I was delighted not only to present the main findings of my PhD research at the ECU 2014 Convention in Dublin but to receive the ‘Best New Researcher’ prize! Really fantastic – many thanks to the ECU.
On the podium about to begin my presentation at ECU 2014, cool as a cucumber…
I had been a little nervous about how my findings might be received by chiropractors, having already presented my findings at a largely surgical conference, BritSpine . The findings were fairly well received at BritSpine. How might they be received by a profession that has largely been defined, at least in the past, by it’s use of spinal manipulation?
The findings, in a nutshell, were that cervical spine manipulation is associated with increased inter-vertebral motion – that was the headline. However, as with any “big” headline, there are a couple of caveats, in other words, the changes in motion were not too dramatic and only occurred in some of the patients. However, this was the first study (to my knowledge) to demonstrate changes in inter-vertebral motion after manipulation. I don’t want to say any more as we have had a paper accepted for publication and we are reliably informed it will be available online by the end of this month. Once it’s published I’ll be able to tell you the full story. Look out for the paper in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies very soon!
Alister Du Rose (fellow chiropractor) and I held an event at AECC as part of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning 2014 on the 12th of June. ‘The Wonders of the Human Spine’ attracted all age-groups and all were eager to find out how this amazing structure works and a little bit about when it goes wrong.
Using foam rolls and Velcro to demonstrate the sliding filament theory of muscle contraction
The audience learned about the functions of the spine, and enjoyed a brief history of the visualisation of the spine including relevant history of art all the way through to modern imaging and measurement techniques. They also learned about how trauma, disc hernias and tumours might all be identified with imaging techniques.
“Would you like some vertebrae?”
During the session vertebrae and anatomical models were distributed so that the audience could look at these up close and a demonstration of electromyography gave an insight into how muscle activity might be measured (apparently not all my lower trunk muscles have been replaced by fat over the past year writing a PhD thesis).
Demonstration of muscle activity using electromyography. That 5-year old boy pushing me down sure was strong…
One audience member was treated to the one jam donut that was not squished during a demonstration of disc herniation (not strictly biomechanically how these occur, but a tasty way of demonstrating it).
Demonstration of disc herniation with beakers and jam donuts…
Learning should be fun. Next time I think we should have more donuts…see below for some more photos of this fun evening. Huge thanks to Emily Diment for her help including the taking of these great pics.
Measuring neck motion with the cervical range of motion (CROM) device
Kids getting inquisitive with anatomical model
“That’s all folks!”