Biopsychosocial Influences on Movement Dysfunction and Chronic Pain

This is a Non CE Course
with a duration of 4 hours Hour(s)

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Lesson Plan

An Integrated Approach to Patient Care

Human beings are very complex. From anatomy and physiology to emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships, all aspects of biopsychosocial influences must be considered in the patient and their treatment program.

Join Functional Podiatrist & Functional Medicine Fellow Dr Emily Splichal as she explores the science of how people behave and cope with illness or injury that can directly influence their outcomes. Explore the impact of chronic stress, ANS dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV on the healing body.

Content Outline:

  • What is the biopsychosocial model and how does it differ from a biomedical model?
  • Understanding psychosomatic conditions
  • Stress and emotional influences on pain
  • Autonomic nervous system and the polyvagal theory
  • Acute stress vs. chronic stress and influences on pain
  • What are somatic exercises and how can they help patients?
  • How is our patient experiences shaped?
  • Attachment Theory and Attunement

Expected Outcomes: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to appreciate the impact of mind, body, emotions on patient presentation and begin to integrate the concept of biopsychosocial into patient care.


– Describe the biopsychosocial model and how does it differs from a biomedical model?
– Define the science of psychosomatic conditions
– Illustrate the impact of stress and emotional influences on pain
– Describe the autonomic nervous system and the polyvagal theory

Schedule: (4 hours)

  • Hour 1 | Learning to let go…through somatic movement
  • Hour 2 | Emotions, Stress, & Neuroimmunology
  • Hour 3 | Early Experience Attachment & subconscious Beliefs
  • Hour 4 | Applications in the Biopsychosocial Approach


Emily Splichal, DPM, MSEmily Splichal, DPM, MS

Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, BarefootRx® and BARE® Workout Certifications for health and wellness professionals. With over 15 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training. Dr Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a specialty in sports medicine, biomechanics and forefoot surgery. Dr Splichal takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full biomechanical assessments and movement screens.