Embedding physical activity in the undergraduate curriculum

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Embedding physical activity in the undergraduate curriculum

All healthcare professionals are well-positioned to influence positive lifestyle changes among their patients, and encouraging physical activity is a vital part of helping patients avoid and manage health problems. However, physical activity is not well integrated into undergraduate curricula for medicine and other healthcare professions.

The ‘Embedding Physical Activity’ report and appendices, co-authored by Ann Gates of Exercise Works who gave a keynote address at the Royal College of Chiropractor’s AGM in January 2018, was commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) & Sport England (SE) as part of their Moving Healthcare Professionals Programme, and is aimed at embedding physical activity into undergraduate curricula. It highlights the initiatives of the Chiropractic Schools and the RCC which are working towards better incorporating physical activity into undergraduate chiropractic training and continuing professional development as part of a wider public health initiative.

New NICE Low Back Pain & Sciatica Guidance

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New NICE Low Back Pain & Sciatica Guidance

Today’s publication of the NICE Low Back & Sciatica Guidance was welcomed by the Royal College of Chiropractors. The Guidance recognises the evidence for spinal manipulation which is typically provided by chiropractors as part of an evidence-based package of care including exercise and psychosocial support.
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NICE revised (draft) guidance recommends package of care typically provided by chiropractors

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NICE revised (draft) guidance recommends package of care typically provided by chiropractors

For low back pain, with or without sciatica, NICE revised (draft) guidance recommends risk stratification and a multimodal treatment package comprising exercise alongside at least one of:

– Self management
– Manual therapy [manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques (for example, massage)]
– Psychological therapy (for example, cognitive behavioural therapy)
 
It is noted that mobilisation and soft tissue techniques are performed by a wide variety of practitioners; whereas manipulation is usually performed by chiropractors or osteopaths, and by doctors or physiotherapists who have undergone additional training in manipulation. Manual therapists often combine a range of techniques in their approach and may also include exercise interventions and advice about self-management.