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All conference attendees are automatically ACRM members. Non-members receive a 6-month introductory ACRM membership automatically with registration. Put your member benefits to work right away—join an ACRM community group and attend a community group or task force meeting! PLEASE NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the Online Program for the most up-to-date information.


Wednesday 6 NOV

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • Pain Rehabilitation Networking Group Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
    Location: 4F, 4th Floor



Instructional Courses >>


IC 3: Moving & Living From the Inner Core: Integrating Alternative Health Principles to Support Clinical Outcomes >>

This workshop introduces and discusses how rehabilitation specialists integrate the concept of the “energetic inner core (DanTian)” into rehabilitative practices in order to enhance rehabilitation outcomes. It will focus on the clinical application of eastern medical theory and philosophy on clients with complex chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome and adhesive capsulitis.

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IC 9: Integrated Mind-Body Rehabilitation Practice >>

Moving beyond lip-service into effective delivery of whole-person care can be a challenge. In this workshop, we will explore the application of practical tools for evidence-based mind-body integration in rehabilitation. The chronic pain and opioid epidemics underscore a need for improved capacity to engage an integrative model of care, however this makes good sense as a standard for all care. The historical splitting of mind, body, and environment (both physical and social) continues to negatively impact the delivery of care. The inter-related fields of psychoneuroimmunology and mind-body medicine demonstrate the role of toxic stress on processes of autonomic dysregulation, central sensitization, and other biological underpinnings of pain and many other chronic health challenges. Person-centered mind-body care can help! Join us – biopsychosocial practice starts now!

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Featured Symposia


Interdisciplinary Management of Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy >>

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neurpathy is an adverse effect of many chemotherapy regimens that can have significant impact on quality of life of cancer survivors. This symposium will highlight the importance of an interdisciplinary rehabilitative approach in the evaluation, medical managment and treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Therapuetic intervention for treatment of pain, sensory impairments, functional deficits, and balance dysfunction related to chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy will be discussed.

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Through A Patient’s Eyes, How Multiple Trauma Improved My Practice >>

After 22 years of inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation focused on quality of life and returning patients home, I became my typical patient. In an instant I went from an active physician to unable to move, breaking 20 bones in one impact mountain biking in Whistler BC. My successful experience as a rehabilitation patient has enhanced my PMR practice and ability to care for patients. Topics covered will include my new perspectives on communication with patients, management of pain, weakness, loss of mobility, fatigue, poor sleep, poor nutrition and difficulties with bowel/bladder function.

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Phantom Pain 101 – Mechanisms and Management >>

Phantom pain and sensation affect many patients after limb loss, sometimes with significant impact on their quality of life (QoL). Multiple factors underlie the variability in clinical presentation, impact on prosthesis use, and activity limitation. Mechanisms proposed to explain phantom pain are similarly myriad, ranging from psychogenic to neurogenic theories. Current management paradigms approach phantom pain as a type of neuropathic pain and include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities.

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ACRM 96th Annual Conference | Progress in Rehabilitation Research

CORE: 5 – 8 NOV 2019 // CHICAGO USA // PRE-CONFERENCE: 3 – 5 NOV 2019