Explain Pain – Portland, Oregon

In a world experiencing an epidemic of chronic pain and increasing evidence of the failure of synthetic drugs; simple but extremely powerful educational tools can effectively target the natural pain treatment systems within us all.

Knowledge is power. In the new series of Explain Pain courses delivered by Dr David Butler and the NOI teams around the world, cutting edge pain sciences are made accessible and understandable for all. The sciences are turned into metaphor and descriptive narratives, all on a framework of conceptual change science and the philosophy of emergence. Explaining pain is a two way process – the pain patterns, metaphors and stories from the patient’s viewpoint need reasoned analysis and are critical to meeting sufferers at their story.

We know more about pain in the last ten years than in the thousand years before and it’s all increasingly providing answers to “why do I hurt the way I do” and “what can I do about it”. The knowledge is applicable to the young and the old, from back pain to hemiplegia, general aching to the complexities of phantom pain and complex regional pain syndrome.

Decades of research and clinical experience have now been synthesised in the next step of the Explain Pain revolution – The Protectometer. A new device found in the most recently published book from Moseley and Butler, The Protectometer allows a person and their clinician to map out their pain experience, understand all the many factors that affect it, and develop a tailored therapeutic education and treatment programme.
This therapy works – there are no side effects, it is available around the clock, it continues to improve and you can share it with others. These are exciting days for neuroscience, but it must be made exciting for sufferers as well.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity. NOI Explain Pain courses are fun, intellectually stimulating, based on evidence, always challenging, and with the introduction of the Protectometer, you will come away with the most impressive therapeutic tool set ever.  The NOI Explain Pain course is based on David Butler and Lorimer Moseley’s book Explain Pain Second Edition and The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer.



Course Details

Saturday and Sunday
April 20 & 21, 2018

Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
6233 NE 78th Court
Portland OR 97218

This course has been approved for 14 CEU hours by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Matt Heintzelman
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
Level 1 – Coach USA Triathlon

Registration information may be found at http://paradigmedu.com

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Our Faculty

Matt Heintzelman, PT
Matt Heintzelman, PTFaculty

Matt Heintzelman is a physical therapist with over 25 years of experience across the rehabilitation spectrum. He holds a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton, an MS degree in Information Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University. 

Matt has several peer-reviewed publications and presentations related to injury risk reduction, patient satisfaction, and management of patients with chronic disease conditions. He holds certifications in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute, Level I Coaching from USA Triathlon, and LSVT-BIG for patients with Parkinson’s and related movement disorders.  

Matt provides In-Home Physical Therapy Services specializing in clients with Persistent/Chronic Pain. He also provides post rehabilitation return to sport programs, and sports performance improvement programs. 

In addition to his clinical practice, Matt serves as an adjunct faculty for Lebanon Valley College’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. He has developed and taught coursework in Exercise Science, Geriatrics and Joint Replacement, and Evidenced Based Practice. He is an active member of the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society and serves on the Education Committee.

Matt lives in the Philadelphia Suburbs with his wife, young daughter and their Labrador Retriever with an unending appetite.

Course Agenda

Saturday, April 20, 2018
7:30 to 8:00am Registration
8:00am to 4:30pm 

  • Conceptual Change and the Biopsychosocial Approach
  • How Does the Nervous System Work?
  • Narratives from Neuroscience
  1. Tissue issues, nociception and pain
  2. “I have got a pinched nerve”
  3. “It’s all in your head”

Sunday, April 21, 2018
8:00am to 4:00pm

  • Narratives from Neuroscience Continued
  1. “Perturbations in Homeostasis”
  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education
  • Biologically Based Graded Exposure (pacing)
  • Virtual Body Exercises


Course Objectives

  • To expand the clinical framework of rehabilitation via the paradigms of neuromatrix and pain mechanisms
  • To teach biologically based pain management skills under a framework of the sciences of clinical reasoning and evidence from clinical trials, neurobiology and education research
  • To reconceptualize pain in terms of modern neuroscience and philosophy
  • To stimulate an urgent reappraisal of current thinking in rehabilitation, with benefits for all stakeholders in clinical outcomes – the patient, the therapist, the referrer and the payer
  • To teach the core pain management skills of neuroscience education.

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Please dress in casual clothing.

One major strength of the Explain Pain course is that participants come from many professions so come with an open mind. Reading the Explain Pain book prior to the course would also be ideal [ISBN: 978-0-9750910-0-5]. 

The NOI Explain Pain course is based on David Butler and Lorimer Moseley’s book Explain Pain Second Edition and The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer.

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