Share Your Story Contest

Fill out this form to be entered to win one of the entire yearly (2015, 2016, or 2017) Summit presentations! Enter as many times as you like. Scroll to bottom of page to see what presentations are in each year.

One entry will be drawn bi-weekly on the following dates: June 17th, July 1st, July 15th, July 29th, Aug. 12th, Aug. 26th, & Sept. 9th. Entries that don't win are carried over into following week drawings.

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Winning submissions

June 17th:

The video of Diane changed the way I work. I use less forceful manipulation and more pain education and “soft” massage techniques. I’m feeling better with difficult patients and San Diego Summit saved me from abandoning the physiotherapy profession
— Alain Christian, physical therapist, Italy

July 1st:

I’m a physical therapist and want to thanks for the opportunity. I would like to say that the presentation of Todd Hargrove changed my “hands on” approach towards painful movement. He teaches the concept of “variability” or the need of exploring new “spaces
— Alain Christian, physical therapist, Italy

July 15th:

I’m a massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, in practice for six years. I’ve attended SDPS the last two years and plan on returning in 2018. Before attending in 2016, I was on the fence about going. I knew and respected some of the speakers, but I questioned how it would advance my practice. At the time, I had just discovered pain science, and was struggling to re-imagine my massage practice with an evidence-based approach. I wondered if it was even possible for massage to be “evidence-based.”

Through the internet, I had access to a ton of smart people. I was spending lots of time reading papers, watching lectures, and following discussions on Facebook. My world was being reshaped rapidly – and my main tools were my curiosity and an internet connection. I thought about the endless amount of quality information I could access online, and wondered what SDPS could offer that would justify the expense.

I made a post on a Facebook group about being unsure whether it made sense for me to go. I said that what I really needed wasn’t more lectures and information, but supervised clinical experience and mentoring by a clinician who used a biopsychosocial approach to pain care. I got some great responses to that post, including from a presenter and the organizer! I ended up attending that year and am so grateful that I did.

What I didn’t appreciate beforehand was just how hungry I was to be apart of a community of practitioners who all cared about the same things that I did. Before attending SDPS in 2016, I’d had only one face-to-face conversation about pain science and manual therapy. At the conference, I got to meet many of my heroes whom I’d come to know online. They were all so genuine, welcoming, and encouraging. I started to feel like I really belonged among them.

I didn’t find a Portland-based mentor for clinical supervision in San Diego, and my practice didn’t change overnight. A year and a half later, I’m still challenged by how to integrate this material. The change to my practice has been incremental. I don’t do any big “pain education” speeches, and I don’t do any fancy screening tests or questionnaires. But I find that I’m increasingly able to shape clinical conversations in beneficial ways. And when difficult topics arise during a massage, I feel much more confident that I’ve fulfilled my professional duties. I feel more confident that I’ve done the best that I can do.

That confidence comes in large part from belonging to this community of clinicians all challenging ourselves to become better providers. SDPS helped me make many, many friends who are already contributing so much. I trust them to help me improve, and hopefully our collective effort will improve our professions.
— Mark Retzlaff, massage therapist, United States

July 29th

I first heard about the summit through a colleague. I was intrigued about the pain science education information out there so this was the perfect place to find more education. My first exposure was via the videos released on Facebook.

I then streamed the conference for 2016 from home and was blown away by the presentations and this new way of thinking and treating the patients. For 2017 I was planning on attending but my schedule changed and was unable to attend. I am registered for 2018 and very much looking forward to participating and learning from the the diverse presentations.

I have been following some of the presenters from the past 3 years and it has changed the way I practice and interact with my patients. Diane Jacobs from 2015 was a game changer for me, I now am very aware to be patient with my treatments and have the nervous system at the top of my priority list of treatment goals.

My patients are very familiar with the pain science education lingo that I have learned over the past three years. We are talking about things like fear-avoidance, nervous system sensitivity, and the balance between load and adaptation.

These conferences have changed the way I practice for the better. Thank you for continuing to put these conferences together.
— S.P.

