Sensorimotor Retraining and RESOLVE Trial with Carolyn Vandyken
    Patrick Dessaulles

    Welcome to the New Directions podcast, the official podcast of the Physiotherapy Association of B. C. My name is Patrick Dessaulles, and I am the professional development lead at P. A. B. C. and the host of this episode. Before we begin, I would like to acknowledge that I live and work on the ancestral, unceded, and occupied lands of the Syilx Okanagan First Nation.

    I also acknowledge the lands of the Indigenous peoples across B. C. Thank you. In this episode, I sit down with Carolyn Van Dyken, a practicing physiotherapist and educator, to discuss the RESOLVE trials and sensory motor retraining. Thank you very much, Carolyn, for taking the time to sit down with me today.

    I really appreciate it.

    Carolyn Vandyken

    Thanks for the invite, Patrick. I really appreciate it as well.

    Patrick Dessaulles

    Maybe if you could start off by just giving everybody a brief introduction to who you are and what you're up to these days and

    Carolyn Vandyken

    sounds great. Yeah. So I'm a practicing physiotherapist in Ontario. I have been a licensed physiotherapist since 1986.

    So just just shy of 40 years and I have been practicing primarily in orthopedics for most of my career and then specialized really in pelvic health in the early 2000s. And in the early 2000s, in Ontario at least, there was very few physiotherapists who were practicing pelvic health. And so it, it became a really quick interest and passion of mine just because there was such a need to, really expand those services.

    And I was lucky enough in 2008 to actually take a wonderful course with Debbie Patterson, who's definitely been one of my mentors since she's in Calgary. And she's probably has 45 or 50 years of clinical experience at this point and still is a practicing physio and she introduced me to a topic called women in pain, which really fit with my pelvic health practice because at that point, certainly most of what we were doing was still strength training for the pelvic floor.

    This was the early 2000s. And so in 2008, she really introduced me to the idea of a sensitive nervous system of central sensitization and kind of what was happening in, in, the woman in pain. And that really spurred me to go on and explore a little bit more. And in 2010, I was lucky enough to go overseas to actually take the first neurodynamic and neuromatrix conference with Lorma Mosley and David Butler, who you all know, I'm sure.

    And And that was an amazing conference that really opened my eyes to the nervous system and its role in pain. The problem with that conference, it was really targeted to orthopedic therapists. And my struggle was a lot of the techniques that they talked about, graded motor imagery and two point discrimination and some of the other things that we will do in orthopedics didn't fit in pelvic health.

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