The Basic concepts of Functional Neurology were developed by Professor Frederick Carrick of the Carrick Institute for Professional Studies in Florida.
Dr. Carrick's groundbreaking work shows that neurons (nerve cells) and the nervous system are responsible for regulating and coordinating our expression and experiences.
There are certain things our neurons need to be healthy: they need the proper exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, they need nutrients like glucose and they need the stimulation and activation necessary for them to do their jobs.
Traditional neurology focuses on diagnosing a neurological disease. The treatment plan typically results in surgery or some form of medication to try to manage the disease. This approach can have significant limitations. The patient may have a dysfunction or imbalance in the body's functions so medication and surgery might help control the symptoms without actually addressing what might be causing the issues.
Functional Neurology looks at how well our neurons are getting the fuel and stimulation necessary for their health and proper functioning, and seeks to restore balance if there is any lack or dysfunction. The brain controls every function in your body and your body provides feedback in the brain. Your health can be severely compromised if the communication between your brain and your body breaks down.
NeuroWorks uses a variety of tests to restore balance, from simple to physical exams to measuring characteristics of eye movements. These tests are non-invasive, so they are safe and appropriate for a wide range of patients. NeuroWorks will use these tests to judge the reaction of different parts of the nervous system to see which areas may have a lack or imbalance. The same tests can be used at a later time to evaluate and measure how effective the treatment was.
Patients are looked at on an individual basis, not a one size fits all approach. Functional neurologists offer unique options outside of the limited options of conventional neurology.