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:
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