Tag Archives: functional neurology

Why Synchronize Brain Function?

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by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD Functional Neurologist Psychologists have observed that people with learning disabilities process input from their environment differently than those with more “neuro-typical” brains. Many people with learning difficulties just think differently. Giving a person with learning difficulties complicated directions often dooms them to failure. More words require a longer attention […]

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Functional Neurology and Heart Disease

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by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD Functional Neurologist What your doctor does not know about your heart can hurt you. Did you know that a heart attack can start in your brain? It’s true. The Brain Journal (2005*) discussed just such a possibility. And did you also know that the disruption discussed in that article […]

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Can “Monovision” Trigger Heart Disease?

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by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD Functional Neurologist Does Your Optometrist Have Monovision? Your eye doctor may study the eye and know how it works, but if he or she recommends that you have a surgery that gives you monovision, then ask them if they have it. If they don’t have it ask them why […]

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New Tests to Uncover Hidden Thyroid Trouble

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by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD Functional Neurologist My patient complained of right shoulder pain with various movements. He incidentally showed me a peculiar line on one of his fingernails. He said it had been there for months, but he had no idea what started it. I mentioned that literature suggested a strong possibility that […]

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Got Back Pain? Think Neck! Some specific information your doctor probably does not know

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by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD Functional Neurologist Of all the conditions I have treated in my almost five decades of practice, lower back pain is probably the most common complaint. In fact, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. Thirty-one million Americans […]

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For anyone who thinks they’re “Old”

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by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD Functional Neurologist What does it mean to be old? And when does a person receive that moniker? The youth often do crazy things, but who can consider such things when they are ensnared by time? What’s a Geriatric? Geriatrics is the study of aging, including biological, sociological, and psychological […]

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Galant Reflex: The Postural Response to Stroking the Lumbar Flank

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The Galant reflex (or Galant’s infantile reflex, named after the Russian neurologist Johann Susman Galant) is commonly observed in newborns and is said to fade between the ages of four and six months. It helps rule out brain damage at birth. Elicit Galant’s reflex by holding the newborn in a face down posture or laying them […]

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The Importance of Reciprocity to Human Performance

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The Crossed Extensor Reflex (CER; also known as the crossed cord reflex) is a protective response that apparently begins at about the 28th week of gestation and is functionally integrated one to two month after delivery. It is functionally significant in back-and-forth (or reciprocal) muscle actions. Its dysfunction can interfere with activities like running and […]

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Physiological Significance of the Protective Response

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The Idea: Human physiological reflexes have a predictable display. Either they work according to their original design or they are pathological. There are no other choices. If a reflex displays itself in ways other than according to its preprogrammed format, it must be considered to be pathological, and it increases the risk of injury. Reflex […]

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Functional Display of the Deep Tendon Reflex

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Striking a tendon has an almost instant display. A quick stretch to the patellar tendon, for xample, should register with an involuntary jerk of the knee; the foot kicks. This “knee jerk” deep tendon reflex (DTR) test is a common part of even the most basic neurological exam. It assesses the functional integrity of the […]

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