FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY

Incorporates similar training to medical neurology but differs in application, treatments, and therapies.
Chiropractic neurologists do not use drugs or surgery.

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THE BODY USES THREE PATHWAYS TO
CARRY OUT ANY ACTION:

1. Information carried from the body/environment to the brain via the spine

 2. Brain processes this information

3. Brain sends information back to the body about how to respond to the information it received.

If any one of these pathways is disturbed, a number of problems result since the brain and nervous system are the master control system of the body.  An example of how this works in real time: we are driving in our car, and we see a red light (path 1), we process this information and decide what action needs to be taken (path 2), our brain will then tell our foot to move off the gas and on to the brake (path 3).  A dysfunction in any one of these pathways would result in an accident, just as in our body: a reduction of information in any of these paths could cause symptoms in any of our body systems (heart, lungs, immune system, musculoskeletal, digestive, reproductive, or urinary).

As a chiropractic neurologist, Dr. Erin’s aim is to ensure that all of these pathways are viable and optimized using functional neurology. The result is a treatment that is specific for your body and your brain. Most importantly, this care is natural and non-invasive. Because of this holistic approach, many chiropractic neurology patients have a myriad of symptoms that can involve many systems including limbic (emotional), sensory, motor, and cognitive. Because all of these systems feed into, and off of, one another, the end result is a well integrated body, and a well integrated brain.

Most people associate traditional chiropractic with back and neck pain only. However, corrective, neurological care is beneficial for many individuals with symptoms ranging from post-stroke difficulties to vertigo, headaches, muscle imbalance, learning disorders, and pain syndromes. Many of our patients have been suffering from disorders of the central nervous system and have not responded to traditional medical care or prefer alternatives to invasive or pharmaceutical intervention, such as functional neurology.

Dr. Erin has completed years of postdoctoral training, specializing in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of a variety of conditions including fatigue, chronic pain syndromes, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, post-stroke and post head injury rehabilitation, childhood development disorders, birth injuries, vertigo, dizziness, radiculopathy, neuropathy, and nerve entrapment syndromes. Dr. Erin is a board certified specialist in functional neurology in the chiropractic profession, and her passion is in utilizing her training and experience to help patients whose conditions have become chronic or disabling.

Dr. Erin utilizes functional neurology and neurochemistry in the evaluation of every patient.  Functional neurologists are trained to evaluate the intricate function of the nervous system specific to each individual. They apply clinical applications for rehabilitation based on the individuality of the patient’s nervous system. The human nervous system governs and modulates body function and is the common denominator in nearly all health-related problems and physical impairments. The central nervous system must develop and function at an optimal level for people to enjoy quality of life, long standing health, physical function, and longevity.

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