Headaches & Pain - A Functional Neurological Approach


For most manual therapists, the role of neurology in the diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders is largely confined to ruling out serious pathology. Although there generally exists an awareness that the trigeminal pain pathway plays a major role in headache disorders, very few practitioners know how to apply this concept clinically beyond simply treating aberrant cervical spine and TMJ biomechanics. This seminar will acquaint you with the mechanisms underlying headache disorders. It will also teach you how to treat in a way that will provide quicker and longer lasting results for your headache patients.  

Please note, all of our seminars are designed to be stand-alone. They do not require prior knowledge of functional neurology and you can take our seminars in any order you wish.

 
Numerous practical sessions throughout the day will help develop your newly learnt clinical skills.
Delegate numbers are limited to ensure that each individual receives sufficient attention during the practicals.

Course Content: 

  • Why treating functional deficits of the cerebellum, vestibular system and brainstem is vitally important when dealing with any patient in pain. We will discuss in detail how to maximize the nervous system's ability to modulate pain, and how to avoid further pain sensitization.

  • How anything from a painful neck muscle to dry eyes, sinus or TMJ problems, Asthma or heartburn can contribute to headaches through sensitisation of the trigeminal pain pathway.

  • Why adjusting an upper cervical spinal fixation can sometimes alleviate a headache, but at other times can make it much worse. We will discuss how to detect and manage mechanical allodynia and how to treat a patient appropriate to their brain imbalance and neuronal metabolic capacity.

  • What cortical spreading depression is; how it relates to migraine, and how to prevent it from happening.

  • Nutritional strategies for headache, migraine and chronic pain patients.

  • How to address functional neurological problems using your existing techniques.

  • Novel treatment interventions to address brain imbalances, including coupled-motion adjusting, fast-stretching, proprioceptive- and vestibular stimulation. Various physical and mental exercises designed to activate different regions of the brain will be explained and demonstrated.

  • We will also show you sinus release techniques, which are invaluable for many headache patients.

 
Pre-reading suggestions:
www.neuroseminars.co.uk/page17.htm