Evaluating the Vestibular System: Determining Balance, Coordination and Processing Issues
“I decided to take this course because it sounded interesting and I was curious to take a course taught by Dr. Rosen and Dr. Watson. I was hoping to gain a better understanding of the vestibular system and apply that knowledge to my massage therapy practice.
Three takeaways I’ve already shared with others are… The bones in the cranium move with every deep breath. The brain and entire body plays a part in maintaining balance. In thinking about the vestibular system, we can’t just look at the inner ear. Our fascial system is all interconnected, which allows for restrictions in the neck to be felt and tested for by observing how the legs react when the head is turned
Having a new expanded understanding of how the body works is influencing my view of my own body and my work already. By knowing more, I am able to notice and respond to different cues from myself and my clients’ bodies.
I have a client who has chronic issues with dizziness. Through the process of taking this course I began approaching my work with her with more of a view of her full spine and alignment. In the past we had focused most of the work on her neck with good results, but not long lasting relief. I’m curious to see if with time she is able to hold on to the improvements longer now that I’m incorporating more work throughout.
I found this class to be very interesting and challenging. Thank you!!!”
Kim Miller, LMT
“I took this program to learn more about the vestibular system and understand our importance in helping more and more patients.
The classes are very didactic. Learning from this couple is always wonderful – always ready to answer questions.
Learning more and more from this couple helps me to do my best for all my patients and be able to help more and more cases and families with the power of chiropractic.
A patient with a lot of vertigo and dizziness, was unable to work, taking medication for 2 months without any improvement, I applied what I learned on the course and after one session she only had mild vertigo when turning over in bed and after 2 more sessions she didn’t feel it nothing more, he went back to working and dancing and never took any medication again.
I’m simply addicted to learning from this couple, I don’t miss any of their courses and I guarantee, learning from them changes your life and practices in every way. I am very grateful for their lives and the opportunity they give us through all these incredible teachings.”
Lilian Aliberti, DC
“I took this program because I wanted to learn on the impact of the vestibular system on a patient and I also wanted to learn new techniques to fix the problems.
There is an extensive material on examination from knowledgeable instructors and there is a fluidity of the vestibular examination.
The course has deepened my thirst for technical aptitude in correcting these kinds of problems.
I was aware of the examination prior to taking this class but had a good refresher on the cranial nerves
Thank you for sharing your knowledge on how to conduct an examination of the vestibular system and all the areas that system affects.”
Dr Doreen Day Holloway
“I took this program for more valuable information, a better understanding of the nervous system and how the body communicates with the external environment and allows for adaptation in that environment. I also wanted to add more to my physical exams and evaluation of my patients.
I still want more information from you about everything! Because of all of your knowledge, experience and expertise. As far as this class went, it helped to solidify some information I already had and I really was able to focus on creating a better physical examination.
I am still working on applying this information into my practice. I am hoping to create a much better picture of the subluxation patterns and neurological deficits of my patients and a better guide to show for improvements.
I loved the information about the exercises. That was great. The physical exam is my biggest take away.”
Brooke Lee, DC
“I feel that as much detail as I can get from the courses will always benefit me for my patient protocols. The specific examination protocols for this course and the explanation of how they connect to the vestibular system was very helpful. The more detail I learn regarding the different protocols enhances my ability to diagnose and treat the various conditions I am presented with.
One instant that has worked for a particular 1 year old is my cranial adjustments when she is constipated. Recently she had not gone for 7 days and I treated her adjusting her thoracic spine and cranial adjustments and she had a bowel movement a few hours later. So I can’t say it was just the vestibular course that helped because I combined everything you have taught us and I am so grateful for that help.
Thank you again for your attention to detail and the ability for me as someone who is deaf to be able to access the information you have shared.”
Theresa K. Gormly, DC
“I took this program to gain a better understanding of how to interpret and correct issues of the vestibular system.
This program was a good review of the anatomy, the function of the vestibular system and its direct connection to upper cervical subluxation, and assessment of the impairments of the vestibular system.
I am more aware of findings with patients that are to a greater level of just spinal impairment.
I have not been great at assessing occipital findings so I used the occipital notch test a few times in the last week to assess occiput. It definitely helped me make a different subluxation diagnosis. Excited to implement more findings.”
Dr. Jodi Spurback
“I took this program because I wanted to expand the scope of SOT treatment and study it in more detail. This is why I chose this course.
I learned the structure of the vestibular system and its functionality and what problems occur when corrupted.
The program has made it possible to analyze patients in detail and establish treatment plans, and it had a positive impact on my life.”
Dr. Kim Hyun Mok
“I took this program because I have several grandchildren I have concerns about so felt the need to educate myself. I have a good family practice of which my patients can benefit.
This program is very informative! Seeing the importance of monitoring the neurological development of infants/children. It makes me want to attend an in person class at some point in the future.
