Course Details

This module aims to provide an understanding of the epidemiology, prevention, and management of obesity in the paediatric patient. In addition, provide strategies for the chiropractor to address these issues, with a focus on the special considerations in the chiropractic management of the obese child. Management includes prevention, appropriate forces for manual therapy, and motor pattern rehabilitation.

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    Paediatric Obesity

    • Paediatric Obesity - Module

    • Assessment for the Paediatric Obesity Module

    • Paediatric Obesity Module Notes

    • Paediatric Obesity Module References

Course Learning Outcomes

Paediatric Obesity
– what is the role of chiropractors in this endemic health crisis?

By the completion of this module, the practitioner will be able to:

1. Recognize key risk factors for obesity in children.

2. Understand the preventative factors for obesity, pertinent to chiropractic practice.

3. Understand the anatomical, physiological and mechanical factors which differ in obese children, and apply these concepts to their management.

4. Demonstrate manual therapy strategies, rehabilitation, and basic behavioural approaches appropriate for the case of obese children .

CPD Hours/Points = 1.5



Sue Weber Hellstenius

Sue A. Weber Hellstenius BSc, DC, MSc Chiropractic Paediatrics, FEAC, FRCC Sue attained her Doctor of Chiropractic at Western States University College in Oregon USA in 1988 and has worked clinically as a family practitioner since then. Sue completed her Masters in Chiropractic Pediatrics in Bournemouth England in 2008. Sue published her research investigating spinal dysfunction in children with recurrent neck pain and headaches. She was awarded Chiropractor of the year in Sweden in 2015 for promoting the profession by developing a comprehensive education in Pediatrics and formulating guidelines for the Paediatric patient.


Lise Hestbaek

Lise graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1990 from Palmer College of Chiropractic and was a practising chiropractor between 1991-2007. She commenced part-time research at SDU in 1997 and became a full-time researcher and teacher at SDU in 2007. She completed a PhD in 2003 on a thesis about high-risk groups and risk factors for low back pain in children and adolescents. Since 2007 she has been an associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark and senior researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics. Her research focuses on lifetime epidemiology of musculoskeletal pain, especially back pain, with a primary interest in children and adolescents. Presently she is involved in school- and preschool cohorts with a public health perspective and RCTs investigating the effect of chiropractic treatment for infantile colic, manipulative therapy for LBP in adolescents and manipulative therapy for chronic headache in children.


Amy Miller

Amy Miller BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FEAC (Paeds) Amy is a chiropractor, researcher, and lecturer, graduating from AECC University College as a chiropractor and recently awarded her PhD from Bournemouth University. In practice, Amy works with a diverse range of patients, including infants and children, at a busy chiropractic clinic in Lymington, UK. Her PhD was based in the interprofessional student-led breastfeeding clinic, a clinical and educational collaboration between AECC University College and Bournemouth University. At AECC University College, Amy teaches on the pre- and post-registration programmes. Amy is a Fellow of the European Academy of Chiropractors with the special interest group for paediatrics, and a CARL II Fellow.



Aurélie Marchand

Aurélie Marchand is a Lecturer in Clinical Sciences at AECC University College, Framework Lead for the MSc Advanced Professional Practice and Programme Lead for the MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health. She obtained a Master in Chiropractic from the AECC in 2006, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Chiropractic Practice in 2007, and a Master in Advanced Chiropractic Paediatric Practice in 2010. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors and the European Academy of Chiropractic. She is the recipient of the 2010 Graham Heale Award. She is completing a Masters in Medical Education. Prior to joining AECC UC, she was in clinical practice for 10 years, and a certified instructor in Fascial Manipulation®. She currently teaches in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education in chiropractic paediatrics. She mentors undergraduate and post-graduate students in their projects and dissertations and oversees interns in the AECC UC paediatric clinic. Aurélie has published in a range of biomedical journals including JMPT, PM&R, and JBMT in the areas of paediatric musculoskeletal health, infant headaches, paediatric safety terminology, and pioneered the model of care for paediatric manipulative therapies in children. She has co-authored articles in Fascial Manipulation on the management of knee pain, hip arthroplasty and chronic low-back pain.