Annual Orthospinology Symposium

Course Objective

To review Basic I and Basic II classes and cover advanced material to aid the doctor in taking care of difficult cases.This class will also aid the doctor and student in becoming a better upper cervical practitioner by covering risk management, neurology and research issues related to the occipitoatlanto-axial subluxation complex*.

*Hand adjusting is not currently taught during the Annual Orthospinology Symposium, though special arrangements for hand adjusting tutorials can be made pending significant interest.

2017 Instructors

Ken Humber, DC ; Bo Rochester, DC ; Kirk Eriksen, DC ; Julie Mayer Hunt, DC, DICCP ; Robert Brooks, DC ; Nathan Berner, DC ; Alan Fox, DC ; Bart Patzer, DC ; Craig York, DC

2017 Agenda


Welcome - Physical and Mechanical Principals to Correct the Upper Cervical Misalignment (8:00am - 9:50 am)

Dr. Ken Humber

  1. Welcome – Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Orthospinology
  2. Video tutorials showing:
    • Precise Cervical Imaging
    • Correct utilization of supine leg check, hip calipers, posture assessment, scanning palpation, and orthopedic test to substantiate when to make a correction
    • Demonstration of correct head placement
    • Post X-Ray evaluation as a key to patient management

Digital X-Ray/Adjustment analysis of the Craniocervical Junction (10:00 am - 11:50 am)

Dr. Bo Rochester, FCCJP

  1. History of Digital X-ray Analysis
  2. Step by step Digital Analysis of the CCJ
    1. Lateral View
    2. Nasium
    3. Vertex
    4. Formula for the Height Factor
  3. Common Errors to Avoid
  4. Analysis of Complex Cases and Asymmetry
  5. The Next Step in Radiographic Analysis for Orthospinology

Lunch (on your own) (12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)

Upper Cervical Ligament Damage and Traumatic Brain Injury in Whiplash Cases (1:30 pm - 3:20 pm)

Dr. Kirk Eriksen

  1. Long Term Prognosis for whiplash associated disorders (WAD)
  2. Assessing and documenting Alteration of Motion Segment Integrity
  3. Assessing and documenting and upper cervical ligament laxity
  4. Digital motion x-ray, proton-density weighted and upright MRIs to objectify diagnosis
  5. Joint instability leading to future degenerative change
  6. Delayed onset of symptoms related to WAD
  7. Cerebellar tonsillar herniation and its relationship to whiplash injuries
  8. WAD injuries and their relationship to upper cervical subluxations and cord tension
  9. The mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in whiplash
  10. Diffusion tensor imaging and susceptibility weighted imaging to show brain damage

Advanced MRI Imaging Observations and Craniocervical Syndrome (3:30 pm - 4:50 pm)

Dr. Julie Mayer Hunt, FCCJP, DICCP

  1. Craniocervical Junction Misalignment
  2. Obstruction of Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow
  3. Cerebellar Tonsillar Ectopia
  4. Arteriole and Venous Blood Flow Obstructions
  5. Excess CSF and Autism in Infants

Upper Cervical's Role in Chiropractic’s Future (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Dr. Robert Brooks

  1. Patient Perspectives of Upper Cervical Chiropractic
  2. Stages of Development of Lifetime Patients
  3. Effective Care Plans based on Patient responses to Care
    1. Categories of Spinal Misalignments
    2. Patterns of Stability of Spinal Misalignments
  4. The Evolution of Chiropractic Techniques
  5. The Leading Edge of Chiropractic
  6. The Future of Upper Cervical Chiropractic


Video Fluoroscopy Full Spine Changes Following Orthospinology Care (8:00 am – 8:50 am)

Dr. Nathan Berner

  1. Visualizing the torque adjustment with fluoroscopy
  2. Cervical flexion changes immediately following an adjustment
  3. Cervical / thoracic extension changes immediately following an adjustment
  4. Do spinal biomechanical motion changes last long term?

Pre - Post Radiograph Analysis and Reasoning (9:00 am – 9:50 am)

Dr. Bo Rochester, FCCJP

  1. Validity of Post Radiographic Procedure
  2. Selection of Identical Structures
  3. Comparing the Pre vs. Post Radiographs for Variance
  4. Post Radiograph Reasoning

Experience the Atlas Correction Difference (10:00 am - 10:50 am)

Dr. Alan Fox

  1. Orthospinology Bio-mechanics of Upper Cervical Spine
  2. Discussion of Clinical Case Studies
  3. Patient management of Complex Cases
  4. Quality of Life Care for Doctor and Patients

Patient Management with Lifetime Care in an Upper Cervical Chiropractic Practice, Case Management of Families over 20 Year Span (11:00 am – 12:50 pm)

Dr. Bart Patzer

  1. Need beyond their chief complaint, beyond symptoms: WHY A review of the literature
  2. Educating a family instead of educating an individual- A family practice
  3. Beyond initial symptomatic care: Correction vs Wellness.
  4. Annual Family Examinations/ Review with Family for continued Lifetime Wellness Care
    1. Goals of Patients and their families: Goals for Patients
    2. Recommend Care Protocols for Future Care (frequency of checkups, lifestyle and home care recommendations)
    3. The Report- Validating Continued Chiropractic Check-ups with Science
    4. Long term Outcomes – Family Case Studies Health
    5. Impact on Practice Profiles

Specific Applications for Correcting the Atlas Subluxation (Advanced Adjusting Workshop) (1:00 pm – 1:50 pm)

Dr. Ken Humber

  1. Instrument Usage
    1. Which Instrument to Use?
    2. Stylus Selection
    3. Number of Thrusts
    4. Preload
    5. Contact
    6. Use of an Assistant When Performing the Correction

Review of Case Reports On the Effects Craniocervical Junction Misalignment Reduction Using Orthospinology Procedures (2:00 pm – 2:50 pm)

Dr. Craig York, DCCJP

  1. Spontaneous remission of tonic-clonic seizures after craniocervical misalignment reduction
  2. Resolution of lifelong seizures post correction of the craniocervical junction in a patient diagnosed with Chiari 1
  3. Resolution of polypharmacy for hypertension, asthma, COPD and seizures in a 12-year-old female using the Orthospinology Procedure.
  4. Review of current literature regarding craniocervical hydrodynamics and neurodegenerative disease.