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Happy August, Everyone!

                    

 

COVID-19 Update:

We hope everyone has been staying safe as we are starting our first phases of re-opening. The FNCC is open and seeing patients, and we are taking every precaution necessary to make sure that we are operating in a safe and healthy environment. Below are some things we'd like to ask of you, so we can provide the best care possible:

1. If you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 (cough, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath, and fever), please refrain from visiting our office and isolate until you are symptom-free for 72 hours. We take ours and our patients' health very seriously, and we promise we can see you as soon as you're better. 

2. If being seen in the office, please wear a mask. There are lots of easy do-it-yourself masks available online!

3. When you arrive for your appointment, please text or call the office at (407) 494-0053 and let us know you are here. To minimize contact, we will be only allowing one patient in the office at a time. When you arrive in the office, please wash your hands thoroughly!

 
CONCUSSIONS and FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY!



This month we are continuing our discussion on concussion; specifically, how functional neurology can aid the healing process. 

Here the definition of concussion again: 


A concussion is a complex injury, medically defined as a “trauma-induced alteration in mental status that may or may not involve loss of consciousness”.

In other words, a concussion is any traumatic blow to the head or neck that alters the way you think, behave, or feel. Concussions are seen frequently in sports activities, but are also commonly seen as a result of car accidents. 

So how can functional neurology aid the healing process after a concussion. First, we need to understand the concept of neuroplasticity. This is the brain's ability to form new pathways and modify its response to input after a brain injury. This can be equated to learning a new skill such as throwing a ball; it will not be a perfect throw the first time, but with practice, accuracy and form will improve. So when applying the concept of neuroplasticity, we use repetition and practice to help rebuild and re-enforce the pathways that were weakened due to injury. 

Some of the most common issues we see patient's struggling with is eye motor function, depression, anxiety, headache, and brain fog. The idea behind functional neurology is to locate the parts of the brain that are no longer firing properly and causing these symptoms. We utilize treatments targeting those areas to re-establish the neuro pathways so patients feel under control in their bodies. 

Here is Dr. Bartoe going in depth on this topic of neuroplasticity and functional neurology. If you know of anyone struggling with any of these symptoms after an accident, please reach out so that we can help! We are here to help all patients get back to their normal lives. 

 

What is Functional Neurology?
MONTHLY WELLNESS TIP:

THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY SLEEP.


 

Sleep is part of everyday life that we mostly likely take for granted. We all sleep, but the quality of our sleep can determine the outcome of mood and  energy levels short term, and mental health and physical health in the long term.

Sleep is the way the body prepares for the next day. While you sleep, the brain storing information from the previous day to create room for new input the following day. When we are well rested, this allows for increased problem solving skills, attentiveness, decision making, and creativity! For children and teens, a lack of sleep affects learning, their ability to focus in school, and their willingness to get along with others. 

Sleep is also when the body helps heal and repair damage! The heart and blood vessels heal during this time leading to a lower chance of heart disease. Also, sleep helps support healthy growth and development!

So, what are some ways to enough quality sleep? Keeping a regular sleep schedule, avoid large meals before bed, create an hour of quiet time before bed, and spend time outside during the day to be physically active are a few simple tips. If you have anymore questions on the importance of sleep, please get in touch!

 

Welcome, Morgan!
We are happy to announce our new Athletic Trainer & Rehabilitation Coordinator at the Functional Neurology Chiropractic Center, Morgan Hensley! We are so excited to have Morgan on board, and continue to grow our practice with her skills!

Morgan is from Huntington, West Virginia, and graduated with her Masters' in Athletic Training with honors from Marshall University.

Morgan enjoys running, reading, and spending time outside on the water with her fiance and dog, Dixie.
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