Cranio-Cervical Complex in Posture
St. George, UT: March 5 - 6, 2021

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16 CEUs

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce the manual practitioner to manual therapy techniques and their appropriate use in problems of the cranial base and cervical spine that arise in sitting, laying, and functional cervical motions (where the visual field is tilted by motion). The focus of this class is on the biomechanical ability of the cervical spine and cranial base to allow these motions and appropriately integrate the righting reflexes into motion.

Neural and biomechanical integration of the upper extremity, chest, sterno-manubrium, hyoid, cervical spine and cranial base into posture in various positions requires detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, neurology, embryology and dynamic force relationships of these various structures. This course provides the participant with an extensive knowledge of these areas and the intricacies of their interrelationships.

​The craniocervical joints, ligaments, muscles, fascia, vascular and neural components will be discussed from an embryological, vertebral, biomechanical and arthrokinematic standpoint. Assessment and treatment will include Muscle Energy, Joint Mobilization, Trigger Point, Counterstrain, cranial mobilization, visceral, and Myofascial Techniques employed and demonstrated in laboratory session.

​Pain is the top reason patients seek treatment. Most clinical presentation of pain is NOT due to acute trauma which poses a problem for the current medical system approach. When that pain is due to trauma, the referral pattern of injured tissue is not well described by the academic community, also a huge problem for the clinical treatment of craniocervical dysfunction. To successfully treat non-acute onset of pain can be difficult. A deeper understanding of the neurological and biomechanical interaction of the craniocervical spine, upper thorax, and upper extremity such as is required in variable posture must be used as a tool to understand the functional and dysfunctional interaction of these areas.

Additional Details:

Location: Westside Studio of Performing Arts
St. George, UT 84770

Target audience: Licensed healthcare providers including, but not limited to:

PT, AT, DC, MT, RN, OT, LMT, and ND.

16 contact hours – 16 1-A hours anticipated  

Instructors: Neal O'Neal, PT

Class is held 9-6 Friday and Saturday.

Fees: $500/student, Associates of Autumn Mayberry may utilize a discount code found on her website for a discount code. Course limited to 24 students.

Learning Objectives:

1) Detail the arthrokinematic, fascial, and biomechanical function and the significant local variances throughout the craniocervical, hyoid, upper thorax, and proximal upper extremity as they relate to function and dysfunction in this area.

2) List and correctly differentiate the postural reflexes of this area.

3) Demonstrate appropriate MET, Trigger Point, Counterstrain, Neural Dynamic Reintegration, and Myofascial Techniques as appropriate to restore proper arthrokinematic, fascial, and biomechanical function.

4) Demonstrate global, regional, and local provocation tests and detail the appropriate analysis of the results of these tests in a patient with dysfunction in the head and neck region.

Materials Provided: A binder of the course materials will be provided to each student to follow along and take notes during the lecture and lab portions of the class.

The purpose of this class is to provide the clinical practitioner with the knowledge of how recent research has changed current clinical treatment approaches to the posturally adaptive craniocervical spine and upper extremity. 

Expected outcomes are to develop effective delineation and treatment strategies based upon an integration of new information and the extensive body of knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and embryology of the craniocervical complex. This class will enhance participant learning through the use of discussion, audio-visual materials, recent research evidence, and extensive lab-based learning.

According to the education levels described by the PDC, the following continuing education course is considered to be Advanced Level.


9am – 9:30am Common Muscle Imbalance Postures (Lecture)
9:30am – 10:30am Regional and Global Provocation and Functional ROM Testing (Lab)
10:30am – 12pm Global and Regional Provocation Tests and Aberrant Reflex Arc Testing (Lab)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 1:30pm Treatment of Craniocervical Structures (Lab)
1:30pm – 3:30pm Treatment of Throat and other Visceral Structures (Lab)
3:30pm – 5:30pm Weight Bearing vs NWB Recruitment (Lecture and Lab)
5:30pm – 6pm Common Chronic Compensatory Patterns

9am – 9:30am Lab: Testing Imbalance Postures
9:30am – 12pm Differentiation of Righting Reflexes (Lab)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 5:30pm Somatic Treatment of Upper Ribs, Sternomanubrium, and UE Contributions (Lab)
5:30pm – 6pm Common Chronic Compensatory Patterns

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