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Functional Neurology for the Muscle Testing Practitioner

What is Functional Neurology for the Muscle Testing Practitioner

Knowledge is power. More information about how the human brain and body works allows practitioners to better understand their patient population. This translates into better diagnostic and treatment procedures. With approximately 6 out of 10 people in this world suffering with at least one chronic health condition, both functional neurology practitioners and muscle testing practitioners have a unique skill set to help manage these patients.

Our understanding of how the brain works has exploded over the last few decades. In this course, Dr. David Traster will review the most up to date research on neuroscience and what we understand about the brain. He will then translate this information into an evidence-based neuromuscular approach of how to combine modern neuroscience with muscle testing. An increased understanding of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology translates into advanced procedures and technology which may be combined with muscle testing for more precision and accuracy.

Who is this class for?

The healthcare professionals that can attend this program are MD, DC, DO, PT, OT, ATC, LMT, ND, LAc, PA, NP, and CA (If accompanied by DC).  



-Introduction to the brain
-Functional neuroanatomy
-Functional neurophysiology
-The brain and behavior
-Muscle testing and behavior
-Environment versus genetics
-The perceptual brain, the movement brain, and the cognitive/emotional brain
-What is the perceptual brain?
-The somatosensory brain
-The visual brain
-The auditory brain
-The vestibular brain
-The smell/taste brain
-What is the movement brain?
-Principles of sensorimotor control
-Neurophysiology of gait
-Neurophysiology of voluntary movement
-Control of the eyes and posture
-Understanding the role of the cerebellum in movement
-Understanding the role of the basal ganglia in movement
-What is the cognitive/emotional brain?
-Emotions in cognition
-Brainstem and hypothalamic integration
-Autonomic nervous system control systems
-Motivations, rewards, and addictions
-Sleep and wake states
-Neurophysiology of learning and memory
-Neurophysiology of language
-Decision making and consciousness
-Neuroplasticity and human health


-Better understanding what a muscle test is and what it is not
-Understanding the neurophysiology of muscle testing
-Exploring somatosensory challenges to the nervous system
-Exploring visual challenges to the nervous system
-Exploring auditory challenges to the nervous system
-Exploring vestibular challenges to the nervous system
-Exploring smell/taste challenges to the nervous system
-Muscle testing and human movement
-Muscle testing and eye movements
-Muscle testing and postural control
-Muscle testing and gait
-Muscle testing for muscle weaknesses
-Muscle testing for peripheral nerve disorders
-Muscle testing for spinal cord disorders
-Muscle testing for brainstem disorders
-Muscle testing for cerebellar disorders
-Muscle testing for basal ganglia disorders
-Muscle testing for disorders of the cerebral cortex
-The autonomic nervous system and muscle testing
-Human emotions and muscle testing
-Muscle testing and neurotransmitters
-Human memory and muscle testing
-Human language and muscle testing
-Neuroplasticity therapies for in clinic and at home use
-Advanced technology which can be used in conjunction with muscle testing

Presenting Faculty

Dr. David Traster is a board certified Chiropractic Neurologist and assistant professor for the Carrick Institute. Dr. Traster also received his PAK certificate in Applied Kinesiology in 2010. He is the co-owner of The Neurologic Wellness Institute, which currently has a total of four locations in Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Dr. Traster was personally mentored as a student by the world-renowned Dr. Frederick Carrick. Dr. Traster is currently an assistant professor for the Carrick Institute and leads their Vestibular Rehabilitation Program as well as lecturing on other topics. Dr. Traster was named Instructor of the Year by the Carrick Institute in 2018. Dr. Traster also has over 45 peer-reviewed case studies published in mainstream neurology medical journals.⁣ Dr. Traster received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University, a Chiropractic degree and a Masters degree from Life University, and holds the highest level of education in Functional Neurology by attaining his diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology / Functional Neurology through the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies.

Course Information

Included In Your Tuition
25 Neurology Hours

Receive any future updates to the course videos or other materials
All-Access to the digital recording of the class

All-Access to the flipped classroom material and online videos, including updates. The clinical applications will be organized and updated so you can easily find them, review them, and implement them in practice.
Re-attendance – Retake the class on-site, via Livestream, or via online, self-paced learning as many times as you’d like as an audit.*

Re-attendance policy: Scholars who have registered and completed the program (including the 4-day format or the 5-module series in its entirety) 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. If manuals have been updated since the original attendance date, the updated materials will be available via PDF on the scholar’s online portal. If the scholar would like to purchase a new paper manual, they may do so before the course start date.

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

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.


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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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