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Functional Neurology Made Easy and Understandable


In October 2015 we launched a series of accredited modules with the intention to introduce fellow chiropractors to the world of functional neurology. Each model we put together consists of a day session during which we discuss (in a simplified manner) the main centres of the nervous system and show the practical therapeutic applications.


Courses take place in Leiden (Netherlands) and Barcelona (Spain) and are held in English.

We believe functional neurology has made us better chiropractors and are very excited to share our knowledge whether you are a seasoned chiropractor looking for a functional neurologic approach, or a new graduate looking for a stepping stone towards a full degree in functional neurology.

Our lecturers are chiropractors trained by the Carrick Institute and are Diplomates of the American Board of Functional Neurology (DACNB). Furthermore, they all have ample experience as chiropractors, teachers, lecturers and leaders.


All modules can be taken independently and each one of them has been granted European Academic Council (EAC) accreditation equal to 9 CPDs per module. You are welcome to step in any time.

Each module has an important practical component, to ensure you can start applying new knowledge the very next day. Therefore we keep our groups small and guarantee a personalised approach. So, don't wait another minute and sign up today!



 The Brain: New Insights and Functional Neurologic Approach



Leiden (Netherlands) - Saturday September 30, 2017 - 09:00-18:00 hs


This module will explore the neuroanatomy and physiology of the lobes of the brain.  We will divide the left and right half of the brain and analyze the functions of the frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobe. What are the implications of under- or over activity?  How do the lobes communicate with one another and what is the blood supply?  We will give a condensed review highlighting the most important aspects.  Later we will provide functional neurologic applications in the diagnosis and treatment of disturbances of brain function, using manual techniques and neurological rehabilitation strategies.




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The Brain Stem & Autonomic Nervous System



Leiden (Netherlands) - Saturday November 11 2017 - 09:00-18:00 hs.


In this module we will systematically review the 12 cranial nerves.  These are responsible for regulating our vital functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and energy levels.  The brain stem is divided in 3 functional areas and in each the anatomy and function will be discussed.  By analysis of these areas we can determine the integrity of the autonomic nervous system.  In the practical we will present an efficient way of analysis of brain stem function, thereby being able to tell when, where, to adjust and when and where not to adjust!  We will teach different ways to activate or inhibit the brain stem.  Re-evaluation of these simple tests can validate if the intended treatment outcome has been achieved.





The Cerebellum & Vestibular System



Leiden (Netherlands) - Saturday January 13 2018 - 09:00-18:00 hs.


This area of the nervous system is most crucial for coordinated movement and balance.  There are more nerve cells in the cerebellum than in the entire cerebral cortex!  In order for us to walk stable the cerebellum constantly need to integrate information coming from the visual system, the middle ear, and the spine and joints.  The neuroanatomical and neurophysiological aspects of this integration will be discussed in a clear and concise way.  Also we will present common dysfunctions of gait and balance.  In the practical we will demonstrate different tests to recognise functional neurological disorders, and offer treatment modalities to address these issues.  Testing and re-testing can confirm the desired outcomes of treatment.


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Headaches : A Functional Neurologic Approach



Leiden (Netherlands) - Saturday March 10, 2018 - 09:00-18:00 hs.


Functional deficits related to the cerebellum and the vestibular system can play a mayor role when dealing with headaches. As we know, adjusting an upper cervical spinal fixation can sometimes alleviate a headache, but can also make it much worse. 

We will show you how to differentiate a structural from a neurological imbalance and will also zoom into the nutritional components that are equally important when dealing with headaches and migraine. 



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Andorra Ski Module



Escaldes (Andorra La Vella, Andorra), Fri./Sat.February 23-24, 2018 - 16:00-20:00 hs.


Functional neurology in an easy and understandable way, together with practical applications that can be used immediately in practice.  Add a beautiful setting and the opportunity to get tons of movement in the beautiful slopes of Andorra... Need we say more?

