Functional Neurology is a specialty in health care that focuses on the health and performance of the brain, the rest of nervous system, and its interactions with the entire body.
Let’s begin with the question, What is your Nervous System? Your Nervous System comprises of your Brain, Spinal Cord, and all the Spinal Nerves that go to each cell, tissue, and organ in your body. This Complex System controls and coordinates ALL of your body function. This means that it controls your Thoughts, Personality, Behavior, Self-Image, Movement, Posture, Pain-Sensitivity, Coordination, Digestion, Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Breathing…..EVERYTHING!
A functional neurologist specializes in the physiology, or function, of the nervous system. They apply their knowledge of how the nervous system normally functions in order to determine when it is not performing. They typically look for four criteria that manifest when the nervous system is either working too well or not well enough:
- Abnormal Sensations
- Abnormal Motor function
- Abnormal Thoughts
- Abnormal Posturing
When they have identified the part(s) of the nervous system that need to be corrected, they use different neurological tools and principles of neuron theory to assist healing. Simply stated, the neuron theory state that nerves need two essential things to survive and grow:
- Proper Fuel
Functional Neurology focuses on treating the brain with “afferent (incoming) stimulation”, which conveys information to targeted areas.
It’s simple science— the brain controls our body, and our body provides feedback to the brain. When this relationship breaks down, so can your health. We work with patients to identify and address these discrepancies.
When you have an issue, condition, or health problem… we locate the issue in the body and see how it is tied to the brain.
If you only look at one area of a person’s health — rather than look at the connection between the brain and the entire body— it’s very difficult to fully comprehend the degree of dysfunction within the person. Therefore it results in a slowing of or a lack of progress for the patient.