Universal Health & Rehabilitation

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Whiplash Traumatology 

Post Graduate Chiropractic and Medical Education.


Professional Crash Forensic, Occupant Kinematic and Injury Biomechanics Professional Seminars.


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North American Spine Institute

Whiplash: 3 Phases of Assessment and Care

Crash Forensics 

Understanding occupant kinematics, injury biomechanics and risk factors. 

Assessment and Examination

How Crash Forensics allows for proper evaluation and assessment of injuries.

Treatment and Education

How combining Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, & Exercise improves recovery.

Dr. Jason Mazzarella, Director of the North American Spine Institute is an international lecturer speaking on the topics of Chronic Pain, Whiplash Traumatology, Crash Forensics and Injury Biomechanics.  


Dr. Mazzarella developed a 7 module seminar series on Whiplash Traumatology and Treatment in 2008 that was endorsed by the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for CME credit, the American Academy of Family Physicians for AAFP credit, National University of Health Sciences for CCE credit and the American Chiropractic Association.  This seminar achieved recognition in seven different countries. 


Dr. Mazzarella has also lectured for the American Chiropractic Association on the topics of Whiplash, Whiplash and related Guidelines, and Chronic Pain.  Most recently, Dr. Mazzarella has lectured at McMasters Medical School for the 1st - 5th year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residents on the topic of Crash Forensics, Injury Biomechanics, Occupant Kinematics and the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain.  He also lectured in 2013 to the Toronto Police College Accident Reconstruction Level 4 course on the topics of Crash Forensics, Injury Biomechanics, Occupant Kinematics.


Dr. Mazzarella is currently offering the following post graduate continuing education seminars.

Past CCE and CME Seminars


  • Whiplash Traumatology and Treatment
    • Sponsored by
    • University of Buffalo School of Medicine
    • American Academy of Family Physicians 
    • National University of Health Sciences
    • American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
  • Chiropractic Treatment of Whiplash 
    • Sponsored by the ACA
  • Pain Management Treatment Options and Research
    • Sponsored by the ACA
  • Whiplash Injury: Guidelines and Rebuttal/IME Report Writing
    • Sponsored by the ACA
  • Crash Forensics, Injury Biomechanics, Occupant Kinematics and the Biopsychosocial Model of
    • Sponsored by McMasters University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
  • Crash Forensics, Injury Biomechanics and Occupant Kinematics
    • Sponsored by Toronto Police College Accident Reconstruction Level 4 
  • Ontario Kinesiology Association 
    • Pain Management: Median Nerve Entrapment, Muscle Testing and Nerve Mobilization Treatment
    • Nerve Mobilization - Upper Extremity 
    • Nerve Mobilization - Lower Extremity 
    • Chronic Pain Management - Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation
    • Neck Pain: Whiplash Traumatology Diagnosed
    • Whiplash: Independent Medical Assessment, Guidelines and Protocols
  • International Conference of Pain Management and Research 
    • Functional Medicine and Pain Management 

Please note that you are NOT registered for the course until an Email conformation is sent to you.  If you do not receive an email conformation within 24-48 hours please contact our office at 647-991-7246.

Nerve Mobilization - Upper Extremity:

Our nervous system is a continuous organ that runs the entire course of our body.  Our nervous system also transmits information regarding pain and injury.  When injured by compression forces such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), tension such as in muscle injury, friction/chafing due to contact with body inside the body or solid objects outside the body the nerve can become damaged. 


When this nerve tissue is injured, the neural tissue becomes anoxic and can create symptoms such as tingling and numbness, weakness and reduced performance.  For this reason, decompression of the nerve is required and can be completed using specific nerve mobilization techniques. 


Seminar Topics - Upper Extremity 

This seminar will discuss:


Radial Nerve:

  1.   Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
  2.   Clinical Neurobiomechanics - Radial Nerve
  3.   Anatomy Review - Radial Nerve and Muscle Innervation
  4.   Radial Nerve innervated Muscle and Function Testing
  5.   Radial Nerve innervated Muscle referral and Pain Patter Review
  6.   Radial Nerve innervated Muscle Rehabilitation
  7.   Clinical Reasoning and Examination - Radial Nerve
  8.   Nerve Mobilization Technique and Treatment Protocol - Radial Nerve
  9.   Pathological Processes and Special Conditions - Radial Nerve

Median Nerve

  1.   Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
  2.   Clinical Neurobiomechanics - Median Nerve
  3.   Anatomy Review - Median Nerve and Muscle Innervation
  4.   Median Nerve innervated Muscle and Function Testing
  5.   Median Nerve innervated Muscle referral and Pain Patter Review
  6.   Median Nerve innervated Muscle Rehabilitation
  7.   Clinical Reasoning and Examination - Median Nerve
  8.   Nerve Mobilization Technique and Treatment Protocol - Median Nerve
  9.   Pathological Processes and Special Conditions - Median Nerve

Ulnar Nerve

  1.   Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
  2.   Clinical Neurobiomechanics - Ulnar Nerve
  3.   Anatomy Review - Ulnar Nerve and Muscle Innervation
  4.   Ulnar Nerve innervated Muscle and Function Testing
  5.   Ulnar Nerve innervated Muscle referral and Pain Patter Review
  6.   Ulnar Nerve innervated Muscle Rehabilitation
  7.   Clinical Reasoning and Examination - Ulnar Nerve
  8.   Nerve Mobilization Technique and Treatment Protocol - Ulnar Nerve
  9.   Pathological Processes and Special Conditions - Ulnar Nerve

Summary, Conclusion and Certificate Test.

