Neural and neuromeningeal manipulation: an integrative approach to trauma (NM1)


Alain Croibier

French Osteopath Alain Croibier collaborated with Jean-Pierre Barral to develop Neural Manipulation. The courses are based on clinical techniques personally developed by Jean-Pierre Barral combined with Alain Croibier’s scientific information.

Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium/spine hard frame to the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focused on with musculoskeletal symptoms. Neural Manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and by accessing this relationship, resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns.


Deel 1/3: NM1

Wordt vervolgd door NM2 en NM3, gegeven door Alain Croibier
Wordt vervolgd door een verdiepingscursus, gegeven door Jean-Pierre Barral




Alain Croibier is a Diplomate of Osteopathy in France. He is a Member of the Registre des Ostéopathes de France and a Member of the Academie d’Osteopathie de France.

Together with Jean-Pierre Barral, Alain Croibier has developed the modalities of Nerve Manipulation, New Manual Articular Approach and Visceral Vascular Manipulation based on their on-going clinical research. Alain Croibier is an Teacher for Visceral Manipulation and Osteopathic Diagnosis at the Osteopathic College, A.T. Still Academy, Lyon, France. He is also an International Teacher for Visceral Manipulation and Nerve Manipulation for The Barral Institute.

Croibier is author of the following book:
– From Manual Evaluation to General Diagnosis

Croibier is co-author of the following books:
– Trauma: An Osteopathic Approach
– Manual Therapy for the Peripheral Nerves
– Manual Therapy for the Cranial Nerves
– Visceral Vascular Manipulation
– New Manual Articular Approach; Upper Extremity
– New Manual Articular Approach; Lower Extremity



    • The participant will understand and be able to functionally apply the three primary areas of trauma as they relate to whiplash: physical laws, evaluation and treatment.
    • The participant will learn the appropriate anatomy and physiology for the treatment of whiplash, as well as other trauma conditions.
    • The participant will be able to locate and release soft tissue restrictions along the meningeal system.
    • The participant will learn about the types of stress during a trauma – traction, compression and shearing – and how they relate to deformation of the tissues in the body.
    • The participant will examine indications for Brachial Plexus manipulation, indications for manipulation of Lumbar Plexus and indications for manipulation of Sciatic Plexus.
    • The participant will learn an evaluation protocol that will guide them to the areas of primary restrictions, as well as fascial mobilization techniques to release the restrictions.


Day 1

  • 9:00 – 12:00 15-minute break mid-way through
    • Overview of the 3 days, defining big picture and how we gain equilibrium of the CNS by regaining elasticity of tentorium, dura, and neural contents themselves combined with restoring the “float” of the NS within CSF.
    • Intro lecture: Mechanics of trauma with focus on applications to trauma
    • Lab: Listening from Cranial Vertex- define 3 parameters and level
    • Lab: Listening from vertex – define type of “stop”
    • Lab: Induction from vertex in synch with Expansion phase
    • Lab: Assessing Witnesses for osseous, sutural, membranous restrictions
    • Lab: Treatment of Witnesses with Induction
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 5:00 15-minute break mid-way through
    • Lecture: Cranio-facial sutural membrane-include visceral relationships to thorax
    • Lab: Assess and treat cranio-facial sutural membrane
    • Lab: Assess and treat anterior aspect of cranio-facial sutural membrane- specifically Frontal nasal juncture to a specific aspect of the maxilla

Day 2

  • 9:00 – 12:00 15-minute break mid-way through
    • Lecture: Movement of Nervous system within container and transmission of forces along PCT
    • Lab: Listening to dura through RCPM – define 3 parameters. If caudad, do mobility test of dura during expansion phase to validate listening findings
    • Lab: Treatment of Spinal dura from Cranio-spinal juncture going distal as far as T8/T9
    • Lecture: Clinical decision making based on Listening from Vertex
    • Lecture: Anatomy of Tentorium, and assessment to determine if involved and which side using 6 tests
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 5:00 15-minute break mid-way through
    • Lab: assessing tentorium elasticity – define side to treat
    • Lecture: Treatment of tentorium
    • Lab: Treatment of tentorium
    • Lecture: Whiplash mechanics and patterns of restriction, pelvic restrictions and pelvic ligaments related to spinal dura, assessment of pelvis, including lateral whiplash
    • Lab: Assessment and treatment of pelvic findings
    • Lab: Assessing effect of brachial, lumbar and sacral plexus on spinal dural mater.

Day 3

  • 9:00 – 12:00 15-minute break mid-way through
    • Lecture: Dura mater relationship to peripheral nerves overview from day 2 lecture
    • Lecture: Sacral Plexus/ Sciatic Nerve anatomy, assessment and treatment
    • Lab: Assessment and treatment of Sciatic Nerve
    • Lecture: Femoral Nerve/ Lumbar Plexus, assessing Femoral Nerve
    • Lab: Assessment and treatment of Femoral Nerve
    • Lecture: Brachial Plexus
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 5:00 15-minute break mid-way through
    • Lab 1: Finding, assessing Brachial Plexus
    • Lab 2: Finding and assessing posterior branch of Brachial plexus and relate to anterior branch, Treatment of Brachial Plexus
    • Lecture: Spinal dural anatomy, assessment and treatment
    • Lab: Options of treating spinal dura supine and prone.
    • Closing lecture of integration of NM1 approach with VM
    • Closing lecture summary of NM approach

Deel 1/3: NM1

Wordt vervolgd door NM2 en NM3, gegeven door Alain Croibier
Wordt vervolgd door een verdiepingscursus, gegeven door Jean-Pierre Barral


De kostprijs voor deze cursus bedraagt € 995 exclusief BTW.
Deze opleiding komt in aanmerking voor de KMO portefeuille en geeft recht op 30% tegemoetkoming op het bedrag exclusief btw.

De prijzen zijn inclusief geprint cursusmateriaal, cursusbenodighdeden, lunch, (warme) dranken en versnaperingen.

De docent, Alain Croibier, vraagt om op voorhand reeds de gekende leerstof omtrent neurologische structuren te herhalen. Daarom zal, 8 weken voor aanvang van de cursus, een extra e-mail worden gestuurd met te bekijken leerstof. Zodoende kan er vooral ingezet worden op praktijk.

De deuren openen om 8u30. U bent dan reeds welkom om een koffie/thee te benuttigen en te netwerken met collega’s. De cursus start om 9u en eindigt telkens omstreeks 17u.

Neural and neuromeningeal manipulation: an integrative approach to trauma (NM1)


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