This year, however, the aura wasn't there (except for a few people whom I admire), and the environment felt eerily familiar. It was like going back to high school after having been gone for the summer and reuniting with some old classmates and meeting new ones. I was very eager to meet with many fellow massage and physical therapists whom I had conversed with on Facebook for months.
To me, Benedetti's presentation was the most important one because I held misconceptions about the placebo effect and did not know that it happens during ALL treatments, including knee surgery and altitude training with “fake oxygen.” While we know more how the brain functions during a placebo and nocebo effect, I was more interested in the ethical practice of giving a patient or client a placebo, even if it does bring temporary pain relief. Well, I hope that will be another discussion at next year's Pain Summit.
While the Pain Summit had marked another spot in the history of manual therapy and pain science, Roose had a few major drawbacks. “The biggest challenge this year was that I had low registration and too many big ticket speakers. The Summit is in a small bit of a financial bind due to the mistake,” Roose explained. “The keynote was an expensive addition and would have been easily afforded had registration been what it was last year. By the time I realized the numbers weren’t going to go up, it was too late to cancel.”
Despite the lower number of attendance compared to last year, the Pain Summit sailed its course without encountering major problems.
“One was a podcast hosted by Dr. Karen Litzy of Health, Wealthy, & Smart and Paul Lagerman of The Naked Physio. Paul came all the way from New Zealand to attend the Summit. They discussed how clinicians work with people who see them with chronic pain, and the [panel] consisted of Dr. Bronnie Thompson, Dr. Greg Lehman, Dr. Sandy Hilton, Dr. Ravensara Travillian, and Michael Shacklock.
“The other event was ‘Clinicians Get Creative’ with Paul Lagerman. He collected images from around the world that clinicians had created to help them explain pain to their patients. I was unable to attend but at one point. I walked through the packed room and everyone was intently listening to Paul and watching the slides.
“Paul and Bronnie have created a study and we are using it to determine how attendees are using the images with their clients/patients. It was so popular that we are doing it again for the 2017 Summit, but [it will happen] during the conference so the entire audience and those attending via Live-Stream can participate.”
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For Julie Porter, a former registered nurse and a current massage instructor at the National Holistic Institute in San Jose, the main theme she learned is that clients have control of their pain and outcomes.
“What reconfirmed for me was the need to listen. Reaffirming that the client should be in control,” Porter said in an email correspondence with Massage & Fitness Magazine. “As Samuel Butler stated (via Bronnie Thompson), “He that complies against his will is of the same opinion still.
“It is true I do have the knowledge and ability, but the client has the control and power to create and BE the change. We can help the client figure out how to ‘Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.’ This was a quote from Bruce Lee from whom Bronnie had quoted. Thanks Bronnie!”
“I loved the Summit this year. I think the quality of speakers was outstanding and the topics presented are some of the most practically relevant available at any conference,” Dr. Silvernail said. “I love the focus on practical application that this conference has and I'll be attending next year too!”
I look forward to next year's San Diego Pain Summit because it will be leaning toward the realm of exercise science and sports. Back pain expert and researcher Dr. Peter O'Sullivan will be the keynote speaker (tentatively), and according to Roose, speakers will include personal training educator Ben Cormack, former Massage Therapy Foundation president Ruth Werner, Melissa Farmer, Carolyn Vandyken, Dr. Jonathan Fass, DPT, and strength coach Roderick Henderson. I can't wait to see new and familiar faces again!
For more details about the speakers and the 2016 Pain Summit, check out My Cuppa Jo, the Naked Physio, and Diane Jacobs.
And you can also watch this year's presenters here with the purchase of the videos. Students of massage therapy, physical therapy, other manual therapies, medicine, nursing, athletic trainers, and other healthcare students will receive 50% off of all videos.