Chiropractic Neurology is a science-based health care specialty that focuses on optimizing the function of the nervous system using conservative therapies to improve health. This specialty involves a functional approach to the analysis and treatment of the nervous system. Chiropractic neurologists are specialists in evaluating the function of the brain and nervous system. This is particularly valuable for patients with difficult conditions who have been unable to obtain a named diagnosis or solution for their problem. Often, this is as a result of physiological dysfunction rather than a named process of pathology (disease).
What does a Chiropractic Neurologist do?
We all have dynamic brains that grow and develop based on experiences, environment and genetics. Often, one part of our brain will develop more so than another, or one part will be used more at work or school than another. It is this difference that we see in people that are more artistic (right brain) or more analytical (left brain). Normally this difference is minimal and does not adversely affect our lives. If the deficit becomes too great, however, it can manifest as outward signs and symptoms ranging from pain or weakness to learning disabilities. This functional deficit can be present with or without the occurrence of disease. However, this is not to say that the condition is psychological or “all in the mind”, instead, it is a physical manifestation of a functional deficit.
Chiropractic neurology utilizes evaluations and treatments that are taught in both chiropractic and medical schools. Where chiropractic neurologists excel is in diagnosing and treating functional deficits, not solely pathology (disease). To assess the brain and body, chiropractic neurologists use traditional physiological tests such as: blood pressure, heart rate, muscle testing, and sensory and motor testing of the cranial and peripheral nerves. In addition, chiropractic neurologists will tailor specific functional tests for each patient. These functional tests may be as simple as balance, co-ordination, and eye movements, to more complicated test involving particular areas of the brain such as: vestibulo-ocular tests, optokinetic tests, pursuit and saccade testing, blind spot evaluation, radiography, postural analysis, vestibular and cerebellar testing.
Who may benefit from Chiropractic Neurology?
It is widely accepted that our brain controls and coordinates all other systems. Any deficits or imbalances in the function of the brain can therefore compromise the function of another system. The goal of chiropractic neurology is to improve function of the brain and body.
Anyone suffering from problems in the nervous system may experience the following:
- Vertigo, Dizziness & Balance Problems
- Movement Disorders, Tremors & Dystonia
- Visual Disturbances & Eye Fatigue
- Migraines & Headaches
- Memory & Concentration Difficulties
- Chronic Pain in the Neck/Back/Limbs
- Peripheral Nerve Injuries (carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Learning & Attention Disorders ADD/ADHD/OCD
- Chronic Fatigue
- Irritable Bowel
- Tics and tremors
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- Thyroid Disorders
- Weight Gain
- Migraines & Headaches
- Hormonal Dysfunction
- Chronic or Complicated Conditions
What types of treatments are used?
Once the deficit has been diagnosed, a customized treatment protocol is implemented to improve the function of the brain and the other systems affected. Chiropractic neurologists do not treat with drugs or surgery. Instead, they utilize less invasive and generally natural treatments are utilized to improve the function and control of the nervous system. These may include specific chiropractic adjustments, physical modalities and exercises, nutrition, cognitive exercises, auditory and visual stimulation, vestibular stimulation, balance exercises or eye tracking exercises.
It is well accepted that chiropractic adjustments of the spine affect the function of the nervous system. Most people associate chiropractic with back and neck pain. However, the advances in brain research and imaging strongly support the specialty of chiropractic neurology. This advanced branch of chiropractic offers new hope for those who have not found relief from conventional treatment.
How are Chiropractic Neurologists trained?
Chiropractic neurologists undergo specific post-graduate training in the field of Neurology. Chiropractic Neurologists are overseen and accredited by an independent board, American Chiropractic Neurology Board (A.C.N.B.) www.acnb.org. To become board certified, a candidate must pass a written, oral and practical examination. This training is recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (N.C.C.A.), National Organization for Competency Assurance (N.O.C.A.) and the U.S. Dept of Education. More information can be found at www.carrickinstitute.org.
Dr. Ghazi would like to welcome you to take the first step on your journey to optimal health by offering you a complimentary consultation to listen to your health concerns and goals and determine if chiropractic neurology can help you. Give our Austin chiropractic office a call to explore your options!