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Functional Neurology

TheFunctional NeurologyIt is developed from the basic principles of neuroscience and an understanding of how the latest scientific research can be applied to patient care. Through careful evaluation, a functional neurologist or neurological chiropractor can not only determine which areas of a person's nervous system are weak, but also design appropriate treatment to improve the quality of how their nervous system functions. The man credited with originating this specialty within the healthcare system is Dr. Ted Carrick, who has been researching and teaching this model since the mid-1970s.


Neuroplasticity Concept

A key concept in understanding this modality is "neuroplasticity".  Cutting-edge scientific research has recognized our brain's ability to change and be malleable (or 'plastic'), itself conforming and / or modified by sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional experiences. In simple words, your brain will change depending on the experiences lived.


The basic unit of the nervous system is a nerve cell called a "neuron." There are more than 100 billion neurons in the human body, each one having a specific function and they form very specific connections between them, forming specific electro-chemical communication circuits.


In the past, the central nervous system was considered unalterable, but thanks to advances in science we know that change in this system is very possible. For example, if we repetitively activate the nerve pathways between two cells, we can expect an increase in the amount of chemical messengers produced (neuro-transmitters) produced by the neuron that sends the signal, just as we will see an increase in the reception of said message by the receiving neuron (synaptic plasticity).  A neuron can even grow new connections (synaptogenesis), and can spread to remote areas in the body (neuronal migration)._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_ This is essentially how our species learns, and it's because they say practice and repetition make perfect.


Neurology and Functional Rehabilitation of the Nervous System


In the developing brain, as well as in the adult brain, research has confirmed that we have the ability to create new neurons (neurogenesis), a process previously considered impossible. It is now also known that if an area of the nervous system is damaged, not only is regeneration possible, but other nerve cells can take over the function of the lost neurons (functional reorganization). For example, a person who has had a stroke of the brain's language centers may still regain the ability to speak.


It is important to note that neuroplasticity can also develop negative consequences. If an area of the brain is not stimulated or if a neural pathway is not fired, neurotransmitters and receptors can decrease, connections between distant neurons can be eliminated, and nerve cells can die over time. The saying, "use it or lose it," is indeed a neurological fact.


A basic premise of Functional Neurology is to support the healthy plasticity of the nervous system through adequate stimulation.  Treatment is aimed at not only protecting the nervous system, but also providing activation necessary to achieve improvements in general health. The nervous system is the master system of our body - thus coordinating all of our body's functions. Thanks to all the advances of modern science, we know that it is a fact that we can improve a nervous system that is not functioning at capacity, often effectively and permanently.


  What conditions does a Neurological Chiropractor treat?               Video on Functional Neurology

  • Vertigo/dizziness

  • Balance Problems

  • Depression/Anxiety


  • Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Writing)

  • Autism

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • contusions

  • head trauma

  • Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Movement Disorders (Parkinson's, Dystonias)

  • Paresthesia (sensation problems)

  • Limb Weakness

  • Numbness of the Extremities

  • Non-specific neurological problems

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