Functional Neurology Exercises and Their Benefits

One of the key aspects that separates the Functional Neurology Chiropractic Center from other chiropractors in Orlando is functional neurology.  Functional neurology is a holistic approach to understanding the functions of the brain and the neural network throughout the body, for each specific patient.

You might say that if traditional neurology sees proper function in black-and-white terms – either the patient is healthy or they are diseased – functional neurology sees things in shades of gray.  A functional neurologist looks for aspects of the patient’s neurology which are under-active, or over-active, and seeks to find the right overall balance for each patient to improve their health and day-to-day functioning.

Just as in many other forms of rehabilitative therapies, like Physical Therapy (PT), exercise is a key component in functional neurology.  These exercises just happen to be for the brain. Here are a couple common therapy exercises a functional neurology practitioner such as Dr. Bartoe is likely to recommend.

A Quick Look at Common Exercises Utilized By Functional Neurologists

Balance and Coordination Therapy

Balance, coordination, and reflexes are all intimately tied together at a neurological level.  Strengthening them can strengthen the brain’s responsiveness in general.  So, by utilizing balance boards, and dynamic balance challenges, Dr. Bartoe can help patients gain new skills, refine old ones, and improve problem areas.  Simple exercises like catching a ball while unevenly-balanced can be highly effective in retraining the brain!

Eye Movement Therapy

Our eyes may be the “windows to the soul”, but in functional neurology, they are the “windows to the brain”! Exercises to rehabilitate eyes are some of the most exciting tools in the functional neurology tool kit.  Because we are so heavily orientated towards receiving and processing visual information, the eyes can be used as rewire other parts of the brain.  Eye exercise can lead to improvements across the brain, including cognitive skills, language use, and sensory processing.

Complex Movement Exercises

Another common practice is to get the patient’s entire body involved in the neuro-healing process.  Coordination is very important to our brains. Everything we do has to be carried out in fine detailed sequences of activity, so by having the patient move through a series of complex movements, such as mirroring their chiropractor’s hand in space, doctors can help the brain to strengthen neurological pathways and even build new pathways to make the brain stronger.  By extension, this opens the brain up to greater development and learning, as well as improving the patient’s mobility.

Turn To Dr. Bartoe for Top Chiropractic Treatments

Dr. Bartoe, founder of the FNCC, has studied extensively under chiropractic experts such as Dr. Marc Ellis of the Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center and Professor Ted Carrick, as well as graduating cum laude from Life University.  Contact us today to learn more about how functional neurology can improve your life!

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