Functional Neurology

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Functional Neurology can help to address cognitive and physical deficits that occur after a concussion. Instead of treating a patient’s symptoms separately, functional neurologists return to the origin of those symptoms: damage to certain areas in the brain. Patients will receive a personalized regimen of mental and physical tasks to help retrain the areas of their brain that were injured.

 

 

How Does it Work?

Neuroplasticity is the reason we can adapt to ever-changing requirements of our internal and external environments. It allows us to develop new skills, change our patterns of behavior.

The main concept behind Functional Neurology is neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity describes the brain’s ability to add or remove connections between its different regions, depending on how much those connections are being used. This means that the more you do a task that activates certain regions in your brain, the more your brain builds connections between the neurons in those regions. In turn, the increased connectivity in those regions will make that task more intuitive and easy to do.

The __________ of this phenomenon is the loss of connections in regions that aren’t being used. This is why *insert inverse example of losing connections*. Scientists refer to this as “Use it or Lose it”, meaning that if you stop practicing certain tasks, your brain will eventually get rid of the old connections you built while doing those tasks. If you attempt the tasks later, without those old connections, you’ll likely find them more difficult and less intuitive than they used to be. If you continue to “use”



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