Dr. Mario Novo

Pain Neuroscience Education and Blood Flow Restriction Training for Pain Reduction, Muscle Health, and Rehabilitation

Presentation Outline: Pain Neuroscience Education and Blood Flow Restriction Training for Pain Reduction, Muscle Health, and Rehabilitation

Introduction by Dr. Stefi Cohen, DPT

Welcome and introduction to the audience: A brief explanation of how SWIS brought both Dr. Novo and Dr. Cohen together to pursue the development of Advanced Training Principles (ATP). ATP stands for the pursuit of excellence in health education, training guidance, and recovery strategies. We believe in the pursuit of living your best life through the knowledge and mentorship that comes through coaching and the rehabilitation sciences.

Part 1: Pain Neuroscience Education for Pain Reduction
Understanding the concept of pain neuroscience education (PNE).

1.1 Explaining the biopsychosocial model of pain.

1.2 Highlighting the role of PNE in understanding, managing, and reducing or integrating your pain by way of both the sensory and emotional pathways that have emerged from research.

Part 2: Modulating Pain through Touch, Temperature, Sleep, and Nutrition

2.1 How the sensation of touch, temperature, and requirement for sleep and nutrition are shared across the planet, throughout life as a universal strategy for survival.

2.2 Pain and Performance are but two sides to the coin of how you experience the world and time flow through moments of life that we call dreams, memories, consciousness, arousal, behaviors, and pain experiences.

2.3 Pain is the ultimate teacher; it leaves behind stories and scars that shape the brain throughout our world and life experience of collected senses and developed memories.

2.4 How to use your sense of Touch for Strength Training
Exploring the role of touch in modulating threat or pain perception in Strength training
Techniques for implementing touch in strength training strategies.

2.5 How to use Temperature Methods
Understanding the effects of temperature on pain perception
Discussing the application of hot and cold therapy for pain relief

2.6 Sleep, Performance, and Pain
Highlighting the relationship between sleep and pain
Strategies for improving sleep to reduce pain sensitivity

2.7 Nutritional Science for managing stress-induced changes to body tissues and the panacea of interconnected body systems for Pain Reduction
Exploring the impact of nutrition on pain and inflammation
Identifying dietary modifications to manage pain and support recovery.

Short Introduction from Dr. Novo, DPT

Part 3: Introduction to Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training

3.1 Defining BFR training, its roots in the world of bodybuilding, and the military, with current findings in its physiological mechanisms that support reducing muscle atrophy and the loss of strength that occurs with deconditioning and aging.

Part 4: BFR Training for Reducing Muscle Atrophy and Promoting Hypertrophy

4.1 Understanding Muscle Atrophy. Explaining the causes and consequences of muscle atrophy. Highlighting the potential of BFR training in preventing muscle wastage.

4.2 Muscle Hypertrophy with BFR
Exploring the mechanisms through which BFR promotes muscle growth. Discussing the efficacy of BFR in enhancing hypertrophy compared to traditional training methods and rehabilitation time periods for advancing resistance training

Part 5: BFR Training for Pain Reduction and Rehabilitation.

5.1 Uncovering the analgesic effects of BFR training.

5.2 Examining the application of BFR in musculoskeletal pain management and rehabilitation

Part 6: Practical Considerations for Implementing PNE and BFR Training.

6.1 PNE Implementation Strategies. Steps for integrating pain neuroscience education into clinical practice or self-management. Tips for communicating with patients/clients about pain neuroscience education.

6.2 BFR Training Protocols and Safety Considerations
Detailing the application of BFR training in different contexts (e.g., strength training, rehabilitation)
Safety precautions and guidelines for BFR training implementation

Recap of key points covered in the presentation
Encouraging attendees to explore the potential of pain neuroscience education and BFR training in improving pain management, muscle health, and rehabilitation

Q&A session to address any additional questions


Dr. Mario Novo, DPT, PT is a results driven sports orthopedic physical therapist who specializes in strength and conditioning. Known well by his clients/patients as a mentor and educator, Mario’s passion is to unify the highest levels of rehab science with successful mind and body strength coaching. With Mario’s research having focused on new advancements in muscle hypertrophy periodization and joint health, his goals are to share his knowledge and improve on the human condition through personalized cutting edge program design. Mario currently resides in middle TN where he plans on integrating his skills and knowledge in resistance exercise and rehab to empower and inspire those individuals ready to make a change in their lives through health and fitness.

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