Over a quarter of the United States struggles with frequent pain and movement difficulty. Despite advances in diagnostics, surgery, regenerative medicine, pharmacology, and rehabilitative interventions, chronic pain continues to grow in prevalence exceeding heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. Research on the science of pain spanning the past three decades has changed the way we understand, educate, and treat pain. Concurrent to these developments in pain and movement science has been the recognition of the interplay of biopsychosocial factors in human movement. Advancements in research on biomechanics, motor control, and manual therapy have also revealed an increased need for clinicians to recognize and understand the complex layers of the lived human experience as playing important roles in assessment and prescription of movement. This evolution in understanding of pain and movement is built on a biopsychosocial model. This case-based course introduces updated concepts within contemporary pain science, movement science, and behavior change. This course is an online lecture format using a single case to guide the narrative and is designed for rehabilitation providers to improve their ability to help people struggling with movement and pain.

Course Objectives

  • Identify why understanding that nociception does not guarantee pain is important for both clinicians, and our patients, to understand and treat pain.
  • Identify relationships between language, memories, beliefs, disability, and persistent pain.
  • Identify relationships between sensation, cognitions, emotions, and motor behavior.
  • Identify potential recovery strategies using the current science of movement and pain.

Course Agenda

  • John and his low back pain.
  • How John's story relates to current movement & pain science.
  • The importance of understanding John's story, thoughts, and emotions as a rehabilitation professional.
  • John's road to recovery


  • Leonard Van Gelder DPT, ATC, TPS, CSMT, CSCS

Leonard Van Gelder is a clinician, author and educator who has been involved in the movement and rehabilitation field for over 15 years. He owns and practices clinically at Dynamic Movement and Recovery (DMR) in Grand Rapids, MI.   He brings an eclectic approach in his practice as a physical therapist, athletic trainer, therapeutic pain specialist, spinal manual therapist, and strength and conditioning specialist. Throughout his professional career he has studied, published research, and presented at regional and international conferences on the science of stretching, strength and conditioning, and therapeutic pain science interventions. He continues to explore a diverse spectrum of manual therapy and movement approaches, and emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to manual therapy, movement, and education in his practice.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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