Date and Locations of Seminar:

Dates: TBD


Price: $450.00

OKA Member Discount: $375.00

If signing up under the OKA discount price, please add a note on the PayPal payment site with the OKA Code.


Price: $450.00

OKA Member Discount: $375.00

Canadian Currency - $450.00

USA Currency - $450.00

Canadian Currency - $375.00

USA Currency - $375.00

* The course is offered by Dr. Jason Mazzarella, Director of the North American Spine Institute.  After completion of this course those wishing to take a post course examination can achieve certification status with the North American Spine Institute in Upper Extremity Nerve Mobilization and/or Lower Extremity Nerve Mobilization.

Nerve Mobilization - Lower Extremity:

Our nervous system is a continuous organ that runs the entire course of our body.  Our nervous system also transmits information regarding pain and injury.  When injured by compression forces such as Sciatica, tension such as in muscle injury, friction/chafing due to contact with body inside the body or solid objects outside the body the nerve can become damaged. 


When this nerve tissue is injured, the neural tissue becomes anoxic and can create symptoms such as tingling and numbness, weakness and reduced performance.  For this reason, decompression of the nerve is required and can be completed using specific nerve mobilization techniques. 

Seminar Topics - Lower Extremity 

This seminar will discuss:


Sciatica Nerve:

  1.   Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
  2.   Clinical Neurobiomechanics - Sciatica Nerve
  3.   Anatomy Review - Sciatica Nerve and Muscle Innervation
  4.   Sciatica Nerve innervated Muscle and Function Testing
  5.   Sciatica Nerve innervated Muscle referral and Pain Patter Review
  6.   Sciatica Nerve innervated Muscle Rehabilitation
  7.   Clinical Reasoning and Examination - Sciatica Nerve
  8.   Nerve Mobilization Technique and Treatment Protocol - Sciatica Nerve
  9.   Pathological Processes and Special Conditions - Sciatica Nerve

Peroneal Nerve

  1.   Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
  2.   Clinical Neurobiomechanics - Peroneal Nerve
  3.   Anatomy Review - Peroneal Nerve and Muscle Innervation
  4.   Peroneal Nerve innervated Muscle and Function Testing
  5.   Peroneal Nerve innervated Muscle referral and Pain Patter Review
  6.   Peroneal Nerve innervated Muscle Rehabilitation
  7.   Clinical Reasoning and Examination - Peroneal Nerve
  8.   Nerve Mobilization Technique and Treatment Protocol - Peroneal Nerve
  9.   Pathological Processes and Special Conditions - Peroneal Nerve

Tibial Nerve

  1.   Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
  2.   Clinical Neurobiomechanics - Tibial Nerve
  3.   Anatomy Review - Tibial Nerve and Muscle Innervation
  4.   Tibial Nerve innervated Muscle and Function Testing
  5.   Tibial Nerve innervated Muscle referral and Pain Patter Review
  6.   Tibial Nerve innervated Muscle Rehabilitation
  7.   Clinical Reasoning and Examination - Tibial Nerve
  8.   Nerve Mobilization Technique and Treatment Protocol - Tibial Nerve
  9.   Pathological Processes and Special Conditions - Tibial Nerve

Summary, Conclusion and Certificate Test.

Date and Locations of Seminar:

Dates: TBD


Price: $450.00

OKA Member Discount: $375.00

If signing up under the OKA discount price, please add a note on the PayPal payment site with the OKA Code.


Price: $450.00

OKA Member Discount: $375.00

Canadian Currency - $450.00

USA Currency - $450.00

Canadian Currency - $375.00

USA Currency - $375.00

* The course is offered by Dr. Jason Mazzarella, Director of the North American Spine Institute.  After completion of this course those wishing to take a post course examination can achieve certification status with the North American Spine Institute in Upper Extremity Nerve Mobilization and/or Lower Extremity Nerve Mobilization.

Chronic Pain Management - Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation

Pain is a term that has different meanings for different people.  Pain is defined by the International Association for the study of Pain as, “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” - IASP


Biologists have found that the stimulus which causes pain is likely to also cause tissue damage.  Pain can also be caused by behaviorally learned activities, psychological reasons and past experiences.  


Currently, it is estimated that 90% of pain can effectively be treated due to the mechanisms and advancement in pain management field. However, studies show that the majority of these people (3 out of 4) are not receiving care. 


This seminar is designed to provide basic insights into pain pathophysiology including concepts and terminology.  This seminar will provide the attendee with an understanding of specific orthopaedic testing that can be completed in order to determine if a nociceptive pain process is present, neuropathic pain process is present of mixed pain process is present.  The seminar will conclude with fMRI research showing how chronic pain can be treated along with functional treatment options that can be utilized by the attendee.  




