CCGI Evidence-Informed Practice Learning Module Now Available

On 5 May, the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) launched a new series of online learning modules delivered in collaboration with the Continuing Education program of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. The first interactive learning module is on Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP).This module is free of charge, educational and fun to complete and includes a short quiz at the end to test participants’ knowledge. You will find video clips, case studies, and useful hyperlinks to websites and other resources on guidelines and best practices designed to help clinicians put evidence-informed practice into their day-to-day clinical work. The estimated time required for completing the module and the quiz is 30 minutesClinicians who complete the module and quiz will receive a certificate of completion that can be applied for one credit hour of CE.Follow this link to access the module:

Improving mobility in ankylosing spondylitis patients

Most patients who are given the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis have no idea what the disease is all about. Essentially, ankylosing spondylitis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that localizes in the spine. Because it is an auto-immune disease, the body attacks the facet joints between the vertebra, resulting in fusion and the hallmark forward stooping posture. It is difficult to diagnose and patients can live with it for years undetected. Arthritis is generally thought to be an old person’s disease, however, ankylosing spondylitis is most commonly seen in individuals between 17 and 35 years of age.A new class of drugs called biologics have revolutionized the treatment of auto-immune diseases and many patients are able to improve their quality of life as a result. Dr. Carlo Ammendolia at the University of Toronto says that the use of these drugs actually control the inflammatory process and are life changing for those struggling with the pain ankylosing spondylitis, however, they do not address the fusion of the joints that can impair mobility. Since most people are young when they receive their diagnosis, the thought of not being able to enjoy all of life’s activities because of spinal fusion can be devastating. Through his research, Dr. Ammendolia is working with patients to develop management approaches to help minimize or slow the fusion process.Dr. Ammendolia has identified several tailored exercises that when combined with the drugs can help improve or slow the fusion process. “The exercise program is really geared towards lifestyle and self management where patients are doing things sitting, standing, walking and sleeping in a posture that mitigates that risk to fuse in that posture.” The goal is to improve the muscles around the joints so that optimal posture is maintained. Chiropractic care also plays a role, with carefully considered treatments known as “adjustments” adding to the overall treatment plan to help maintain mobility. Push/relax techniques are used to help regain neck flexibility. In cases where joints are already fused together, adjustment or manual manipulation is not performed.As much as we hate to admit it, most health care, especially disease management, requires commitment from the patient to improve or maintain their wellness. That is of course what Empowered Health is all about, right? With these protocols, Dr. Ammendolia hopes that individuals suffering from ankylosing spondylitis will be “kick started” into self management of the condition. Next steps include developing tools and resources that will help patients track and monitor their progress. For more information, be sure to consult your family chiropractic doctor.

CCRF Executive Director Dr. Allan Gotlib Retires

The BC Chiropractic Association congratulates Dr. Allan Gotlib on his recent retirement!Best known for his involvement in chiropractic research, Dr. Allan Gotlib was instrumental in the progressive development and expansion of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) and developed many academic relationships through university-based research chair and professorship opportunities. He is a past full professor at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and functioned as Director of Research Programs for the Canadian Chiropractic Association and Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, a role that he has embraced for over 28 years.Dr. Gotlib participated in countless professional committees including the Executive Committee for the Canadian Cochrane Network and Center (CCN/C), CIHR President’s Voluntary Sector Committee, President of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, Deputy Judges Council in Ontario, and bencher on the Law Society of Upper Canada.In 2012, Dr. Gotlib also appointed as Member to the Order of Canada for his continuous efforts to further health care for all Canadians through research and education. Other past awards encompass both provincial and national recognition such as the 2006 Ontario Chiropractor of the Year award, the 2007 Canadian Chiropractic Association Medal of Merit and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College’s highest academic award “The Homewood Professorship” in 2007 and 2008.We wish him all the best with retirement!