August 26th

The idea that sciatica is not caused by compression but inflammation pretty much blew my mind. I follow a lot of the pain science speakers/ collaborators and have learned a lot about things like BPS model applied to pain, the psychology of the client in relation to pain, how pain is not a predictable mechanical system but depends on many factors. I am an LMT and psychology undergrad and it has helped me in getting a jump start before taking neuroscience this fall.
— Amy Casey

For info about each year Summit set:

2015 Consists of the following presentations:

~ Crossing The Chasm: Integrating Pain Science And Finding Your Way by Jason Silvernail, DPT, DSc, CSCS, FAAOMPT

~ Multi-Model Approach To Chronic Pain In An HMO Environment by Kara Barnett, MPT, OCS

~ Novel Movement Opportunities Using The Edgework Approach by Cory Blickenstaff, PT, MS, OCS

~ The M.I.P. Algorithm: A Clinically Applicable Bio-Psycho-Social Model For Motor Control by Joe Brence, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, DAC

~ Simple Contact: Role Of Instinct To Self Correct by Barrett Dorko, PT

~ Neurodynamics From The Top Down by John Ware, PT

~ Making Connections: Manual Therapy For The Nervous System In Pain by Diane Jacobs, PT

~ Stories From The Clinic: What I Wished I Had Known About Pain Science When I Started Out by Ravensara Travillian, Ph.D.

~ Making Progress In The Face Of Uncertain Pain by Eric Kruger, DPT

~ Yoga Therapy As A Vehicle For Pain Science Education by Neil Pearson, MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500

2016 Consists of the following presentations:

~ Keynote Dr. Robert Sapolsky didn't allow the distribution of his 1 hr presentation, but the 30 min Q&A is included in this video series.

~ Placebo and Nocebo: Different Contexts, Different Pains by Fabrizio Benedetti, Ph.D.

~ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy In A Manual Therapy Setting by Alison Sim

~ The Professionalization of Massage Therapy through Integration with Pain Science by Ravensara Travillian, Ph.D.

~ Willingness To Have Pain and Commitment To Valued Living In Chronic Pain by Kevin Vowles, Ph.D.

~ Getting From "Perhaps" To "Yes": Motivation, Confidence And Communication by Bronnie Lennox Thompson, Ph.D.

~ Clinical Application of the Pain Paradigm: Challenging the Challenge by Michael Shacklock, DipPhysio, MAppSc, FACP

~ Practical Pain Science in the Clinic by Sandy Hilton, DPT, MSc

~ Insights On Movement From A Feldenkrais Perspective by Todd Hargrove

2017 Consists of the following presentations:

~ A Paradigm Shift In Understanding and Treating Back Pain by Keynote: Peter O'Sullivan, Dip Physio, Post Grad Dip Manip Ther, PhD, FACP, APAM

~ Making Sense Out of Exercise and Pain: A Science-Based Approach To Program Design by Roderick Henderson, PT, ScD, OCS, CSCS

~ Birth and Death Of the Pain Engram by Melissa Farmer, Ph.D.

~ Psychosocial Influences on Pain and Its Treatment | Panel Discussion Chaired by Dr. Jeffrey Mogil with Dr. Christopher Moyer, Dr. Beth Darnall, & Dr. Leonie Koban

~ Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation by Jeffrey Mogil, Ph.D.

~ Stepping Away From Exercise and Towards Movement by Ben Cormack

~ A Tree Falls in a Forest: Improving Pain Science Communication to Patients and Peers by Jonathan Fass, PT, DPT, CSCS

~ Clinicians Get Creative by Bronnie Lennox Thompson, Ph.D.

~ Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The Missing Link in Persistent LBP? by Carolyn Vandyken, BHSc (PT), Cred MDT, CCMA

~ Collaboration Forum: Facilitating Professional Dialogue | Round Table Discussion moderated by Dr. Karen Litzy with Dr. Jason Silvernail, Nick Tumminello, Dr. Jonathan Fass, & Ben Cormack

~ Research by Ruth Werner (Unfortunately this video had tech issues and is not avalaible for viewing)