Brain & Neuroplasticity

Functional Neurology Made Easy and Understandable

A few years ago we launched a series of accredited modules with the intention to introduce fellow chiropractors to the world of functional neurology. Each model we put together consists of a day session during which we discuss (in a simplified manner) the main centres of the nervous system and show the practical therapeutic applications of a functional neurologic approach. Courses take place mainly in Leiden (Netherlands) and are held in English.

We believe functional neurology has made us better chiropractors and are very excited to share our knowledge whether you are a seasoned chiropractor looking for a functional neurologic approach, or a new graduate looking for a stepping stone towards a full degree in functional neurology.
Our lecturers are chiropractors trained by the Carrick Institute and are Diplomates of the American Board of Functional Neurology (DACNB). Furthermore, they all have ample experience as chiropractors, teachers, lecturers and leaders.

All modules can be taken independently and each one of them has been granted European Academic Council (EAC) accreditation equal to 8 CPDs per module. You are welcome to step in at any time.

Each module has an important practical component, to ensure you can start applying new knowledge the very next day. Therefore we keep our groups small and guarantee a personalised approach. So, don’t wait another minute and sign up today!


Tom Claykens has Belgian nationality. He graduated with honours as a chiropractor with a master’s degree from Chiropractic Sciences at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth and has a second master’s degree in Exercise Sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Tom Claykens is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB). He has also taught at the Barcelona Chiropractic College (BCC). At present Tom Claykens heads Biddenden Family Chiropractic in Kent.

Jeroen (Jay) Postma was born in England but grew up in the United States. His parents are both Dutch and he is a Dutch national. He studied chiropractic at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received the Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC) in 1987.

Jay Postma is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) and a Carrick Institute graduate. Also, Jay is a past lecturer at the Barcelona Chiropractic College (BCC), president of the NCA (Netherlands Chiropractic Association), European Chiropractic Union (ECU) representative, and member of the Board of Governors at the AECC. At present, Jay Postma is an American Chiropractic Neurology Board examiner, Graduate Education Programme examiner and a member of the Netherlands Chiropractic Association (NCA) board of education.

Jay Postma also heads the team of Chiropractie Leiden, family practice established in 1990.

Jordi Gutierrez is Spanish and Barcelona is his base. He has a master’s degree from the Madrid College of Chiropractic, an ECCE credited institution. He is also a physical therapist and has a degree in Physical Sciences and Rehabilitation from the University of Barcelona.
Currently, Jordi Gutierrez teaches neurology, neuro-orthopedics and functional rehabilitation at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC). 
Last but not least, Jordi Gutiérrez is a full credited chiropractic functional neurologist (DACNB) and an AK specialist. Visit him at NeuroQuiro.

What do our fees include?

Our fees include coffee and tea breaks (morning and afternoon) with a snack. We also provide bottled water in the lecture room and an amazing healthy lunch. Last but not least, our fees include a Brain & Neuroplasticity binder (*) and full colour printed notes.

(*) binders are handed out to first time participants only.


Brain & Neuroplasticity lecturers are registered and accredited chiropractors with DACNB degrees. All of them are graduates of the Carrick Institute.
The series of modules we offer have European Academic Council (EAC) accreditation equal to 8 CPDs per module.

Reading List

Blumendfeld, H.,
Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases.
This is an allround, beautifully illustrated neurology text book.

Beck, R.W.,
Functional Neurology for Practitioners of Manual Medicine.
To dig into functional neurology concepts.

Dieterich, M., Central Vestibular Disorders. J Neurol. 2007, 254:559-568

Magnusson, et al., Cervical muscle afferents play a dominant role over vestibular afferents during bilateral vibration of neck muscles. Journal of Vestibular Research. 2006, 127-136.

Registration & Payment

Full payment must be received by Brain & Neuroplasticity at the time of registration. You will not be allowed to commence your Seminar if payment is not made by that time. Payment may be made by bank transfer (see below), Paypal or several electronic alternatives.

Account Name: Chiropractie Leiden B.V.
IBAN: NL88ABNA0491513399

Brain & Neuroplasticity will not incur any fees related to international bank transfers. All costs are at the expense of the participant and their own bank.

At the time of registration and payment, a payment receipt will be automatically generated by our website, based on the information provided by you. You will receive this payment receipt in the emailbox given by you during the registration procedure.

If you require an additional copy of this payment receipt, or a paper copy sent to you in the post, you will be charged and additional Euro. 15,- administration costs.

Cancellation Policy

If for some reason you are unable to attend a Brain & Neuroplasticity seminar for which you have registered, you may cancel your booking to one of our Seminars, provided you do so by written notice to Brain & Neuroplasticity’ registrar, which it must receive not less than 14 days before the Start Date.
In such an event, any fees you have paid will be refunded except for a cancellation fee of €50.
Alternatively, you can also transfer the registration of a particular Seminar to another Seminar within one calendar year, providing you notify us 14 days before the Start Date of the Seminar you are unable to attend. In this case we will apply an administration fee of Euro. 15.
If you cancel your booking less than 7 days before the Start Date, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances. If you terminate a Seminar after the Start Date, or if you fail to present yourself at the seminar venue on the Start Date without having previously cancelled your Seminar, no refunds will be given. Chiropractie Leiden B.V./Brain & Neuroplasticity is not obligated to supply the participant for any missed seminar course materials that the participant has not been able to attend.
Registrations to the Chiropractie Leiden B.V./Brain & Neuroplasticity seminars require 100% of the total fee to be paid in advance before the seminar begins.


