Cranial Nerves

The twelve Cranial Nerves appear very complex. The aim of this seminar is to dispel this view by looking at the function not the structure of the nerves. The majority of Cranial Nerves are just like spinal nerves, only they emerge from the brainstem not from the spinal cord. A few have special functions which are exclusive to Cranial Nerves. Some of the nerves perform multiple functions.

The seminar will highlight practical Biodynamic approaches to clinical issues arising from cranial nerve dysfunction. There will be a lot of visual material and opportunities for group learning using a variety of 3-D models.

DAY 1 - FUNCTIONAL OVERVIEW

•Overview – The twelve Cranial Nerves
•Cranial Nerve Function
•The Cranium and Cranial Nerves + study groups
•The brainstem and segmental nerve outflow

DAY 2 - MOVEMENT

•Voluntary movement
The eye, nerves III, IV and VI
Eye motion dynamics
The tongue, nerve XII
•‘Semi-voluntary movement’
The face, the jaw and the throat
The branchial motor nerves V, VII, IX, X, XI
The motor arm of the Social Nervous System
Communication, facial and vocal expression 

DAY 3 - SENSATION

•Somatic sensation and visceral sensation
•Somatic pain and visceral pain, review of facilitation loops
•Head Sensation – Trigeminal Nerve,V
Trigeminal nerve facilitation – blood vessels and sinuses, teeth, and meninges
•Gut Sensation – the sensory Vagus – neuroception or gut feelings

DAY 4 – THE AUTONOMICS

•Embryonic arising – the triune Autonomic Nervous System
•Parasympathetic and ‘Special Parasympathetic’ (The Social Nervous System)
•Brainstem organisation – Cranial Nerve nuclei
•Visceral motor – parasympathetic supply to the eye, III, facial glands, VII, thoracic and abdominal viscera, IX and X 
•The motor Vagus, parasympathetic supply to the viscera

DAY 5 – THE SPECIAL SENSES

•Special sensory nerves – smell, vision, taste, hearing and balance
•Entrapment neuropathies involving Cranial Nerves I, II and VIII
•Serious conditions affecting to the Cranial Nerves
•Cranial Nerve quiz - groups
•Summary – cranial approaches to Cranial Nerve dysfunction


© Katherine Ukleja 2014