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Fall Conference 2016 Course 2 (one day course): Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Know Pain; Know Gain AND A Pain Science Approach to Treating Headaches

  • 24-Sep-2016
  • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Missoula, Montana


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Fall Conference2 - Know Pain, Know Gain AND Pain Science Approach to Treating Headaches  

CE Course 2: 

Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Know Pain, Know Gain  


A Pain Science Approach to Treating Headaches

(see Previous topic for Course 1)

7.5 Contact Hours, MT category A 

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below, or click here for the PDF 

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Parking and Campus Map:

The event is at Skaggs Building at University of Montana campus. Permits are not needed, and parking is free, however, please read signs carefully at each lot for any restrictions in the lot you choose. 

Parking Map in PDF

Parking Map in JPG


Provisions include a light continental breakfast including coffee, lunch at the business meeting. 


There is a lot going on in town this weekend so book early. We had to work with several hotels to be sure you had lodging, so please book soon.

1. Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn. Please ask for the MT Physical Therapy Assoc Room Block, rate is $129. Cut off date for these rooms are Sept 9 but the block is expected to fill up early. Call 188-543-0700.

2. Staybridge Suites. 406-830-3900. Please ask for the MT Physical Therapy Assoc. Room Block, rate is $119-139. Cut off date for these rooms are Aug. 23 and the block is expected to fill up early. The classic apartment-style studios feature modern furnishings, and offer full kitchens, sofas, workspaces, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. There's also 1- and 2-bedroom suites, which add living rooms with pull-out sofas. Complimentary amenities include a breakfast buffet, an airport shuttle, a gym and an indoor pool with a whirlpool tub. There's also a pool table and a cozy lounge with a fireplace.

3. TownPlace Suites by Marriott. 406-721-6000.Please ask for the MT Physical Therapy Assoc. Room Block, rate is $154 which expires Sept. 9. These rooms offer kitchens, internet, comp breakfast, fitness center, pool, BBQ grills, fire pit, outdoor seating.

4. Holiday Inn downtown does not have a block but will offer rooms at $179 based on availability only. 406-721-8550. Ask for the MT Physical Therapy Association rate of $179.

5. There are many other hotels in the Missoula area, including Come On Inn and LaQuinta, amongst others, on Reserve Street.

Board Meeting

Sept. 23, 2016, 6pm. Missoula

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Room 169 Skaggs (PT School UM). Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by Sept. 3, 2016. Final agenda will be posted by Sept. 14, 2016.

Cancellation Policy

MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
  • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts: 

Students may take any classroom course for only $99. Courses in which we need to limit numbers or labs do not apply.  If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.


Saturday at Skaggs, UM Campus

7:15-8:00 Professional Issues Forum - MAPTA
8:00-10:00 Course
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Course
12:00-2:00 MAPTA Membership Business Meeting & Lunch,PT School
2:00-6:00 Course with break

About the course:

Morning TOPIC: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Know Pain; Know Gain

Afternoon Topic: A Pain Science Approach to Treating Headaches

Course Description: 

MORNING: This class is designed to update attendees on the latest evidence and understanding pain neuroscience and how to clinically apply the information utilizing therapeutic neuroscience education to patients. The field of neuroscience has advanced our current understanding of pain from peripheral and central mechanisms that can modulate nociceptive and non-nociceptive information to alter and modulate an individual’s pain experience. The class will review the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of a pain experience and the various modulations that happens during transduction, transmission and perception from the peripheral nervous system through the central nervous system. We will also explore the bigger picture of pain and the various output system responses during acute and chronic pain conditions and their relation to physical therapy evaluation and treatment. We then will take all of this neuroscientific information and apply it to patient care using therapeutic neuroscience education and other therapeutic interventions for individuals in pain through stories and metaphors. Therapists will learn basic concepts of how to explain pain to patients and alter behavioral responses to assist them through their pain experience during therapy. If you treat patients that have pain this class is a must.

AFTERNOON: This class will blend the use of manual therapy and exercise with current pain neuroscience information for the evaluation and treatment of patients with headaches. Research in the pain science realm has lead us to take a more modern view of the manual therapy and exercise techniques utilized for decades and re-conceptualize how they apply for people suffering from headaches. This class will look at the primary classification of various headaches and explore evaluation and treatment options for each within an evidence based framework. We will explore the various inputs into the pain neuromatrix coming from the cervical spine and other related areas that can affect the output of pain for many individuals. We will explore the manual therapy techniques and exercises that may be most beneficial for headache patients and the research supporting or in opposition of them. The attendees will also learn pain neuroscience education stories and metaphors to help patients understand why their headache isn’t all in their head. For clinicians that treat people with headaches this course is a must to modernize your treatment approach.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course attendees will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast the biopsychosocial model to a biomedical model of care to patients with pain.
  2. Understand the basic neuroscience of pain through transduction, transmission, processing, and modulation as relates to current best evidence
  3. Develop skills and techniques to provide pain neuroscience education to patients in the clinical setting
  4. Classify various headaches based on The International Headache Classification (ICHD-2)

  5. Understand basic underlying causes behind various headache types

  6. Explore the various manual therapy, exercise and pain neuroscience educational interventions for treatment of each headache type

Course Outline:

8:00-8:30 Introduction and Current biopsychosocial view of pain

8:30-9:30 Pain neuroscience from the periphery to the brain

9:30-10:00 The bigger picture of pain

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-11:00 Clinical Application: Bringing it to the patient through stories and metaphors

11:00-12:00 Clinical Application: You can’t just educate, case studies TNE as part of the whole treatment

12:00-2:00pm MAPTA Business Meeting over Lunch

2:00-2:30 Introduction and epidemiology of headaches

2:30-3:00 ICHD-2 Headache Classifications

3:00-3:30 Various input causes to headaches

3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-4:30 Modern manual therapy interventions for headaches

4:30-5:15 Best practice exercise interventions for headaches

5:15-6:00 Pain neuroscience education for the person with headaches

About the Speaker

Kory Zimney, PT, DPT has been practicing physical therapy since 1994 following his graduation from the University of North Dakota with his Masters in Physical Therapy. He completed his transitional DPT graduate from the Post Professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Des Moines University, Class 2010 and is currently enrolled in the PhD PT program with Nova Southeastern University.

Currently Dr. Zimney works as an Assistant Professor within the Physical Therapy Department at the University of South Dakota, Senior Faculty with International Spine and Pain Institute, and researcher with Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group and USD Center for Brain and Behavior Research. His primary teaching, research and treatment focus is with pain neuroscience, therapeutic alliance and evidence-based practice for orthopedic injuries of spine and extremities. He also has specific training and interest with treating chronic/persistent pain patients and health promotion. Along with primary patient care he has advanced training in work injury management and ergonomics. Past work experiences have been with various community-based hospitals working in multiple patient care areas of inpatient, skilled rehab, home health, acute rehab, work conditioning/hardening and outpatient. He also was department manager of rehabilitation services at St. Luke’s Health System in Sioux City for eight years.

He has completed the Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor program through the American Physical Therapy Association and is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist (CSMT) through the ISPI certification program and has Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS) through the Gray Institute.

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