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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 of a functional neurologic approach.


Courses take place mainly in Leiden (Netherlands) 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 at 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 Central Nervous System


Leiden (Netherlands), Saturday September 29, 2018 - 09:00-18:00 hs.


When we consider that every system in our body is controlled by the Central Nervous System, it comes to no surprise that the CNS is called the most important system of body. When the conductor of the show is having an off day, the orchestra will put on a poor performance. The same can be said for the brain and it's neighbouring cerebellum, brain stem and spinal cord. This first module of the new Brain & Neuroplasticity series will prepare you for the trip down functional neurology lane. It will demonstrate how to assess someone's neural health and performance and how to improve it.







Eye Movements and Rehabilitation


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


The eyes play an important role in the integrity of the nervous system.  For chiropractors, the connection between the eyes, the inner ear and the spine should be clearly understood since the spinal intrinsic musculature is controlled by this very system.  In this module you will learn how to assess aberrant eye movements and deficiencies in visual integration. We will also show you specific eye exercises to address these issues.  Last but not least we will explain how spectacles can create phoric changes in visual fields, and how this can lead to disturbances in eye movements secondarily effecting the autonomic nervous system.








Leiden (Netherlands) - Saturday January 12, 2019 - 09:00-18:00 hs.


Chiropractors often come across patients complaining they are feeling 'dizzy'. Just listening about these symptoms, makes many of us chiropractors' head spin. Both in the medical as in the chiropractic field, the complaint 'dizziness' is often misdiagnosed and as a result mismanaged, making patients leave the practice feeling hopeless. This shouldn't have to be so. In just a day module, we will teach you how to go through the diagnosis process, and apply an appropriate and effective treatment for (most) dizziness modalities, without having to resort to the typical pharmaceutical module.  


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Training the Brain


Leiden (Netherlands) - Saturday March 9, 2019 - 09:00-18:00 hs.


By now everybody has caught on to the idea that physical exercise is good for health! But let's take our patients to the next level and teach them how they can benefit from training their brain! We see many conditions in our practice where part of the solution can be found in proper brain exercise.

In this module we will show you how to identify which areas of your patient's nervous system can improve with the proper stimulation. We will also practice how you to stimulate or inhibit cortex, brain stem, cerebellum, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and other receptors, by using specific exercises which can address the individual areas of the nervous system.



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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). He has also taught at the Barcelona Chiropractic College (BCC). At present Tom Claykens heads a successfull family practice in Biddenden, Kent.


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.
Jay Postma is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) and a Carrick Institute graduate. Also, Jay is a past lecturer at the Barcelona Chiropractic College (BCC), president of the NCA (Netherlands Chiropractic Association), European Chiropractic Union (ECU) representative, and member of the Board of Governors at the AECC. At present, Jay Postma is an American Chiropractic Neurology Board examiner, Graduate Education Programme examiner and a member of the Netherlands Chiropractic Association (NCA) board of education. 







Brain & Neuroplasticity 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)




Leiden, Netherlands
Golden Tulip Leiden
Schipholweg 3
2316 XB Leiden
Tel.: (+31)  71 408 3500


Brain & Neuroplasticity participants enjoy special rates for rooms at the Golden Tulip Leiden Centre hotel. Special discount is only valid if you book at least 4 weeks prior to the seminar date.

To book a room at this special rate, you need to write an email to ms. Deborah Turenhout:

Golden Tulip Leiden Centre, our venue hotel, will offer a special rate for parking (Euro. 7,50) to all participants coming by car.

This location is easy to reach by public transportation. We are just 1 trainstop from Schiphol Airport!

If you need any kind of assistance with planning your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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