Carrick Institute

Dysautonomia Program

Dysautonomia is often present in patients and is missed by clinicians. This program aims to never let that happen to you by teaching what you need to know to become an expert in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of Dysautonomia.

Advanced Specialty Program

Dysautonomia - A Modern Clinical Approach to Diagnosis & Rehabilitation

Dysautonomia is often present in patients and is missed by clinicians. This program aims to never let that happen to you by teaching what you need to know to become an expert in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of Dysautonomia. Dysautonomia is a set of conditions that are often either the direct cause of our patient’s disease or as a concomitant of what they are suffering from.  Clinicians must be trained to recognize and rehabilitate dysautonomia to serve their patients at the highest levels possible.

Who is this class for?
This Dysautonomia Program will appeal to any healthcare practitioner wanting to understand the breadth, depth, and applications of how to masterfully help patients suffering from dysautonomia.
  • Learn a comprehensive understanding of the physiology of dysautonomia
  • Learn physical exam skills to arrive at the correct root cause of the patients suffering
  • Learn a modern approach to creating individualized treatment plans for dysautonomia patients.

 

The Treatment Approach Taught in Dysautonomia

Scholars who attend this program will learn to assess their patient’s neurophysiology through an evidence-based physical and neurological exam, learn the pathophysiology of the spectrum of dysautonomia conditions, know how to arrive at the appropriate diagnosis, and with precision learn how to create customized rehabilitation programs for that specific patient. 

This is not teaching a cookie-cutter approach to dysautonomia rehab but rather teaches you how to think about each patient on a case-by-case basis so you can deliver a customized and effective solution for them. 

Why Learn Functional Neurology?

Optimizing one's nervous system creates an environment for maximum healing while simultaneously maximizing the human potential.

Why Learn Functional Neurology?

Our nervous system controls all our bodily functions, actions, and reactions. Many diseases often involve negative changes within the central nervous system that further promote and contribute to the initial illness. It is becoming more evident that many diseases can also originate from dysfunction within the CNS, requiring practitioners to know about these relationships, especially when patients fail to respond to standard treatments.

Leveraging functional neurology to optimize nervous system function refers to the process of stimulating the CNS  with the goal of restoring optimal functional connectivity. It relies on two critical elements for its success: the first neurogenesis and the second neuroplasticity. Neurogenesis refers to the creation of new neurons, while neuroplasticity refers to the ability of our nervous system to rewire and optimize itself.

Thus, optimizing one’s nervous system creates an environment for maximum healing while simultaneously maximizing the human potential.

Dysautonomia Key Objectives

Module 1

- Current knowledge base of modern autonomic theory ○ Looking back to move forward.
- Autonomic Neurotransmission
- Gross anatomy of the peripheral sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
- Visceral afferent neurons and autonomic regulations
- The final autonomic pathway and its analysis
- The peripheral sympathetic and parasympathetic pathways
- Sympathetic non-vasoconstrictor neurons innervating pelvic viscera and colon
- “Other” types of sympathetic neurons
- Adrenal Medulla
- Sympathetic neurons innervating immune tissue
- Parasympathetic systems
- The enteric nervous system Autonomic dysreflexia

Module 2

- Central control of autonomic function.
- Synucleopathies
-Autonomic Reflex Integration
-Cardio-respiratory control
-Cardiorespiratory control at rest
-Integration of autonomic regulation in upper brain stem and limbichypothalamic centers
-Defense reactions integrated in the mesencephalon
-Central representation of emotional states and patterns of autonomic reactions
-Autoimmune Autonomic Disorders
-POTS
-Syncope
-Autonomic Hyperactivity

Module 3

- REVIEW- Module 1
- Pathological conditions
-Cerebral vascular anatomy
-Cerebral Blood Flow
-Cardiac Examination
-Fundoscopy
-Autonomic Testing
-Head Up Tilt Test

Module 4

- Cerebral Blood Flow
- Resting sinus arrythmia
- Valsalva
- Head up Tilt Test
- Hand Grip
- Amaurosis Fougax
- Peripheral Nerve Exam
- Neurovisceral Integration Hypothesis
- Pupillometry
- Heart Rate Variability
- The Cerebellum and Baroreflex
- Brainstem Reflexes

Module 5

- Consensus Management
- Jugular Venous Pressure
- Passive leg raise
- Blood flow, breathing and blood gases
- Heistad’s Dogs
- Neurovascular coupling in humans:
- Physiology, methodological advances and clinical implications
- Vestibular interactions
- Cervical spine interactions
- Trigeminal stimulation
- Vagal Stimulation
- Water immersion
- Exertion

Module 6 - Grand Rounds

Clinical Rounds as it relates to topics covered in the entire series.

Dysautonomia Program Education Resources

The ReceptorBased Essentials has completely transformed the way I approach cases. I learned more clinical applications in this course than I did in any other course I have taken. I feel confident that I have a great foundation to build off of in Functional Neurology. Whether you're looking to get started with your Functional Neurology education, continue your FN education or to just take one course and be done - ReceptorBased Essentials will set you up for success to work with even the most complicated cases.
Dr. Lon Kalapp

Course Information

Included In Your Tuition
- 140 Neurology Hours For The Entire Program
- 25 Neurology Hours Per Module

Receive any future updates to the course videos or other materials
All-Access to the flipped classroom material and online videos, including updates.
Re-attendance – Retake the class on-site, or via online, self-paced learning as many times as you’d like as an audit.*

3 months of unlimited access to Medline

All-Access to the digital recording of the class

Re-attendance policy: Scholars who have registered and completed the program have the ability to re-attend the course with no additional fee. When re-attending a course, the scholar will not receive continuing education credits and will receive an audit. Carrick Institute is not responsible for providing new materials for class audits, including but not limited to manuals, shirts, equipment, etc.

Due to the limited seats for this program. Re-attendance for this in-person module is only available for registration 14 days in advance. If you would like to reserve a seat for this course please email admissions@carrickinstitute.com

The All-access and re-attendance as part of your  tuition are specific to this program. The re-attendance is considered an audit of the course material and does not yield CE or CEU credits. It does transfer to other programs offered by the Carrick Institute.

 

To view full Terms & Conditions, click here.

For more information on CE/CME eligibility, visit https://carrickinstitute.com/ceinfo/

Continuing Education​

Continuing education requirements to maintain certification status through a professional association are usually separate from the state board’s requirements. In order to maintain your certification status in your state please submit a State Continuing Education Application Form.

*We cannot guarantee approval for individual state CEUS. Each state has different rules and regulations. State Applications need to be submitted at least 90 days prior to the state date of your course*

Recertification / Diplomate Requirements: All Carrick Institute courses are approved by the ACFN & ACNB.

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