Course Details

This module presented by Professor Jan Hartvigsen provides clinicians with an insight into the role that chiropractors can play in employing a "hands-off" approach to patient care. It challenges traditional thinking within the chiropractic profession of limiting treatment to manual therapy and incorporates a biopsychosocial approach to patient care that emphasises strategies that can be employed via a face-to-face consultation or the telehealth environment. This approach to patient care aligns with contemporary evidence-based practice. Hence, this module should be a must for all practising chiropractors.

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    Treating Without Using Your Hands - Is That Chiropractic? [ 1 pts/hrs]

    • Treating Without Using Your Hands - Is That Chiropractic?

    • Assessment - Treating Without Using Your Hands - Is That Chiropractic?

    • Treating Without Using Your Hands - Is That Chiropractic? - Notes

Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, you will be able to:

1) Understand the background information on initiating effective techniques used in the management of low back pain that do not use hands.

2.) Understand the basic evidence underpinning the techniques used in low back pain that do not use hands.

3.) Get acquainted with the inter-professional collaboration that could follow by applying the presented evidence of techniques that do not use hands.

4.) Learn to apply which techniques could be incorporated in a chiropractor’s clinical encounter that do not use hands.

CPD Hours/Points = 1.0



Jan Hartvigsen

Jan Hartvigsen is an internationally leading researcher and research leader in musculoskeletal health. His focus is on improving care for people with musculoskeletal pain and disability and he takes pride in breaking down barriers between disciplines and bringing together people from diverse backgrounds in productive collaborations. His primary research focus is clinical studies of spine pain and disability with a focus on population studies, and studies dealing with the effectiveness of non-surgical interventions. Professor Hartvigsen is actively engaged in changing the field of musculoskeletal health. As such, he has been a member of many national and international committees. Noticeably, he was deputy- chair of the landmark Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group that was published in The Lancet in 2018. He has also been a member of Danish guideline development committees for the treatment of cervical radiculopathy, lumbar radiculopathy, shoulder pain, back pain and concussion. He is member of the Executive Organizing Committee for the Forum for Research in Back and Neck Pain in Primary Care and the Research Council for World Spine Care. He is co-developer of the GLA:D Back program that focusses on patient education and exercise to promote self-management for people with persistent and recurrent back pain. Professor Hartvigsen is a prolific communicator. He has authored more than 190 international peer-reviewed publications including 42 systematic reviews or invited reviews in international journals, 14 editorials or commentaries. He has published papers in a range of leading international journals including The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Spine, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has authored or co-authored 13 book chapters and reports. His research has been cited in total 8370 times. His h-index is 48 (Google Scholar, August 2019). Jan Hartvigsen has given more than 175 keynote or invited presentations at multidisciplinary conferences in the fields of chiropractic, physiotherapy, back pain, rehabilitation, and orthopaedics. He has appeared in over 150 interviews including multiple appearances on national and international TV news, national radio news and radio programs, newspapers, podcasts and internet media. In 2016 Jan Hartvigsen was rated as the world’s number one expert in “Musculoskeletal Pain” by In 2017 he was awarded the “Researcher of the Year” award by the American Chiropractic Association as well as the “David Chapmann-Smith Honorary Award” by the World Federation of Chiropractic. In 2018 he was awarded the European Chiropractors’ Union Honorary Award. Professor Hartvigsen has received research support from numerous sources including The Danish Regions 2001-2016; European Chiropractors Union 2012; Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation 2012; IMK General Foundation 2006-2016; Danish League Against Rheumatism 2011, 2012 and 2015; Danish Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation 2008; Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority 2008; Danish Board of Health 2005; Danish Foundation for Research in the Working Environment 2016; Health Resources and Service Administration (USA) 2009-2012; National Health and Medical Research Council (2017). In total, he has received over 60 million DKK ($10 million USD) in research support as lead or co-applicant since 2005.