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The quality of a practitioner's sensory experience is determined, in large part,
by the range of neurological responses they (are able to) pay attention to.
When the nervous system detects 'standard' stimuli, it produces combinations of sensory responses, motor responses and central autonomic network / CAN responses. When the nervous system detects extremely weak / 'sub-threshold' stimuli, it produces CAN responses.
Most manual practitioners know how to enhance their awareness of the 'standard' tactile sensations their nervous system produces during palpation. However, very few practitioners learn how to enhance their awareness of important CAN responses, which their nervous system also produces during palpation.
That's unfortunate. CAN responses provide essential information that tactile sensations alone cannot provide. For example, the nervous system uses central autonomic network/ CAN circuits to evaluate the biological significance of stimuli it detects. A practitioner can use the responses these circuits produce - as feedback - to acquire vital insights about physiological changes that other types of responses don't convey.
The ability to enhance awareness of CAN responses becomes especially valuable when a practitioner wants to detect changes in physiology that are extremely subtle. Simply stated, the nervous system
does not produce ‘standard’ sensory responses when it detects a stimulus that is below a certain threshold of intensity. The nervous system does however, produce CAN responses when it detects extremely subtle / sub-threshold stimuli.
Practice take aways...
Conventional assessment approaches do not teach practitioners how to capitalize on the valuable assessment insights that CAN responses provide. Consequently, many practitioners fail to take full advantage of their innate perception abilities and miss-out on vital information that their nervous system has detected about a patient's well being.
When a practitioner is able to enhance awareness of key CAN responses*, they get access to a more comprehensive range of feedback information. This additional feedback can significantly improve a practitioner's ability to fine-tune their corrective care and produce better results.
Sensory Enhancement Training provides a tried and tested approach that enables most practitioners to significantly enhance innate perception skills. Participants have the opportunity to work with enhancing training tools to help facilitate their awareness of essential CAN responses.
* Examples of key CAN responses include: affective; motivational; arousal responses
Brycen A. Hudock, D.C.
Taking the Access Workshop with Dr. Rick Wiegand was a pivotal moment in my chiropractic
career. It is, in my opinion, a must for any chiropractor concerned with the detection and
correction of subluxation. Access is primarily a means of assessment that works in conjunction
with any technique. Regardless of the methods you currently use, you will gain a heightened awareness and certainty in your work.
My first Access seminar was nearly ten years ago and I remember being amazed at the simplicity
and how quickly I gained the skills necessary for increased awareness. I was blown away at how quickly and accurately I could find the subluxation and know when it was corrected. What’s more, everyone in the room was in total agreement. I’ve never seen that level of inter-examiner reliability!
I remember the original explanation at the time of how the developers of this technique, being intrigued by the ability of some of the great doctors in our profession who could enter a room and know in a fraction of a second what level needed to be adjusted, sought to find the answers of this heightened awareness. As they interviewed these doctors, some said it was something they were
born with; while others said it was a learned awareness, but something that took many years to become that proficient.
Access allows you to develop that same awareness, often in a few hours time!
Wherever you are in your career, I highly recommend attending the next Access Workshop
and take your skill to the highest level. It’s all about certainty! Thank you Dr. Rick!