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Pinnacles of Excellence for 2011

By Canadian Chiropractor   


In the December 2011 print issue of Canadian Chiropractor, we looked at 10 awesome things that happened within the profession in Canada in 2011.  Chiropractors from across the country wrote in with achievements and accomplishments from their provinces and on a national scale.  But we only had room to print 10 of these laudable developments in the magazine!  So, we're going to continue, here, and list some other great things that happened in chiropractic this past year.  Please feel free to add to this list of 2011's pinnacles of chiropractic excellence – your contribution can be a story from your own practice, your community, your society or association, or from across Canada and around the world.  Let's take a few minutes to recognize what DCs have achieved for the profession and for their patients in 2011!  


In the area of practice guidelines, several DCs wrote in to acknowledge the tremendous developments in 2011. This year saw the successful completion of the newest addition to the guidelines, with the publication of  Evidence-Based Guidelines for the
Chiropractic Treatment of Adults with Headache
in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (Vol. 34,
Issue 5, pages 274-289) in June. The utility of chiropractic in adult headaches
is outlined in this article, which reviewed relevant studies published up to
August 2009. The article also offers specific guidelines for type, frequency,
dose and duration of chiropractic treatment for various headache types. Clinical setting
information arising from the scientific manuscript will be sent to
chiropractors across the country in the very near future. 

Also in 2011, the clinical practice guidelines for
whiplash – established in 2010 – were of interest at the Canadian Association
of Occupational Therapists conference 
in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where chiropractors participated in an
interdisciplinary presentation advocating for collaborative approaches to
whiplash associated disorders (WAD). 
This paved yet another avenue for chiropractic to enter into
partnerships with other disciplines to enhance patient outcomes. 

For more information, contact the Canadian Chiropractic Association or the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards.  
We said in the December 11 print issue that we'd be announcing the chiropractor who was awarded the newest CCRF professorship, established at McGill University in Montreal.  The new chair holder is Dr. Andres Bussieres. Congratulations to Dr. Bussieres and to the CCRF for this laudable achievement!  For more details on this appointment, please visit the new CCRF website at
Cornwall Ontario chiropractor Dr. Paul Poirier was the driving force behind the exponential growth of his fundraiser, Bikers for Brain Cancer, this past year.  A one-city ride in 2010, the event was revved up in 2011 to include a number of cities in Ontario and Quebec, with a coast-to-coast campaign in the works for 2012.  Dr. Poirier lives with a brain tumour, himself, and is developing the ride to raise funds and awareness for brain cancer.  Way to go, Dr. Paul! 
In Dallas, Texas, the Parker College of Chiropractic achieved university status in 2011.  Parker University unveiled its new logo in April!  This is an important step for the college, and for the profession, as it opens up new opportunities for research and interprofessional collaboration with other universities and institutions around the world.
The Norwegian Chiropractic Association invited the authors of the clinical practice guidelines for chiropractic treatment of adults with headaches to
Oslo to speak at its annual conference, the theme of which was headaches as
they pertain to chiropractic practice. 
This presentation sparked a dialogue with chiropractors in the European
community and has led to the possibility of the European Chiropractors’ Union
(ECU) working with the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines project to
establish international guidelines for headache evaluation and treatment in the
chiropractic setting. 



The Australian Spinal Research Foundation, now referred to as "Spinal Research" saw another successful year of research into concepts that are unique to the chiropractic paradigm.  The foundation funds a number of chiropractic studies including, now, the work of American DC Dr. Chris Collocca who is collaborating with researchers from the Adelaide Centre for Spine research.   


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