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Canadian massage therapist lectures at U.K. chiropractic school

Successful patient-centred practice requires interprofessional collaboration to maximize care outcomes. This was emphasized recently by Toronto-based massage therapist Paul Lewis at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth, U.K. where he recently served as a guest lecturer. Lewis is recipient of the 2015 Training Provider Highly Commended award from the U.K. and Ireland's Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

October 28, 2015  By Elizabeth Dunn

Paul Lewis

In two workshops given this fall at the AECC, Lewis introduced chiropractic students to techniques in advanced massage therapy, including his unique approach to treatment of soft tissue issues (Dynamic Angular Petrissage). His workshops focused on improving patient outcomes by augmenting chiropractic treatment with methods of therapeutic massage.

Lewis stressed the importance of systematically addressing soft tissue problems through thorough assessment, application of good clinical reasoning, and having a clear rationale for each technique applied. He demonstrated the value of addressing all anatomic structures involved in any given soft tissue problem, the importance of using a variety of treatment positions, and showed how therapeutic massage can be an important integrative tool when implemented prior to chiropractic treatment.

The AECC opened in 1965 as the first chiropractic college in the U.K. and Europe, and has since become a global leader in musculoskeletal health care. Recognized and supported by the British Chiropractic Association and the international chiropractic community since its inception, the school offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and accredited clinical programmes. This includes the BSc (Hons) Clinical Exercise Science course delivered in partnership with Bournemouth University.

The AECC’s commitment to education, clinical training and research is consistent with Lewis’ passion to advance interprofessional collaboration between massage therapists and other health-care professionals. Dr. Maria Browning, deputy director of clinic at AECC, attended the workshops. In a statement, she summed up the attributes that contributed to Lewis receiving his 2015 Training Provider award from the FHT: “The students appreciated having a non-chiropractor show them some useful techniques. Particularly good were patient positioning, order of treatments and dynamic angular petrissage. The students also commented that it was nice to learn from someone who showed them different options and let them think for themselves to problem solve rather than dictating to them. I appreciated how very quickly he adapted his presentation to the level of education of the students and type of [Thumper equipment] that we had for the class. Also that he packed a lot of teaching into a short space of time.


“Educating, and introducing our students to other health-care providers and their roles in a patient-centred care environment is the key to making educated choices and to empowering the students so they are able to make insightful decisions as to the efficacy of collaborating with other health professionals for the betterment of the patient.”

Prior to presenting at the AECC in Bournemouth, Lewis was in Germany where he was collaborating on the care of clients, presented workshops at Camexpo in London, the Beauty show in Manchester and on the Isle of Wight. He recently spoke at Warwick University to second-year medical students about care for breast cancer patients, incorporating discussions on case presentation, pathology, treatment and outcomes, and introduced them to the important role complementary and alternative medicine can play in breast cancer care.

Frequently traveling between London, U.K., and Toronto, Lewis works in conjunction with doctors of chiropractic, medical doctors and in multidisciplinary settings providing collaborative treatment within his scope of practice. He sees patients with pain, discomfort and restricted range of motion resulting from surgical procedures such as mastectomy and hip/knee replacements, as well as with other soft tissue related issues.

A registered massage therapist, combined decongestive therapist, aqua and group fitness instructor, Lewis is also an approved provider, presenting workshops based upon his clinical experience and knowledge. He is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork in the U.S., the American Massage Therapy Association, as well as with the FHT and the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC) in Great Britain.

Lewis has taught advanced treatment techniques, using a method called Dynamic Angular Petrissage, across North America, Europe and Japan. He has also contributed to a number of publications, including a case report currently under review by the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and has plans to return to AECC to present continuing education courses.

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