Brain & Neuroplasticity

Functional Neurology Made Easy and Understandable

In October 2015 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 9 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 a successfull family practice in Biddenden, 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.

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 9 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.

Cancellation Policy

If for some reason you are unable to attend a Brain & Neuroplasticity seminar for which you have registered, you will be able to transfer to another seminar within one calendar year, providing you notify us 14 days before the seminar that you are unable to attend. We will not apply a cancelation fee.
You can also transfer your registration to another participant up until 2 business days prior to the specific seminar, with no penalty.

Full payment is required at the time of booking. We will not guarantee nor reserve a spot until payment is received.

We accept debit and credit cards (via Paypal).


“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

Training the Brain Saturday March 9, 2019

By now everybody has caught on to the idea that physical exercise is good for health! But let’s take our patients to the next level and teach them how they can benefit from training their brain! We see many conditions in our practice where part of the solution can be found in proper brain exercise.

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Back to Basics Saturday 28 September 2019

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Headaches: Fine Tuning Your Approach Saturday 9 November 2019

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Functional Neurological Impact of Your Adjustment Saturday 11 January 2020

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Improving Athletic Performance through Functional Neurology Saturday 7 March 2020

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Eye Movements and Rehabilitation. Saturday 16 May, 2020

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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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 9 CPDs per module.