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JULY | AUGUST 2015

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F r e e S O A P n o t e s w i t h M a s s a g e B o o k f o r A B M P m e m b e r s : a b m p . u s / M a s s a g e b o o k 101 Bridging the gap between science and practice. This was the goal of February's first annual San Diego Pain Summit, which attracted leading manual therapists and premier experts on pain. Organized by massage therapist Rajam Roose and moderated by bodyworker Jason Erickson, the summit certainly lived up to its tag line: "Clinical applications of pain science for manual therapists." Rather than reviewing the physiology of pain science or teaching attendees new techniques, the summit focused on deepening attendees' understanding of pain and why certain techniques work, as well as broadening the perspective on the best practices for pain management. "Pain science is a body of knowledge that informs clinical reasoning, making it easier to understand how to work with people in pain," Erickson said. "It applies to all therapeutic modalities and facilitates working alongside other health-care professionals." He took a few minutes to speak with me as the conference came to a close. "Whatever methods you practice," he explained, "knowledge of pain science provides insights into educating clients as part of the therapeutic process." technique MYOSKELETAL ALIGNMENT TECHNIQUES Changing the Brain's Mind About Pain Reflections from the San Diego Pain Summit By Erik Dalton Like many in our profession, I've been fascinated with pain since Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall first introduced their now-famous "gate control" theory of pain in the late 1960s. Thanks to advances in technology, along with the growing demand for pain relief among baby boomers, the past decade has seen an explosion in research on the complex connections between the body, mind, brain, and pain. Walking us through the illuminating results of this research was the summit's entertaining keynote speaker, Lorimer Moseley, PhD. An expert on the science of pain, Moseley serves as professor of clinical neurosciences and chair in physiotherapy at the University of South Australia.

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