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Clinical Neuroscience

Upcoming Courses with the Carrick Institute- Summer 2019

Upcoming Courses with the Carrick Institute   Looking for courses to take this summer? The Carrick Institute has you set! 🧠 👍 Wanting to specialize in pediatrics and childhood development? 👶NDD begins this weekend in Cape Canaveral, FL! Available for on-site and live stream learning. Looking for a course to further your skills in solving chronic pain? Pain …

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Board Review 2019

Preparing for your neurology boards? The Carrick Institute’s 3-day immersive Board Review in Clinical Neurology is designed to provide students with all the tools needed to pass and become board certified in clinical neurology. The Carrick Institute Board Review course is the best course for helping scholars prepare for their examination. Review all topics pertinent …

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Neuroplasticity at a Cellular Level

🧠 Neuroplasticity at a Cellular Level   Long term potentiation is the process of strengthening synapses based on patterns of activity or stimulation to the neuron. This process is believed to provide the foundation for a highly adaptable nervous system. Long term potentiation can be elicited by activating NMDA-type glutamate receptors, typically through the activity …

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How does our breathing affect our nervous system?

How does our breathing affect our nervous system? 🧠 When we hyperventilate, we decrease the amount of free calcium in the blood. This causes sodium channels on neurons to become unstable, and sodium begins to come into the cell, raising the resting membrane threshold and making the cell more easily excitable. So why does this matter …

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The Clinical Applications of the Homunculus

Behold, the bizarre homunculus. The sensory receptors in our body are distributed unevenly. Receptors are densely concentrated in areas where high acuity and fine movements are needed, such as the fingertips, and sparse in other areas where a superior sensory distinction is not necessary, such as the back. This creates a distortion of our body …

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How do we Know Where are in Space?

How do we know where are we in space? Our ability to sense not only where our own body is, but the space around our bodies is accomplished through multiple networks working and communicating together. Holmes NP, Spence C. The body schema and the multisensory representation(s) of peripersonal space. Cogn Process. 2004;5(2):94–105. doi:10.1007/s10339-004-0013-3

Dr. Klotzek and Dr. Ellis Leading Students from Life University

Dr. Klotzek and Dr. Ellis demonstrating techniques for applying clinical neuroscience in practice to scholars from Life University! We love seeing how excited and dedicated these students are! 🧠👏🏼 #carricktrained #carrickinstitute #chiropractic #chirostudent#physicaltherapy #physicaltherapystudent #neuroscience #neurology#clinicalneurology

The Three Components of Balance

Our ability to maintain balance relies on three main components: 1️⃣ Vision 2️⃣ Vestibular Function 3️⃣ Proprioception When we take an individual through a balance progression, our goal is to eliminate each component one at a time to narrow down which system that person is relying on. ▪️ Begin with feet together, eyes open, on a solid surface- here …

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The Cerebellum: Fine-Tuning Motor Commands

Traditionally, the cerebellum was thought to only play a role as the brain’s chief motor coordinator. We now know today that the cerebellum does so much more than that. The cerebellum contains body maps that help to give us an embodied sense of self. It’s constant communication with the body and cortex through feedforward, feedback …

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Carrick Institute at Palmer Florida Neurology Club

We had a great time yesterday at Palmer Florida presenting at Clinical Neuroscience Club! Dr. Klotzek and Dr. Garcia were able to share clinical insights into applying manual therapies from a neurological approach. #carricktrained #carrickinsight #carrickinstitute #palmer #PCCF#clinicalneuroscience #chiropractic #life #parker #students #DCstudents  

What Happens to the Body During Stress?

What happens to our body during stress? 🙇🏻‍♀️ A hallmark feature of stress consists of activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis that is initiated when visceromotor neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of hypothalamus (PVH) stimulate the release of pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormones (ACTH) into the bloodstream, which in turn, activates glucocorticoid secretion from the adrenal gland. These …

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Talk Neuro to Me Episode 16: Neurodevelopmental Disorders with Dr. Worth

ğŸŽ™ğŸ§ Check out Episode 16 of the Talk Neuro to Me Podcast where we speak to Dr. Matthew Worth, an expert in working with neurodevelopment disorders. For more information and to hear more from Dr. Worth, make sure to check out our upcoming Neurodevelopmental Disorders program beginning this summer in Cape Canaveral.Â ğŸŽ‰

Mitochondria as the link between intelligence, health and aging?

