assessment Questions
  • PSQI
  • StopBang Questionnaire
  • Sleep Diary Template
  • References
  • Part 1
  • Comorbidity and the Impacts of Poor Sleep
  • Sleep Science Pt1
  • Sleep Science Pt2
  • The Sleep Cycle
  • Insomnia and Central Sensitization
  • Sleep Problems
  • Part 1 Quiz!
  • Feedback
  • Part 2
  • Case Study - Bill
  • Sleep Assessment Options
  • Bill's Sleep Assessment
  • Sleep Apnea and Questionnaires
  • Bill's PSQI Results
  • Sleep Diaries
  • Part 2 Quiz!
  • Feedback
  • Part 3
  • Education
  • Sleep Hygiene Pt1
  • Sleep Hygiene Pt2
  • Other Resources
  • Sleep Effeciency Training
  • Bill's CBTI Results
  • Special Considerations - Shift Work Disorder
  • Special Considerations - Pregnancy
  • Special Considerations - Menopause
  • Part 3 Quiz!
  • Feedback
  • What's Next
  • Congrats and what's next!

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If you are a large group/clinic, please contact us at to arrange a coupon code specifically for your group.

This course has been approved for 6 CPD units by the South Africa Society of Physiotherapists (SASP). If you are a physiotherapist in South Africa and would like the number of approved CPDs to appear on your certificate of completion, please follow the steps outlined in this help article. 

Yes, we have added Closed Captions to this course in French and Spanish. You can preview what this is like by going to the Course Materials section and then watch the Free Preview lesson in the course.

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