CRAFTA Special Topics course

CRAFTA Special Topics course

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Advanced assessment and management of pediatric, vestibular,


ocular and craniocervical dysfunctions (and pain)


In this 4 day course the impact ofcraniocervical and vestibulo-ocular dysfunctions on postural control will be discussed. Manual assessment of the cervical and oculomotor system will be demonstrated and practiced. Different primary and secondary headaches and the role of neuromusculoskeletal assessment and therapy will be explained driven by scientific and clinical evidence. Different paediatric headaches and associated issues such as influence of orthodontics, equilibrium, motor delay, neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions of the eyes, spine, peripheral nervous system, craniofacial-mandibular region will be explained. Clinical tests and treatment proposal will be practiced.


Headlines of the course are:


Craniocervical region:


  • Overview of the current classification of headaches and it’s practical


  • Functional anatomy and biomechanics of the juvenile and adult

craniocervical region

  • Neuromusculoskeletal tests of the craniocervical region
  • Differentiation tests: craniocervical versus temporomandibular-facial-neural


  • Clinical patterns of migraine, tensions-type and cervicogenic headaches
  • Cervical instability, occipitalis major nerve, hypoglossus nerve
  • Neuromusculoskeletal treatment and management strategies


Oculomotor and vestibular:


  • Cervical – vestibular – ocular reflex systems. Mechanism, dysfunctions and


  • Assessment of the cervico-ocular reflex systems
  • Neuromusculoskeletal ocular assessment in adults and children
  • Rehabilitation and management of ocular – vestibular – cervical dysfunctions





  • Growth as a possible contributing factor to dysfunctions of the

neuromusculoskeletal system

  • Recurrent pediatric headache: Causes, treatment and contributing factors
  • Assessing the severity of headache in children (subjective measurements)
  • Physical assessment of the craniofacial-mandibular region
  • Neurodynamics in pediatrics
  • Neuromusculoskeletal management of recurrent headaches in children


Educational objectives:

The course participant will have at the end of the module:

  • Knowledge of how different facilitation systems in the body are responsible for posture, balance, equilibrium and visual function
  • Knowledge of the evidences concerning traumatic disorders of the head and face, and the development of functional disorders of the vestibular, visual and somatosensory systems.
  • Basic skills to assess the vestibular, visual and somatosensory systems in it’s (dys-) functions and behavior.
  • Basic skills to establish an individualized treatment plan with specific rehabilitation exercises in different contexts.
  • Knowledge of the current state of research in headache in pediatris:

epidemiology, classification and pathobiological mechanisms

  • An understanding of clinical patterns of headache in children and its comorbidity
  • Specific manual assessment and treatment techniques of the neuromusculoskeletal system of the head-face-neck region



  • Development of skills in assessing postural control in relation to the vestibular, visual and somatosensory systems.
  • Better recognition of cervical an oculomotor dysfunctions on the basis of sensomotor


  • Assessment of cervical, vestibular, visual and postural function and its integration

using  a 5 x 5 protocol.

  • Application of specific neuromuscular techniques for the ocular and cervical region in the rehabilitation program of children and adults
  • Knowledge of screening assessment for pediatric headaches of neck- cranium-

craniomandibular origin

  • Development of manual skills for the craniocervical, facial ,mandibular and neural regions in children
  • The integration of cognitive skills supporting neuromuskuloskeletal management