PABC Course: A Fresh, Biopsychosocial Approach to Core Training

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Course Description:

Chronic LBP remains one of the most challenging problems that physiotherapists face. Exercise is still the most-evidence based approach to address non-specific low back pain but what is the best exercise? Does it matter?

Should core training still be the default paradigm in most cases?

Kinematic studies have demonstrated that tension is more problematic in patients with CLBP than weakness. They move too stiffly and are guarded. If this is the case, the evidence is asking us to critically look at the role of core strengthening in CLBP.

Join Carolyn Vandyken, recipient of the CPA's Medal of Distinction for her work in pelvic health and pain science, as she explores the recent evidence for a biopsychosocial approach to exercise in CLBP.

This will be a fun and interactive journey that will address the pelvic floor's role in CLBP, the use of screening tools to identify nociplastic pain, and the discovery of novel, sensory-motor exercises to address both tension and weakness in the lumbopelvic complex.

This course will change your practice to the "core" :) Guaranteed!

Course Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  1. To critically assess the role of the pelvic floor in CLBP (clothes on :)
  2. To critically assess the appropriateness for core strengthening in CLBP
  3. To critically assess the need for sensory-motor training in CLBP
  4. How to empower their patients to gain mastery and control over their own LBP experience

** Please bring your own clipboard and water bottle.

All participants are responsible for ensuring that they have a current license to practice from CPTBC. If participants are from out of BC, they must acquire a Temporary License from CPTBC. If you are unsure if you require this license, please contact

The instructor:

Carolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 35 years. She is a McKenzie credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015). Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science.

Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

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Sat, 11 Feb 2023 – Sun, 12 Feb 2023
Produced by PABC
Event cost
$500 - $1050 + applicable taxes/fees
In person

181 Keefer Place, #230
Vancouver BC V6B6C1

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