Diane & LJ had a great 10 days in Quebec City at IFOMPT 2012, sharing The Integrated Systems Model (Lee & Lee) and The Thoracic Ring Approach (LJ Lee) with approximately 1500 conference delegates from over 45 countries. It was a busy time, starting with co-teaching a 2-day “Treating the Whole Person” pre- conference course, presentations during the conference, and finishing with a podium invited presentation on the last morning of the conference and a focused symposium on neuroplasticity and pelvic girdle pain.
On Thursday morning, LJ led a thought-provoking focused symposium with Roger Kerry from the University of Nottingham examining the Evidence for EBP – stay tuned as we will post the lecture on the Discover Physio website soon www.discoverphysio.ca. It was a paradigm challenging session! That same afternoon, LJ and Diane presented LJ’s innovative Thoracic Ring Approach and how it determines when and when not to treat the thorax to restore function anywhere in the body. The focus of the session was to discuss thoracic manipulation and how it fits into the Thoracic Ring Approach and The Integrated Systems Model. Diane led a discussion on neurophysiological mechanisms of spinal manipulation and how this applies to the thorax as well as key things to consider with respect to vectors and direction of force during thrust techniques. The direction depends on which level of the thorax you are manipulating – know your anatomy!
After a great gala dinner with amazing Cirque du Soleil performances, Diane and LJ were first up on Friday morning to present the key distinguishing features of The Integrated Systems Model as a clinical reasoning framework to assess and treat the whole person – not just low back pain, not just neck pain, but the whole person. The “Lee gals” were happy to receive lots of positive feedback from delegates after the presentation. You can listen to this lecture at here.
Things were full-on until the end of the conference, with Diane participating in the last session and speaking on the evolution of our understanding of articular mobility of the SIJ joint, how neuroscience is helping us understand all the factors that impact joint mobility and the way the ISM can be used as a clinical reasoning model to know when the pelvis is the primary driver of the patient’s problem – or not!
That night, champagne and great food was enjoyed to celebrate a successful conference with friends Mark Jones and his wife Helen – perfect ending to a great time of seeing old friends and making new ones. Thank you to the organizing committee for an outstanding conference. We also would like to congratulate Elaine Maheu for receiving the much-deserved Canadian David Lamb Memorial Golden Hands award.