Updated: Sep 1
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 compare conventional medicine and functional neurology, it’s important to understand that this is not a conversation about which approach is better. In fact, at Better Brain & Body, many of our patients are referred by other physicians or conventional neurologists who recognize how functional neurology can complement 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 how 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 the nervous system, which may be the cause. Functional neurologists see the nervous system as pliable and something that environmental stimulation can change or influence. This environmental stimulation, also called “neuroplasticity,” is the core methodology behind diagnosing and treating diseases and dysfunctions.
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. Many people will see a conventional neurologist after experiencing the debilitating effects of a migraine. 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, hypersensitivity 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 start by stating that no one therapy or medicine 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, exploring all your treatment options is always important. 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. Functional neurology may offer a solution if you are looking for ways to lower your reliance on medications or cut them out altogether.
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 prescribed, functional neurology may help you regain your quality of life.
You or a loved one are suffering from any of the following conditions.
Hypersensitivity 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 gladly answer any questions and walk you through any options and therapies for your specific condition. Or you can check out our full site here to learn more.