Seminar Topics:

This seminar will discuss:


  1.   Pain Concepts and Terminology
  2.   Pain Physiology and Neurology
  3.   Concepts of Neuroplasticity and Pain 
  4.   Introduction into the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain
  5.   Pain Orthopaedic Testing
  6.   Pain Muscle Function Testing 
  7.   Musculoskeletal Pain Referral Patterns
  8. 7.   fMRI Pain Research
    8.  Pain Special Conditions - Fibromyalgia 
    9.  Functional Treatment Options
                   Stimulation of Descending Inhibitory Pain Pathways
                   Exercise Prescription - What Intensity Reduces Subjective Pain

Date and Locations of Seminar:

Dates: August 2 and August 3


August 2, 2014: 9 AM - 1 PM

August 3, 2014: 9 AM - 11 AM


Location: Toronto Ontario 


Price: $450.00

OKA Member Discount: $375.00

If signing up under the OKA discount price, please add a note on the PayPal payment site with the OKA Code.


Price: $450.00

OKA Member Discount: $375.00

Canadian Currency - $450.00

USA Currency - $450.00

Canadian Currency - $375.00

USA Currency - $375.00

Neck Pain:  Whiplash Traumatology Diagnosed 

The goal of this program is to provide a better understanding of “whiplash”; the history, biomechanics/kinematics, research and guidelines currently utilized in practice today.  In doing so, attendees will be exposed to the tools to complete more accurate evaluations of injury by not only evaluating the patient’s physical presentation but by using crash forensics and injury mechanism knowledge to correlate patient subjective information and physical examination objective information to determine the most likely injured structures and best therapy recommendations for a full and speedy recovery.  This information is used to determine which structures most likely sustained the greatest amount of force and subsequent trauma thereby allowing for a more specific treatment plan.  Secondary sequelae of “whiplash” injury such as Chronic Pain, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, TOS, Carpal Tunnel, Headaches, SI dysfunction and other related symptoms and injuries will also be presented.  


Seminar Topics:

This seminar will discuss:


  1.   Whiplash Concepts and Terminology
  2.   Whiplash Injury Biomechanics - Neck
  3.   Whiplash Occupant Kinematics Based on Collision Vector - Neck
  4.   Introduction into Whiplash Treatment Guidelines
  5.   Cervical Spine Orthopaedic Testing
  6.   Thoracic Outlet Orthopaedic Testing
  7.   Cervical Spine Muscle Function Testing 
  8.   Cervical Spine Musculoskeletal Referral Patterns
  9.   Cervical Spine Rehabilitation Protocol - Facet Joint Injury
  10. Cervical Spine Rehabilitation  Protocol - Musculoskeletal Injury
  11. Cervical Spine Exercise Protocol 
  12. Secondary Sequelae

Date and Locations of Seminar:

Dates: TBD 


Price: $450.00

OKA Member Discount: $375.00

If signing up under the OKA discount price, please add a note on the PayPal payment site with the OKA Code.


Price: $450.00

OKA Member Discount: $375.00

Canadian Currency - $450.00

USA Currency - $450.00

Canadian Currency - $375.00

USA Currency - $375.00

Whiplash:  Independent Medical Assessment, Guidelines and Protocols.

By using a standardized set of whiplash specific guidelines such as the Minor Injury Guideline, Quebec Task Force on Whiplash Associated Disorders or Bone and Joint Task Force Guideline, IME doctors  are tasked with the responsibility to determine client need based on a generalized ideology of need, not considering specific characteristics and variables to each client.  This can result in under treatment, in-approriate denial of benefits and increased symptomtology of those injured.  


This seminar is designed to give you a solid knowledge base on whiplash, injury biomechanics based on crash forensics variables and epidemiological risk factors so that you have the tools to make sure IME doctors provide a specific rational for their determinations of need instead of a generic ideology of need based on a generalized guideline.   

Seminar Topics:

This seminar will discuss:


  1.   Basic Concepts and Terminology of Whiplash
  2.   Qualifications: Who has them and why do they matter
  3.   Physical Examination and Orthopaedic Testing
  4.   Outcome Assessment Tools
  5.   Whiplash Traumatology Guidelines
  6.   Epidemiological Risk Factors - Injury Potential Determination
  7.   Diagnosis:  WAD II vs WAD III
  8.   Case Law, Whiplash and Chronic Pain
  9.   Report Writing - Narrative Reports
  10. Report Writing - Rebuttals and IME Response Letters

Date and Locations of Seminar:

Dates: TBD


Price: $575.00

BONUS:  Dr. Mazzarella has completed thousands of rebuttal reports in his career to date.  As a special bonus to attendees, Dr. Mazzarella will set aside 2 hours at the conclusion of this seminar to review audience IME reports and provide suggestions on how to set up and write their individual rebuttals.  


If you would like to have your report reviewed at the end of the seminar, please indicate this in the message box provided on the sign up page.  This will be first come first serve.  


Thank you.

If signing up under the OKA, please add a note on the PayPal payment site with the OKA Code.


Price: $575.00

Canadian Currency - $575.00

USA Currency - $575.00