Functional Neurology is a healthcare paradigm that utilizes the clinical applications of neuroscience to carefully examine the intricate relationship of the brain and nervous system and how they control your overall health and well-being.
Neuroplasticity—The Ever-Changing Brain. Up until very recently, researchers thought that the brain was hardwired, or that it was not able to regenerate connections between neurons.
What is Functional Neurology?
Functional Neurology has developed from neuroscience principles and an understanding of how the most recent scientific research can be applied to patient care. Through careful assessment, a Functional Neurologist can determine which areas of a person’s nervous system are weak or overactive, and create an appropriate treatment plan to improve optimal function.
A key concept in understanding this approach is “neuroplasticity”. Nerve connections in the brain are considered “plastic” because they can be shaped or modified by sensory, motor, cognitive or emotional experiences . Simply put, your relationship with your environment can rewire your nervous system. The experts at Brain & Body Rehabilitation Specialists are trained to examine and create an optimal therapeutic approach to promote neuroplasticity in order to allow your brain and body to function at your very best.
In the developing brain, as well as in the adult, research has confirmed that we have the ability to create new neurons. It is now also known that if an area of the nervous system is damaged, not only is regeneration achievable, but other nerve cells can take over the function of the lost neurons.
It is important to note that neuroplasticity can also develop negative consequences. If an area of the brain is not stimulated or if a neuronal pathway is not fired, neurotransmitters and receptors may diminish, connections between distant neurons may be withdrawn and nerve cells may eventually die. The saying, “use it or lose it”, is indeed, a neurological fact.
A basic premise of Functional Neurology is to support healthy plasticity of the nervous system through proper activation, which draws oxygen and fuel delivery. Treatment is aimed at not only protecting the nervous system, but giving it the activation that it needs to thrive. We now know that even a nervous system that is functioning poorly can be rehabilitated, often with progressive and permanent success.
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