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CRAFTA Photo GalleryThe CRAFTA-2 Foundations course is a continuation of the CRAFTA-1 and OM courses. During CRAFTA-2 Foundations course, students will expand their knowledge in the assessment and treatment of patients with craniofacial pain and dysfunction. Much attention will be paid to pain mechanisms, neuroanatomy, neurodynamics, and the examination and treatment of the cranial nervous system.

In addition, the course will highlight specific assessment and management strategies of the neuro- and viscerocranium, and review neuropathic and neurogenic pain, specific testing, clinical pattern recognition, and pathologies of all cranial nerves. A mechano-sensitivity classification model will be included with specific cranial nerve tests. This course will also feature a patient demonstration where the information gained from the course will be applied in a practical manner.

Specific theoretical lectures include:

  • Update neuropathic-neurogenic pain
  • Neuroanatomy of cranial tissue
  • Principles of treatment of cranial neurodynamics
  • Specific pathologies of cranial nerves
  • Syndromes including neuropathies, facial paresis, and phantom pain after tooth extraction, among others.

Specific practical sessions include:

  • Palpation of reference points of cranial nerve tissue
  • Physical examination of the 12 cranial nerves: conduction tests, neurodynamic tests, palpation
  • Manual treatment techniques
  • Treatment parameters in general and for targeting specific syndromes
  • Patient presentation with follow up
  • General and specific examination and treatment techniques of the mechanical interface (parts of the neuro- and viscerocranium)

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the CRAFTA-2 Foundations course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the current knowledge about the neuroanatomy, neurodynamics and pathobiology of the cranial region in relation to pain mechanisms
  • Apply a clinical reasoning process based on evidence-informed practice
  • Recognize clinical patterns related to the cranial nervous system
  • Apply manual skills for the assessment and treatment of cranial nerve tissue
  • Assesss and treat the neuro-viscerocranium with specific techniques
  • Recognize various craniofacial dysfunctions in patients with long term craniofacial dysfunctions and pain
  • Assess cranial tissue with conduction-neurodynamic tests and palpation
  • Plan a long term treatment and management strategy for patients with craniofacial tissue dysfunction

Eligibility

Successful completion of the CRAFTA-1 and CRAFTA-OM courses.

Schedule

Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Coffee breaks are provided; meals are on your own.

Day 1
8:00 am–6:00 pm
8:00 am Practicum: Specific techniques—neurocranium (Part 1)
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Practicum: Specific techniques—neurocranium (Part 2)
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Lecture: Viscerocranium
2:45 pm Practicum: Viscerocranium (Part 1)
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Practicum: Viscerocranium (Part 2)
END DAY 1
Day 2
8:00 am–6:00 pm
8:00 am Lecture: Management cranial treatment
9:00 am Lecture: Introduction “update” on craniofacial dysfunctions and pain
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Lecture: Classifying neuropathic and neurogenic pain
11:30 am Practicum: Work examination of the mechanosensitivity of the nervous system: first category
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Lecture: Neuroanatomy of the cranial nervous tissue
2:15 pm Lecture: Cranio-neurodynamics
2:45 pm Practicum: Examination of cranial nerves: second category (Part 1)
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Practicum: Examination of cranial nerves: second category (Part 2)
END DAY 2
Day 3
8:00 am–6:00 pm
8:00 am Practicum: Examination of cranial nerves: second category (Part 3)
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Practicum: Examination of cranial nerves: second category (Part 4)
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Patient Demo: Examination and management of a patient with chronic craniofacial pain
2:45 pm Practicum: Examination of cranial nerves: third category (Part 1)
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Practicum: Examination of cranial nerves: third category (Part 2)
END DAY 3
Day 4
8:00 am–5:00 pm
8:00 am Practicum: Examination of cranial nerves: third category (Part 3)
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Lecture: Clinical reasoning
11:30 am Practicum: Examination of cranial nerves: third category (Part 4)
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Lecture: Treatment concepts related to peripheral neurogenic dysfunctions
2:30 pm Practicum: Treatment of the nervous tissue by palpation
3:15 pm Practicum: Revision techniques
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Conclusions and Summary
END DAY 4

CRAFTA-1: Craniofacial Assessment and Management