TP: Taming Pain

Earlybird Discounts: Register at least one month prior to course commencement and receive a discount of approximately 10%.  Register early and save!

What are your strategies for management of patients whose pain in not resolved with advanced manual therapy interventions?  Do you have the knowledge to recognize the signs and symptoms of inflammatory pain symptoms of inflammatory pain symptoms verses mechanical?

This lecture course is designed to help clinicians and their patients understand the complex, interactive nature of on-going pain. The participants will learn how each of the body’s systems contributes to the Pain Experience. Further, the learners will learn how to determine which systems are relevant to their own pain. Most importantly, the participants will learn self-treatment techniques to begin the journey of control and recovery.


By the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • differentiate among acute, chronic and sustained pain.
  • explain how the body’s systems interact to successfully progress from injury and acute pain to recovery.
  • explain the role of the Nervous System in the development and perpetuation of chronic pain.
  • develop a treatment plan to rehabilitate the hypersensitivity of the Nervous System present in chronic pain.
  • differentiate which system(s) and factors are involved in the production of a given patient’ sustained pain, including: Immune System, Gastrointestinal System, Endocrine System, Peripheral Nervous System, Fascial System, coccyx, viscera, Lymphatic System, Musculoskeletal System, nutrition, posture
  • develop therapeutic interventions to positively impact the identified system(s)’ role in the patient’s sustained pain.

Requirements & Additional Information

  • Required Course Preparation

    A good night’s rest.

  • Required Equipment

    This is a lecture course, bring your Thinking Cap.  The book, TAMING PAIN: Lessons from the Trenches, is included in PDF format as part of your course cost and will serve as the course syllabus. Please Note: A PDF version of the book, will be sent to your email address associated with your IPA account.

  • CEU Information

    Approved for PTs in NY, IL, and CA.  For a different state, please check with your state board for reciprocity of CEU approval from one of these states.  IPA will provide the standard documentation needed for individual state approval if your state does not accept reciprocity.  OTs, and PTAs should check with their approving body to determine if the PT approval is acceptable.

    To determine if any additional state approvals have been obtained, please check facility information for a specific course. (Select more info for the specific course at the bottom of this page and then select Facility Information tab.  Any additional approval will appear in the top left of the tab below the facility name.)

  • Price Information

    Therapist:  Early Bird Price: $595 / Regular Price: $665
    Patients:    $150

    Early Bird Discounts: Register at least one month prior to course commencement and receive a discount of approximately 10%.  Register early and save!

    Student / New Professional Discounts: Students and First Year New Professionals can receive a 20% discount. Full details here.

    Repeat Discounts: IPA makes two (2) spots in each in-person course available at half-price for those repeating a course within five (5) years.  Registration for the half-price spots is on a first-come basis.  You must register by phone to receive a half-price repeat spot.  Registering online will result in you being charged full price. Credits cannot be issued once your transaction is complete.  Half-price tuition does not include a course manual or any supplies distributed at the course. Full details here.

  • Audience & Attendance

    Anyone that is interested in learning how to TREAT pain, not just manage pain, including PT, SPT, PTA, OT, patients, Physicians, Physician Assistants, and other health care professionals are encouraged to attend.

    Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

    Each student is expected to attend all hours of instruction to receive a Certificate of Completion.  Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the IPA Directors. 

    Patients are encouraged to attend the entire course but are free to attend sections of their choice.

  • Lab Clothing

    While this is a lecture course, please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that allow you to move easily during experiential activities.

  • Breaks

    Break food will not be provided during the course.  Lunch for both days will be on your own. We suggest you bring a water bottle and feel free to bring your own snacks.

  • Instructor Note

    Cheryl Wardlaw PT MMSc CFMT will be the instructor for all Taming Pain courses.

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