Functional Neurology

What is Chiropractic Neurology?

In the human nervous system, every part performs a specific function or set of functions. Just like in a car . . . the engine provides propulsion, the transmission changes gears, and the brakes make the car stop. If a car is having a particular "symptom," a mechanic uses his/her extensive knowledge of a car's inner workings to check the likely part that might be malfunctioning to cause that symptom.

Similar to a mechanic, a chiropractic neurologist has a thorough understanding of what parts inside the brain perform which functions. That way, when something is dysfunctioning, a likely culprit can be surmised. For example, behavioral problems are likely (but not always) caused by a problem in the part that controls behavior – the frontal lobes. An equilibrium problem is likely (but not always) caused by the parts that govern equilibrium – the vestibular system and cerebellum.

To determine which treatment has the best chance of correcting the cause of the problem, an in-depth history and examination are performed. This process will examine the likely culprit, and also rule out anything more sinister or determine if more testing is needed, like an x-ray or an MRI.

A treatment plan consists of various chiropractic adjustments, therapies, and activities, all of which are personally designed to strengthen an individual's weak neurological part. In this manner, the cause of one's symptoms is corrected – and in most cases the nervous system can be strengthened enough to provide a permanent fix. Specific therapies may include light, sound, or vibratory stimulations; specific eye movements are often used therapeutically; we utilize a metronome to improve timing, coordination, and planning; core strengthening activities are often found to be helpful; customized nutrition and exercise programs are strongly encouraged; and of course, gentle chiropractic care.

Again, our experience indicates that personalized programs get the best result. Therefore, your individual program will be tailored to give the highest probability of improvement.

How are doctors of chiropractic board certified?

The Diplomate Program in Neurology Certification awarded by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certification Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The American Chiropractic Neurology Board is the only specialty certification agency for the Chiropractic profession that is fully accredited by NCCA. NCCA’s standards exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The National Organization for Competency Assurance is the leader in setting Quality Standards for Credentialing Organizations.

Certificants shall be Doctors of Chiropractic who have completed specialist level training in neurology from a chiropractic college, university, institution, foundation or agency whose program is approved by the continuing education committee of the Commission for the Accreditation of Graduate Education in Neurology of a minimum of 300 credit hours and who have demonstrated competency in both written and practical examinations administered by the Board in the specialty of neurology.

Drs. Kelsey board-eligible diplomates in chiropractic neurology, which means that all course requirements have been met, and they plan to be ready to sit the board exam. Drs. Kelsey have been trained by the prestigious Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies (