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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Benefits for Long COVID Patients

By now, most of us have read about the long-term effects that COVID-19 is having on some of the population. This is being called “Long COVID.” The long-term effects can almost all be categorized under the umbrella term “dysautonomia,” or the dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. As functional neurologists, we have known for a…
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Blood Glucose and Brain Function: It’s a Two Way Street

Glucose is an essential fuel source for our brain. Our brain requires 25-35% of our blood glucose throughout the day. It is important to maintain a steady state of glucose in our blood. Insulin and glucose responses have significant impacts on amino acid/protein transport through the blood brain barrier. Fluctuations in insulin and glucose levels…
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Caffeine and Migraines

Caffeine and its role as an abortive or trigger for migraines has been long debated. It creates a lot of confusion for patients as many migraine relief medications or over the counter abortive medications contain caffeine in their chemical compound! We have patients that know that if they miss their morning cup of coffee, they…
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Case Study: POTS & Vasovagal Syncope

Introduction A 13 year-old  female presented with POTS and intermittent vasovagal syncope.  Her chief complaints were syncopal episodes, difficulty with motor coordination, numbness in legs, anxiety, chest pain, dizziness, headaches, and fatigue.  Examination and Diagnosis A neurological examination revealed right cerebellar dysfunction, orthostatic intolerance, and a decreased cortisol awakening response.  Treatment The patient was initially…
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Case Study: Autonomic Dysfunction

Introduction A 35 year-old  female presented with autonomic dysfunction. Her chief complaints were brain fog, dizziness, migraines, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, sleep disturbances and neck pain. Examination and Diagnosis A neurological examination revealed mesencephalic dysfunction, orthostatic intolerance, low vitamin D levels and elevated cortisol levels throughout the day. Treatment The patient was initially treated 2x per…
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Why Do We Examine Eye Movements?

As a patient at CFNC, your initial examination will include a targeted bedside neurological exam and additional in-depth diagnostic testing. As part of the exam and testing, the doctor will be looking at your eye movements. These tests require you to follow the doctor’s finger while it moves and/or follow a target on a screen…
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What to Expect as a New Patient at Carolina Functional Neurology Center

Welcome to Carolina Functional Neurology Center! We encourage you to read our blog posts, watch our videos, and scroll through our Facebook and Instagram channels to learn more about our holistic healthcare approach and success stories.  As a new patient, you have a few options available to create your new patient appointment. You can begin…
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What is Functional Neurology?

Functional neurology is a speciality within the chiropractic profession that was built on the principle of Sherrington’s 1932 Nobel Prize winning theory. This theory is known as the “central integrated state.” It describes the nervous system’s integrity and current state of function being the sum of all its activating and inhibiting pathways and inputs. Because…
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Vertigo Vs. Dizziness: What Is The Difference?

The  vestibular system is the very first system to develop during embryological development. Because of this, the vestibular system plays an important functional role into almost every area of the brain and nervous system.  It is a very complex and multifactorial system.  The feeling of dizziness can be sudden or more chronic, both are debilitating.…
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Concussions and the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis

Concussions have been a hot topic in research, the sports world, and the medical community for decades. More and more individuals are becoming aware of the effects, symptoms and consequences a concussion will have on the body. Traditionally, patients who suffer from a concussion are advised to rest, lay in a dark room, and take…
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