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Making Connections: Pain Science, Therapeutic Context, Manual Therapy

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People come to us with a pain problem, usually. Pain science is relatively recent, but transformational. Traditional manual therapy was based on ideas derived from study of anatomy; methods evolved, based on whatever type of anatomy one learned, and what one’s favorite tissue happened to be. Manual therapy practitioners have often operated from tissue-based treatment ideas, imagining that this will help them be more objective, rather than interacting directly with the lively nervous systems in which people live embedded, and which are responsible for giving rise to pain perception.


  • To recognize the difference between operator models of manual therapy and interactor models
  • To understand the latest developments in understanding pain perception, and pain science
  • Understand the best ways that we might explain pain to patients/clients
  • Appreciate nervous tissue and the nervous system - the body’s very lively control system that is continuous from skin cell to sense of self
  • How to interact with the nervous system at each level and remain science-based in the process


  • 1-hour 23-minute Video
  • Course Manual with 94 PowerPoint Slides
  • In-Course Links to Key Dermoneuromodulation Resources


Please note that this material is very dense at times and will require repeat studying for full comprehension. Making Connections: Pain Science, Therapeutic Context, Manual Therapy, Nervous System and Skin has been approved for continuing education credit in the following jurisdictions:

CMTNB (Canada) CMTBC logo CMTNL logo
1 Category A CEU 2 PD CEC 1 Category A CEU 1 CEU
2 Primary CEC 2 Primary CEC 1 CEU 2 Primary CEC
2 Science CEU Hrs

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Diane Jacobs is a long-time physiotherapist who has worked in hospitals, maintains a private practice in Saskatchewan and teaches DNM internationally. She studied manual therapy at URSA foundation in Seattle for a couple of decades. She developed DermoNeuroModulation during the mid 2000s based on her clinical experience, studies and dissection of cutaneous nerves and their rami. In 2007 she did a pilot study to gauge its effectiveness. Diane interacts extensively online to bring neuro and pain science awareness to manual therapists. She helped initiate Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2005 and has been a steering committee member of WCPT Pain Network since 2012.


Link to Diane's October course in Los Angeles


If this course does not help you significantly improve your knowledge or clinical skills, notify us within 30 days of the purchase date and we will refund your purchase price.


This course is a recording of Diane's presentation at the 2014 Pain Research Conference sponsored by Pain BC and the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia.

2014 BC Pain Conference

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