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What is Functional Neurology?

Many people ask what the difference is between functional neurology and medical neurology. With medical neurology, there is a “black and white” approach when looking for neurological disease. Some examples being a stroke or tumors. These are medical emergencies and should be seen by a medical neurologist. 

With that being said, there are many conditions that fall within the grey scale of neurological problems. This is where FUNCTIONAL neurology steps in. Functional neurology focuses on conditions related to decreased neurological function. Some examples being post-concussion syndrome, migraines, dizziness, and many others. You can refer to our Who We Can Help page for a more comprehensive list. A major difference between medical neurology and functional neurology is the therapeutic approach and applications. Functional neurology utilizes non-invasive neurological therapies instead of drugs or surgery, making it safer way to explore neurological issues. 

Many patients that end up at our office have normal brain scans and are confused why they are still having symptoms. This could be because many higher imaging techniques are not sensitive enough to find and detect the subtle changes in the brains of people dealing with migraines, headaches, post-concussion syndrome, dizziness, etc. 

We aim to determine and identify the root cause of these symptoms through diagnostics and a comprehensive exam. A functional approach, focused around optimizing neurological integrity, is used to achieve maximum results. Ours care plans are specific to the unique needs of each patient. Our brain-based approach targets different types of sensory receptors to promote a positive change in the brain and boost neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is “muscle memory” for reflexes in your brain and allows your brain to remodel itself and heal. The goal is to promote specific pathways with specific care to produce a long lasting and preventative change without using drugs or surgery. 

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

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