Graded Motor Imagery – Portland, Oregon

For the first time, effective treatment for difficult neuropathic pain states (eg CRPS) is now available. The Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) course provides the most up to date basic sciences, clinical trials and clinical use of the program. The course is series of lectures, practical sessions and clinical applications.

The term ‘graded motor imagery’ broadly means that in rehabilitation the focus is placed on synaptic exercise and health and is delivered in a graded fashion. The exercising of synapses assumes that the brain is changeable and easily adaptable and gives hope to people with difficult pain states. It involves the use of computers, flashcards, imagined movements and mirror visual feedback.

Evidence for the use of GMI comes from basic sciences (neuroscience) and clinical trials. It can offer substantial improvements in pain and disability in complex regional pain syndrome and phantom limb pain and anecdotally, the GMI program or parts of it may offer improvements in a range of chronic pain states such as brachial plexus lesions and osteoarthritis.

Course Details

Friday & Saturday
December 7 & 8, 2018

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Stanley Family Classrooms 20-23
9155 SW Barnes Road
Portland OR 97225

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

Robert Johnson

Registration information may be found at

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Our Faculty

Robert Johnson PT, DPT, OCS
Robert Johnson PT, DPT, OCSFaculty

Robert Johnson PT, DPT, OCS is Co-Owner and Director of Residency Education for ACHIEVE Manual Physical Therapy in Chicago, IL. He is past Chair of the Orthopedic Specialty Council of the ABPTS, serving on the committee for two consecutive terms from 1999-2007. He is a practicing clinician specializing in manual therapy, spinal dysfunction and pain management since graduating from Northwestern University in 1979. He is a former faculty member of Northwestern University Medical School and currently holds an adjunct clinical professor appointment from USC.  

He is Director of Education for NOI US, teaching with David Butler/NOI  in the area of neurobiology / pain science /clinical neurodynamics.

Mr. Johnson continues to lead clinically relevant neuro-orthopedic seminars locally, nationally and internationally.

Course Agenda

Friday, December 7, 2018
7:30 to 8:00am Registration
8:00am to 4:30pm 

Saturday, December 8, 2018
8:00am to 4:00pm



Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will have:

  • knowledge of the neuromatrix paradigm and how the brain changes in pain
  • an awareness of graded exposure and its application to pain neurosignatures
  • practical knowledge and skills of the Graded Motor Imagery ‘process’ – including left/right body discrimination, implicit and explicit motor imagery and mirror therapy
  • some associated educational techniques

Other Pertinent Information

Please dress in casual clothing.

While there are no prerequisites for this course, attendance at an Explain Pain course would certainly assist, as would pre-reading The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook and study of the information and resources provided at

In order to maximize your learning it is recommended you bring to the course a laptop, iPad or Android device with internet connection (or check your course venue has public internet connection available).

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