Mitochondria as the link between intelligence, health and aging? 🧠🦠 Mitochondria are the “powerhouse” of the cell, responsible for producing energy for the cell, among other functions. ⚡️ Energy availability, in turn, is the lowest common denominator needed for the development, maintenance, and optimal functioning of all biological systems. This study aims to review the relationship between intelligence, …

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Virtual Reality for Stress Reduction

Stress Awareness Tip: Virtual Reality has been used effectively to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Virtual Reality works by changing the sensory input that our brain receives, changing our brain’s interpretation of our current reality. There are currently three approaches to virtual reality that aim to achieving relaxation, stress reduction and emotion regulation. 1️⃣ Relaxing VR: …

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Using Heart Rate to Predict Errors in Expert Pianist

A new twist to the saying ‘playing from the heart.’Â ğŸŽ¶ – – Researchers found an increase in heart rate before an error in playing occurs in expert pianist.Â ğŸŽ¹Â This change in heart rate sends crucial signals to the brain to perceive error before we are even consciously aware of it! This information from the heart helps …

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Human Performance Program in Cape Canaveral, FL

This past weekend we wrapped up the Human Performance Program in Cape Canaveral, FL with the last module in the series, Neuro-modulation of Human Performance. 🧠⛹🏻‍♀️Just as important as strength, endurance and nutrition, an athlete’s brain is crucial in achieving optimum performance. An optimally functioning brain means faster reaction times, more precise movements, and better corrections …

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RBE 2: Vancouver

A bright group of scholars at RBE 2 Vancouver from this past weekend. Scholars learned how to harness the power of receptor systems through examination and therapeutic techniques in order to drive better brain function. 🤓🧠 – – #receptorbasedessentials #RBE #carricktrained #carrickinstitute#carrickinsight #sensory #motor #examination #vancouver #scholars#education  

Can we use heart rate variability (HRV) as a tool to measure stress levels?

Stress Tip: Can we use heart rate variability (HRV) as a tool to measure stress levels? The oscillations of our heart are complex and are constantly changing in response to our environment. This allows for the cardiovascular system to rapidly adjust to sudden physical and psychological challenges and maintain homeostasis. Think about a time when …

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Receive. Interpret. Respond: The Functional Neurology Paradigm

Receive. Interpret. Respond. It’s one of the key concepts within the functional neurology paradigm. A sensory stimulus is sent to the brain for processing, which then creates a motor output. Because of this intimidate brain-body connection, our programs have a heavy focus on using sensory modalities to modulate brain function and create a new, desired …

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Carrick Institute Human Performance Program: Neuro-Modulation in Human Performance

Our human performance scholars learning concepts behind neuro-visual training in athletic performance. 🧠🏋🏻‍♀️ Just as important as our strength, power and endurance, an athletes ability to process their environment correctly, react quickly and accurately, and have proper control and discipline of their vision is extremely important when working with performance enhancement. What training do you use …

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CITV Video Case Review: 11 Year Old Female with Sensory Aversion, Behavioral Concerns and Anxiety

On this episode of CITV, Dr. Matthew Worth takes us through a clinical case of an 11-year-old female with a history of sensory aversion, behavioral concerns, and anxiety. If you’d like to learn more about strategies for working with neurodevelopmental disorders, check out Dr. Worth’s upcoming Neurodevelopmental Disorders program beginning this June in Cape Canaveral, …

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Welcome to the Clinical Neuroscience Program

Welcome to the Clinical Neuroscience Program: ✅ 40 years of Experience in Clinical Neuroscience Education ✅ The most comprehensive program available for those seeking neuroscience education ✅ Practical, hands-on applications in every module ✅ Highest pass rates on diplomate and fellowship examinations Courses begin this summer and are available for on site, live stream and …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Marc Ellis

How does fascia play a role in our nervous system? Learn from soft tissue expert Dr. Marc Ellis at this year’s International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience event. #carricktrained #carrickinstitute #fascia #softtissue #ISCN2019 #clinicalneuroscience   Transcription: – Hello, my name’s Dr. Freddys Garcia. Today we’re joined by Dr. Marc Ellis from Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Ellis, how are you doing today? – …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Cynthia Qian

