Biomechanics of Sagittal Plane Spine Displacement, Altered Sensori-Motor Control, and Abnormal Neuro-physiological Function: Does True Corrective Care Improve Outcomes?

This course provides an integrated education for the Doctor of Chiropractic in the Science and Art of chiropractic analysis and management of patients with abnormalities of cervical spine posture and radiographic misalignments in the sagittal plane.  Biomechanical and neuro-physiological aspects of cervical sagittal plane alignment will be reviewed. Several case-control investigations seeking to understand the relationship of postural displacements to sensorimotor control, general neurophysiology, and selected performance variables will be reviewed and discussed. Emphasis will be placed on understanding analysis, patient deficits, and rehabilitation procedures for affected populations. An update-to-date review of randomized trial outcomes will be presented discussing the utilization and efficacy of selected corrective spine rehabilitation treatment techniques.

Learning Objectives

  • Sensori-motor control definition and clinical evaluation methods utilized in populations with cervical spine subluxation: head repositioning accuracy, smooth pursuit motor control, center of gravity balance platforms, athletic skill tests.
  • Review regarding the cervical lordosis, and anterior head translation and health outcomes in recent randomized trials will be presented.
  • Case-control investigations will be presented looking at the relationships between sagittal cervical posture and: 1) sensorimotor control, 2) sensorimotor integration, 3) athletic skills, and 4) chronic whiplash impairment.