Resource Package: Clinical Skills for Treating Pain (Level 3)

This is the online component of the Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) Level 3 course. You can access this content if you have taken the live course. In this course you will have access to course material, video exercises, written education and protocols which you can share with patients.

Course Description
This practical and unique course will help you to develop a framework for your clinical practice that teaches you how to assess and treat central pain mechanisms, since they are the main driver of pain that lasts longer than three months. Tissue-based treatment is important in order to change the biological inputs into the nervous system, but how do we move beyond just treating the tissues? Mind-body connection has been a popular topic over the past decade when looking at treating pain in a clinical setting but it has not always been linked to pain education. Learn how educating patients about the nervous system, qi gong, yoga, guided relaxation and guided imagery fit into your clinical practice in order to down regulate the sensitive nervous system. Learn how to identify potential threats that upregulate your patient’s nervous systems, and contribute to their ongoing pain state. This course will give you a deep understanding of the brain and the nervous system, and how to target both of them appropriately using evidence-based practice.

Exercises that you can share with your patients Include:

  • Organ Qi Gong
  • Upper Qi Gong
  • Breathing Qi Gong
  • Lower Qi Gong
  • Mapping: Barrel Rolling
  • Alternate Nose Breathing

Patient Education Include Audio Meditation Recordings Including:

  • Post Exercise Relax & Restore
  • Post Exercise Relax & Restore (Female)
  • Imagery for Sleep
  • Imagery for Sleep (Female)
  • Body Scan
  • Body Scan (Female)

To find out more about Pelvic Health Solutions go to

    Carolyn Vandyken, BHSc (PT)

Carolyn is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy. She has spoken at over 50 conferences and grand round presentations throughout Canada and the United States. Carolyn co-authored the first book on patient-centred pain biology education for pelvic pain, Why Pelvic Pain Hurts, and also co-authored three peer-reviewed framework articles with Sandra Hilton on the assessment and treatment of persistent pelvic pain.

She co-owns a Canadian-based teaching company, Pelvic Health Solutions, and teaches internationally on the physiotherapy for pelvic floor problems. She also manages her own practice in Huntsville, Ontario.

   Nelly Faghani B.Sc. P.T., M.C.P.A.

She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996. Nelly started to treat pelvic health in 1998 and continues to be actively involved in clinical practice, mentoring and teaching. She has helped develop Continence Programs that have been implemented in various long-term care facilities through Ontario. Nelly has been a spokesperson for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, has co-authored a neuro-urology textbook chapter on incontinence and has hosted a round table at the International Pelvic Pain Society Conference.

Nelly is a member of the ICS Children and Young Adult’s Committee and the ICS Physiotherapy Committee. She regularly attends international conferences and prides herself on staying on top of the current pelvic health literature. 

Instructor Name Pelvic Health Solutions
Cost CA$129.00
Run Time 0:00
Access Duration Indefinite access after purchase