Why Functional Neurology?
Neuroplasticity is the guiding principle of Functional Neurology and is the most exciting area of neurological research that is “changing the brain” without the use of drugs or surgery.
Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is the term that refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses. Brain plasticity is caused by changes in your environment, your neural processes and changes resulting from bodily injury. Neuroplasticity has replaced the mistaken belief that your brain can not change and explores how and why your brain changes.
Neuroscientific research indicates that what your brain experiences can actually change both your brain’s physical structure and functional organization. This means that neurons build synaptic connections that fire together and shape how your brain works. It also means that neurons can lose synaptic connections in vital pathways that causes your brain not to work as well. You can also develop more efficient pathways in ways you don’t want, such as chronic pain or dystonia.
Neuroplasticity is remodeling of the various parts of your nervous system to work more efficiently and even regenerate. This happens when neurons are activated with the right amount and type of stimulation without exceeding the metabolic capacity of your brain cells.
What Can We Do For You?
Dr. Young is continuously developing new evaluation and treatment methods for patient care, incorporating current information from the most recent discoveries in basic and advanced neuroscience principles and related fields.
As a Board Certified Chiropractic Functional Neurologist I use physical examination and advanced neurologic testing in determining which areas of your nervous system are not functioning as they should. This information is used in formulating an appropriate plan to improve function of your nervous system, and most importantly, as a marker of your progress.
Conditions Treated with Functional Neurology
Possibly you are searching for a better understanding of your symptoms and the therapies that are available to you. You can choose between a natural, alternative approach and what traditional medical treatment has to offer you, or in some instances combining the two approaches may best suit your condition. We will advise you of the option we think will work the best for you.
Since the foundation of Functional Neurology is based on improving how your nervous system works, a wide variety of conditions may be helped by this approach. These include:
Parkinson’s, Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA), Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.)
Multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis, B12 deficiency.
Dystonia, torticollis, blepharospasm, ataxia, tremor, myoclonus, tics, chorea, restless legs syndrome, dyspraxia.
Vertigo, dizziness, motion sickness, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuronitis, acoustic neuroma, mal de débarquement, Menière’s disease, ataxia, Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), fear of falling, tinnitus.
Migraine, cluster headache, tension headache, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), causalgia), fibromyalgia.
Concussion, whiplash, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
Stroke risk factors assessment, Post stroke symptoms, Transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, brachial plexus lesion, disc herniation, canal stenosis, intermittent claudication, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, meralgia paresthetica, cheiralgia paresthetica, morton’s metatarsalgia, tarsal tunnel syndrome, intercostal neuropathy, Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), polyneuropathy.
Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Asperger’s, Tourette (TS), Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), dyslexia, processing disorders, dyspraxia, learning disability, language developmental delay, global developmental delay, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy (CP)