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Resource Package: Qi Gong

Resource Package: Qi Gong

Resource Package: Qi Gong

This course includes
2:18:55 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase

The Mind-body connection has been a popular topic over the past decade when looking at treating pain in a clinical setting but it has not always been linked to central pain mechanisms.  When addressing the mind-body connection as a rehabilitation strategy, phenotyping central pain mechanisms is an important concept.  Utilizing the SAD CLLIFSS strategy in the Level 3a course through Pelvic Health Solutions or the online course, A Clinical Framework for Treating Pain allows clinicians to effectively stratify and treat the phenotypes of persistent pain.

Qi Gong is an effective strategy for addressing smudging in the sensorimotor cortex (changes in the neurotags that produce movement and sensation in a particular joint or body part) because it includes novel, rotary movements that most patients have not previously experienced.  Qi Gong, along with yoga, tai chi, and meditation, also helps to evoke the relaxation response which builds resilience in the nervous system.  Building resilience in the nervous system can lead to less guarding and tension in the muscles, thereby effectively and efficiently addressing tension myalgia (formerly known as trigger points).

This Qi Gong resource package includes 4 curated, therapeutic routines that separately address the lower quadrant of the body, the upper quadrant, breathing mechanics and visceral tension.  They are easy to perform, requiring little to no equipment, easy to learn, enjoyable for most patients and easy to prescribe.  Using the Embodia platform allows you to prescribe these exercises with the click of a button.

What's Included:

  • 8 patient exercise routines - 4 Qi Gong videos and 4 Qi Gong audio resources
  • A 2 week complimentary trial on Embodia for Home Exercise Prescription (thereafter $15/month or $13.50/month on the annual plan or $11.25/month for CPA members)
  • Lifetime access to the resources

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To find out more about the live, online course, A Clinical Framework for Treating Pain, email Carolyn at

To find out more about the Level 3a course go to

The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken

Carolyn graduated from McMaster University in 1986 as a physiotherapist and has practiced in a wide variety of clinical settings, focusing primarily on orthopedics. She has been a McKenzie credentialed physiotherapist since 1999 and has been a member of the Canadian College of Medical Acupuncture since 2002.

She received a certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Health Care Professionals from Wilfred Laurier University in 2016. Her clinical focus changed to Pelvic Health and Incontinence in 2001. Carolyn was the co-founder of Pelvic Health Solutions, a Canadian-based post-graduate teaching company. Carolyn presents extensively internationally on pelvic health and central sensitization. Carolyn has been using telerehabilitation in her clinical practice for the past 4 years.

She has published several framework articles on integrating central pain mechanisms into clinical practice, a pain education book, and several chapters in textbooks on pelvic pain and central sensitization. She is actively involved in research with Dr. Sinead Dufour at McMaster University and has published multiple studies on the connection between low back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Carolyn won the prestigious Woman of Distinction award from the YWCA in 2003 for her work in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Carolyn won the distinguished Education Award from the Ontario Physiotherapy Association in 2015. She co-owns her practice in Muskoka, Physio Works Muskoka along with her daughter, Brittany Vandyken.

Course Material included in this course
  • Qi Gong Videos
  • Lower Body Qi Gong
  • Breathing Qi Gong
  • Upper Body Qi Gong
  • Organ Qi Gong
  • Qi Gong Audio Only
  • Lower Body Qi Gong
  • Breathing Qi Gong
  • Upper Body Qi Gong
  • Organ Qi Gong