Functional Neurology

I have been practicing for over 36 years and the model that I currently embrace is very different from what I did at the start of my career. I feel that growth and personal development should be the process in private practice, when looking at medical intervention, as so much changes over the years as science makes leaps and bounds in the field of medicine. The degrees and experience that I have accumulated through the years have helped to sculpt the approach that I take to healthcare.

Chiropractic neurology, also called functional neurology or clinical neurology – depending on what you want to reference – is one of the board certifications and specialties that I hold. I embrace this degree as one of the most powerful tools that I share with clients on a day to day basis. A small percentage of chiropractors have managed to achieved this board certification.  Functional neurology, just to be clear, is different from medical neurology, although the background of education (diagnostically) is the same. It is the same board that qualifies medical neurologists as chiropractic neurologists.

Just to be clear, when you go to see a health practitioner with that board certification and degree of achievement, the evaluation process is very comprehensive, to understand what we call the Longitudinal Level of the Lesion. Meaning you can’t fix it, if you can’t find it. The brain functions on a hierarchy basis and there are different levels and layers of neurological function that we go through with our assessment.

Let us say, for example, someone comes in with some sort of a tremor. The quest in understanding the tremor is where the dysfunction is neurologically. So we work through the process: is it at the receptor level, is it at the cord level, is it at the brain level? There are different levels of intervention that through physical examination, and in cases through evaluation, we go through to qualify where the problem is. Part of this process could also be using sophisticated tools such as CAT scans and MRIs as well as physical examination.

In functional neurology, the first step is to qualify where the problem is. Once we have done that successfully, we then employ what are called clinical trials. For instance, if we think there might be a disconnect in the vestibular system as far as balance and coordination, which is greatly associated with the cerebellum in the brain, this vestibular system can then be stimulated to see if someone who has a tremor and it is evoked by cerebellar demise. It also allows us to see if the problem will respond to specific stimulation.

If it is not pathological to the point where it is totally broken and irreparable, which is usually not the case, there is always something that we can do to modify things including metabolic interventions. Purely from a functional neurology perspective, if there is a vestibular contribution, as it is referred to, we might do something like nonlinear complex motions which stimulate the cerebellum. We might have a client perform figure eight’s or do an alphabet (which is a nonlinear exercise). If, in fact, that tremor changes for just a moment, we now know that there is a connection and there are inventions we can use as part of your therapy.

The intervention of functional neurology is very different than medical neurology and yet we want to take advantage of both of those as tools, depending on the dysfunction that you have. The passion that I have for understanding where a problem comes from is truly the remediation or the improvement of that problem.  As a functional neurologist, clinical nutritionist and a practitioner of almost 40 years, I blend everything together in my interventions to create a powerful approach to treatment.

 

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Monday
9:00am - 5:00pm
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2:00pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday
2:00pm - 5:30pm
Friday
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