What is Functional Neurology?
Functional neurology (or chiropractic neurology) is an emerging health care discipline that, in essence, is the clinical evaluation and treatment method for the central and peripheral nervous system. Functional neurology uses brain function, measured through non-invasive diagnostic tools in office as well as through bedside examination, to determine how a patient’s condition is affected neurologically. Based on these findings, functional neurologists can begin to rehabilitate specific parts of the brain through environmental stimuli (e.g., visual, auditory, and vestibular therapies).
What is a Functional Neurology Exam like?
Examinations run 1-2 hrs depending upon the age and functional ability of the patient. The exam includes the following: review of history, observation, neurological examination, and diagnostics (videonystagmography, computerized posturography, and saccadometry). After the examination, Dr. Dane or Dr. Brindisi will take time to explain the diagnostic findings as well as to answer any questions you may have.
What are the Rehabilitation Exercises like?
Rehabilitation exercises vary from patient to patient as they are customized to the patient based on the exam findings and ongoing outcome assessments during treatment. They can include head and eye exercises, vestibular training, balance training, cognitive training, dual tasking, and core stability training.
How soon can I expect to see improvement?
It is not uncommon for patients to experience some improvement after one day of treatment. However, lasting change takes time, especially for patients with chronic and complex conditions. Typically, these patients experience improvement within three to six months of therapy.
Why should every chiropractic patient have a functional neurological exam?
Chiropractic manipulation has an effect on the brain. A neurological exam will reveal what adjustments could help or hinder the compromised area of the brain and your symptoms.
How can functional neurology reduce my risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or other brain diseases?
People who think they have healthy brains may be surprised to discover that their brain function is actually compromised in some way. By discovering how their brains are compromised before they begin showing obvious symptoms and by working to improve the compromised areas of the brain, people can reduce their risk of later developing advanced brain disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, memory loss, depression, loss of balance). In addition, good brain health can help prevent breakdowns in bodily functions that can result in poor bladder control, poor digestion, high blood pressure, dry eyes, erectile dysfunction, and more.