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An Introduction to Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain

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An Introduction to Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain

An Introduction to Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain

This course includes
46:06 of Course Material (View)
Patient Education (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in February 2021


Sleep and MSK pain are highly comorbid.  Physiotherapists are ideally situated to address this issue within their scope of practice as they treat pain.  Are your sleep training skills current with the latest evidence around CBT-I and Sleep compression?

Join Carolyn Vandyken and Debbie Patterson for Accelerate your Growth by Increasing your Scope Session 1 - An Introduction to Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain.


Overview of all Sessions in this Course Series:

This course is part of a larger series. You can find all of the courses in this series by going here.

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

Debbie Patterson is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of persistent pain. Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain. This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain.

Debbie Patterson is a registered physiotherapist in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. She is a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Debbie has a clinical practice treating people whose lives are affected by persistent and complex pain conditions. She has worked within the Biopsychosocial model of pain for over 35 years. She sees herself as a physiotherapy coach to help patients relieve suffering, pain and distress and improve their quality of life.

Debbie has used Telerehab to assess and treat patients for over 10 years. She is a trained and certified Progressive Goal Attainment Programme (PGAP) clinician and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Debbie has a passion for teaching patients and health care providers about the science of pain in the Biopsychosocial model. She has taught courses in pain science and appropriate assessment and treatment approaches. Now she provides live and recorded webinars. She also mentors other physiotherapists in developing their knowledge and skills to better meet the needs of their patients with persistent pain.

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.

Course Material included in this course
  • Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain: The Crucial Link
  • Welcome
  • Comorbidities
  • Purposes of Sleep
  • Debbie's Sleep Science Course
  • Q&A Discussion
  • What's Next?
  • Feedback
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