This course has made me more confident in diagnosing and treating cranial subluxations in my patients. I have resolved several nursing issues with specific cranial adjustments
Patricia Lydy, DC
“I took this program to learn more so we can better serve our patients.
This program is very thorough & gets to a deeper level of understanding. It gives you practical applications and it’s also interactive.
This course has helped remind me of things I had forgotten in regards to the vestibular system, & all the things that impact the vestibular system. I also know how to test for discrepancies within the vestibular system.
Thank you so much for pouring into us!”
Dr. Amanda Engels
“I took this program because I wanted a better Comprehension of vestibular system.
This course is short but really useful and it’s not a big investment of time so is perfect for the doctor in practice. With the transcription, the video and the PowerPoint, it’s really easy to learn if English is not your first language.
I will be better for the evaluation of the vestibular system. I’m an Atlas orthogonal practitioner, so I see a lot of people with this kind of trouble. I will be better able to explain to my patient why they have this symptome too.
I will use the evaluation and I will show how the forehead and occipital to explain why their posture is so important.
Thank you again, I love all the program and I recommend them very often.”
Dr. Catherine Duhamel
“I saw the topic and it interested me. I knew many patients that could benefit.
This course bridges the technique and the clinical reasoning together well. The coursework is presented in a convenient way. No travel. Work at your own pace.
This information was never presented in school or any CE.
I feel like the course overall made me a more educated chiropractor that gave me other tools to put in my toolbox and pull out for kids and adults dealing with vestibular issues.
I used vestibular evaluation tests in practice and they gave me more answers. It was a missing piece to my clinical puzzle.
I enjoy your work! Sometimes I feel like I’m drinking from a water hose and have to go back and re-watch lol. Thank you both for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. You two are experts in our field and I am so proud to learn from you.”
Dr. Darby Simmons-Stone
“I took this program because I wanted to learn more about how the vestibular system is implicated in nervous system issues, and how to identify when it is.
I learned about symptoms/signs of over- or under-functioning vestibular cochlear nerve and I learned tests/observations that could point to vestibular malfunction as well as some physical tests to do to confirm occipital side slip or torque.
I have a few more tools to observe/check in with patients and identify if there are potential any vestibular issues.”
Brigitte DeLashmette, MD
“I took this program because I have patients and my family members that have vestibular issues.
My three takeaways for this program are:
- Connection between TMJ, upper cervicals and the SI joints with spinal posture and forward head posture
- The role of CSF to substantially lessen the weight of the brain, the amount of CSF and brain function / autism connection.
- Examination of the occipital compression/sideslip and Atlas/Axis
Thank you for your time and knowledge.”
Jacob Fiamingo, DC
“I took this program for an understanding the vestibular system and acquire specific tool to examine patients.
My three takeaways are the importance of examination to help patients understand what is happening, setting objective goals for patients and improve confidence in my practice.
This was a good review of SOT system with terms that is easier to understand when communicating with patients.
I have used the vestibular assessment tool on one of my patients with hereditary spinocerebellar ataxia. Even with the language barrier it was easy for her to understand what we are doing and the goals that we are achieving and about 3 visits in we see major improvements in her balance as well as her kickboxing movement coordination.
Thank you Dr. Rosen and Dr, Watson. You are always going above and beyond in putting these materials together.”
Dr. Henry Cheng
“I have had a variety of vestibular problems in my body that I did not understand very well and I was curious. And this leaves me better educated to help my patients enormously better.
My takeaways are: Work at this steadily, you’ll get more out of it. Take copious notes in some form. Do the CTAs diligently. They really hold the key to getting it on the next level.
I am now looking at my body and the body of my son very differently. Understanding the body and dural tension way better. I now have more thorough exams.
Great program. Thanks for these. They are a manageable size and the gift of going at my own pace is powerful. Thanks.”
Dr. Lisa Geiger
“I took this course to learn new home exercises to give to patients with vestibular and balance concerns.
My three takeaways: 1) Tandem walking as a test and a home exercise 2) reminded me of the importance of pupil response to light 3) testing side dominance.
I have immediately begun incorporating tests into my exam and I’m often testing tandem walk in adults and giving it as homework to improve if it isn’t good.
Thanks for a great course!”
Dr. Margaret Smith
“I loved this course I wanted to just brush up on testing for vestibular issues and look deeper at the cranial adjustments.
I am practicing the vestibular testing more than one time I typically only did it one time but am finding changes sometimes doing it more than once.
I loved doing this on my own timing. I also learn so much better having the notes in front of me so I appreciate this style of learning.”
Dr. Alisun Klingert
“I took this program to learn more about assessing the vestibular system and alternative interventions.
The course was easy to take. The information is relevant. The information is presented clearly.
I have increased confidence in assessing and treating people with vestibular dysfunction.”
Dr. David King
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