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Iben Axen

Iben Axén is an AECC graduate with 28 years of practice in Stockholm, Sweden. Parallel to clinical practice, she has been involved in a Practice-Based Research Network. She earned her PhD at Karolinska Institutet in 2011 and became an Associate Professor in 2016. She is Research Leader of the Norwegian Chiropractic Research Foundation ELIB. Her research is clinical, and topics include pain trajectories, predictors of treatment outcome and prevention.

She serves on the WFC Research Council and is Deputy Editor of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.

Awards: Junior Research prize of the ECU in 2010 and the Jean Robert Research Award in 2017. Chiropractor of the Year in Sweden in 2011.

Presentation: How to write a case study/case series
14.00 Saturday 23 May

This is a presentation with the perspective of an editor (Chiropractic & Manual Therapies), and will cover:

  • what is the value
  • when should you write
  • how to engage colleagues to collect data for a case series
  • what is important to consider
  • ethics/consent
  • the publication process
Simon Billings

Simon Billings graduated from the AECC in 2001 and works three days a week as a chiropractor in Southampton. He uses integrative nutritional/functional medicine as a key component for the treatment of chronic conditions.

He consults with clients internationally via his virtually based nutritional practice, with an interest in auto-immune conditions.

He is the founder of Academy of Chiropractic Nutrition, an online, protocol driven nutrition programme for neuro-mechanical practitioners.

Workshop: Vitamin B12 deficiency: An epidemic of misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis
09.30 Sunday 24 May

Vitamin B12 is a rate limiting factor for two key enzymes intracellularly: one within the mitochondria for the Krebs cycle creating energy and one within the methylation cycle for production of myelin and neurotransmitters plus the removal of the toxin homocysteine. As levels begin to decline intracellularly this then can create a plethora of symptoms that can fall within a wide spectrum of severity. From persistent regional pain to overt bilateral neurological symptoms, low level mood and behavioural changes up to psychosis, mild fatigue up to full chronic fatigue syndrome.

These are routinely misdiagnosed as other issues and the true diagnosis missed. In order to be effective spine care practitioners, chiropractors must be able to: 

  • recognise the key clinical symptoms of B12 deficiency
  • interpret blood tests functionally
  • know which commonly prescribed drugs deplete and deactivate B12
  • know which form and which delivery system to use to make B12 therapy effective
Jamiu Busari

Jamiu Busari is an associate professor of medical education at Maastricht University, a general paediatrician and the immediate past Department Chair and Program Director of the specialist training program at the Department of Paediatrics, Zuyderland Medical Centre, Netherlands.  Born in England and African by heritage, Jamiu has lived and studied in England, Nigeria, Curacao, Netherlands, Canada and the United States.  His personal and professional approach to life is defined by his exposure to diverse cultural backgrounds.

Jamiu  is a Maastricht University alumnus, a Harvard Macy Scholar and a HBS executive education graduate in Managing Health Care Delivery.  He is  an executive board member of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) and a founding member of ‘sanokondu’ (an international community of practice dedicated to fostering health professional leadership education worldwide) He is a recipient of various awards including the Educational Leadership Award (2015), Clinician of the Year award (2015) the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada international Residency Educator Award (2016) and the Choice critics award (2017). Jamiu is a fervent advocate for diversity, compassionate care, and social accountability to the less privileged in society.

United we stand, divided we fall – the need for (more) interprofessional collaboration in our health care systems
11.00 Saturday 23 May

The landscape of health care delivery is changing rapidly and the need for efficient and high standards of service continues to grow. Currently, the focus of care is on creating value for patients, which goes beyond just waste reduction and administrative savings. IPC can be considered to be one of the strategies to achieve these goals and more.

The proven benefits of IPC include its contribution to the improvement of the quality of health care, creation of new professional cultures, embracing generational changes and their impacts on health care delivery and creating more awareness about the importance of communication, respect, civility, and diversity in the delivery of effective health care delivery.

Pierre Côté

Professor Pierre Côté is an epidemiologist and chiropractor. He holds the prestigious Canada Research Chair in
Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and he is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Ontario Tech University. He is also the director of the Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and a Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He has expertise in the design and conduct of randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, case control studies and systematic reviews.

