Chiropractic Neurology


Chi­ro­prac­tic is a non-drug, non-surgery, active approach to alter­na­tive health care. Chi­ro­prac­tic neu­rol­o­gy is based on chi­ro­prac­tic phi­los­o­phy yet focus­es on the assess­ment and treat­ment of the body through the ner­vous sys­tem. Where the med­ical neu­ro­log­i­cal mod­el looks to treat the patient with drugs or surg­eries, a chi­ro­prac­tic neu­rol­o­gist uses chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments, sub-threshold stim­u­lus, slow and fast stretch­ing, ther­a­pies and exer­cise to increase the qual­i­ty of life by return­ing bal­ance to the ner­vous sys­tem of the patient.

The ini­tial vis­it involves a com­plete patient his­to­ry and exam­i­na­tion, in detail. The patient his­to­ry is thor­ough and cov­ers all present, past, fam­i­ly his­to­ry and review of sys­tems. A neu­ro­log­i­cal, ortho­pe­dic, struc­tural exam­i­na­tion allows the patient’s com­mu­ni­cat­ed con­cerns and com­plaints in the his­to­ry to be eval­u­at­ed and the doc­tor to sub­stan­ti­ate them. Based on the find­ings, treat­ment
is given. In order to return bal­ance and sta­bil­i­ty to the ner­vous sys­tem, treat­ment is given based on the sta­bil­i­ty and insta­bil­i­ty of the patient’s ner­vous sys­tem. Ther­a­py is then given to con­tin­ue what was accom­plished in the treat­ment. Patient com­pli­ance is extreme­ly impor­tant with home ther­a­py for opti­mal heal­ing to take place.

Prop­er fol­low up re-assesses the body on every vis­it which includes eval­u­at­ing the patient’s pre-therapy state and post-therapy state. There is an exam­i­na­tion pre­formed based on the pos­i­tive find­ings from the pre­vi­ous vis­it. We are look­ing for change in the patient’s neu­ro­log­i­cal find­ings since the last treat­ment, from the exer­cis­es given and patient com­pli­ance with at home ther­a­py. Based on the pre­sent­ing sta­tus of the patient the treat­ment, ther­a­py and exer­cis­es could change accord­ing­ly.

Signs and symp­toms are not usu­al­ly the focus of the treat­ment plan. The abil­i­ty to relieve the­se con­di­tions con­firms treat­ment, ther­a­py and exer­cis­es are mov­ing in the cor­rect direc­tion. When there are changes found with­in our win­dows of assess­ment, such as with the chief complaints/signs/symptoms/positive exam find­ings we are able to move pro­gress in ther­a­py. The body reveals the­se win­dows as a mes­sage to what is hap­pen­ing inside the body. The­se find­ings are cru­cial because they are the signs that help us to find and deter­mine the break down and pos­si­ble dys­func­tion of the sys­tem; which will ulti­mate­ly results in imbal­ance, thus, poten­tial dis­ease in the body.

A patient under the care of a chi­ro­prac­tic neu­rol­o­gist will be doc­u­ment­ed more specif­i­cal­ly because the find­ings are so impor­tant to deter­mine treat­ment, ther­a­py and care. Use of diag­no­sis, treat­ments, exer­cis­es and ther­a­py may vary from vis­it to vis­it with the ulti­mate focus being to re-establishing opti­mal human­ism and func­tion to the patient.