Chiropractic Neurology is defined as the field of functional neurology that engages the internal and external environment of the individual in a structured and targeted approach to affect positive changes in the neuraxis and consequent physiology and behavior. Simply put, we use sensory integration to affect the motoric systems. This has in essence coined the term “functional integrative rehabilitative neurology”, and thus the correlation to functional neurology.
Chiropractic Neurology: Our Philosophy
Oftentimes, I am asked, “what is a chiropractic neurologist? Well, simply answered, just as other physicians do, we have sub-specialties within the chiropractic profession. Through residency training and board certification, practice is typically limited to the specialty of neurology. Even further, many of us sub-specialize into specific areas of neurology, as in my particular practice, which focuses on movement disorders, and involves vertigo symptoms, imbalance, dizziness and , dystonia, ADD ADHD, headaches, and pain. Typically, a chiropractic neurologist serves in the same consulting manner as a medical neurologist. The difference is that the therapies or applications of a chiropractic neurologist do not include drugs or surgery. In accordance with this, certain conditions are more customarily amenable to treatment by a chiropractic neurologist as opposed to a medical neurologist, and vice versa. There are naturally conditions for which drugs and surgery are more appropriate, and, many conditions for which drugs and surgery are inappropriate. There is a growing demand for the drug free functional integrative neurologic rehabilitative treatments that we provide. Although not against the utilization of surgery or drugs when appropriate, our treatment focuses on not using them. We will refer a patient to another appropriate specialist who uses these modalities if that treatment is the most appropriate for a given condition.
Our treatments are always diagnosis guided, and never at random, and, they are always measured for outcome assessments. This means that prior to any treatment, a complete history and neurologic physical examination are performed. Pre and post treatment assessment is measured to assure that improvement is evident. Because of this approach, many of our patients experience improvement which is dramatic and quick, without the need for lengthy drawn out “return” treatment programs.
Dr. Scopelliti is a Functional Neurologist in Monmouth County NJ.
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Effective Care for Difficult Problems
Treatment For Patients Suffering With Vertigo, Dizziness, Imbalance, Dystonia, Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion, (TBI), ADD ADHD and other Neurologic and Neurobehavioral Disorders
Vertigo, although most commonly associated with inner ear disorders, has several causes including both vestibular, (inner ear), as well as central, (brain based). Dizziness and dysequilibrium, (imbalance), are often seen as secondary effects of vertigo as well, associated with subtle changes in the brain, which we see in those afflicted with vertigo and dizziness. Relief of vertigo symptoms depends on determining and eliminating the cause. Vertigo, dizziness and imbalance may be caused by a more serious condition that many health care providers can miss since they don’t treat neurologic and/or vestibular conditions on a day-to-day basis. In the past, the standard medical treatment for symptoms of dizziness was the prescription of certain vestibular suppressant medications, such as Meclizine. In the last ten years, the understanding of brain function has exploded. The nineties have been referred to as “The Decade of the Brain.” Brain based understanding as well as understanding of vestibular dysfunction, (vertigo and dizziness, presyncope, etc), has yielded extensive new therapies and treatments for resultant conditions, such as vertigo and dizziness, dystonia, as well as a multitude of behavioral disorders, such as attention deficit disorder, (ADD ADHD), dyslexia, etc. It is now known that brain/vestibular dysfunction is is also intimately related to many conditions, including learning disabilities such as ADD ADHD, phobias, panic attacks and anxiety, scoliosis, movement disorders, including dystonia, Parkinson’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment, essential tremors, etc., and brain injury, (TBI, MTBI), as well as vertigo symptoms and symptoms of dizziness, disequilibrium and other disorders of imbalance, which predispose increased and premature fall risk associated with imbalance.
The resultant development of new protocols in diagnosis and treatment primarily of brain based disorders, such as vertigo and dizziness, dystonia, etc., continue to be developed today, and many focus on accepted understanding of central control mechanisms of the brain involved in movement, balance, and postural stability. Our unique approach to treatment incorporates functional integrative neurological and neurodevelopmental rehabilitation. Dr. Scopelliti credits his success with these more exotic neurologic and neuro-otologic conditions to his in-depth diagnosis and conservative treatment protocols which diagnose the true cause of the patient’s symptoms, (like vertigo and dizziness), then treat properly to provide as much long term relief as possible. Our brain based treatments provide brain fitness peak performance by exploiting concepts of neuroplasticity which were concluded to be possible in the 90’s. Neuroplasticity is a concept of neuronal regrowth and replication, which for centuries has been thought to be impossible. We now know that it is not only possible, but that it is in fact how the brain works.
Monmouth Functional Neurology Center Video
Functional Neurology on ABC News
This recent ABC News piece examines the myriad of successes which patients have found through FunctionalNeurology.
Hope Restored – What is Functional Neurology
Out of State Patients
Because of the high level of specialization and success of our practice, we routinely see patients from out of town and from out of state suffering with untreated complex brain based disorders such as vertigo, dizziness, dysequilibrium, dystonia and traumatic brain injury, (TBI). If you are coming to see us from out of state, you can find a local hotel to make arrangements at by keying in the phrase “hotels in Long Branch NJ” into Google map search box, or, your favorite mapping application. You can find the local map of our office on our Directions page. This will bring up several local hotels and their contact information. We typically advocate spending the week as you will be seeing the doctor daily. Please call our office for any assistance which you may need regarding a hotel stay or transportation.
The following are representative of the types of conditions for which we routinely see patients in our office:
“Learn To Live With it” or, “Your Problem Is In Your Head” Patients
This is the vast majority of our practice, comprised of patients who have been to specialist after specialist, had lots of tests, are not getting better, and are told simply to “Learn To Live With it” or, “Your Problem Is In Your Head”.
Imbalance And Balance Disorders
Vertigo and Dizziness, Pre-syncope, Balance Loss or Dysequilibrium, Fall Risk.
Dystonia And Movement Disorders
Dystonia, Torticollis, Ballismus, Tremors, Parkinson’s.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, (MTBI), Post Concussive Syndrome, Seizure Disorder, any Closed Head Injury, Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries and other Accident Injuries.
Migraine & Sick Headaches, Tension Headache, Post Traumatic Cephalgia, Cluster Headaches, Head & Face Pain, Vestibular Migraines.
Behavior Disorders Of Development, ADD ADHD
Child Neurobehavioral Disorders, Neurological Developmental Delay, Tourette’s & Motor Tics, Learning, and Behavioral Disorders: ADD ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; OCD, Child Coordination Disorders, Child Postural Disorders including Scoliosis, Ocular Palsies such as Lazy Eye, etc.
Most Brain Based Disorders
Stroke, (CVA), Tinnitus, Panic disorder, Vasovagal Presyncope, Seizure Disorder, Pain, Pain Syndromes, Nerve Entrapment Syndromes of Arm & Legs, Sensory Processing Disorders, Communicative Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, Enuresis, etc.
Neck pain, mid and lower back pain, complicated with arm and/or leg pain, or, uncomplicated.
Patients Not Responding To A Care Plan
Patients who have been treating for one to two weeks and are not improving or are worsening.
Independent Evaluations Regarding Appropriateness Of Care
Patients who have been inadvertently cut off from care either by peer review or IME, which appears to be biased and not representative of the patients actual status.
Other Scenarios Such As Athletic Enhancement In Timing And Coordination
Our office is a fully established balance center focusing largely in the primary treatment of patients with vertigo, dizziness, dysequilibrium, (imbalance & fall risk), dystonia and ADD ADHD.
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Dr. Scopelliti is a Functional Neurologist in Monmouth County NJ.