the Access Workshop

Developing extraordinary clinical certainty



Mainstream methods of palpation have not changed much over the past 100 years.

By contrast, science has made extraordinary advances in understanding how perception operates. When contemporary scientific knowledge is applied to palpation, a significantly greater range of clinical insights becomes available.




Does mainstream science support the practice of using CAN responses as significant clinical assessment indicators?


Yes. There is a long history of neuroscience monitoring central and autonomic network responses to indicate the significance of stimuli that the nervous system detects. Utilizing CAN responses as     viable assessment indicators for palpation is a practical application of contemporary knowledge.


Given what neuroscience now knows, the question is no longer whether it is scientifically valid to include CAN responses as valuable clinical indicators. Moving forward, the question becomes:

is it appropriate to overlook / NOT include CAN response feedback in clinical palpation?


For more background information see: A Contemporary Scientific Perspective (below).




Does this approach work well with other techniques?


Yes. Greater awareness of key CAN responses can enhance the efficacy of most somatic techniques.
Select CAN responses can be used to rapidly identify areas of potential dysfunction. Once an area

of dysfunction is located, CAN responses can (further) be used to help qualify the contact point and vector of a force application to better match the specific needs of a patient's nervous system.




Aren't most central and autonomic responses subconscious?


The nervous produces a wide variety of central and autonomic network / CAN responses to  different types of stimuli. Many CAN responses are subconscious but there are some CAN responses that most practitioners can pay proficient attention to and they provide unique clinical insights.



Does it require much time or effort to develop clinically useful CAN-based skills?


It depends on how a practitioner goes about the process. Most practitioners are able to develop a basic level of clinically useful CAN skills shortly after they learn which CAN responses to pay attention to - and how to employ strategies that enhance awareness of these key responses.


In the past, this information was not available. Consequently, practitioners had to try to figure out how to develop this skill on their own. The trial and error approach often requires years of effort.




A Contemporary Scientific Perspective:  


Mainstream science acknowledges that there are several kinds of receptors in a practitioner's hand that can detect different types of changes in a patient’s physiology (e.g., during palpation).
Most of the ‘somatosensory’ information that these receptors detect goes to 2 areas in the brain:  the somatosensory cortex or the central autonomic network/CAN.


These 2 areas process different kinds of information about a patient. The somatosensory cortex helps produce fine-touch sensation responses about information that mechanoreceptors detect. The CAN produces a variety of responses to different kinds of information that several types of receptors detect about a patient.


Another way of saying this is: a practitioner’s nervous system produces 2 distinct channels of feedback/responses about the information it detects from a patient during palpation:

 1) 'conventional' touch sensation responses and  2) CAN responses.


Many practitioners learn to pay skillful attention to the touch sensation responses that their nervous system produces, so they're able to take advantage of the clinical insights they provide.    By contrast, most practitioners don’t learn to pay proficient attention to key CAN responses that their nervous system produces so they miss-out on vital clinical insights that CAN responses offer.

Helen Bergstrom, D.C.


Taking the Access Workshop was like coming home.

Somewhere in my being I knew that sometimes I just knew where to go and that to get results

didn't require a massive input. Rick put that into perspective and gave us the science behind it.

It is not a technique class. It is about using your technique with more certainty, confidence

and better results. Thank-you Dr. Wiegand.








Kevin Hay, D.C


Thank you for an amazing weekend of awakening to all that Innate has to offer!  You would think that as chiropractors we would rely more on the "wee small voice".   Thanks for training me how to access certainty in my evaluations and adjustments!  I can now state that I know for sure where the subluxation is and when it is corrected within a matter of seconds.


The information you presented created a bridge between Innate and science that has been sorely lacking in our profession. I would highly recommend every D.C. learn this valuable skill set!  It is something you just have to experience to appreciate, it is much like trying to explain Disney World to someone... you just have to go there to know how amazing it is!