Functional Neurology: Explained
Functional neurology has been developed from basic neuroscience principles and is using the most recent scientific research. Through careful observations and assessments, we can determine which areas of a person’s nervous system are weak to prescribe an appropriate treatment plan to improve the quality of the patient’s nervous system functions.
The key to functional neurology is “neuroplasticity”. Nerve connections in the brain are “plastic” meaning they can be shaped and modified by sensory, motor, cognitive or emotional experiences. Simply, your experiences shape your nervous system.
In the human brain, both child and adult, research confirms that new neurons can be created. It is now known, that if an area of the nervous system is damaged, it can be regenerated and other nerve cells can take over the function of lost neurons. For example, a person who has had a stroke in the language centers may be able to regain the ability to speak.
The basic idea of functional neurology is to support healthy neuroplasticity of the nervous system through proper stimulation and energy (fuel). Treatment is aimed to protect and give activation to the nervous system to allow it to thrive. A nervous system that is performing poorly CAN be rehabilitated, with permanent success.
The evaluation goals are to determine hemisphericity of the brain; meaning, which side of the brain is dominant and which is non-dominant. Establishing which areas of the brain need attention is the key to recovery. This information will drastically direct us to which treatment will be most beneficial. Once we determine what goals and needs the patient has, we can design a tailored program. These programs include:
- Advanced testing
- Functional adjustments by hand or by instrument to the spine and/or extremities
- Oculomotor exercises
- Balance and coordination programs
- Cognitive exercises and activities
- Sensory training that may include light, sound, smell, or touch
- Physical exercises
- Breathing exercises
- Nutritional modification
- Eyelights therapy
These therapies, combined with the knowledge gained in the evaluation, can jumpstart the nervous system to begin self-regeneration. The instructed program will lower the effects of hemisphericity by stimulating specific parts in the brain: the cerebellum, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, and the frontal lobe. Using the above therapies we can activate targeted segments of the brain to stimulate the neurons and get them firing again.
Patients with the following symptoms have shown huge improvements through our innovative functional neurology protocols.
- Balance problems
Difficulty communicating, concentrating
Feeling mentally foggy
Numbness or tingling
Sensitivity to light or noise
Sleeping more than usual or difficulty falling asleep
Visual problems — blurry or double vision
Patients with a history of any of the following can have their lives improved through functional neurology.
Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion
Movement Disorders, Dystonia
Gait Retraining (Cerebellum Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s)
Facial Nerve Regeneration
Learning Disorders, Dyslexia
Sports Performance, Sports Injuries
Acoustic Neuroma recovery