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Osteoporosis: A Silent Risk Factor for Decreased Quality of Life (QOL) with Mikki Townsend

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Osteoporosis: A Silent Risk Factor for Decreased Quality of Life (QOL) with Mikki Townsend

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Accelerate your Growth by Increasing your Scope Episode 2

Osteoporosis: A Silent Risk Factor for Decreased Quality of Life (QOL) with Mikki Townsend

This series is designed for private practice and hospital-based orthopaedic therapists, including physiotherapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, and sports medicine physicians.  The scope of practice for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions is rapidly changing.  Years lived with disability for people with chronic MSK conditions has increased by 60% since the turn of the millennium. 

MSK conditions are more complex than ever before.  Nutrition, lifestyle factors, sensorimotor smudging, pelvic health, psychosocial factors, and stress all play a role in the health and wellbeing of persons with MSK problems.  

Are you ready to accelerate your clinical growth by broadening your scope of practice?  

Episode 2: Osteoporosis: A Silent Risk Factor for Decreased QOL with Mikki Townsend

Objectives of the Session:

Osteoporosis has evolved as a diagnosis and is now considered a major public health issue.  Can you explain treatment options to your patients?  How do we advocate for bone health?

General Information about this Webinar Series

Don’ts: You don’t have to become a psychologist to have a psychologically-informed practice and you don’t have to become a pelvic health physiotherapist to address pelvic health issues.  

Do’s: You do have to raise your awareness of the complexity of factors that contribute to persistent pain.  This webinar series will accomplish just that.  It is designed to introduce you to a variety of topics for consideration in MSK problems.  Should a menopausal woman with shoulder pain get the same treatment approach as a 20-year old student?  Do you routinely screen the pelvic floor in low back pain?  What does spirituality have to do with MSK problems?  Lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, sleep, and exercise are rarely discussed with someone with neck pain; yet, all of these factors are highly relevant.  

Join Carolyn Vandyken as she has an open forum discussion with clinical leaders in these areas of whole-person health.

Overview of all Sessions:

  1. Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain: The Crucial Link with Debbie Patterson (February 12)
  2. Osteoporosis: A Silent Risk Factor for Decreased Quality of Life (QOL) with Mikki Townsend (February 19)
  3. Hormones Matter: Considerations for Treating Women with MSK Problems with Susan Clinton (February 26)
  4. Tension is a Top-Down Problem: Changing our Target(s) with Exercise with Carolyn Vandyken (March 5)
  5. Lifestyle Medicine and Musculoskeletal (MSK) Health: Broadening your Scope with Dr. Sinead Dufour (March 12)
  6. Exercise Prescription Overhaul for MSK Pain with Cory Blickenstaff and Teresa Waser (March 19)
  7. Polyvagal Theory, Stress and MSK Pain with Marlysa Sullivan (March 26)

Upon completion of this webinar series, participants will:

  • Have a deeper appreciation of the complexity of MSK problems
  • Understand the data that suggests that our current approach to MSK rehab needs an overhaul
  • Develop a thirst for more knowledge and skills that will broaden their scope and skill-base to help MSK patients make sustainable change(s)
  • Accelerate the growth of their practice by diversifying their skillset in a biopsychosocial realm
  • Treat MSK problems more effectively by taking the whole person into consideration
The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken
BHSc (PT)

Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 33 years.She is a McKenzie Credentialed physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Woman of Distinction award (2004) and the OPA Distinguished Education Award (2015). She 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 twelve years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Her passion is to break down the silos that we live in as clinicians.


Mikki Townshend
BSc (Hons) Sports Science, MA Physical Education, BSc PT, DPT, OCS, Rehabilitation Pilates Certified (Polestar), National Certified Pilates Teacher ( Pilates Method Alliance), Balanced Body Master Instructor
Mikki originally studied Sports Science at Liverpool Polytechnic, followed by a master’s in physical education from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She attended Physical Therapy School at the University of Florida and completed her clinical doctorate at Rocky Mountain University in Utah. She is a Certified Orthopedic Specialist, Rehabilitation Certified Pilates Instructor (Polestar), Pilates Method Alliance Certified and a Master Instructor for Balanced Body. Mikki has been a clinician for 30 years and a Pilates teacher for 20 years at New Motion Physical Therapy and Studio Bainbridge Island in Washington State. Mikki has specialized in pain neuroscience, pelvic health, spine and osteoporosis. She has presented at Pilates on Tour, ISPI, NOI conference and the Dystonia Symposium.
Course Material included in this course
  • Osteoporosis: A Silent Risk Factor for Decreased Quality of Life (QOL) with Mikki Townsend
  • Introduction
  • Course Outline
  • Take Aways
  • Questions Pt1
  • Questions Pt2
  • Feedback
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