Pierre Côté is the Chair of the World Federation of Chiropractic Disability and Rehabilitation Committee and the co-Chair of the Eurospine Diploma in Interdisciplinary Spine Care, a program to standardise spine care in Europe. In 2018, he was elected on the Board of Directors of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance and he contributes to various projects relevant to the World Health Organization, including the development of programs of rehabilitation for low back pain. His research aims to understand why people with spine disorders become disabled. He has published more than 240 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

Presentation: Evidence: What does it really mean for clinicians?
11.00 Saturday 23 May

The word ‘evidence’ leaves no one indifferent!  It elicits strong emotions in clinicians, researchers and policy makers alike. Evidence has now become a buzzword used to justify the use of specific treatments, rationalize reimbursement of health care services, validate therapeutic theories, or acquire clinical legitimacy. It is also perceived as a tool to limit clinical autonomy. 

The generation of evidence is often viewed as a black box by clinicians who get lost in scientific debates of what constitutes good evidence. Using examples relevant to chiropractors, Professor Côté will discuss the process used to develop clinical evidence and describe what is ‘valid’ evidence. He will also debate how evidence should be used to inform clinical decisions and engage patients in shared-decision making.

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is a tenured professor of forensic medicine and epidemiology at Maastricht University Medical Center and an affiliate professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He serves as an Affiliate Medical Examiner with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office in Pittsburg, PA, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Freeman is currently a Fulbright Fellow with the US Department of State, in the area of forensic medicine.

Dr Freeman practises in the field of forensic medicine (the intersection of medicine and law) generally, and specifically in forensic epidemiology (the application of epidemiologic data and methods to medicolegal investigation of causation). He holds a doctor of medicine degree from Umeå University in Sweden, PhD and MPH degrees in epidemiology from Oregon State University, a DC from University of Western States, and a bachelor of science from University of Oregon. He holds a diploma of legal medicine with the Royal College of Medicine in the United Kingdom, and has completed a two-year fellowship in forensic pathology through Umeå University and the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner.

Closing keynote
11.30 Sunday 24 May

The determination of the most probable cause of an injury is a task that is most commonly addressed by treating clinicians. Unlike a diagnosis, a cause is an ‘unobservable’ phenomenon, consisting of a subjective inference typically based on the history given by the patient, rather than an objective observation made during an examination. Despite the frequent need for causal evaluation in clinical practice, there is no uniform curriculum in causation methods, and thus causal determinations are prone to wide variability between experts providing opinions in medicolegal (forensic) matters, in part driven by competing economic or legal interests in such cases. The opinions provided by chiropractic physicians are increasingly relied on by judge and jury factfinders as a basis for assessing the most probable cause of injuries that are part of a civil action or criminal prosecution. In this presentation, Dr Freeman will discuss the application of a systematic approach to causal evaluation of the types of spinal injuries that chiropractic physicians routinely encounter, and how important new and emerging research findings regarding traumatic injury of the spine provides legally relevant and reliable support for such evaluations.

Lesley Haig

Professor Lesley Haig is Principal and CEO of AECC University College in the UK. She is a UK-registered physiotherapist who has worked in a variety of roles as a senior academic, researcher and clinician in several UK universities. Lesley has many years of experience in training healthcare practitioners in motivational interviewing which was also the focus of her doctoral research. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a person-centered complex behaviour change intervention defined as a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication. This approach has been widely recommended for implementation across a range of health and social care settings to enhance patient outcomes.

Presentation: Motivational Interviewing
13.30 Friday 22 May

MI uses a guiding style to engage clients, clarify their strengths and aspirations, evoke their own motivations for change and promote autonomy in decision making (Rollnick et al 2008). It is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication and Lesley has many years of experience in training health care practitioners in this fascinating subject, which was also the focus of her doctoral research. It has been recommended across many health care settings to enhance patient outcomes.

Trynke Hoekstra

Trynke Hoekstra works as an assistant professor at the Department of Health Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where she enthusiastically teaches courses on biostatistics and epidemiology to Bachelor, Master and postgraduate students. Trynke obtained Master’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Epidemiology and her PhD thesis (2013) focused on methods to study patient heterogeneity in observational and experimental research. Trynke values team science and collaboration across disciplines and is currently involved in several methodological projects, as well as projects on physical activity promotion in rehabilitation care, global health, substance use, and chiropractic care.

Presentation: Interpreting the research behind our conclusions
16.00 Saturday 23 May

About two medical scientific papers appear in our search engines every minute and an overwhelming number appear in the media. How can we navigate this information overload and properly assess the quality of the reported studies? Trynke’s talk will highlight and explain several methodological and statistical issues such as study designs, statistical significance versus clinical relevance, risk estimates and differences between effectiveness and efficacy in order to provide you with the necessary tools to be able to critically interpret and reflect on the findings reported in the scientific literature.

