Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic Neurology?
Chiropractic Neurology is a specialty of the Chiropractic profession. Individuals carrying this title have obtained a minimum of 300 hours of post-doctorate education and training. It is only after the doctor passes in-depth written and practical examinations administered by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board that the doctor is recognized as a Chiropractic Neurologist. The specialty is recognized by the American Chiropractic Association and the certification is NCCA/NOCA accredited. There are less than 700 board certified chiropractic neurologists worldwide.
Chiropractic Neurology is defined as the field of functional neurology that engages the internal and external environment of the individual in a structured and targeted approach to affect positive changes in the central nervous system, including brain, brainstem, cerebellum, spinal cord and peripheral nerve function. Therapeutic protocols are based on mainstream and current scientific research on brain and central nervous system integration. The doctors will direct appropriate clinical applications that optimize development or rehabilitation of central nervous system function. Neuroscience research supports interventions provided by Chiropractic Neurologists for the repair and recovery of the nervous system and elimination of pain and a variety of symptoms for both children and adults. Clinical applications are non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical and specific to each patient’s needs.
Chiropractic Neurologists utilize the most current rehabilitation methods and equipment such as upper body ergometers, physical exercise rehabilitation, neuromuscular re-education, and brain-based stimulation programs to restore central neuron stability and nerve transmission to the human body, often utilizing auditory and visual systems.
What type of testing is performed and what type of equipment is used?
Chiropractic neurology utilizes evaluations that are taught in both chiropractic and medical schools. These evaluations are purely scientific investigations into human physiology and include examination of cranial nerve functions, reflex testing, motor/muscle strength testing, sensory testing, balance and coordination, vestibular-ocular tests, optokinetic tests, ocular pursuits and saccades, right and left brain based integration and function, cortical blind spot evaluation, radiography (x-rays), posture and gait analysis, vestibular and cerebellar testing. MRI imaging and electrodiagnostic testing are ordered when indicated by examination findings.
A variety of testing systems are utilized to identify loss of function and to validate changes and progress during the course of treatment. One such test is blind-spot mapping or cortical mapping which is a diagrammatical measurement of size and shape of the natural physiological blind spot in each eye or visual system. The blind spots are not perceived in normal vision as the cerebral cortex processes visual images so that the blind spot is not consciously seen. Careful evaluation of the difference in the size and shapes from both eyes will show many aspects of brain function or dysfunction including any imbalance of right and left brain activity. Optokinetic pursuits and saccades are continually evaluated for insight into integration of parietal and frontal lobes of the brain.
What type of care is offered?
The doctors at Houston Chiropractic Neurology are well trained to evaluate the appropriate therapeutic administration of non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical interventions such as: highly specialized spinal joint manipulative procedures, visual stimulation, eye tracking exercises, auditory stimulation, vestibular-cerebellar activation, balance exercises, cognitive exercises, muscle strength exercises and often with a combination appropriate for each patient.
Who can benefit from working with a Chiropractic Neurologist?
Patients present with a variety of movement disorders including dystonia, Parkinson’s, myoclonus, Tics, blepharospasms; nerve entrapment syndromes (such as Carpal Tunnel), headaches, migraines, various pain syndromes including radicular pain, and general conditions that are a consequence of peripheral or central nervous system disorders. Serious neurological disorders that have remained refractory to other treatments including post-head injury, post-stroke, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, and childhood development disorders are also frequently presented for evaluation and appropriate therapeutics have improved quality of life, activities of daily living, cognitive and physical function as well as improvement in brain based development of children.
Sports injuries, tendonitis, musculoskeletal disorders are also commonly seen and treated with successful stabilization and resolution of symptoms.
General health maintenance and maximizing function of the spine and musculoskeletal system that maximizes motor input and brain summation for long term benefits is a common reason patients come to Houston Chiropractic Neurology.