What is a Chiropractic Neurologist?
A Chiropractic Neurologist is a specialized type of Chiropractor.
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Within the chiropractic profession, there are specialists in radiology, orthopaedics, sports, pediatrics, internal medicine, physical rehabilitation, and neurology.
A chiropractic neurologist is a highly trained and qualified expert that is qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of neurological disorders which are problems involving the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. These professionals use medication free and non-surgical treatment methods to take care of their patients. There are currently less than 500 board-certified chiropractic neurologists in the world.
What does a Chiropractic Neurologist do?
There are conditions for which drugs and surgery are more appropriate, and many conditions for which drugs and surgery are inappropriate. Drug therapy used by medical neurologists and surgical interventions performed by neurosurgeons can sometimes carry increased risks for serious complications and/or side effects. Chiropractic neurologists are able to fill an important role in treating various brain and nervous system disorders by using safe and effective methods.
Typically, a chiropractic neurologist works in the same consulting manner as a medical neurologist. They evaluate a patient for pathologies just as a medical doctor would do. However, there are specific approaches that chiropractic neurologists use towards diagnosis and treatment where they are able to detect subtle changes in the nervous system. This sets a chiropractic neurologist apart from other specialists.
The chiropractic neurologist is an expert in therapies directed by an understanding of the brain’s role in joint and muscle dysfunction. The treatments activate the natural processes of neuroplasticity, which involve the changing of neurons, the organization of their networks, and their function through therapy and brain function rehabilitation. Treatments may include neuromuscular re-education exercises, cognitive exercises, chiropractic adjustments, or stimulation of the balance, auditory, visual or other sensory systems.
In addition to physical examination methods, chiropractic neurologists may use magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, x-ray, ultrasound, and blood work.
Conditions normally seen by chiropractic neurologists include:
- Post-stroke rehabilitation
- Movement disorders
- Radiculopathy or nerve entrapment syndrome
- Headaches and chronic pain
- Learning and attention disorders
- Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Restless leg syndrome
- Developmental disorders
- Traumatic brain injuries or stroke
- Spinal cord and nerve injuries
- Balance disorders
- Huntington’s chorea
- Diabetic Neuropathy
Chiropractic neurology treatment methods can include:
- Chiropractic adjustments by hand or by instrument
- Eye exercises
- Balance/coordination activities
- Cognitive exercises and activities
- Sensory training (light, sound, smell, or touch)
- Physical exercises
- Breathing exercises
- Nutritional changes
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What is the workplace of a Chiropractic Neurologist like?
There is a growing demand for the drug free treatments that chiropractic neurologists provide. They can work independently in their own private practice or as part of a larger group practice. Approximately 44% of chiropractors in the US are self-employed. Some may work in hospitals or larger clinics, and some go on to teach at chiropractic colleges.
What is a Chiropractic Neurologist?
Chiropractic neurologists are highly trained and qualified experts of the brain, spine and nervous system. As in medicine, the chiropractic profession has specialists who serve their community’s patients, as well as providing expert evaluations and consultation to other physicians and health care practitioners.
What Therapeutic Advantage does a Chiropractic Neurologist Offer?
There’s an outdated belief that brain development takes place in childhood and then stops by the time we reach adulthood. Recent research has proven conclusively that the brain never stops adapting to environmental input. Sensory information gathered by nerves in the joints and muscles, for example, can alter the function of brain, which in turn affect the function of those nerves.