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Digital Seminar

Pain and Neuroplasticity: The Missing Links in Connection and Integration

Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS |  Mica Foster, DC
Approx. 6 Hours
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Jun 17, 2021
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Do you have clients who describe their chronic pain like, “my back is KILLING me” or “I just want my life back”? They want a life that isn’t controlled by pain… before it limited their activity, interfered with their sleep, and prompted ongoing usage of pain meds. They want a life that isn’t based on fear of even greater pain and suffering…

For clients with chronic pain, even after the physical injury has healed, when the pain persists, the effects can be devastating.

Transfuse hope into your clients’ lives with these evidence–based interventions that work!

Watch nationally recognized neuroplasticity expert Dr. Karen Pryor and Dr. Mica Foster as they provide an in-depth illustration of neuroanatomy that depicts how pain changes the brain. You’ll learn how the circuits integrate, and most importantly, how you can target your techniques to effectively mitigate pain. You’ll discover:

  • A framework to connect the missing links between physical injury and neurological integration
  • Neuroplasticity and manual therapy techniques for improved outcomes
  • Specific tools and strategies to treat pain patients more efficiently and effectively.

With this intensive training that brings together the physical, cognitive and behavioral aspects of pain, you’ll gain cutting–edge assessment and treatment techniques for complex chronic pain that you can use immediately in clinic.


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS's Profile

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Health Sphere Wellness Center

Karen Pryor, Ph.D., PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS, has practiced for 40 years in the field. Dr. Pryor is an international speaker and owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, an integrative therapy clinic in Jasper, Tennessee. Involved with orthopedic, chronic pain patients, she developed neuroplasticity techniques that are used in a wide variety of settings including orthopedic hospitals, out-patients clinic, home health, assisted living centers and nursing homes, to advance neurological -orthopedic programs. She is an author of a book teaching Neuroplasticity techniques. Dr. Pryor serves on several boards, including the Tennessee State University Physical Therapy School and Nashville State Community College. In 2010, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to advanced treatment by President Barack Obama. In addition to her pioneering neuroplasticity work, Dr. Pryor has served as an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University Occupational Therapy School, and Volunteer State Community College Physical Therapy Assistant program. She is a clinical instructor for several universities and colleges. With her years of experience and passion for complete wellness, Dr. Pryor advances a more expansive view of how to integrate therapy throughout the lifespan by using neuroplasticity techniques.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Karen Pryor is owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Karen Pryor serves on the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention board.

Mica Foster, DC Related seminars and products: 1

Mica Foster, DC., graduated from University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic in 2005. She is also a licensed Craniosacral therapist, Reiki Master, HeartMath practitioner and Artist. She has a private practice in Hood River, Oregon. She treats a wide array of musculoskeletal disorders with a focus on finding ease and promoting stress reduction. She enjoys teaching "The art of meditation: drawing mandalas" to all ages. She has created "community coloring collaboration" walls to invite community involvement and communication. She has created "custom color pages for the classroom" to decrease stress and increase focus. Her art therapy has been distributed nationwide. Her illustrations have been featured in the book Ten Fingers Ten Toes Twenty Things Everyone Needs to Know in 2019.

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Mica Foster maintains a private practice. Dr. Foster receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Mica Foster has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


  1. Evaluate and treat patients more effectively using a cutting-edge and comprehensive approach to pain management with improved outcomes.
  2. Demonstrate somatosensory pathways that modulate pain and sensory information.
  3. Analyze how the brain interprets and responds to pain, and how to rewire neural circuitry.
  4. Develop skills to employ manual therapy and neuroplasticity techniques to help their patients experience less pain and improve more rapidly.
  5. Employ methods to balance muscle tone and function.
  6. Integrate evidence-based interventions to effectively treat multiple systems dysfunction techniques and mindfulness exercises to tonify the nervous system that promote mind-body connection.


Pain as a multifaceted issue and our pain experience
  • Physiologic and socioeconomic/cultural influences for pain perception
  • The power of social and emotional connections
  • How pain changes the brain
Somatosensory neural network illustrated and explained
  • Pathways that fire together wire together
  • Pain and emotional integration
  • Our endogenous opioid system
  • Somatosensory neurological fiber types and pathways
4 Types of Pain Explained
  • Mechanical
  • Inflammation
  • Neuropathic
  • Non-organic/psychogenic/neuropsychiatric disorders
Comprehensive and holistic evaluation of the patient and concomitant factors for pain perception and recovery
  • Physical and neurological exam
  • Current treatment protocols in the physical and pharmacologic treatment of pain
  • Acute vs chronic pain
  • How we heal from injury, inflammation, cell death and repair
  • Nutrition protocols
  • Epigenetic, social and cultural influences
Polyvagal theory and nervous system activation
  • Neuroplasticity and neurogenesis
  • How to reduce pain from the inside outways to effectively treat and modulate the pain experience by rewiring fear avoidance behavior
  • Manual therapy and pressure techniques that affect pain modulation and recovery
  • How cranial nerves and lower brain centers affect pain modulation
  • How to treat tone using golgi tendon apparatus and reciprocal inhibition
  • Exercises for pairing neurological connections and primitive reflex integration
Clinical case studies
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Coccyx – fracture, subluxation
  • Shoulder and cervical injury – worker’s compensation emotional and social components
  • Shoulder, cervical and lower back pain – military personnel emotional and chemical factors
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
Experiential Lab: Mindfulness through meditation, movement, breath and art
  • Breathing to balance the nervous system
  • Guided mindfulness meditation exercises
  • Movement – Yoga, Tai chi and exercises
  • The art of meditation – drawing mandalas

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Chiropractors
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Other Rehabilitation Professionals


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