“This is the course to start with functional neurology. Probably the best way to get into it” (T. Nikulainen, D.C., Finland)

“Clearly structured info and thanks to the practical it will be easy to incorporate this in the practice on Monday!” (A. Konijn-van Leeuwen, D.C., Netherlands)

“Great info, condensed format, learn by doing. Use it on Monday” (Marcel van der Heide, D.C., Netherlands)

“Brief overview of theory leading to practical application. Will be able to implement some of the material on Monday” (W. Hagen, D.C., Netherlands)

“A good introduction to the neuroplasticity” (R. Cordonni, D.C., Belgium)


Leiden, Netherlands
Golden Tulip Leiden
Schipholweg 3
2316 XB Leiden

Tel.: (+31) 71 408 3500

Golden Tulip Leiden special rates

Brain & Neuroplasticity participants enjoy special rates for rooms at the Golden Tulip Leiden Centre hotel. Special discount is only valid if you book at least 4 weeks prior to the seminar date.

To book a room at this special rate, you need to write an email to ms. Deborah Turenhout:

Golden Tulip Leiden Centre, our venue hotel, will offer a special rate for parking (Euro. 7,50) to all participants coming by car.

This location is easy to reach by public transportation. We are just 1 trainstop from Schiphol Airport!

If you need any kind of assistance with planning your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Upcoming events

Improving Athletic Performance through Functional Neurology Leiden (NL) Saturday 7 March 2020. 9AM-6PM

In order to function properly, your brain needs 3 primary things:  oxygen, fuel, and activation.  This last aspect is accomplished mainly through movement.  We will explain how sporting activities as well as spinal manipulative treatment effects the brain.  We will present the latest research in this area.  We will demonstrate how sports activities and movement in general affect other aspects

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Eye Movements and Rehabilitation. Leiden (NL) Saturday 16 May, 2020. 9AM-6PM

The eyes play an important role in the integrity of the nervous system. For chiropractors, the connection between the eyes, the inner ear and the spine should be clearly understood since the spinal intrinsic musculature is controlled by this very system. In this module you will learn how to assess aberrant eye movements and deficiencies

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Neurodegeneration: Slow Down the Ageing Process Leiden (NL) Saturday 26 September 2020. 9AM-6PM

Neurodegeneration is a complex multifactorial process that causes neuronal death in brain and spinal cord, resulting in brain and spinal cord damage and dysfunction. Growing evidence indicates that there is a considerable overlap in riks factors, modular mechanisms of neurodegenation in neurotraumatic, neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders.In this module, we will cover:• Excitotoxicity;• Oxidative stress;• Neuroinflammation;• Neurotraumatic diseases:

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Concussion: New Insights to a Functional Neurologic ApproachLeiden (NL) Saturday 7 November, 2020. 9AM-6PM

In this module we will elaborate on the functional neurological consequences of concussion.  Often times, these involve imbalance of cortical and brain stem centers, ultimately effecting the vestibular system, which leads to neurovascular consequences and autonomic imbalance.  In this session we will therefore review various regions in the cortex, cerebellum, brain stem, and vestibular system, to show

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Nutrition: The Mind-Gut Connection Leiden (NL) Saturday 9 January, 2021

Most health complaints are a consequence of the body’s incapacity to deal with a critical amount of STRESS.  There are 3 main sources of stressors we are exposed to:  physical, chemical, and emotional stress.  In this session we will explain the neurophysiological aspects of chemical balance of the body as this relates to diet.  What we eat and drink

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Vestibular Diagnosis & Rehab Leiden (NL) Saturday 6 March, 2021. 9AM-6 PM

The vestibular system is the control center for regulating and maintaining balance, coordination and overall sense of wellbeing.  It relies on information coming from the eyes, the middle ear, and the proprioceptive input from joints and muscles.  We will explain the anatomical connections of the system from cerebellum to cerebrum and demonstrate clinical tests you can do

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Functional Neurology Made Easy and Understandable Leiden (NL) Saturday 8 May, 2021

This module will provide functional neurologic applications in the diagnosis and treatment of disturbances of brain function, using manual techniques and neurological rehabilitation strategies. The functional neurologic components will be covered in an easy and understandable way while exploring the neuroanatomy and physiology of the lobes of the brain.  We will divide the left and right

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Golden Tulip Leiden
Schipholweg 3
2316 XB Leiden

Tel.: (+31) 71 408 3500
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Experienced Specialists

Your lecturers are Jeroen (Jay) Postma and Tom Claykens. They are quality maniacs and Carrick Institute educated diplomats, whom take chiropractic functional neurology out of its conventional straightjacketed constrains and give it a distinctive and practical approach. Everything they share is meticulously selected and is united by their common mission to inspire and help you be your best.

For whom is it?

All seasoned chiropractors looking for an easy and understandable functional neurologic approach, or new graduates in search of a stepping stone towards a full degree in functional neurology. For all colleagues looking practical functional neurology knowledge they can apply the very next day.


Our modules are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All modules can be taken independently and each one of them has been granted European Chiropractic Academy (EAC) and SCN accreditation equal to 8 CPDs per module.