I often get the question, "What IS functional neurology? And how do I explain it to my friends/family/patients/doctor?" One of my best friends came up with a simple explanation... Functional neurology is like physical therapy for the brain. I love it! PT for the brain!
If we consider that we as humans we are all receptor-based entities, then neurological rehabilitation that is at the core of func neuro make sense. Everything we see, hear, smell, taste, touch, feel informs our brain of where we are in space and what our relationship is with the world. If your central nervous system (CNS) is working well then you will have appropriate responses to this external stimuli. However, if your CNS is not working well due to injury, inflammation, infection, underlying metabolic conditions or improper development, then you can develop light and sound sensitivities, metallic tastes in the mouth when nothing is there, loss of smell, sensitivities to different fabrics, etc. Neurorehab may be necessary to restore proper function and therefore improve quality of life. I highly recommend the Broken Brain series (www.brokenbrain.com) which interviews many healthcare practitioners, including functional neurologists, on healing neurological conditions that allopathic medicine has no answers for. Functional neurology has been around since the 1970s, but is still a specialty that is not well known nor understood. Please contact us if you have any questions... now get off of your screens because it is very taxing on your brain!