Art of Overcoming Pain


NOTE: You will need a mat for the breakout sessions.

9:00am – 9:45am
Dr. James Wyss Presentation

Shift and Connect: Pain Management to Functional Restoration, Connecting Healthcare to Pilates
Dr. Wyss’s presentation involves contrasting recent and current pain management strategies and comparing them to the approach of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). This approach, is similar to Pilates, in that it is a client/patient centered and driven by restoring functional movement.  The lecture will conclude with recommendations for bridging communication between MDs, PTs and Fitness Professionals, which aim for greater assessment strategies, client/patient pain-free outcomes and independence.


9:45am -10:00am
Questions from the group for Dr. Wyss


10:00am -10:30am             
Scott Siverling Presentation

The Body’s Response to Pain: The Chemical and Immunological Processes
Knowledge in pain science continues to grow exponentially.  The experience of pain as a “protection mechanism” integrates information from multiple systems, including the immune and nervous systems.  We will explain the relationship between injury, nociception (somatosensory system) and pain (the conscious experience) and will highlight techniques that can be used in particular cases.


10:30am -10:40am           
Questions from the group for Scott


10:40am – 10:55am


10:55am – 11:25am
Breakout session

Three case studies will be presented in handout format. Take one of the three cases and partner up with another participant from an allied profession (i.e.: PT’s partner with Pilates Teacher).  Develop a strategy that you would use to work with this individual to help them overcome their pain. 


11:25am – 11:55am            
Hector Lozada Presentation 

Applying Pain Biology: Techniques and Case Studies
Applying pain biology is a mind and body interaction which continues to support the relevance of George Engel’s Biopsychosocial Model and it’s use in the care of patients with musculoskeletal pain.  The application of all this new and complex knowledge is often a daunting task for clinicians.  Developing an understanding of the theory and application of this knowledge can change clinical practice in profound ways.


11:55am – 12:15pm           
Questions from the group for Hector


12:15pm – 1:45pm              
Lunch on own


1:45pm – 2:30pm               
Philip Gardner Presentation

Inverting the Trilogy: What Happens When the Mind/Body/Spirit Paradigm is Negative?
The trilogy effect is also present in pain cases in that pain effects the mind/body/spirit and vice versa.  Mr. Gardner’s presentation describes the mind/body/spirit trilogy of Pilates and its parallels to pain and psychology.  The trilogy connection may be negatively tagged as, “psychosomatic pain.” How can shifting our language and perception of pain facilitate greater communication skills between PT’s and Pilates Teachers?


2:30pm – 2:45pm            
Questions from the group for Philip


2:45pm – 3:00pm            


3:00pm – 4:00pm            
Breakout session #2

Choose a different one of the three case studies.  Work with the same partner from the first breakout session.  Propose a new strategy for this individual to facilitate overcoming pain based on the material presented.  Include a strategy for communication between the healthcare professional and Pilates Teacher as well as a home exercise program.  Be prepared to share one of your movement exercises and rationale. Presenters and members of the PMA BOD will circulate the room to facilitate. Presenters will circulate the room to facilitate.


4:00pm – 4:30pm
Feedback loop and wrap-up led by Panel