Alan Jenks

Alan Jenks is a practising chiropractor and PhD student in the Netherlands. Alan grew up in Canada and completed chiropractic school at Western States. “Why is that…” drives his clinical and research passions. When not thinking about chiropractic he is at home crafting the best wood-fired pizza.

Greg Kawchuk

Greg Kawchuk

Dave Newell

Dave Newell graduated from Plymouth University with a Degree in Biological Sciences and subsequently a PhD in Molecular Biology in 1986. The last 30 years has been spent teaching and researching in chiropractic institutions holding the position of Lecture, Senior Lecturer and Research Director in multiple chiropractic programs in the UK and Australia. Professor Newell has considerable expertise and experience in teaching the natural sciences, research methodology, critical thinking as well as curriculum design, validation and accreditation of chiropractic and other healthcare related programs. He has successfully supervised multiple Masters and Doctorate level students and has published extensively in areas related to the chiropractic profession and musculoskeletal research. He is currently Professor of Integrated Musculoskeletal Care and Director of Research at the AECC University College ( ) and a member of the Senior Management Group and Extended Executive. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. His areas of expertise and interests lie in patient reported outcomes measures (PROMS), clinical service provision research and contextual factors in manual therapy. He is also co-host of the international podcast icarechirocast ( ) with his co-host and colleague, Professor Stephen Perle.

Cecilie Overaas

Cecilie K Øverås is a PhD Fellow at SDU, Denmark with place of duty at NTNU, Norway. She graduated from AECC, UK in 2000 and also holds a MSc in Diagnostic Ultrasound (MSK) from AECC (2015). The overall aim of her PhD is to determine the prevalence, patterns, consequences, and predictors of co-occurring musculoskeletal pain in adults reporting spinal pain based on data from the Norwegian HUNT Study. At NTNU she has had the opportunity to be involved with two EU-funded research projects – BackUP and selfBACK. She is one of the new CARL II early career research fellows.

Michiel Reneman

Michiel Reneman is a physical therapist and movement scientist. Full professor Rehabilitation Medicine; main fields are Pain Rehabilitation and Work Participation. Co-chair Pain Alliance in the Netherlands (PA!N), EFIC counsellor The Netherlands, Advisory member Fit for Work Netherlands, Advisory member EFIC Societal Impact Pain. Main research topics: Functional Capacity Evaluation, Vocational Rehabilitation, Pain Rehabilitation. Research output PubMed October 2019: 167.

Nociplastic pain mechanisms and nocebo
0900 Saturday 23 May

Professor Reneman will describe the three pain mechanisms as defined by the IASP. The differences between the three, especially clinical presentations, will be discussed briefly. He will focus on the nociplastic pain mechanism, because this is the newest mechanism, and likely the one that chiropractors are least familiar with. It will be highlighted that mechanistic reasoning will help to choose intervention strategies. Central pain processing will be presented. Biopsychosocial factors that influence central pain processing will be presented. Social factors will be highlighted, including the health care system, more particularly the language used by health care practitioners, and how this may have a negative effect on a patient’s pain status.

Lisa Roberts

Lisa Roberts is a clinical academic with a joint role as Clinical Professor of Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Southampton and Consultant Physiotherapist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.  She is a National Institute for Health Research advocate, mentor and pre-doctoral funding panel member.  She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Eurospine Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC) task force.  Lisa has attained over £6million in research grants and her research interests include: improving communication in consultations; shared decision-making; non-specific treatment effects, promoting independence using web-based technologies; and psychologically-informed practice.

Sidney Rubinstein

Sidney Rubinstein is associate professor at the Vrije University, Amsterdam and registered epidemiologist. Sidney’s research focuses on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions in musculoskeletal disorders, but his passion lies with systematic reviews as these overviews represent the crucial link with evidence-based healthcare. He has more than 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, including three reviews in the Cochrane Library. Scopus: H-index = 25; 2,700 total citations.

Presentation: Lessons learned from the BMJ review
10.30 Friday 22 May

We all know that low-back pain is a common problem and costly burden to society. There are many promising treatments for chronic low-back pain. The most commonly advocated treatments in national guidelines are exercise and cognitive behavioural therapy. But what about spinal manipulative therapy? Spinal manipulation is something we as chiropractors use for this condition. So, what does the literature say? In my presentation, I will present the results from our systematic review which was recently published in the British Medical Journal. That review is an update of our earlier review published in the Cochrane Library. So what did we learn, but perhaps more importantly, where do we currently lack knowledge? Come to the presentation Friday, 22 May. The answers may surprise you.

