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2011 Annual Maritime Conference and Trade Show


November 16, 2011
By Maria DiDanieli


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Nov. 4, Fredericton, NB – From October 21-23, the New
Brunswick Chiropractic Association hosted the 2011 Annual Maritime Chiropractic
Convention and Trade Show at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook in Fredericton. 


With the
peaceful flow of the St. John River as backdrop, the weekend provided a forum
to network and share information while gathering new knowledge.  Sessions geared to DCs were presented
by world-renowned chiropractor and educator, Dr. Mitch Mally.  CAs enjoyed the dynamic and practical
lessons given by Brandi MacDonald. 

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Dr. Mally
spoke of diagnosis and treatment of upper extremity injuries. His diagnostic approaches and demonstrations of
non-surgical treatment techniques for sports and occupational injuries were received
with enthusiasm by the DCs in attendance. 
Meanwhile, chiropractic assistants were finding themselves motivated to
excellence during Brandi MacDonald’s purpose-centred approach to practice
management protocols that could be applied starting Monday morning!  CAs left the weekend with a greater
understanding of their pivotal role as front desk ambassadors for
chiropractic. 

But the
conference reached beyond the profession to demonstrate chiropractic’s
involvement and impact in its communities and the greater health care
system.  Also present were
physician Dr. Douglas Margison, Chief Medical Officer for WorkSafe New
Brunswick and retired cardiac surgeon and provincial Member of the Legislative
Assembly (MLA) for Fundy-River Valley, Dr. Jim Parrott.  

Dr.
Margison spoke of work disability situations, pointing out that some workers
who present with little or no pathologies can be more disabled by pain than
workers with definable pathology. 
He went on to expand on the distinction between biomedical and
psychosocial factors in work disability and to point out that workers with
profound psychosocial issues might actually meet with poorer outcomes, despite
requiring the greatest medical intervention.  Dr. Margison then explained the potential role for chiropractors
in clarifying the disabled worker’s situation and mitigating high risk factors
to ensure better outcomes. 

During
the conference banquet, Dr. Parrott gave an insightful historical overview of
health care in the past century, concluding with the observation that
chiropractic has become an important contributor to the current  system and will continue to make
inroads as this century unfolds.

The
conference also featured a trade show where delegates could network with
providers of products and services to enhance their practices.

The
weekend proved to be a fun and informative retreat for delegates and trade show
participants alike.  It was an
opportunity to network and socialize while learning about new concepts, trends
and developments within chiropractic.  


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