Your brain controls everything in your body. Research has shown that the chiropractic adjustment can actually alter central nervous system function. In other words, the adjustment can alter your brain, which in turn alters the function of bodily systems! Functional neurology allows us to address disease from a brain-based perspective using natural chiropractic techniques.
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY?
Within the growing realm of the chiropractic profession, doctors can become specialists in neurology, radiology, nutrition, orthopedics, pediatrics, and physical rehabilitation. A chiropractic neurologist is a licensed chiropractor who has completed an additional course of study in neurology including advanced coursework and clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders as well as endocrine, metabolic, and immune conditions.
WHAT DOES A FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Depending upon the location and type of dysfunction, a functional neurologist may work directly with the muscles, joints, or nervous system. Treatments can be varied and will typically include chiropractic adjustments, neuromuscular re-education exercises, or gentle stimulation of the visual (sight), auditory (hearing), vestibular (balance), or other sensory systems as necessary. Nutrition and blood chemistry can also be assessed as appropriate for individual health needs.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL NEUROLOGIST AND A CHIROPRACTIC NEUROLOGIST?
Much like a regular medical neurologist, a chiropractic neurologist is qualified to address a wide range of neurological disorders. There is, however, an important distinction between the two – a chiropractic neurologist prescribes therapies and treatments which do not include drugs or surgery. In addition to these non-traditional approaches, a chiropractic neurologist can provide diagnostic counseling and advice concerning the level of appropriate care a patient may already be receiving.
HOW CAN FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY HELP ME?
Chiropractic neurologists treat the common chiropractic complaints of neck pain, back pain, and headache, but doctors using the functional neurology and nutrition approach find success in addressing many varieties of movement disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, dystonia, brain lesions, stroke, neuropathies, and radiculopathies. Many metabolic, endocrine, and immune disorders can be influenced by neurology and nutrition from a chiropractic neurology approach.