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Exploring the Evidence Behind Physical Activity and Pain: Spanning Basic Science to Clinical Application

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This webinar is being produced by the International Association for the Study of Pain's Pain, Mind, and Movement Special Interest Group(PMMSIG).                             
Routine physical activity is important in the prevention and treatment of chronic pain and identified as a frontline treatment (via the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC). In this webinar, the current evidence on the benefits of regular physical activity and exercise in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain will be discussed. Specific recommendations will be reviewed regarding therapeutic exercise that include dosing, decreasing exercise barriers, and utilization of the biopsychosocial model of pain. The potential mechanisms for how physical activity and exercise alleviate pain will be reviewed to help clinicians individually tailor exercise prescription leading to improved outcomes.

Participants include:
Marie Hoeger Bement, MPT, PhD,Marquette University, Wisconsin, USA
-- Kathleen A. Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA, University of Iowa, USA

Learning objectives:
1) Recognize the importance of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic pain.
2) Discuss potential mechanisms underlying the role of exercise in relieving pain.
3) Understand the barriers and facilitators to exercise, and how to address these in clinical practice.
4) Translate evidence to guide the utilization of exercise as a pain management tool.


  • Marie Hoeger Bement, MPT, PhD

    Marie is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University, Wisconsin, USA. After graduating with her MPT in 1997 from the University of Iowa, USA, Marie practiced in an outpatient orthopedic clinic where she was a member of the interdisciplinary chronic pain team. In 2000, Marie returned to graduate school with a primary research focus on the mechanisms of chronic pain and a secondary focus on the influence of low-intensity exercise on pain perception in an animal model of chronic pain. At Marquette University as a recent Fulbright scholar, she has continued this research in human participants with an emphasis on pain modulation and management in clinical and healthy populations. This research is in line with her teaching and service initiatives to improve pain education worldwide.

  • Kathleen A. Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA

    Kathleen is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology at the University of Iowa, USA. Kathleen’s translational research program focuses on the neurobiology of musculoskeletal pain as well as the mechanisms and effectiveness of non-pharmacological pain treatments commonly used in physical therapy, including exercise-induced pain and analgesia. Her research examines the mechanisms of exercise in both animals and humans, and translates these to clinical practice.

October 25, 2023
Wed 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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