10-11 May '25 - Headaches & Pain; A Functional Neurological Approach Online | AECC University College
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Headaches & Pain; A Functional Neurological Approach Online

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This seminar will also help you to understand how different therapies are likely to influence pain in the brain, not just manual treatment interventions, but also neuro-rehabilitative exercises, and therapies commonly used in the multidisciplinary management of chronic pain.

Nicole Oliver
Course Title 10-11 May ’25 – Headaches & Pain; A Functional Neurological Approach Online
Qualification CPD
Accreditation European Academy of Chiropractic
Duration 11 CPD Hours
Institution Code A65
Start Date 10-11 May 2025
Location Online

Overview


This course is accredited for 11 CPD Hours by the European Academy of Chiropractic.

Registration: 08:45

Saturday: 09:00-17:00

Sunday: 09:00-13:00

 

Course Details


We have all come across the patients who wake up in pain and claim they must have ‘slept funny’ (despite sleeping in the same position that they always do). Maybe we sometimes assume that patients just have a bad memory when they genuinely have no explanation for why their pain started. And then there are the patients who complain of severe stiffness, but have full range of movement in the affected body part and all orthopaedic tests are negative. Pain often has a considerable brain-based component and in the absence of injury or other inflammatory process can even be entirely brain-based; this is especially true for both acute and chronic spinal pain, as well as headaches.
Understanding how pain is perceived, processed, modulated and sometimes amplified by different regions of the brain and spinal cord is therefore extremely important for clinicians dealing with pain patients. Being able to determine which areas of the nervous system to either stimulate or calm down can help you be more specific in your treatment and rehabilitation interventions. This seminar will also help you to understand how different therapies are likely to influence pain in the brain, not just manual treatment interventions, but also neuro-rehabilitative exercises, and therapies commonly used in the multidisciplinary management of chronic pain.
On day two of this seminar, we will apply these concepts to headache disorders. We will discuss the neuro-pathophysiology underlying common headache disorders, such as cervicogenic headache, tension-type headache and migraine, and of course teach you treatment and neuro-rehabilitation strategies.

All of the following topics will be taught in clinical context. In other words, we will not just discuss theoretical concepts, but instead focus on what you can do in clinical practice to improve function in the neurological systems involved in pain processing and pain modulation.

Pain (Day 1):

  • The concept of brain-based pain
  • Nociceptive pathways from the periphery to the cerebral cortex
  • Pain gating and descending modulation of nociceptive afferent input
  • Wind-up, (mechanical) allodynia and central sensitisation
  • Cognitive and emotional aspects of chronic pain
  • Cerebellar and vestibular contributions to central pain modulation
  • Influence of pain on proprioceptive function and motor control

Headaches (Day 2):

  • Peripheral nociceptive inputs that can contribute to headaches through sensitisation of the trigeminal pain pathway.
  • Review of functional neuroanatomy of the trigeminal nerve.
  • The neurological basis for common headache disorders.
  • Migraine pathophysiology
  • Assessment of the headache patient: determining the pro-nociceptive factors and assessing the functionality of the anti-nociceptive mechanisms.
  • Treatment and prevention of headache disorders:

– Manual therapy

– Neuro-rehabilitation

Pre-reading suggestions:

Pre-reading suggestions can be found here: http://www.neuroseminars.co.uk/page17.htm

Nicole Oliver, DC, MChiro, BSc(Hons), DACNB graduated from AECC in 2005 and began studying functional neurology with the Carrick Institute 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 in the UK and Europe. Nicole’s other lecturing engagements have included the 2016 &2014 ECU Conventions,the 2016 Belgian Chiropractors’ Union Jubilee Congress, the 2016 ChiroSuisseConvention, the 2016 German Chiropractic Association’s Spring Seminar,the2015 McTimoneyChiropractic Association Autumn Conference, the 2015 BACS Conference and the Scottish Chiropractic Association’s 2013 Autumn Meeting/Seminar.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For more information contact the CPD team at cpd@aecc.ac.uk.

You will be emailed a link for the course approximately 1 week before the seminar.

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