Phillip Snell

Phillip Snell has a clinical chiropractic practice, Solutions Sports and Spine, Inc which resides in Evolution Healthcare and Fitness in Portland, OR. His practice is focused on rehab of lumbar disc herniation and sports injuries. Dr Snell also maintains adjunct faculty status at University of Western states and lectures internationally on use of exercise interventions to help manage lumbar disc herniation.

Practical presentation: Dermal Traction Method
14.00 Saturday 23 May

Recent manual therapy evidence has questioned the validity of the historical Myofascial Trigger Point Hypothesis of Travell and Simons. However, palpable findings of these clinical entities in musculoskeletal (MSK) pain have been noted for thousands of years. This presents a challenge to practically conceptualize MSK manual therapy and to explain it to patients in a way that is consistent with modern evidence. Further, the broadening of research on pain neuroscience pushes the MSK specialist to integrate understanding of both peripheral and central neurological mechanisms in chronic pain.

Dermal Traction Method (DTM) represents an effort to fully integrate these research trends an effective manual therapy approach that is easy to perform, easy to understand and easy to instruct patients about for home care. This mostly practical presentation will consist of 2 @ 90 minute segments which include history and development of DTM and neurocentric manual therapy principles. After building a base of understanding of these neurocentric principles, attending clinicians will take part in practical application of DTM in common clinical syndromes. We will also solicit impromptu cases from the attendees to heighten understanding of clinical reasoning in the application of DTM. Despite the brief introductory nature of the presentation, attendees will leave with new tools to make them more effective in both understanding and in applying whatever current manual therapy they provide.

Shawn Thistle

Shawn Thistle is a practising chiropractor, educator, international speaker, knowledge-transfer leader, entrepreneur and medicolegal consultant. He is the Founder and CEO of RRS Education, a continuing education company providing weekly research reviews, informative seminars and convenient online courses for chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths around the world. Dr Thistle has also lectured as a part-time faculty member at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (Toronto, Canada) in the Orthopaedics Department for 15 years.

Presentation: Science of the adjustment – have we cracked the code?
9.30am Sunday 24 May

Spinal manipulation unites chiropractors across numerous techniques and clinical approaches, but do we actually know what it does? Many potential mechanisms are now undergoing exciting scientific investigation. Shawn Thistle will explore the science of prevalent theories and proposed mechanisms of action for the adjustment, and discuss how it can inform you in your practice.

Maurits van Tulder

Maurits van Tulder is professor of Health Technology Assessment and dean of the Faculty Behavioral and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also has a position as professor of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy at Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark. His main research interest is effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions for musculoskeletal disorders. He has ample expertise in designing, conducting and analysing randomized controlled trials, economic evaluations and systematic reviews on spinal manipulation/mobilisation amongst other interventions. He has published more than 430 peer reviewed scientific articles, amongst others in JAMA, the Lancet, BMJ. Maurits van Tulder was co-editor of the Cochrane Back and Neck Group from 2006-2017 and has been chairman or committee member for at least 5 low back pain and several other national and international clinical guidelines. He is a frequently invited speaker at international conferences.

Rosanne Warmerdam

Rosanne Warmerdam has a clear purpose: creating health for people and planet.

Through her studies in Biomedical Sciences she set her first steps into the health care field. Finding out that our current health care system is a disease care system, aimed at fighting disease instead of improving health. She is on a journey to help build a health care system that is focused on creating health.

In 2014 she started her first company in which she translated the latest scientific knowledge about health and wellbeing to use cases. Advising many companies and local governments how to implement a new vision on health. At the start of 2019 she also became co-founder of HealthBlocks a preventive health care startup.

SIG Neurology

Workshop: Dysautonomia: Assessment and Applications
13.30 Friday 22 May

Dysautonomia may be playing a larger role in your chronic patients history and symptomatic presentation. We will explore the significance of the autonomic nervous system as it relates to the many typical chiropractic patients that present to our offices suffering with common chronic conditions such as:

  • chronic pain syndromes: low back pain, headaches, and migraines
  • neurological complaints: balance/dizziness, cognitive/emotional challenges, focus/concentration issues
  • metabolic complaints: sleeping problems, digestive complaints, and chronic fatigue

Our goals:

  • review the importance of the autonomic nervous system (functional anatomy review)
  • discuss what Dysautonomia is (pathophysiolgy)
  • how it manifests and presents (history/exam)
  • what to do when we find it (treatment recommendations)

We hope you will join us in review and discovery of simple ways to identify and manage often overlooked components of functional restoration in patients with challenging and common chronic conditions.

