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Accelerate your Growth by Increasing your Scope Episode 6

Exercise Prescription Overhaul for MSK Pain with Cory Blickenstaff and Teresa Waser

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 6: Exercise Prescription Overhaul for MSK Pain with Cory Blickenstaff and Teresa Waser

Objectives of the Session:

Are you ready to incorporate effective movement strategies that jive with your understanding of the philosophy and science of pain?  Do you talk about “pain science” and then treat tissues and prescribe exercise in a way that is not coherent with the current knowledge about our pain system?  How should we reframe exercise as not only a way to address tissue problems but also as experiential learning through which clients can challenge their own beliefs and narratives about their pain/symptoms?

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.


Cory Blickenstaff
PT, MS, OCS

Cory owns and operates Forward Motion Physical Therapy (http://blog.forwardmotionpt.com), which provides on the job site physical therapy clinics in the Vancouver, WA area utilizing various movement and manual therapy approaches to empower people toward an autonomous state of movement-related health.

Cory also co-hosts, along with Sandy Hilton, of the popular Pain Science and Sensibility Podcast (http://ptpodcast.com/podcasts/pain-science-and-sensibility/) on the PTPodcast Network (http://ptpodcast.com). Cory works with individuals who are dealing with movement related problems such as pain or orthopedic injury as well as employers who are struggling with the consequences of pain and injury on their workforce. Services are also provided to individuals hoping to improve performance at work/play/fitness and who are looking for guidance on maintaining healthy movement through the lifespan. He has authored peer reviewed publications and has presented nationally on topics including application of graded exposure, graded activity, edge work, novel movements, movement variability, as well as application of care to the workplace.


Teresa Waser
MScPT, CAFCI, CGIMS, CF-L1 Trainer, P&PA Coach

Teresa Waser is a passionate educator who is driven to help healthcare and fitness professionals reignite their curiosity, challenge what they believe, and strive towards a truly biopsychosocial approach. She has special interests in strength and conditioning, particularly in older adults and those with pelvic health concerns, diastasis recti, pain, and women's health across the lifespan.

She developed TIIPPSS-FC, a framework to facilitate change in the way that we help people with pain, pelvic health issues, and performance. She is experienced in teaching her own content, providing mentorship, and has worked alongside Antony Lo, assisting in course development and co-teaching on several of his courses, along with their new joint course, Reframing Resistance Training Across the Lifespan. Teresa is an orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapist who completed her MScPT from the University of Alberta in 2006. She also owns RX Physiotherapy, a non-traditional clinic based out of a CrossFit gym in Leduc, Canada, where she blends her experiences as physio, coach, and educator to empower people of all ages to achieve their goals in athletics and life. She has coached running, as well as CrossFit for kids through to older adults. She is a mother of 3 (including twins) and loves lifting heavy and running trails.

Course Material included in this course
  • Welcome and Resources
  • Welcome
  • Slides for Teresa Waser's Presentation
  • Exercise Prescription Overhaul for MSK Pain with Cory Blickenstaff and Teresa Waser
  • Introduction
  • Cory's Presentation
  • Teresa's Presentation
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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