Whiplash & Spinal Trauma w/ Dan Murphy, DC (Nov 11-12, ROSEVILLE, 12hrs)

Explore the ethics, science, and technique of managing whiplash and spinal trauma while satisfying mandatory license renewal requirements. 2 hours ethics & law, 4 hours adjusting, and 6 hours general


Dan J. Murphy, DC, DABCO
Dan Murphy, DC, Adjunct Professor, Life Chiropractic College West


November 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm


November 12, 2017 - 12:00 pm


Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville, 220 Conference Center Dr., Roseville, CA 95678   View map

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Spend the weekend with Life West’s Dr. Dan Murphy, DC.  Explore ethics, science, and technique of managing whiplash and spinal trauma while satisfying mandatory license renewal requirements.

  • 2 hours ethics & law
  • 4 hours adjusting
  • 6 hours general

The primary purpose for this class is to use published studies to answer these three questions:

What tissues are injured in a motor vehicle collision?

What tissues are the primary sources for chronic spinal pain?

What tissues are primarily affected by the chiropractic adjustment?

Astonishingly, the answer to all three questions is the same. This class integrates these concepts, concluding that it is inevitable that some whiplash-injured patients will develop chronic pain and that chiropractic is often the best management choice for these patients.

Additionally, the class will discuss the following topics:

  • The influence of headrests, seat belts, pre-accident awareness, pre-accident degenerative joint disease, and pre-accident head rotation.
  • The neurology of the subluxation complex and the influence of spinal adjusting.
  • Understanding the relationship between vehicle speed, vehicle damage, and passenger injury. This gives the tools necessary to understand why vehicle damage is not an indicator of passenger injury.
  • Understanding and being able to draw concepts explaining the anatomical basis for chronic pain following whiplash injury.
  • The use of imaging studies to document whiplash injuries.
  • The nutritional management of post-traumatic pain.
  • Low level laser therapy suggestions for the management of tissue trauma.
  • Understanding the three phases of tissue healing following injury.
  • Understanding the concept of controlled motion in the healing process, and how to draw the process for med-legal considerations.
  • Understanding chiropractic adjustments and the Gate Theory of Pain.

The class incorporates and reviews literature from the past 50 years pertaining to the duration and frequency of treatment for the whiplash-injured patient and the prognosis for recovery from whiplash trauma.

The topics covered in this class are brilliantly integrated and scientifically supported.


  • To understand the mechanisms and mathematics of vehicle to vehicle collisions.
  • To understand the primary tissues that are injured in a whiplash-type mechanism injury.
  • To understand the factors that influence the extent of injury following whiplash-mechanism trauma.
  • To understand the clinical relationship between pain and proprioception.
  • To understand the phases of soft tissue healing and the clinical interventions that have a positive therapeutic influence of such healing.
  • To quantify the rate of chronicity following whiplash injury and understanding the physiological basis for it.
  • To explore and review clinical appraches that minimize and/or manage acute and chronic whiplash pain syndromes.
  • To quantify the incidence of post-traumatic acceleration of degenerative joint/disc disease.


Saturday:  12:00pm – 8:00pm (no meal break)

Sunday:     8:00am – 12:00pm


State Credits
Arizona Approved 12 hours AZCE17041
California Approved 12 hours
2 hours Category A Ethics & Law CA-A-16-12-13006
4 hours Category A Adjusting CA-A-16-12-13007
6 hours Category B Basic Science CA-A-16-12-13008
Colorado No Application Required*
Connecticut No Application Required*
Delaware No Application Required*
District of Columbia No Application Required*
Georgia No Application Required*
Hawaii  HI 17-003
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*
Nevada APPROVED 19-016
Ohio No Application Required*
Oregon No Application Required*
Rhode Island No Application Required*
South Carolina No Application Required*
10 hours (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
CA CE: Ethics & Law (mandatory)
Review the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions

  • Medical Negligence
  •  Standard of Care for Health Care Professionals
  • Duty to Refer to a Specialist
  • Abandonment of Patient
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Informed Consent
Hour 2
CA CE: Ethics & Law (mandatory)
Review the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners

  • The Practice of Chiropractic
  • Use of Lasers
  • Advertisements
  • Chiropractic Specialties
  • Illegal Practice
  • Conduct on Premises
  • Unprofessional Conduct
  • Patients Records and Billings
  • Informed Consent
Hour 3
CA CE: Adjusting
  1. Discuss the Gate Theory of Pain
  2. Review the acute pain pathway from receptor to cortex
  3. Review the mechanical pathway from receptor to cortex, ad its relationship to pain inhibition.

This hour emphasizing the balance relationship between perception of pain, spinal joint mobility, chiropractic diagnostics, and chiropractic adjustment management.

Hour 4
CA CE: Adjusting
  1. Review the clinical neuroanatomy of the intervertebral disc.
  2. Review the clinical neuroanatomy of the facet articulation.

Discussion of technique, the clinical neuroanatomy of adjustive technique. When an osseous adjustment is delivered, there is an effect on the pain afferents and mechanoreceptors of the intervertebral disc and facet articulations being adjusted.

Hour 5
CA CE: Adjusting
Discuss the concept of motion, and specifically chiropractic manipulative motion as it relates to the clinical management of the soft tissue trauma patient.This section emphasizes the orthopedic component. The discussion covers how the adjustment affects tissue fibrosis, adhesions, and altered instantaneous axis of rotation for subluxated vertebra.
Hour 6
CA CE: Adjusting
Discuss the concept of motion, and specifically chiropractic manipulative motion as it relates to the clinical management of the soft tissue trauma patient.This section emphasizes the neurological component. The discussion covers how the adjustment affects the spinal cord, the brain, the muscular system, and the vascular system.
Hour 7
CA CE: General
  1. Overview relating whiplash trauma, neurological function, and chiropractic healthcare.
  2. Discuss cell membrane trauma and arachidonic cascade to prostaglandin E2.
Hour 8
CA CE: General
  1. Discuss mild traumatic brain injury and its nutritional management.
  2. Discuss specific aspects of the “S” shaped cervical spine configuration during whiplash trauma, and the resulting injury to the disc and facet joint capsules.
Hour 9
CA CE: General
  1. Discuss the significance of other factors that affect patient injury, including awareness, head/neck rotational, and pre-accident degenerative joint disease.
  2. Review the concepts on patient injury at occurring at low speed collisions.
Hour 10
CA CE: General
  1. Review studies on whiplash injury prognosis.
  2. Review a studies on chiropractic management of late whiplash syndrome.
Hour 11
CA CE: General
Discuss 5 primary concepts of chronic spine pain and their clinical relationship to the chiropractic adjustment.
Hour 12
CA CE: General
Discuss spinal cord reflexes as they relate to tissue trauma and chronic pain.

Click here to make a reservation or call 916-781-6400. To book at discounted rate of $119 (book before Oct 28, 2017), use group discount code G-CHRO or specify Life Chiropractic College West.



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