How much do you know about pain? Certainly you know that it’s an unpleasant experience often associated with injury and something most of us try to avoid. But did you know that pain is generated by the brain 100% of the time? Or that pain is not an accurate measure of the health and status of our tissues and joints?  In this course you will learn how the brain generates pain in response to perceptions rather than reality; how changes in the body systems can allow pain to persist and become chronic; and how you can change clients’ perceptions and reduce or eliminate their pain while improving their movement effectiveness. Understanding pain and perception is not a box to be checked while working with people in pain, the principles established in this course are foundational to how we practice and interact with all people.

Level of Instruction:  Introduction


Course Objectives

  • Identify the relationship between pain and the nervous system
  • Identify how threat and insecurity govern the perception of pain
  • Identify how changes in the nervous system can perpetuate the perception of pain
  • Identify practical ways to reduce pain and sensitivity and increase movement effectiveness

Course Agenda

  • Case Studies
  • Fundamentals of Perception, Reality, and Pain I. Perceptual deficits II. Threat and insecurity III. Inputs, outputs, and neurotags
  • The Plastic Paradox, Attention, and Beliefs
  • Fundamental principles of intervention I. A systems approach to movement, lifestyle, perceptions, and beliefs


  • Seth R. Oberst DPT SCS CSCS

Seth is a residency-trained Doctor of Physical Therapy with a holistic, integrative approach to rehabilitation and wellness. Dr. Oberst works to help clients regulate their movement and behavior by altering how they sense and perceive their environment. In learning new ways of moving, clients are able to reduce or eliminate pain and dysfunction while improving performance thru resiliency, adaptability, and efficiency.

Currently practicing in Atlanta, Georgia, Seth is sought by a diverse population of clients from those with chronic pain and fatigue to competitive amateur, professional, and Olympic athletes. He has worked as an Injury Prevention and Performance Consultant for several Olympic teams and CrossFit affiliates.

Seth received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio University and has undergone extensive training through an APTA-credentialed residency culminating in board certification in Sports Physical Therapy. He has presented on motor control topics at national conferences for clinician scientists, provides continuing education for healthcare professionals, and regularly consults with fellow physiotherapists and coaches.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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