Pain Detectives Course

Become a pain detective to uncover the source of your client's pain issues


The pain detectives on this case are the founder of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, Erik Dalton, and senior educator, Aubrey Gowing.


Like a detective, our job when working with people in pain is to look at the scene, gather evidence, and use our powers of deductive reasoning to find the culprit. Unfortunately, the sleuthing techniques you learned in massage school don’t always prepare you for the messy “crime scenes” you encounter in your practice. You’ll often find yourself in situations where there are lots of clues as to what may be causing your client’s pain, but the perpetrator is sneaky, evasive, and hard to identify.

Fortunately, we have the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of the massage profession to teach you their powerful investigative methods. In this advanced continuing education course, you’ll learn their methodology for gathering evidence and catching pain culprits.

To test their powers of observation and deductive reasoning, our pain detectives were given a challenge: They had to solve the cases of four people in pain in 40 minutes or less. There was no interrogation. They weren’t allowed to ask their subjects any questions. They had to use their ingenious methods to determine the source of their client’s pain.

Could they unlock the secret to their client’s pain? Find out in this compelling pain mystery story.

Course Description

This is not your typical orthopedic assessment course. In this course, you will learn how you can use a unique osteopathic assessment framework to assess your clients and get to the root of their pain complaints. You’ll examine three ways of gathering clues: Asymmetry, restriction of motion, and tissue texture abnormalities (ART). 

You’ll observe Erik Dalton and senior MAT instructor, Aubrey Gowing, applying this assessment framework to four clients. You’ll follow along in real time as they discuss the clues they uncover. They’ll point out the significance of these clues to the case. You’ll see how their observations inform the next steps in their assessment and how they start connecting the dots through their clinical reasoning. They do not conduct any intake interviews. They let each client’s body do the talking. And you’ll be surprised what their bodies tell you!

By the time you finish this unique course, you’ll have discovered a systematic way of uncovering the source of your own clients’ pain using this unique assessment framework. Pain’s a crime! By honing your observational skills and improving your clinical reasoning, you’ll return to your practice with the essential skills you need to help your clients get better faster.

Are you ready to have some fun while becoming a more effective clinician and developing a more satisfying and successful practice? Then what are you waiting for? Put on your detective hat and jump in! 

Earn 4 CE hours! Upon successful completion, you will earn 4 CE hours for your bodywork licensure, recognized by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), and most State Licensing Boards. This MAT course is approved by CE Broker under the “General Category” only.

Diane Pineault
Diane PineaultWindsor, Ontario & Detroit, Michigan
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"As a well-trained and studied therapist, the MAT online trainings reinforced my current skill set while also encouraging me to view the body and my treatment approaches from additional perspectives. The information is current, clearly presented and immediately applicable."
Matthew Smith
Matthew SmithVienna, West Virginia
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"The depth of knowledge that MAT training provides is valuable not only for its effective hands-on techniques, but also for its attention to principles of anatomical assessment, movement retraining, and manual application."
Joani Donovan
Joani DonovanToledo, Ohio
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"MAT has changed my world both professionally and personally. It has given me the confidence needed to build trusting referral relationships with the top team of medical doctors in the city of Toledo. I am considered a rehab therapist and I laugh when people say Dr. K referred me to you cuz you can fix my sh**! "



eCourse Includes:

  • Online streaming videos
  • Printable certificate of completion

Get access to all course materials online. Lifetime access and no shipping fees! 

Important note for certified Master Myoskeletal Therapists (MMTs):
This course will cover your two-year requirement for the continuing education needed for the maintenance of your certificate. 


The eLearning Course contains:

  • Online streaming instructional videos (instant access)
  • Detailed instructions for all techniques
  • A downloadable full-color manual
  • Online tests and printable certificate of completion
  • Lifetime access to all course materials

The Home Study format contains hard goods that are shipped to you. This includes:

  • All course materials are either on instructional DVDs or USBs
  • Full-color printed textbook or manual
  • Mail-in test 
  • FREE BONUS: When you purchase the Home Study version, you’ll get access to the eLearning Course as outlined above

You save with eLearning: Because there is no hard product to ship with the eLearning Course format, we can pass the savings onto you!

Upon successful completion of a course, you will earn continuing education credits for your massage or bodywork licensure. All our courses are recognized by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and most State Licensing Boards. 

This online continuing education may or may not count towards your required CE credit requirements. It’s your responsibility, and not the responsibility of Freedom From Pain Institute, to check with your regulatory agency to confirm whether these will be accepted as CE credits in your jurisdiction.

eCourse: As soon as your payment posts the eCourses are delivered to your inbox.

Home Study Course: When you purchase a Home Study Course your course materials will be shipped to you. You will also get access to the related eCourse. *For Shipping Orders: Please note there may be delays from shipment carriers that are beyond our control. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

Most courses can be completed in a weekend of intensive studying, like a self-guided workshop. However, you’re welcome to spread your study time out across weeks or even months. There are no time restraints on taking the courses. You’ll have lifetime access to the online materials and can complete the exam whenever you’re ready.

No. You can start with any course you like, and complete the courses in any order. Each course is standalone and does not require prerequisites. However, to get the most out of your learning experience we highly suggest you start with the foundational courses so you have a solid understanding of the principles behind Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques. You can purchase the foundational courses in a bundle for a significant discount. Click here for details.

You are required to pass any tests for each course before we can issue your certificate of completion. All tests are multiple choice and you’ll have the opportunity to repeat the tests if you do not pass the first time. 

For eCourses, there is a short test to complete after each lesson. Once you’ve successfully completed all tests, you’ll be automatically issued an online certificate of completion for you to print. 

For home study courses, you’ll have the option to do a final written test and mail it in to us or do the online tests.

Check out our complete FAQs here. If you can’t find your answer, contact us and we’d be happy to help you.