Explain Pain/Graded Motor Imagery – Sayre, PA

Explain Pain
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.

Graded Motor Imagery

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 programme. 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

June 1-3, 2018

Robert Packer Hospital
Patterson Auditorium
One Guthrie Square
Sayre PA 18840

This course has been approved for ____ 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 Fee of $595.00 until May 1.
Registration fee will increase to $625.00 on May 2.

Registration will close on May 22, 2018 or when we reach 50 participants (whichever comes first).

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Our Faculty

Matt Heintzelman, DPT
Matt Heintzelman, DPTFaculty

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

Friday, June 1, 2018
7:30 to 8:00am Registration
8:00am to 4:30pm 


Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:00am to 4:30pm 


Sunday, June 3, 2018
8:00am to 4:30pm 



Explain Pain Course Objectives

  • Expand the clinical framework of rehabilitation via the paradigms of neuromatrix and pain mechanisms
  • Teach biologically based pain management skills under a framework of the sciences of clinical reasoning and evidence from clinical trials, neurobiology and education research
  • Reconceptualize pain in terms of modern neuroscience and philosophy
  • 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
  • Teach the core pain management skills of neuroscience education.


Graded Motor Imagery Course Objectives

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

Other Pertinent Information

Refunds less a $25.00 cancellation fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to agnes@noigroup.com thirty (30) days prior to the event start date. Following this date, no refunds will be given and a credit will be issued to use towards another event within one year.

Please dress in business casual clothing.

To Register With a Check, please send your registration information including name, credentials, email, mailing address and phone number along with a check payable to NOI US to:
857 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 2
Penn Valley PA 19072

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.

While there are no prerequisites for the GMI course, pre-reading The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook and study of the information and resources provided at gradedmotorimagery.com.


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Register today for Explain Pain with Matt Heintzelman, DPT!

Registration will close on May 22, 2018 or when we reach 50 participants (whichever comes first).
Register Now!