Adam Toulon

Adam Toulon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and education in health and human function. He was an elite level collegiate gymnast in the USA and studied human performance and exercise physiology earning a bachelor of science degree. After retiring from competitive sport he joined the ranks of elite coaches with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He further continued graduate studies in kinesiology, biomechanics, sports medicine, and nutrition, earning a masters degree in Exercise Science (MS).

After graduating from Life University in 2003 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC), Adam went directly into full time practice. During his chiropractic education he was fortunate enough to be introduced to Professor Ted Carrick and the world of Functional Neurology, a growing discipline in healthcare that focuses on optimizing the brain and nervous system to maximize our human potential.  In 2007, he accepted a faculty position teaching clinical patient care and functional neurology at the world largest Chiropractic College, Life University located in Atlanta, GA. During this time he continued his studies earning a post graduate Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology (FACFN). He played a critical role in the development of the functional neurology programs at Life University.

Adam now enjoys living in the Netherlands, caring for the diverse patient populations at Praktijk Blaauw, known for its specialty care in functional neurology, located in Gouda, NL.

SIG Sports

Workshop: Taping for Chiropractors – clinical application with immediate functional changes
13.30 Friday 22 May

Functional taping, such as kinesiology taping, is increasingly used by chiropractors. Whilst the research is equivocal regarding mechanism and effects, immediate functional outcome changes such as increasing ROM and reduced pain can be seen with correctly applied taping. This lecturer was once very sceptical regarding taping but has co-developed a system of application driven by clinical reasoning towards the functional change you are trying to achieve. And most importantly, that every application should be done around a pre- and post-test to confirm to you and the patient that significant changes have occurred with the taping. This workshop will introduce four functional concepts to avoid ever having to look up another taping technique and you will see incredible examples demonstrated before you of immediate changes in pain and range of motion. Whether you are an experienced taper looking for new ideas and a way of thinking about tape that you have never seen before, or a curious clinician who wonder what all the fuss is about; then this workshop is for you. And if you’re a sceptic who thinks it can’t possibly work – then come along and prepare to have your thinking challenged.

Ulrik Sandstrom

Ulrik Sandstrøm has worked in elite sport for over two decades and as 1st Team Chiropractor for Leicester Tigers Rugby Team since 2009. He worked in the London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Athletes Village Polyclinics and has worked with a large range of elite athletes from UK Athletics, Chelsea FC, England Rugby, GB Basketball, GB Swimming. He has lectured extensively on sports chiropractic, manual muscle testing and taping and is a senior lecturer for the FICS ICCSP programme. Whilst being in increasing demand as a sports chiropractor and international lecturer, he still continues in clinical practice in Sheffield and Mansfield.

SIG Clinical Chiropractic

Workshop: Advanced Practitioner Skills: Recognising and utilising contextual factors for better patient outcomes
14.00 Saturday 23 May

This advanced skills workshop will outline the clinical importance of contextual factors that influence the doctor patient interaction in the clinical setting. It will outline the differences between the patient’s own environment and the contextual factors that are related to the clinical environment. The aim will be to remove the negativity about placebo and revise the terminology to ‘contextually-mediated effect’, which describes the effect of the total care experience encompassing the treatment encounter. The workshop will further develop the importance and benefits of a good Therapeutic Alliance in developing trust and rapport with patients to improve compliance and outcomes by understanding how patients make decisions about their care.  Part of the workshop will also explore language and communication skills to deliver effective messages in the context of the patient’s beliefs.  This will include managing patient expectations in light of the evidence base recognising patient filters and interpretation employing direct and indirect communication styles (verbal and non-verbal techniques).  This exercise will also highlight the importance of patient reassurance and validation of their symptom presentation.

David Byfield

David Byfield has been in private practice and chiropractic education for the past 41 years in Canada, England and Wales.  David joined the University of South Wales in 1998 following teaching posts at CMCC and AECC to develop an integrated masters chiropractic degree programme.  He was Head of Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC) and currently the Head of Clinical Services in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.  He was recently conferred Professor in Professional Practice in May 2018 for his clinical and educational contribution.

David has written three chiropractic educational textbooks related to chiropractic manipulative skills learning and teaching and has published a number of scientific papers including book chapters covering spinal manipulation and rehabilitation.  David has been a member of the General Chiropractic Council in the UK and currently sits on the European Council on Chiropractic Education and contributes to the European Academy of Chiropractic as Chair of the Special Interest Group Clinical Chiropractic.  David is currently enrolled as a PhD student at USW investigating the relationship between spinal pain, physical inactivity and cognitive decline.