See You In Victoria: 2015 BC Chiropractic Convention

The BCCA is pleased to host the 2015 BC Chiropractic Convention at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa in Victoria, BC from November 5-8, 2015. The theme of this event is “Patient Centered Care” and features speakers such as Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Gilles, Dr. Carlo Ammendolia, Dr. Kim Humphreys and our BC colleague Dr. Dean Greenwood. Be sure to join us for an unforgettable learning experience and opportunities to connect with your peers. Plus, the event will feature many chiropractic service and product providersUpdates including full speaker details, schedule and accommodation information is posted as it becomes available on the convention website.

Words from Parker Seminars: Vancouver

Over 650 delegates from around the world came together for Parker Seminars in Vancouver, proving to be the most successful Canadian tour to date. BCCA President, Dr. Jay Robinson took to the stage on Thursday, September 22 to welcome attendees on behalf of all BC Chiropractors.Opening remarks by: Dr. Jay Robinson, president, British Columbia Chiropractic AssociationOn behalf of the BC Chiropractic Associations’ over 900 members it is my pleasure to welcome and congratulate Parker Seminars and Parker College president Dr. Fabrizio Mancini as well as Dr. Gilles Lamarche for providing quality seminars and continuing education to chiropractic doctors from around the world. The profession in British Columbia is truly honored to help celebrate 60 years of service and is proud to help host Parker Seminars and delegates from around the world.The BC Chiropractic Association has continued to represent the province’s Chiropractors to the public and insurer’s, as well as levels of government since 1934. On behalf of our members, the Association has implemented programs and developed meaningful relationships with key stakeholders to increase public awareness that include:
  • The “Think Twice, Lift Once” campaign in partnership with Workers compensation (WorkSafeBC) and Acklands-Grainger, Canada’s largest distributor of industrial and safety products. This prevention program, which encourages workers to stop and think about their spine, has seen growing recognition year after year;
  • The “Pack it Light, Wear it Right” backpack safety program an awareness of prevention focused on youth with the provincial government has also seen a positive reception. In addition to ongoing public service announcements, free backpack safety materials are available to educators and parents to teach their children about the importance of spine care at all stages of life. Our Fall 2011 outreach included over 2,000 schools and more than 1,000 BC Chiropractors;
  • The BCCA has been involved in a process leading to chiropractic education BC since 1990. This also included a period of consultation with Parker Chiropractic College we are pleased to note. We are optimistic that the BCCA will be able to report on substantive progress on this initiative in the first quarter of 2012.
We are always motivated by the belief that patients come first. When the health care of British Columbians’ is number one, the benefits from awareness of the profession are guaranteed to follow.Health care continually benefits from ongoing research, which is why the BC Chiropractic Association has been such a huge supporter of all levels of research across the country and around the world. This year we renewed our support of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation associate professorship held by Dr. Jean-Sébastien Blouin at the University of British Columbia for another five years. We also created two new outstanding world classpublic service announcements featuring prominent chiropractic researchers Dr. Mark Erwinand Dr. Greg Kawchuk on behalf of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation that will air across the province and national cable in 10 days.The next two years pose some of the greatest challenges to the profession in Canada, however, we are up for the task.2014 brings a renewal of the Canada Health Accord and we have a duty as chiropractic doctors to dialog with the public in their role as both patient and taxpayer. As the public discussions unfold, the BCCA will be a champion on diverse health matters, not only in the area of chiropractic, but also future health and thereby economic policy changes. The Medicare crisis or reform regardless of country requires FIRST better utilization of proven outcomes. The sole diagnosis and treatment of the Medicare crisis with only more money will merely add to each country’s fiscal crisis and little improvement for patients. Spine and spine related conditions account for at least 1/3 of all daily office visits in US, Canada, and most countries. The chiropractic profession has a profound contribution to make through improved outcomes and thereby economic savings. Economic savings are essential for government funding as Medicare reform and debate shift from sustaining to SAVING Medicare.As you navigate your way through the seminar these next few days, I hope that your experiences help to reinforce what we all have in common as doctors and what is truly most important – our patients. Because of these individuals each of us has the privilege to treat and positively impact their lives and thereby our own. It is up to each and every one of us to ensure that the public’s rights and access to appropriate health care is protected and promoted.We invite you to come by the BCCA table throughout the next few days.Thank you,Dr. Jay Robinson