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1310 E Arlington Blvd, Ste A
Transitions Behavioral Health
Greenville NC 27858
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Functional Neurology

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.

Dr. Young is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, expertly trained in optimizing this remarkable ability for your nervous system to change.

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:

Neurodegenerative diseases
Parkinson’s, Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA), Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.)
Demyelinating diseases
Multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis, B12 deficiency.
Movement disorders
Dystonia, torticollis, blepharospasm, ataxia, tremor, myoclonus, tics, chorea, restless legs syndrome, dyspraxia.
Ear and equilibrium problems
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.
Headaches and pain syndromes
Migraine, cluster headache, tension headache, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), causalgia), fibromyalgia.
Traumatic injuries
Concussion, whiplash, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
Seizure disorders
Cerebrovascular conditions
Stroke risk factors assessment, Post stroke symptoms, Transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Nerve, nerve root and plexus disorders
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.
Neurodevelopmental problems
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)
Rexanne<br />Testimonial For Dr. Young

Testimonial For Dr. Young

I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Young as a chiropractor. When I’m looking for a practitioner I’m looking for someone who uses integrative medicine and is scientifically based. Dr. Young does a great job of that. I really appreciate his professional manner. He’s someone I am really comfortable with and I really trust.

Linda<br />Fatigue, Depression, Lower GI Issues

Fatigue, Depression, Lower GI Issues

I have been suffering for years with lower GI issues, fatigue, depression and stresses of life getting to me. I just assumed it was the aging process and the amount of stress I allowed myself to live under. After 3 months of treatment with Dr. Joe I have begun to feel better. The lower GI issues have gone away. I have learned to enjoy eating my healthy diet. I now sleep well, I’m creating again. I have a joyful life. I am so grateful that I made an appointment with Dr. Young. His professional ethics, his patience, his empathy and his enthusiasm for what he does is contagious!