Bionic vision and neurology.. at this year’s ISCN! Dr. Cynthia Qian will be discussing retinal implants and prosthesis and the future of bionic vision. Cynthia X. Qian is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and the head of the electrophysiology laboratory and the pediatric retina service at the University of Montreal. She is …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Joshua Lander

How does neuroscience affect performance in sport? Dr. Joshua Lander will be presenting at this year’s International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience about Neuroscience in Sport. #sports #performance #carricktrained #carrickinstitute #ISCN2019 #InternationalSymposium #clinicalneuroscience #neuroscience #neurology Transcription: – Hello, my name is Dr. Jessica Lofgren. Today we have the pleasure of being joined by Dr Joshua Lander. Dr. Lander, how are you doing today? – …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Melissa Hunfalvay

How does eye tracking effect athletic performance? At this year’s ISCN, Dr. Melissa Hunfalvay will be sharing her research on athletic performance and eye movement. We can’t wait to hear all about it! For more information, visit ISCN2019.com #carricktrained #carrickinsight #ISCN2019 #neuroscience #neurology #research #clinicalneuroscience        

ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. David Clark

Learn how to utilize a metabolic approach to your care when working with Autism. – Dr. David Clark will be speaking at this year’s ISCN event: Using Neurochemistry to Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders. – #ISCN2019 #clinicalneuroscience #neurology #carricktrained #carrickinstitute #autism #nutrition – Hello, my name is Dr. Jessica Lofgren. Today we are joined by Dr. David Clark. Dr. Clark, how are …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Frank Middleton

How does our microbiome affect our brain? 🦠🧠 – – At this year’s ISCN event, Dr. Frank Middleton will be presenting on The Microbiome and Microtranscirptome of Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease. – – Dr. Frank Middleton is Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University where he holds appointments as Associate …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Justin Kreuter

The Oil Change for Antibody-Mediated Neurological Diseases This year at the International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience, Dr. Justin Kreuter will be discussing the clinical applications of plasma exchange. Dr. Kreuter is a Harvard Macy Alumnus and the associate program director for the Mayo Clinic transfusion medicine/blood banking fellowship. He has been involved with several quality …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Sanjay Kulkarni

When individuals have faulty organ systems due to disease and trauma, there is a neurological consequence. Individuals can develop hepatic or renal encephalopathies and most people with organ failure have these co-morbidities. Dr. Sanjay Kulkarni is the head of Yale University’s transplant surgical team and has developed a living donor program to save lives and …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Prof. Carrick

At this year’s ISCN event, get a research update from Dr. Carrick on the topics of brain activity in trauma, neurodegeneration and many other topics that will be very exciting to hear. #ISCN2019 #internationalsymposium #clinicalneuroscience #neuroscience #neurology #carricktrained #carrickinsititute   Transcription: – Hello, I’m Ted Carrick and I’m really pleased to be one of the …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Matthew Worth

The Autistic Brain compared to the Neuro-typical brain? 🧠 At this year’s ISCN event, Dr. Matthew Worth will be speaking about the differences in the long-term and short-term arranged neurons, mirror neuron systems, and treatment strategies that have been successful for this population.   Transcription: – Hello. My name is Dr. Jessica Lofgren. Today we are …

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ISCN 2019 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Donna Kimmaliardjuk

How does cardiac surgery affect your brain? Dr. Donna Kimmaliardjuk will be speaking at this year’s International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience about the potential neurocognitive side effects of open heart surgery, including both drastic and subtle changes. For more information, visit ISCN2019.com #ISCN2019 #carricktrained #carrickinsight #neuroscience #neurology #symposium #cardiacsurgery #openheartsurgery #brainhealth   – Hello, my name is Dr.Freddys Garcia, today we’re joined by Dr.Kimmaliardjuk, …

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Changes in Brain Plasticity after Amputation

💡Carrick Insight: How does brain plasticity affect amputees? 🧠 Researchers looked at the functional connectivity of those who had experienced phantom limb pain, or the sensation that the amputated limb was still there. They found two major changes: 1️⃣ A decrease in the functional connectivity between homologous sensory and motor cortical regions via the Corpus …

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Could Vitamin D Deficiency Lead to Decreases in Brain Plasticity?

