Discover Functional Neurology

Harnessing Your Brain’s Potential for Effective Treatment

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Personalized Care for Neurological Health

For many, the world of healthcare can feel like navigating a maze, especially when dealing with conditions that are hard to understand. This is where Functional Neurology comes in, offering a different way of thinking about and addressing neurological issues.

Functional Neurology is all about seeing the interconnectedness of the nervous system and how it impacts your overall well-being.

Unlike traditional neurology which often focuses on diagnosing and treating specific diseases, Functional Neurology aims to optimize how your nervous system works. It’s like fine-tuning a complex machine, ensuring all the parts are communicating and functioning smoothly.

What Conditions Can Benefit from Functional Neurology?

Functional Neurology can address a wide range of neurological conditions. Here are just a few:

Concussions and
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Functional neurology can play a significant role in helping people recover from the lingering effects of head trauma, even years after the injury occurred.

Movement Disorders

Conditions like Parkinson’s disease, tremors, and dystonia can be addressed through Functional Neurology’s focus on improving coordination, balance, and motor control.

Chronic Pain

Functional Neurology recognizes pain as a complex interplay of neurological pathways, sensory processing, and psychological factors. Through personalized treatments, we aim to restore balance and alleviate chronic pain.

Cognitive Concerns

Functional Neurology might be able to help if you struggle with focus, memory, or other cognitive functions.

Vestibular Disorders

If you’re plagued by dizziness, vertigo, or balance problems, a Functional Neurologist might be able to pinpoint the root cause.

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Understanding Functional Neurology

At its core, Functional Neurology is rooted in the amazing ability of the brain and nervous system to change and adapt – what’s known as neuroplasticity. Your brain is incredibly dynamic.

Functional Neurology recognizes this and seeks to harness this adaptability to improve your neurological function.

How It Works

So, how does Functional Neurology actually work its magic? It starts with a comprehensive assessment. It’s about understanding you as a whole person. Functional neurologists believe that even subtle imbalances in one area can have ripple effects throughout the entire system.

Imagine your nervous system as a network of intricate pathways. If there’s a blockage or disruption in one area, it can throw off the entire flow. During your assessment, the Functional Neurologist will be looking for those weak links.

What to Expect During a Functional Neurology Visit

When you visit a Functional Neurologist, expect a thorough evaluation that goes beyond what you might experience in a typical medical exam. It’s much more detailed and personalized.

They’ll likely ask you about your medical history, lifestyle, diet, stress levels, and any symptoms you’re experiencing. The goal is to paint a complete picture of your neurological health.

Treatment Approaches in Functional Neurology

Treatment plans in Functional Neurology are as unique as the patients themselves. They aren’t about masking symptoms. It’s about retraining and rehabilitating your brain and nervous system to function at their best. The exercises prescribed in Functional Neurology aren’t your typical gym workout routines.

Think of it more as giving your brain targeted tasks to help rewire and strengthen those neural connections. For example, a Functional Neurologist might use specific eye movement exercises to improve balance, coordination, and even cognitive function. That’s because our visual system is heavily

integrated with our balance and spatial awareness. This can be really helpful for people who’ve experienced concussions, have inner ear issues, or struggle with dizziness.

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FAQs about Functional Neurology

What is functional neurology?

Functional neurology is a branch of healthcare focusing on enhancing the function of the nervous system, encompassing the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. It operates on the principle that the nervous system can heal and regenerate, aiming to bolster its function by identifying and addressing underlying neurological imbalances. It emphasizes neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change and adapt. It goes beyond diagnosing specific diseases; its goal is to improve the way the nervous system works for overall well-being.

Can functional neurology help ADHD?

Functional Neurology might be helpful for those with ADHD. This approach seeks to identify and address potential neurological imbalances contributing to ADHD symptoms, such as difficulties with focus, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Treatment may involve techniques aimed at improving brain function and neural communication.

How is Functional Neurology different from traditional neurology?

Traditional neurology often focuses on diagnosing and treating diseases of the nervous system with medications or surgery. Functional Neurology takes a more holistic approach, emphasizing the brain’s ability to adapt and change (neuroplasticity) through targeted therapies such as exercises, sensory stimulation, and nutritional support.

What are some treatment approaches used in Functional Neurology?

Neurological rehabilitation exercises: Targeted exercises to stimulate specific areas of the brain.

Sensory stimulation techniques: Using light, sound, or other sensory inputs to activate neural pathways.

Nutritional support: Addressing deficiencies that may impact brain function.

Cognitive rehabilitation: Exercises to improve memory, attention, and other cognitive functions.

Manual therapies: Hands-on techniques to improve spinal alignment and nervous system function.

Who can benefit from Functional Neurology?

Functional Neurology may benefit individuals with neurological conditions who are seeking non-invasive, personalized treatment options. It can also be beneficial for those looking to optimize brain function and overall wellness.

At HML Functional Care,  we specialize in Functional Neurology—a unique approach to understanding and treating neurological conditions. Our focus is on exploring the intricate workings of your nervous system to enhance brain function and improve overall wellness. Discover how Functional Neurology can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our personalized treatment options.