What is Chiropractic Neurology?
Chiropractic neurology is a different perspective on the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of central and peripheral nervous system deficiencies. Doctors who earn a diplomate in the discipline complete a two year post graduate program following chiropractic training. This course work provides the practitioner with an in depth knowledge of human neuroanatomy, physiology and pathological processes. Doctors who decide to become a chiropractic neurologist must complete an extensive examination following their training in order to be classified as a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist. This status gives the doctor the ability to diagnose and treat neurological disorders without the use of invasive drugs or surgery. Chiropractic neurology, as a practice, is the use of a complete evaluation of the central and peripheral nervous system. This exam includes the assessment of each of the following: vitals, orthopedics, x-ray, heart rate variability, eye movements, cranial nerves, cognition, muscle tone, muscle strength, deep tendon and pathological reflexes, coordination, balance and any sensory abnormalities. The practitioner will then use the data collected from each individual patient exam to identify the most precise and effective chiropractic and neurological rehabilitation techniques to provoke positive neurological change within the given patient. These practices became widely accepted following the work and research of Dr. Ted Carrick.
Chiropractic neurology may help with deficiencies associated with the following:
Sports injuries, falls, headaches, chronic pain, learning and attention disorders, anxiety, vertigo, developmental disorders, concussion, stroke, spinal cord and nerve injuries, movement disorders (Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s like symptoms), balance disorders, dystonia, autism, dyslexia, thyroid conditions, diabetic neuropathy, and brain fog/fatigue
What is Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity is defined as the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning, experience or following injury. Our brains change with every new experience. This stimulates growth and excitability within the central nervous system and its synaptic connections. These are learned pathways that improve brain and nervous system capabilities. Just like when learning to ride a bike or when learning to read, our brain filters and creates new neurological wiring with every new bike ride or classic book. The same could be said in the opposite direction. With each negative experience (an accident, loss of a family member, improper lifestyle choices, etc.) our brain will change in a negative way. This ability or plasticity allows practitioners to use proven rehabilitation techniques to stimulate weakened nervous system connections. This unraveling of neurological circuitry helps the brain to organize its functions easier and promotes a decrease in overall stress of the system. The chiropractic neurologist uses this universal truth to promote healing and rehabilitation to each patient.