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Vilamoura hosts world chiropractic convention

VILAMOURA WILL be the setting for the world’s largest ever chiropractic convention, welcoming 800 delegates from 85 countries to the Algarve from May 17 to 19.

The convention, hosted at the Tivoli Marinotel, simultaneously commemorates the 75th anniversary of the European Chiropractic Confederation, the eighth anniversary of the Associação Portuguesa de Quiropráticos (APQ) and the ninth Biennial Congress of the World Foundation of Chiropractors. The theme for debate is the “Celebration of the past, present and future of chiropractic”.

The convention gets underway at 8.30am on May 17 with an official opening session led by the event’s ambassador, former Olympic athlete António Leitão, who will be joined by neurosurgeon João Lobo Antunes and the 2006 European Athlete of the Year Francis Obikwelu, who will participate in the Sports Chiropractic Forum and speak about the benefits of the practice he has experienced in his career.

Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body, particularly those of the spine. Treatment consists of a wide range of manipulative techniques designed to improve the function of the joints, relieving pain and muscle spasm. Chiropractic does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery.

Chiropractic offers useful and tailored treatment for everyone and is reported to be used to great success within the armed forces and by high profile sports clubs such as Chelsea FC and AC Milan.

The Vilamoura convention concludes on May 19 at 4pm.

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