Functional Neurology (also known as chiropractic neurology) fills this void left in conventional neurology by identifying specific neurological dysfunctions through a comprehensive physical examination and then making every effort to restore function through the brains innate ability to adapt to stimulus. This innate ability to adapt to stimulus is called “Neuroplasticity.”
Traditional, conventional neurology classifies neurological health (brain-health) as a black or white scenario. Meaning that if there are no obvious anatomical disease processes such as tumors, trauma or abnormal findings on advanced imaging – there is nothing wrong and therefore nothing can be done. In many of these “clean cases,” pharmaceuticals are prescribed for pain or symptom management in a feeble attempt to manage these detrimental effects.
For optimal functioning the brain only requires three things; glucose, oxygen, and stimulation – Functional Neurology’s main focus is stimulation.
A doctor who incorporates the principles of Functional Neurology (similar to Functional Medicine) provides support to the entire nervous system through specific neurological exercises and stimulation. By exercising areas of the brain which are in a state of dysfunction or injury, the brain is able to adapt or “re-learn.”
Neuropasticity allows the neurons (brain cells) to form new connections around the damaged tissues and function can be restored.
Functional neurology has shown significant improvement in patients with multiple conditions, some of which are listed below:
-Early Alzheimer’s -Early Parkinson’s
-Early MS symptoms -Migraines
-Balance disorders -Vertigo
-Autism Spectrum Disorders -PTSD
Celebrities Glenn Beck and Canadian hockey legend Sidney Crosby attribute their successes to recovery from the treatments of Functional Neurology.
Read their stories here:
“For optimal functioning the brain requires only three things; glucose, oxygen, and stimulation- Functional Neurology’s main focus is stimulation.”
Neuroplasticity in everyday life:
How many times have you forgotten a phone number or pin number on your bank card when you haven’t used or recalled this information for a significant period of time? However; once you recall it again it was suddenly very easy to keep recalling it as long as you review the information regularly.
Or have you had a job where your coworkers make you frustrated or anxious? After only a few repeated exposures – just walking into the office or even driving into the parking lot, is enough to trigger these same undesirable feelings.
Both of these are everyday examples of neuroplasticity – which can be either positive or negative. Note: the principles of neuroplasticity does not only apply to emotional adaptation and memory, but also to musculoskeletal dysfunction, balance and coordination.
In a nutshell, the concept of neuroplasticity applies to every function of the brain and nervous system. Every time we learn something new or re-learn something “old” we are using neuroplasticity.
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What can functional neurology do for you?
As the pendulum of western conventional medicine swings to a health care model that is exclusively pharmaceutical based, there has never been a greater demand for functional based care.
With neurology, there is much that we have yet to understand of the complex interweb of neurological physiology and how to measure it. As a result of these complexities, poor brain health cannot always be measured with traditional medical methods (imaging and laboratory testing) and many functional impairments are missed.
The result: many patients with functional impairments and neurological disorders are told “there is nothing wrong with you.”
By measuring brain function, a doctor who incorporates the principles of Functional Neurology is able to identify neurological impairment and work to restore optimal brain function.
Anyone with a brain disorder or brain injury can benefit from the care of Functional Neurology.