🧠 Carrick Insight: Could vitamin D deficiency lead to decreases in brain plasticity?   Researchers discovered that vitamin D levels had an effect on the perineuronal nets located in the hippocampus, suggesting a link between vitamin D deficiency and cognition. 🤔   Perineuronal nets are like a strong mesh that surrounds the neurons and stabilizes …

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Chronic Inflammation may Lead to Future Thinking and Memory Problems in Middle-Aged Adults

🧠 Carrick Insight: Chronic inflammation may lead to future thinking and memory problems in middle-aged adults. 🤔   A study looked at biomarkers for inflammation in 12,336 individuals with an average age of 57 for 20 years. 🧪Along with this testing, participants thinking and memory skills were assessed at the beginning of the study, 6-9 …

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Researchers have Revealed that the Somatosensory Cortex, an Area Responsible for Basic Sensory Processing, also Plays an Important Role in Memory and Reward Learning.

🧠 Carrick Insight: Researchers have revealed that the somatosensory cortex, an area responsible for basic sensory processing, also plays an important role in memory and reward learning.   Reward learning is a type of learning where the brain associates an action with a pleasurable outcome. This could be from associating that next bonus with working …

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The Connection Between our Gut and our Brain

Is there a chance that what is in our gut may change what is in our brain?! 🦠🧠   A study looked at the connection between gut bacteria and depression and named the probable culprits for these mental issues. 🙇‍♀️ The researchers analyzed fecal microbiome in conjunction with diagnoses of depression in 1,054 people. They …

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Maddox Rod and Eye Position Testing – CITV Episode 4

– In today’s video we’re gonna be discussing how to assess eye position in your patients, and why it’s important for those who are applying clinical neuroscience in their practice. Hello, my name’s Dr. Freddy Garcia, today we’re joined by Dr. Jessica Lofgren. We are gonna be talking eye position in our patients, and a …

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Praise and Positive Feedback in Concussed Patients

🧠 Carrick Insight: Did you know that praise and positive feedback activates regions in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the same area of the brain involved with executive function? 👨🏼‍💼 Interestingly enough, this is also a common area of the brain that experiences continued trouble after a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Injuries to this area often lead to …

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Tips for Beginning your Carrick Institute Education

“Where do I start?!” We get this question a lot! So here is how to best tackle Carrick Institute courses in the most effective way!   1️⃣  Pain Reset Pain Reset is for practitioners who are looking to evolve and start exploring a brain-based and neuro biomechanical approach to solving chronic pain. We will show you how …

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Can a Head Tilt Increase Engagement in Patients with ASD?

Researchers suggest that a simple head tilt when working with patients with ASD could increase social engagement and focus, making the doctor or others seem less threatening and more approachable. Many studies have demonstrated that when observing faces, there is a consistent bias for right-handed observers to look towards the left side of the face …

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HRV Podcast with Dr. Mike T. Nelson

Dr. Garcia interviewed Dr. Nelson on September 16th, 2016 for this podcast interview.  They discussed HRV (heart rate variability) and its clinical applications in human performance enhancement and healthcare. In this podcasts, Dr. Nelson reference some resources. We have linked you up to these resources for ease of use. Strap for HR and HRV   …

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Board Review 2016 – What to Expect

Every year, one of our most popular weekend seminars is the Board Review with Drs. Klotzek and Antonucci. For the test candidates, this weekend gives them the information and tools they need to feel confident about the examination material and requirements. Our seasoned scholars also like to attend this module as a clinical update to diagnostic …

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Pupil Light Reflex & Parasympathetic Nervous System Dysfunction

When performing your patient examinations, are you currently assessing the patient’s pupillary light reflex?  If so, what are you looking for and what does it mean for the patient’s clinical presentation? Carrick trained functional neurologists are assessing several things when they shine a light into the patient’s eyes. A small list of the objective findings …

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Can Saccadic Eye Movement Training Improve Postural Balance?

Clinicians trained in Functional Neurology by the coursework at the Carrick Institute are well versed in the clinical application of saccadic and pursuit eye movements for various neurological conditions. The ability to maintain postural balance is a beautiful orchestra of events by the integration of various systems such as the visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems, …

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