Most patients have never heard of functional neurology. There are good reasons for this lack of knowledge. The first is that it is a relatively new field of medicine, developed by Professor Carrick of the Carrick Institute for Professional Studies. The second reason is the functional neurology describes a theory of practicing medicine rather than a specific field. The theory encompasses multiple branches of medicine and focuses on the neuron. A doctor using this method believes the the neuron is vital to how humans experience their lives.
As with the chiropractic method of medicine, functional neurology uses a more holistic approach. A practitioner needs to look at as many areas of the body and of the person’s life to spot potential problems. A traditional neurologist can spot disorders, as can a doctor using functional neurology, but the latter professional will also try to identify and correct trouble spots that can lead to the development of other problems.
The doctors may also look at the following items:
-Making sure the respiratory system is taking in enough oxygen and releasing enough carbon dioxide
-Making sure the patient is getting enough nutrition
-The functioning of the neurons and neurological processes.
Because the field is emerging, how it will interact with traditional method is not known. Many people are offering their own theories about what functional neurology can and cannot do. The full promise of the field has not yet been realized, and its limitations are not yet known. A doctor can use the approach, but he should not abandon the traditional function of the neurologist when it comes to treating and diagnosing existing conditions. The average patient probably will not know if his doctor uses functional neurology or not. He probably will not care as long as the doctor can produce the desired results.
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