Since 500 BC we have known that change is central to the universe. Greek Philosopler Heraclitus of Epesus is famously quoted as saying, “The only thing that is constant is change.” That is certainly true when it comes to the research and practice of medicine. At one time, ulcers were believed to be caused by stress; today we know that many are caused by treatable bacterium.
The study of Neurology is no different. Neurology Now recently published an article in which they spoke to experts in the areas of the five most common neurological conditions: Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’t disease. We will be taking an in-depth look at the evolvement of the study of Neurology as well as the each of these areas over the coming weeks.
The practice of Neurology is a specialized one, with only 3% of US physicians specializing in Neurology. In 1951, Pierce Bailey, the first director of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Blindness, traced the US Neurology roots from the Civil War through the post-World War II era. His research emphasized the need for “total treatment” pf patients and he became an early advocate for “neurologist- centered, primary care homes”. In the 60’s, the focus changed to neurologic generalists, or Neurologists who were trained on a broad range of conditions and new techniques such as elector electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) but less on neuroimaging.
Moving into the 1990’s, known as The Decade of the Brain, advances in Neurology began to focus more on neuroimaging and the “prevention, intervention and disease-modifying options for neurological disorders.” Today, there are more advances in the Neurological field than ever before and further specialized practices such as Chiropractic Neurology holds the key to some of the most exciting and promising changes or adaptations yet.
A highly specialized subfield of Chiropractic practice but employing the keen knowledge of the brain and nervous system connection, Chiropractic Neurology is made of even a smaller percentage of physicians. Chiropractic Neurologists use similar techniques to medical neurology but without drugs or surgeries. While traditional medical practices rely heavily on drug and other invasive therapies, Chiropractic Neurology seeks the root of the problem and uses a variety of treatments to return the whole body to the most optimum state of well-being. Patients of Chiropractic Neurology have found relief and rehabilitation from everything from chronic pain to each of the five neurological conditions mentioned above and as we examine the changes that the study of Neurology has gone through for each of them, we will bring you the ways in which Chiropractic Neurology can, and should, be considered as a treatment option. Be sure to come back week to learn more.
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