Introduction to the Biopsychosocial Model in Pain

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Lesson Plan

In this Webinar Dr. Emily Splichal will explore the science of how people behave and cope with illness or injury, which can directly influence their outcomes. Explore the impact of chronic stress, ANS dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV on the healing body.


  • Discuss the biopsychosocial model
  • Describe stress and emotional influences on pain 
  • Describe the autonomic nervous system and the polyvagal theory 
  • Recognize how to integrate the biopsychosocial approach in rehab and in your practice


Course Access:
On Demand – the course is available for 1 year.
Subscription – the course is available as long as you have the account.
You can start and stop the course at any time.

Target Audience: Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapy, Doctor of Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy
Prerequisite: None
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Disclosure: No relevant information to disclose
Content disclosure: This course does not focus on any product or service.

Course Outline: (1 hour) A quiz is provided for CE Credit at the end of the course
Introduction / outline – 2 min
Why do two patients respond differently to treatment or rehab, The Complexity of Human Beings – 2 min
The Biopsychosocial Model – 5 min
Medically Unexplained Chronic Pain – 5 min
Critical Periods of Development – 6 min
What is Homeostasis? – 3 min
Autonomic Nervous System / Sympathetic – 4 min
The Polyvagal Theory – 8 min
How can you tell your patient is stressed out? – 8 min
Integrating the Biopsychosocial Approach – 10 min

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Athletic Trainers: WebExercises is an approved provider for the BOC, provider P10199. This course is approved in all states for Athletic Trainers. WebExercises is approved in Florida and Arizona and attendance will be filed with CE Broker.
Topic: Essential

Physical Therapy Approval for this course:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire,  North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Doctor of Chiropractic course approval:
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Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia (approval 2021-675), Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

PACE approval: ID # 8539 – 1 hour
WebExercises is recognized by the PACE program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) is a Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) organization. Approved providers offer the highest standards of education and abide by guidelines and standards outlined by PACE to maintain approval status. Courses need to be listed with PACE and receive an approval number. PACE approved providers are accepted by the following Chiropractic State Boards:  Alaska, Connecticut, DC,  Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

CCE accredited Chiropractic College:
WebExercises is sponsored by a CCE accredited Chiropractic College, Cleveland University-Kansas City. This course meets the appropriate standards for continuing education and qualifies for 1 CEUs (hour) in the following states:
Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan.

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Course Instructor

Emily Splichal, DPM, MS Emily 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.

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