Jonathan Field

Jonathan Field is a chiropractor leading a NHS First Contact Practitioner service and also working as a Spinal Extended Scope Practitioner between hospital and GP practice. Here he manages the assessment and triage of patients between primary care, community and acute services and is as clinical lead for an organisation providing NHS chiropractic and therapy services.

He has a CRC funded research fellowship within the School of Medicine at the University of Southampton where he is researching the integration of chiropractic within the wider health care community.

Jonathan chairs the Specialist Pain Faculty of the Royal College of Chiropractors. He sits on the national executive of the UK National Lower Back and Radicular Clinical Network, is part of the NHS MSK Data Group and represents Chiropractors in the Quality in Private MSK group working to set national standards of outcome assessment in the UK.

He developed and provides the Care Response service to help clinicians collect and use outcome data from their practices to improve care and promote their services.

Stuart Smellie

Stuart Smellie graduated from AECC in 1991 and continues to work in private practice, having won many personal and practice awards. He has been involved in post-graduate education for most of his career. For the last 10 years, as Director of Academic Affairs for the Royal College of Chiropractors, he has been active in promoting high quality care and professional excellence, and in writing the Royal College’s Quality Standards. Stuart also works for the regulator, is an external examiner and lectures on a variety of subjects including high quality evidence-based care, clinical governance and professional standards.

SIG Paediatrics

Workshop: Headache in the paediatric population – epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment through the age groups
09.30 Sunday 24 May

Headache is one of the most common pain symptoms in childhood and experienced by up to 80% of 13-15 year-old children. Besides the pain and emotional distress, children with recurrent headaches have reduced participation in social activities as well as more school absenteeism and lower academic performance. Furthermore, socioeconomically disadvantaged children are more prone to headaches and children with headaches generally have poorer overall physical health with higher frequency of asthma, hay fever, anaemia, stomach and intestinal illness, obesity and frequent ear infections as well as a higher prevalence of learning disability and attention deficit disorders when compared to children without headaches. Importantly, paediatric headache can be a precursor to potentially severe headache syndromes later in life.

The aetiology of paediatric headache is multifactorial and complex and several causative factors have been proposed, i.e. family history of headache, headache medication overuse, sleep disturbances, depressive/anxious traits, stressors, a higher rate of divorced parents, fewer peer relations and an unhappy family atmosphere. Headache can also be the result of trauma to the head and neck or prolonged reading and computer-use, and thus these children are candidates for chiropractic treatment.

However, due to the complex aetiology and the difference in presentation across age groups, the examination, diagnosis and treatment should be multifaceted. This workshop will briefly outline the prevalence, aetiology, risk factors, lifetime trajectory of headache in children; describe the presentation and evolution through the age groups; and finally the major part of the session will focus on diagnosis and the possible treatment strategies for the different types of headaches.

Lise Haestbeck

Lise Hestbaeck gained a chiropractic degree in 1990 from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Practising chiropractor 1991-2007 in England and Denmark, 1997 – 2007 part-time research and part-time clinic, from 2007 full-time research and teaching.

PhD in 2003 on a thesis about high-risk groups and risk factors for low back pain in children and adolescents.

Presently professor at University of Southern Denmark and senior researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics.

Research focuses on two specific areas:

  • Musculoskeletal health in children and adolescence
  • Lifetime epidemiology of musculoskeletal pain.
Susanne Lynge Rosin

Susanne Lynge Rosin gained her Doctor of Chiropractic 1986, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IOWA

MSc Chiropractic Paediatrics 2012, AECC, Bournemouth

Research project: RCT investigating the effect of chiropractic spinal manipulation on children with recurrent headache, in collaboration with Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark 2015-

Full time practising chiropractor in private practice with approximately 60-70% children age 0-18


Sue Weber

Sue Weber graduated Valedictorian from the University of Western States in 1988. She is family practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience specialising in infants, children and the pregnant patient. She completed her Masters in Chiropractic Paediatrics at AECC/Bournemouth University in 2008. She is on the faculty of the EAC and RCC working to standardise pre and postgraduate education within paediatrics.  Besides clinical practice she lectures internationally in Paediatrics and Pregnancy. Sue was awarded Chiropractor of the Year 2015 for her work developing an education in paediatrics for the profession and promoting guidelines for the paediatric patient.