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gave an insight into how muscle activity might be measured (apparently not all my lower trunk muscles have been replaced by fat over the past year writing a PhD thesis).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!”