In Neurology there are 3 Pillars:
1. Neurochemistry – neurotransmitters and fuel needed for the brain such as oxygen, glucose and essential nutrients,
2. Neural Pathways – signals sent from one area of the nervous system to another, and
3. Brainwaves – types of electrical currents in the brain. Our brain health is impacted by stress, toxins, underlying infections, nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, and immune responses just to name a few. Dr. Caitlin is trained in the assessment and techniques to rehabilitate and support a wide variety of neurological conditions.
Traditionally, neurology tends to look at disease of the nervous system as black-and-white with one side being optimal neurologic function and the other being neurological disease such as tumors, strokes etc. Functional Neurology looks at dysfunction of the nervous system as different shades of gray looking for subtle changes in the nervous system before they become distinct pathologies.You will often hear it said by functional neurologist that neurons need fuel and activation in order to thrive and survive. Fuel can be defined as oxygen, glucose and essential nutrients. Activation refers to stimulation of the nervous system which causes changes in the structure and metabolism of the nerve cell. More recently, Functional Neurology Practitioners are also involved with eliminating possible negative effects on neurons such as toxins, infectious agents and immune responses.