Video Course: Living with Chronic Back Pain — A Client’s Perspective

Diana Thompson

This webinar was featured during the 2015 ABMP Back Pain Summit. Chronic pain has far-reaching effects, requiring a biopsychosocial approach to treatment. In addition to covering pain statistics, treatment planning, and assessment and measurement tools, Diana Thompson discusses client-centered pain management and the many layers of dysfunction beyond the physical manifestations—fatigue, fear, isolation, frustration, abandonment, etc. Learn how bodyworkers are well-equipped and uniquely positioned to address the multifaceted and diverse needs of the individual living with pain.  

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Diana Thompson

Diana Thompson, a licensed massage therapist for nearly 35 years, has a private practice in Seattle, Washington, treating acute and chronic pain disorders and specializing in postoperative care. She is the author of a new book, Integrative Pain Management: Massage, Movement, and Mindfulness Based Practices; authored Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists, and wrote a regular column in Massage and Bodywork magazine, titled Somatic Research, from 2010-2013. She has just launched her next iteration of medical documentation with a web-based version: Hands Heal Electronic Health Records. Diana lectures at massage, acupuncture, midwifery, chiropractic, physician, and physical therapy conferences internationally, and is a consultant for massage therapy research with The Research Institute at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. She is a past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, and the proud recipient of many national honors. Learn more at

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