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Functional Neurology
What is functional neurology?

Functional neurology is the practice of assessing and treating dysfunction or conditions of the nervous system without drugs or surgery. Many conditions can be assessed by studying how your brain functions using non-invasive diagnostic tools in our office. Because of this, there are a wide range of conditions we treat. By evaluating what nervous system dysfunction is present, we can begin to rehabilitate the areas involved with customized exercises and activities. Brain rehabilitation has dramatic effects on behavior, mood, movement, cognition, and general well-being.

Why should every chiropractic patient have a functional neurology exam?

The affects of chiropractic adjustments on the brain are immense. A functional neurology exam allows us to assess the status of your nervous system in order to safely perform an adjustment without inadvertently compromising an area of the brain, thus worsening your symptoms. In fact, we can enhance function of the involved area of the brain by providing the right kind of stimulation based on a well performed exam.

What is a functional neurology exam like?

A typical chiropractic examination includes a spinal, orthopedic and basic neurological assessment. A functional neurology exam expands upon this, analyzing eye movements, balance, coordination, reflexes, brain stem function, and higher cognitive functioning. The results of these tests are then assessed in relation to your problem so that the proper treatment plan can be implemented.

Since the eyes are a great window into brain function--a fact demonstrated by scientific studies for decades--they are of great importance during the functional neurology exam. For example, we can provide stimulation to the brain with sound, sight, or movement (such as turning in a chair) and assess the change in brain function by observing eye movements.

Some other tests we commonly use include assessing posture, how you walk, blood pressure in different positions, balance, hand or foot coordination, and looking at facial tone. These observations are signs obvious only to a trained functional neurologist, and provide great understanding about how different parts of your brain are functioning.

What types of conditions can functional neurology help?

Conditions ranging from movement disorders like dystonia to low back pain and even autism have shown results that no other field can duplicate. Below is a list of conditions that may be helped by a functional neurological approach:

Neurological

  • Chronic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Disc herniation
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Tingling & numbness
  • Vertigo & dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Movement disorders
  • Balance disorders
  • TMJ
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog 
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Peripheral neuropathies
Mood Disorders

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-partum depression
  • Menopausal depression
Childhood Disorders

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • OCD
  • Tics
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Learning disabilities
  • Poor focus
  • Lack of concentration
  • Dyslexia
  • Fine/gross motor skill delay
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Speech delays
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Difficulty sleeping
Declining Brain Function (Aging)

  • Memory loss
  • Memory lapses
  • Increased difficulty calculating numbers
  • Slow mental response
  • Difficulty recognizing faces




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