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ECU Convention 2018 Budapest

An inspiring group of international chiropractic celebrities heads the bill at the ECU Convention 2018 in Budapest, held in conjunction with the Hungarian Chiropractic Association at the Budapest Congress Centre from 25 to 27 May 2018.

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In a packed three-day programme, a huge range of presentations, workshops, and TEDTalk-style sessions, all focusing on the Chiropractic and The Seven Ages of Man theme, will include:

Age is no barrier to spinal disorders.  Author, lecturer and keynote speaker Donald Murphy will explore why the chiropractor must be ready to provide primary spine care through all stages of a patient’s life.  As a GP offers general care throughout life, so a chiropractor must be identified as providing primary spine care across the age spectrum.

Ageing need not be a pain. The burden of non-communicable diseases such as MSK will increase in Europe as the population ages.  2017 ACA Researcher of the Year Jan Hartvigsen will argue that patient engagement in preventing and managing these conditions is the only viable route to follow and that chiropractors should adapt if they are to give a lead.

“You can’t handle the truth!” Sports chiropractor and international lecturer Ulrik Sandstrøm will be discussing why telling patients the undiluted truth from the latest research may not be the best way to do your Report of Findings. He will be discussing the Diagnosis Illusion as well as how your patient may not care how clever you are. You will hear how a Report of Findings based around patient-agreed goals and functional change may be better than pointing at facet joints on your spine model.

Performance for all ages; adaptation before pain. John Downes, currently the longest-serving member of the FICS Executive Committee and Director of International Programs at Life University will discuss neuromechanics, sensorimotor deficits and global assessment.

Whatever your age, you did not wake up today to be mediocre. Sports chiropractor, competitor and researcher Bianca Zeitsman will present her perspective on sporting injuries.

Headaches in children. Ulf Wike Ljungblad will discuss practical, paediatric neurological examination and the importance of diet and vitamins, arguing that, even with vitamin D, more is not always better and that there is potential for interdisciplinary cooperation in the treatment of these conditions.

No drugs, more sex and rock ‘n roll. Carlo Ammendiola, award-winning chiropractor and researcher, will present the Boot Camp Programme for Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.

The Green Books:  Sacred Tomes or Historical Footnotes? “Why do we even need the Green Books?” asks one chiropractor. While another states: “Everything I need is in the Green Books.”  To Bill Morgan the Green Books represent an evolution of thought over the early decades and struggles of chiropractic, a glimpse into the minds of our founders. Morgan reminds us of the historic context of the early writings of D D Palmer, how relevant and timely they were when they were written, and what they can reveal to us today.

It’s right in front of your face. Jake Cooke will present the case that cranial nerves are the unsung heroes of the physical examination, a gateway into how the nervous system is functioning. They provide information on the health of the brain, brainstem and spine, helping us to not only improve a patient’s symptoms but prevent falls and future injury.

This is what happens to chiropractic when you add artificial intelligence. Greg Kawchuk will present his scintillating vision of what challenges and opportunities artificial intelligence and robotics can bring to the chiropractic profession.

Dealing with the ravages of lifecan osteoporosis and osteoarthrosis be reversed? Ricardo Fujikawa will discuss data that shows that chiropractic, through mechanical force applied to the body, will not completely recover bone loss, but helps to rebuild it, complementing other therapeutic approaches.

Making exercise fun. Patient adherence to exercise regimes is king – so how do we improve the chances of success? Luke Davies will decide how to make exercise fun, in the clinic and beyond.

Knowledge translation – revolution or revelation? In our field of musculoskeletal pain, uncertainty is everywhere and frustrates both clinicians and patients. In 2016 Arabella Simpkin published a seminal paper, ‘Tolerating Uncertainty — The Next Medical Revolution?’ Yet the estimated current time lag from research to starting to change practice is 17 years. Multiple reasons can explain this lag. But it is not sustainable. So, while tolerating uncertainty might be perceived as a medical revolution, now is the time to tackle knowledge translation. In this talk Jørgen Jevne will focus on the historical concept of translation and how it might affect the chiropractic profession in the 21st century. In a world of quick-fixes and fake news, how do we communicate effectively on topics such as self-management and sustainable health care?

A chiropractic approach to breastfeeding – why do we need a seat at the table? Amy Miller has been involved in the AECC and Bournemouth University interprofessional breastfeeding clinic for four years. She is currently undertaking her PhD, investigating the impact of this clinic on student education and breastfeeding outcomes and experiences. Her workshop will combine the latest evidence with specific clinical knowledge and skills. The aim is to provide an understanding of some of the common problems that breastfeeding mothers and children face, relate these to the musculoskeletal system, and provide skills for the chiropractor to address these problems.

How to detect basic physical signs of neuro-motor immaturity (NMI) in children and adults – come and learn a series of simple, reliable and complementary techniques – fitting into a chiropractic assessment – for detecting the basic signs of NMI, with Magdalena Zweegman (NL/HU), NPP Licensee and INPP Principal for Hungary, and Zsolt Kálbori DC.

This workshop illustrates an extraordinarily successful co-operation between chiropractors and INPP movement therapists in Hungary.

The INPP method was developed by the Institute for Neuro Physiological Psychology in the UK in 1975. It offers the assessment, diagnosis and a remedial daily movement programme to improve physical maturity within an individual’s central nervous system, by the detection and inhibition of persisting primitive reflexes. NMI plays a great role in some of the most common problems today, including learning, behavioural, attention and co-ordination difficulties.

A pain in the neck! – The Clinical Chiropractic Special Interest Group will lead an interactive demonstration of valid evidence-based testing procedures for cervical radiculopathy, focusing on a case study that can be found in the Resources section of the ECU app .

The ECU app will be live during the 2018 Convention with updates and essential information. It will bring real-time event schedules, news updates, discussion topics, alerts and notifications of sessions and much more! Download the app for free now in the App Store (IOS version) or Google play store (Android version). And while you’re downloading, get Kahoot! too – it will enhance your learning opportunities during the convention.

The annual pre-Convention Researchers’ Day will take place on 24 May in the same venue.

The social aspect of the convention also promises to be very special: the local evening will involve a ride in horse-drawn carriages and a visit to the Lipizzaner stud, and the gala dinner will take place aboard a cruise ship on the River Danube.

Register for the event today – early bird prices end on 8 April!

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