Basics of Functional Neurology

Many practitioners shy away from studying functional neurology because they perceive it to be too difficult or too complex. What we have observed over the years of teaching this subject is that those learners who have good foundational knowledge of the nervous system (e.g. from undergraduate teachings) find it a lot easier to understand, absorb and put into clinical practice the material we present in our seminars. We have therefore decided to offer this new seminar aimed at teaching you the basics in a simple and easy-to-understand way. This seminar will give you the fundamentals of nervous system structure and function, as well as teaching you examination techniques. Once you possess this foundational knowledge, it will be much easier for you to focus on and grasp the clinical applications taught in later modules without struggling with basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. 


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: 

  • Structural and functional organisation of the nervous system:
    - Cortex
    - Subcortical regions
    - Brainstem
    - Cerebellum
    - Vestibular System
    - Spinal Cord

  • Important sensory and motor tracts, and their function.

  • Functional connections between different brain areas.

  • Basic introduction to how manual therapy can affect the nervous system, and why an understanding of neurology is clinically highly relevant for all practitioners of manual therapy.

  • Introduction to functional neurological examination:
    - Cerebellum
    - Proprioceptive and balance function
    - Eye movements
    - Brainstem
    - Cerebral cortex

  • Introduction to the principles of neuro-rehabilitation, focusing on the cerebellum.