Basics of Functional Neurology – AECC 2024

1.5-day Seminar
(11 hours of CPD credits)

Date: 11th – 12th May 2024
Saturday 9:00 – 6:00pm (BST) / Sunday 9:00 – 13:00 (BST)

AECC University College
Parkwood Campus
13-15 Parkwood Road
Bournemouth BH5 2DF

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. It has also been suggested that a neurorehabilitative approach is what is needed to more successfully manage such chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

This seminar aims to teach you the basics of functional neurology in a simple and easy-to-understand way. It will provide you with fundamental knowledge of nervous system structure and function, as well as teaching examination techniques related to the cerebellum, cranial nerves and eye movements. You will also learn the basic principles of neuro-rehabilitation. The seminar will be interactive with numerous practical sessions to develop your newly learnt skills and emphasize the clinical application of the material taught. 

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.

Course Instructors:
Nicole Oliver, DC, MChiro, BSc(Hons), PgDip(MSK Neuroscience)
Nicole graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in 2005 and began studying functional neurology 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 to chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and other health care professionals in the UK and Europe. Nicole has presented at several conferences and conventions, including the 2014 & 2016 European Chiropractors Union (ECU) Conventions, the 2019 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Congress, and at the annual or biannual conferences/ meetings of the Swiss, German, Norwegian, Belgian, Finnish, Swedish, Irish and Scottish national associations.

Registration fee:
AECC Alumin or Members of ECU / RCC / TAM: £250
Non-members: £275
Students: £125

This course is organised by AECC University College and booking is available via their website.