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A Modern-Day Approach to Inflammation and Low Back Pain

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A Modern-Day Approach to Inflammation and Low Back Pain

A Modern-Day Approach to Inflammation and Low Back Pain

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This course was recorded in October 2022


This is the third in a series of courses titled Weird and Wonderful Strategies that EVERY Physio should know to Effectively Treat LBP.

This series is hosted by Carolyn Vandyken in collaboration with Embodia.

Each course in the series will focus on a different topic, specifically how bladder health, endometriosis, inflammation, and cognitive discrimination play a role in low back pain as well as a course that addresses low back pain in labour and delivery. These specific topics are hosted by Carolyn Vandyken with special guests Jilly Bond, Jill Mueller, Sinéad Dufour, and Ibbie Afolabi. 

The third course of the series is presented by Dr, Sinéad Dufour, a physiotherapist who teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science. She also teaches online pelvic health courses and webinars for physiotherapists. 

You can register for individual courses or the entire series! On checkout, you will be presented with the option to purchase all of the courses in this series at a discount. 

To read an overview of this course series, please click here.


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

Our understanding of the role of inflammation and pain has changed dramatically over the past five years.

Idiopathic LBP is one condition that is often connected to systemic inflammation.

Are you interested in learning how to improve your clinical outcomes and accelerate your practice through understanding the basics of lifestyle interventions?

Taking a broader approach to system inflammation can be a key component to assessing and treating LBP from a whole-person perspective. 

In this course, you will understand the required shift from a biomedical to psychoneuroimmunological framework in low back pain care, understand how systemic inflammation plays a role in lower back pain, and identify and address key practice targets to address systemic inflammation in physiotherapy practice. 

Join Dr. Dufour as she shares her years of research and clinical experience from a primary health care, health coaching, and functional medicine training approach as it applies to the world of physiotherapy.


Learning Objectives for Course 3

In this course with Sinéad Dufour, participants will:

  1. Understand why integrating lifestyle interventions into your practice is important
  2. Understand how to integrate lifestyle interventions into your practice. 



This online course is for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals who treat patients with low back pain (LBP). This includes healthcare professionals who work in private outpatient practice, home care, and emergency care. This course is for all orthopaedic clinicians, not just pelvic floor clinicians. 


Reframe Rehab

This webinar series is hosted by Reframe Rehab in collaboration with Embodia. If you would like to stay up to date with Reframe Rehab, please opt-in to their mailing list by clicking 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.

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

Course Material included in this course
  • A Modern-Day Approach to Inflammation and Low Back Pain
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • Causes of Post-Partum LBP
  • Psychologically Informed Care
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Overview of Microbiome
  • Stress During Pregnancy
  • Case Study: Melissa
  • Q&A
  • What's Next
  • Feedback

Yes, we have added Closed Captions to this course in French. 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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