How Functional Neurology Assesses Brain Health & Function

Functional neurology is a holistic approach treating disease and dysfunction of the nervous system. The brain and nervous system work together as a whole, not individual sections. Your brain is the master control. Everything that happens in your body is controlled by your brain. Every process that occurs in your body impacts the brain! This is the power of functional neurology. Neuroplasticity is the nervous system’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between neurons throughout life. This is the mechanism by which functional neurology works. By addressing eye movements, vestibular function, cognitive function, autonomic function, proprioception, reflex integration, balance and coordination function in each area of the brain is assessed, and an individualized treatment plan is created.

Eye movements: Involved in every area of the brain to aid in vision and visual perception. They require proper position and movement to allow the eyes to focus and see the world.

Vestibular Function: The inner ear processes movement and communicates with the rest of the brain. The vestibular nuclei within the brainstem when balanced prevent dizziness and vertigo.

Cognitive Function: The ability to think and act is located within the frontal lobe. Imbalance can lead to brain fog, lack of endurance, anxiety and depression.

Autonomic Function: The autonomic nervous system is regulated by the hypothalamus and brainstem to allow mainly unconscious functions including heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate and pupillary response. Imbalance can lead to anxiety, gut issues, brain fog and fatigue.

Proprioception: Proprioception is the sense of movement and body position in space. This allows voluntary movements including posture, balance, and coordination.

Reflex Integration: Primitive reflexes allow survival and protection through early development and then these reflexes integrate. If reflexes are retained they impair proper brain development and growth leading to issues in cognition, emotional regulation and physical development.

Balance & Coordination:  A highly integrated system to know where the head and body is in space. Vision, vestibular and proprioceptive function all communicate to provide balance and coordination of thought and movement.

Every patient receives three part, three hour evaluation which provides a personalized treatment plan combining natural medicine therapies, nutrition and clinical neuroscience/functional neurology. Treatment plans are designed to optimize neurological function through the principles of neuroplasticity.

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