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In addition to causing nerve related problems into the distant parts of the body, subluxations can actually have deleterious effects on the way the brain processes the external environment. The signals that travel from your feet to your brain when you try to stand on one foot, or from your hands when you play a piano, or from your knee when you plant your foot to leap sideways to avoid another player in football, all have to travel from the initial stimulus through nerves in the arms or legs to the spinal cord and from there up to the brain. If the nerve is compromised by a vertebra that is out of place, those signals don't travel as swiftly, and can actually be altered by other signals along the way, causing an altered sense of the external environment. Over time this can lead to changes in the way the brain fires on a normal day-to-day basis, and can lead to more serious neurological symptoms like dizziness, nausea, chronic ankle sprains, fatigue, abnormal reactions to stress, depression and other neurobehavioral disorders.

Dr. Johnson has specialty training in Functional Neurology. During his post-doctoral education he learned how to look for subtle changes in outward signs of neurological dysfunction. Certain patterns of muscular weakness, changes in pupil size and reactions, and subtle changes in eye movements are just a few examples of how he can assess the total function of the nervous system. Putting this all together with the patient's history and physical exam will lead to a treatment plan specific to the areas of the brain that are not functioning at an optimal level.

The treatment for functional neurology patients is very individualized. Adjustments are often used, although in a brain-specific manner. Dr. Johnson will also do some brain-based exercises with the patient to bring brain function up in the areas that need it. These will often be done at home as well. Nutritional supplementation is another avenue that is frequently used with Functional Neurology patients.