• The purpose of this course is to introduce and provide the students with knowledge of the most commonly used adjusting instruments. In addition, theoretical and practical aspects of the "Special Tests" category of PARTS model of subluxation assessment will be presented. These include such tests as relative leg length inequality, and patterns painful that have been associated with patients with common NMS complaints. The student will enter the course with the ability to evaluate the commonly encountered spinal joint problems and selected articulations of the extremities. During the course of the trimester, the student will become proficient in applying instrument adjusting. Completion of this course satisfies one step towards obtaining an Activator proficiency rating.
  • This technique laboratory course combines instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization with a targeted exercise program to address connective tissue dysfunction. The technique uses Graston patented stainless steel instruments that are designed to adapt to the various tissue/shapes/curves of the body to precisely examine and treat a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is soft tissue mobilization that allows the clinician to detect and treat soft tissue dysfunction that produces pain, weakness and functional limitation for the patient. The instruments are designed to provide an adjunct to a clinician's hands. Developing good manual skills is crucial to the effectiveness of this technique. Hands on application using the instruments will be stressed as part of an overall treatment.
  • Continued development of chiropractic diagnostic and adjustive skills. Complete management strategies of common axial and appendicular conditions are discussed and practiced.
  • Students will study the presentation, diagnosis and treatment
    of common disorders and complaints of the peripheral and
    central nervous systems.
  • In-depth study of the organization of the nervous system followed by a detailed study of neurophysiology, including receptor pharmacology; spinal nerves, with major emphasis on visceral and somatic afferent and efferent PNS pathways; reflex arcs; common segmental innervations; and dermatomes.
  • The anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord.