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Introduction to Functional Neurology

Course Date

Start: 11-05-2024 @ 9:00 am

End: 12-05-2024 @ 1:00 pm

Course Location

AECC University College
13-15 Parkwood Road,
United Kingdom

Course Description

Course description:

The clinical benefit associated with manual therapy is not simply related to restoring movement to restricted joints and normalising local muscle tone through segmental reflex effects. A major therapeutic role is attributed to activation of the central nervous system (CNS) – in recent years the literature is saying this more and more. It is thought that many chronic or treatment-resistant musculoskeletal conditions are perpetuated by ongoing neurological dysfunctions or maladaptive post-injury changes in the CNS. This seminar will provide you with the fundamentals of nervous system structure and function, as well as teaching you neurological examination techniques.

Course Content:

• How and why neurological dysfunction can occur.

• The different motor tracts and their clinical importance.

• Functional roles of the sensory tracts.

• Cerebral cortex – overview of the parietal & frontal lobes.

• Ocular examination – pursuits & saccades.

• Cranial nerves and their correlation to functional impairments in the brainstem; and how to examine for these deficits.

• Cerebellum: its function in motor control, motor adaptation, postural stabilisation and injury prevention.

• Cerebellar testing & introduction to neuro-rehabilitation.

• Introduction to pain: the concept of pain in the absence of tissue damage, mechanical allodynia and central pain modulation.


Nicole Oliver, DC, MChiro, BSc(Hons), DACNB graduated from AECC in 2005 and began studying functional neurology with the Carrick Institute in 2006. She gained the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) qualification four years later. Alongside clinical practice she lectures for Neuroseminars, teaching functional neurology in the UK and Europe. Nicole’s other lecturing engagements have included the 2016 &2014 ECU Conventions,the 2016 Belgian Chiropractors’ Union Jubilee Congress, the 2016 ChiroSuisseConvention, the 2016 German Chiropractic Association’s Spring Seminar,the2015 McTimoneyChiropractic Association Autumn Conference, the 2015 BACS Conference and the Scottish Chiropractic Association’s 2013 Autumn Meeting/Seminar.


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If you are interested in taking this course, please contact the course provider.

Carleen Coombes