Chronic Stress & Chiropractic Care: New Approaches for Better Outcomes w/ S. Sardonicus, DC (Jan 27-28, 12hrs)

Update your understanding of chronic stress and effortlessly inspire a thriving practice. 6 hrs Category A History/Exam (mandatory) and 6 hrs general. 9-4 Sat & Sun


Satya Sardonicus, DC
Satya Sardonicus, DC


January 27, 2018 - 9:00 am


January 28, 2018 - 4:00 pm


Life Chiropractic College West, 25001 Industrial Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545   View map


Seventy-five to eighty percent of Americans experience physical symptoms of chronic stress*.
Stress disrupts sleep, compromises relationships, and devastates long-term health.
By deepening our understanding of innate mechanisms used to regulate the stress response, we can apply chiropractic principles (regardless of specific adjustive technique) to dramatically improve resilience and advance patient outcomes.

Join Dr. Satya Sardonicus for an illuminating, energetic, and inspiring weekend. 

You will:

  • update your understanding of the science behind chronic stress;
  • see the role of chiropractic care in powerfully addressing the stress epidemic;
  • and leverage this to effortlessly inspire a thriving practice.

The next step in the evolution of chiropractic care, Dr. Sardonicus presents a unified framework for understanding the human body and approaching patient care in a way that bridges the gap between structural, tonal, neurological, and other models of chiropractic care – as well as craniosacral, neuroenergetic, and fascial therapeutics. This model provides chiropractors an expanded context for the structural and neurological dynamics surrounding chronic subluxation patterns, and translation to care delivery based on these considerations – regardless of technique. Through this framework, we can intelligently influence structural balance with finesse and efficiency so adjustments last longer, patients become increasingly resilient, and the doctor has more energy available with which to serve our community.

Attendees will return to the office Monday morning with a clearer understanding of the gestalt of signs and symptoms of chronic stress, history collections, objective diagnostic tests, and clinical considerations for management of patients with a history of trauma and/or chronically elevated sympathetics, including complex and challenging cases. Special attention will also be called to Cerebellar Tonsillar Ectopia, an extremely common yet frequently misdiagnosed condition (1 in 20 patients with neck pain and no known trauma history; 1 in 4 patients with neck pain and a history of whiplash). Attendees will also gain a greater understanding of the complex and delicate effects that fascia and dura may have on clinical presentation, how this can help inform treatment strategies, and promote more effective and long-lasting results.

*American Institute of Stress


Saturday:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour meal break)

Sunday:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour meal break)

State Credits
California 12 hours APPROVED including:
6 hours Category A History & Exam CA-A-17-11-14423
6 hours Category B Principles of Practice CA-A-17-11-14424
Colorado No Application Required*
Connecticut No Application Required*
Delaware No Application Required*
District of Columbia No Application Required*
Georgia No Application Required*
Idaho No Application Required*
Illinois No Application Required*
10 hours (60 minute hours)
Indiana No Application Required*
10 hours (60 minute hours)
Iowa No Application Required*
Maryland No Application Required*
Massachusetts No Application Required*
Michigan No Application Required*
Montana No Application Required*
Nebraska No Application Required*
Ohio No Application Required*
Oregon No Application Required*
Rhode Island No Application Required*
South Carolina No Application Required*
(60 minute hours)
Utah No Application Required*
Vermont No Application Required*
Virginia No Application Required*
Washington No Application Required*
Wyoming No Application Required*

*Some licensing boards do not require an application when a program is sponsored by an institution accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education.  Life Chiropractic College West cannot warrant that every session of this offering will be automatically accepted by these licensing board(s).  Life West urges licensees to familiarize themselves with the laws governing continuing education in the jurisdictions where they hold licensure.

Hour 1 Updated Biomechanics: The Biotensegrity Model

  • Introduction + Framing: Assessing the Impact of Chronic Stress on Society
  • Understanding Current Science on Relational Mechanics / The Body As a Single Functional Unit
  • Fascia: Anatomy + Physical Properties
  • Relationship Between Structural Distortion + Chronic Stress
  • Structural Considerations for Care Application
Hour 2
CNS Distortion: Chronic Stress

  • The Impact of Chronic Stress on CNS Processing
  • The Physiological Symphony of Sympatheticotonia
  • Diagnosis: Testing + Interpretation
  • Clinical Considerations for the Patient with Sympatheticotonia
Hour 3
 CNS Distortion: Cortical Hemisphere Imbalance

  • Recognizing the Signs + Symptoms
  • Diagnosis: Testing + Interpretation
  • Clinical Considerations
Hour 4 Highlighted Condition: Cerebellar Tonsillar Ectopia

  • Incidence Statistics + Association with Head and Neck Trauma
  • Recognizing the Signs + Symptoms
  • Diagnosis: Testing + Interpretation
  • Clinical Considerations
Hour 5

(Category A Exam)

Assessment: Layered Patterns of Bracing + Adverse Mechanical Tension

  • Osseous, Muscular, and Fascial Relational Anatomy
  • Hands-on Palpatory Assessment Training (in the context of downshifting chronically elevated stress response)
  • Subsequent Considerations for Technique Application
Hour 6

(Category A Exam)

Continued Palpatory Assessment Training

  • Static vs Dynamic Restrictions
  • Static vs Dynamic Palpatory Assessment
  • Neurological Information Gathered From Palpation
  • Palpating the Patient With Chronic Pain and/or a History of Trauma
Hour 7

(Category A Exam)

Manual Muscle Testing

  • Oxford Scale Grading
  • Findings Interpretation
  • Hands-On Assessment Training (mostly major postural muscles; some additional as time allows)
Hour 8

(Category A Exam)


  • Relevance
  • Specific Questions to Include in Basic + Targeted Assessments
  • Directed Examination Procedures Based on History
Hour 9

(Category A Exam)

Neurological Exam Procedures

  • CNS Testing
  1. Cross-Crawl Pattern Imbalance: Indications for Testing + Assessment Procedure
  2. Tests Relevant to Sympatheticotonia
  3. Tests Relevant to Cortical Hemisphere Imbalance
  • PNS Testing
    • Review Manual Muscle Tests
  1. Hands-On Practice for Palpation with Neurological Consideration (reactive erythema, spinous percussion, dysesthesia, hyperesthesia, etc)
  2. Deep Tendon Reflexes
  3. Pathological Reflexes
Hour 10

(Category A Exam)

Orthopedic Exam Procedures

  • Functional Range of Motion Testing With Segmental + Curve Analysis (Seated + Standing)
  • Hands-On Practice
  • Fascial + Dural Considerations for Common Ortho Tests (including straight leg raise, supine apparent arm length inequality, bilateral prone knee flexion, soto hall, etc)
Hour 11 Clinical Synthesis

  • Considerations: Intensity of the Problem + Safety of Providing Care
  • Determining “Primary” (including “cause” as well as “least stressful point of access”
  • Gestalt Interpretation of CNS Distortions
  • Gestalt Interpretation of Dural + Fascial Adverse Mechanical Tension
  • Interpreting Peripheral Patterns of Interference
Hour 12 Patient Management

  • Therapeutic Trial: Why + How
  • Considerations for Technique Selection (where to start, how intensely to adjust, how to adjust)
  • Considerations for Setting + Modifying Care Frequency
  • Considerations for Projecting Response to Care
  • Guidelines + Suggestions for Patient Recommendations
  1. Movement + Rest
  2. Ergonomics
  3. Breathing
  4. Exercise
  5. Sleep
  6. Rest
  7. Nutrition + Other Chemistry
  8. Brain Exercises
  9. Referrals