October 7, 2010 — The chiropractic profession was the main developer of the art and science of manipulation in the 20th century — but how much do you really know about the history of manipulation and its status in the world today?
This is one major theme of the WFC congress program in Rio de Janeiro in April 2010. In one plenary session, the Palmer College of Chiropractic historian Glenda Wiese describes the origins of SMT and its history through to the 1950s. She is author of a chapter on this subject in Haldeman’s Principles and Practice of Chirpractic (Third Edition).
David Chapman-Smith then describes the changes occurring from the 1970s to the 1990s — the era in which spinal manipulation moved from rejection to acceptance by the wider health science community. He lived through this, recording the new research guidelines and acceptance in his newsletter The Chiropractic Report.
Next Dr. Molly Robinson describes and compares current requirements in chiropractic and osteopathic education. Dr. Robinson is the chiropractor on staff at the World Health Organization, and has been involved in the editing of WHO’s Guidelines in this field.
Final speaker in this session is Professor Mariano Rocabado, Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile speaking on SMT and Physiotherapy: History and Current Standards of Education. Professor Rocabado, a doctor of physical therapy and a leading international authority on PT manual therapy, will bring us up to date on exactly what is happening in his profession.
There is much more. In the opening session of the academic program Dr. Scott Haldeman of Los Angeles and Dr. Greg Kawchuk of the University of Alberta, Canada explain the physiological and biomechanical mechanisms of action of joint manipulation and the known effects. On the second day Dr. Lindsay Rowe, co-author of Essentials of Skeletal Radiology by Yochum and Rowe, and qualified as both a chiropractic and medical radiologist, addresses red flags and what to avoid when considering spinal manipulation.
Following these lectures there is a choice of technique workshops from leading clinicians and experts — for example Dr. Mark Charrette on lower extremities, Dr. Brian Nook on side posture lumbar adjusting, Dr. John Downes of Life University on cervical adjustment, Dr. Arlan Fuhr on Activator Methods and Dr. Elise Hewitt on pediatric adjustment.
Today clinical guidelines are increasingly recommending a combination of manipulation and exercise for patients with recurring of chronic neck and back pain. Two leading authorities present lectures on best exercises and recommendations for practice with patients with chronic pain and disability.
The first is Eduardo Bracher, DC, MD, PhD, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a Palmer West graduate who is also a medical specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Bracher will review best exercises for spinal problems. The second is Michael Schneider, DC, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Schneider will review best exercises and recommendations for chronic pain in the upper and lower extremities.
For more information on the event, visit www.wfc.org/congress2011.
Source: World Federation of Chiropractic, www.wfc.org