What is Functional Neurology?
Functional neurology is a holistic approach to treating diseases and dysfunctions of the nervous system.
How does it compare to conventional neurology and medicine?
Before we draw a comparison between conventional medicine and functional neurology, it’s important to understand that this is not a conversation of which approach is better than the other. In fact we at Better Brain & Body, many of our patients are referred by other physicians or conventional neurologists who recognize how functional neurology can compliment their existing treatments and provide a better overall benefit to the end patient.
The primary difference between functional neurology and conventional medical neurology lies in the way diseases and dysfunctions of the nervous system are diagnosed and treated. Traditional neurology often focuses on the structural pathology of the nervous system in a binary manner. Meaning, it’s either working or it’s not. And if it’s not working, treatment often consists of pharmaceutical products and/or surgery that address the symptoms.
With functional neurology, diagnosis of the nervous system is seen more as different shades of gray and looks at subtle changes in nervous system which may be the cause. Functional neurologists see the nervous systems as pliable and something that can be changed or influenced by environmental stimulation. This environmental stimulation, also called “neuroplasticity” is the core methodology behind how diseases and dysfunctions are diagnosed and treated.
An example, let’s look at migraines.
In the United States, over 38 million people suffer from migraines, with 2-3 million suffering from chronic migraines. After experiencing the debilitating effects of a migraine, many people will see a conventional neurologist. However, almost every person who suffers from chronic migraines will show a normal brain scan. As a result, there is not much a conventional neurologist can do other than prescribe pharmaceuticals. However, at Better Brain & Body we offer a number of therapies that have helped minimize and eliminate many of our patients’ migraines without the use of pharmaceuticals or surgery.
The same thing can be said for a number of other brain disorders. Autism, depression, dysautonomia, anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, hyper sensitivity to light and pain, emotional instability, loss of memory, gut problems, childhood developmental disorders, brain injury, vertigo, tremors, dystonia, are all examples of brain-based disorders functional neurology can help.
Not sure if Functional Neurology is right for you or a loved one?
Let’s first start by stating that there is no one therapy or medicine that is right for everyone. However, below are some situations where you may want to consider functional neurology.
You’ve been diagnosed with a brain function or nervous system related disease or dysfunction.
Whether it’s your primary physician or a conventional neurologist, it’s always important to explore all your treatment options. Think of your health the way you would when having your car repaired. If the engine is making a knocking noise, one mechanic may tell you to replace the engine. However, if you were to get a second opinion, other mechanics may tell you that you can eliminate that noise by simply changing the oil.
Looking for alternatives to prescription medications.
Not all prescriptions are the same but many along with benefits come with a laundry list of side effects. If you are looking for ways to lower your reliance on the medications or cut them out all-together, functional neurology may offer a solution.
You’ve been using traditional therapies and medicine but still can’t regain the quality of life you once had.
As we mentioned, many of our patients come to us by referral from other physicians. If you or a loved one are not responding to the traditional therapies or medicines being prescribed, functional neurology may be able to help you regain your quality of life.
You or a loved one are suffering from any of the following conditions.
Hyper sensitivity to light and pain
Loss of memory
Childhood developmental disorders
Traumatic brain injury
Still not sure about Functional Neurology or have questions?
Give us a call at (704) 752-8100 or click below to sign up for a free 15-minute phone consultation. We’ll be glad to answer any questions and walk you through any options and therapies pertaining to your specific condition.