Neil Pearson


Neil is a physical therapist, a Clinical Assistant Professor at University British Columbia, and a yoga therapist.

He is an engaging educator and compassionate clinician, able to make the complex understandable, willing to share his knowledge and expertise in pain care, and always ready to learn more.

Neil’s most influential mentors and teachers have been the people in pain he has served.

He is also an aspiring writer.

My goal is to help people living in pain and to assist others with the same desire to serve.

We must shift many paradigms.

Our views of pain, of people in pain, and of the role and effectiveness of non-pharmacological pain care are mostly outdated.


  • physical therapist since 1985, focusing on complex pain since 2000
  • faculty at UBC since 1997
  • educated 5000+ people in pain in group education sessions
  • educated 2000+ in his Pain Care Yoga training programs
  • consultant with Doctors of British Columbia since 2013, to develop and implement clinical pain management continuing education
  • past Director of Pain BC
  • founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division
  • faculty member for international yoga therapist training programs
  • author of ‘Yoga Therapy’ in the 2016 book Integrative Pain Management
  • author of Understand Pain Live Well Again 2007
  • developer of an online pain self care curriculum


: Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen’s University 2015

: Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education from Canadian Pain Society 2012

: Award of excellence for Clinical Contribution from Physio Association of BC 2010

Peer reviewed articles

Blinkenstaff, C, Pearson, N. Reconciling Movement and Exercise with Pain Neuroscience Education: a Case for Consistent Education. Physiotherapy Practice Review,32(5):396-407 2016

Pearson, N. Know Pain. Yoga Therapy Today, Summer, 2013. 14-16.

Pearson N. Yoga and Chronic Low Back Pain. IJYT 2010, 20: 53-54.

Pearson, N. Yoga For People in Pain. IJYT 18; 77-86, 2008.

Pearson, ND, Walmsley, RP. Trial into the effects of repeated neck retractions in normal subjects.  Spine 20: 1245, 1995.