The course will consist of four individual two hour lectures, over two days by four lecturers! We will cover topics in neuroanatomy and neurophysiological applications.  Tom Claykens will talk about 'The effects of exercise on the brain".  Jeroen (Jay) Postma will cover 'Vestibular exercises for balance control'.  Jordi Gutiérrez will lecture on 'Lumbar disc irritation' and we have invited Patrick McMahon to address 'Biofeedback Training', cover sensor monitor integration and show you how to maximize all movement parameters. 

We will see how to diagnose and treat pathologies using a functional neurologic approach involving spinal adjustments and other forms of neurologic rehabilitation.

You will improve the understanding of the brain and het nervous system; learn new strategies using functional neurological diagnosis and a new treatment approach that will help your patients more effectively. You will earn 9 CPDs while being constantly stimulated by probably the most dynamic functional neurology practical course this winter has to offer.





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Reading List


•Blumendfeld, H., Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases.

This is an allround, beautifully illustrated neurology text book. 

•Beck, R.W., Functional Neurology for Practitioners of Manual Medicine.

To dig into functional neurology concepts.


These and other research papers will  be available for attendees on the Brain and Neuroplasticity Dropbox account after registration.

•Dieterich, M., Central Vestibular Disorders. J Neurol. 2007, 254:559-568

•Magnusson, et al., Cervical muscle afferents play a dominant role over vestibular afferents during bilateral vibration of neck muscles. Journal of Vestibular Research. 2006, 127-136.






Tom Claykens has Belgian nationality. He graduated with honours as a chiropractor with a master's degree from Chiropractic Sciences at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth and has a second master's degree in Exercise Sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.  Tom Claykens is a  Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB). Tom Claykens has also taught at the Barcelona Chiropractic College (BCC).


Jeroen (Jay) Postma was born in England but grew up in the United States. His parents are both Dutch and he is a Dutch national.  He studied chiropractic at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received the Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC) in 1987.
Jeroen Postma has been a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) since 1996. He is also a past lecturer at the Barcelona Chiropractic College (BCC), president of the NCA (Netherlands Chiropractic Association) and was member of the Board of Governors at the AECC for many years. At present, Jeroen Postma is also an American Chiropractic Neurology Board examinor.


Jordi Gutierrez Mujal is Spanish and Barcelona is his base. He has a master's degree from the Madrid College of Chiropractic, an ECCE credited institution. He is also a physical therapist and has a degree in Physical Sciences and Rehabilitation from the University of Barcelona.
Currently, Jordi Gutierrez Mujal teaches neurology, neuro-orthopedics and functional rehabilitation at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC). 
Jordi Gutiérrez Mujal is a full credited chiropractic functional neurologist (DACNB).


Patrick McMahon was born in the USA and is a Parker University Graduate. He came to Europe quite some years ago and is based in Andorra. 
He is co-founder of Syntropy Chiropractic Training, an international seminar series that teach you to adjust 'from a state of ease', by improving speed, precision and clarity while honouring the body's natural biomechanics. By breaking down the steps to reach proficiency and then mastery, SCT brings the type of confidence and skills to the next level that can be implemented with any technique, allowing you to get the best results with your patients.






Lecturers are registered and accredited chiropractors with DACNB degrees. All of them are graduates of the Carrick Institute.
The series of modules we offer have European Academic Council (EAC) accreditation equal to 9 CPDs per module.






"This is the course to start with functional neurology. Probably the best way to get into it"  (T. Nikulainen, D.C., Finland)

"Clearly structured info and thanks to the practical it will be easy to incorporate this in the practice on Monday!" (A. Konijn-van Leeuwen, D.C., Netherlands)

"Great info, condensed format, learn by doing. Use it on Monday" (Marcel van der Heide, D.C., Netherlands)

"Brief overview of theory leading to practical application. Will be able to implement some of the material on Monday" (W. Hagen, D.C., Netherlands)

"A good introduction to the neuroplasticity" (R. Cordonni, D.C., Belgium)






Plaça del Doctor Letamendi 37 - 1st floor right

08007 Barcelona 



Mediapoort - MSP Opleidingen

Rooseveltstraat 12

2321 BM Leiden



Centre Vital Quiropràctic

Av. Nations Unides, Edifici Prat de Patronal (Local 1)


Andorra AD 70


All locations are easy to reach by public transportation. If you need any kind of assistance with planning your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


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