Did you know you have WAY more than five senses?
The human body is comprised of a multitude of sensors that receive information so we can adapt and respond to our internal & external environment. These sensors detect changes in:
- Body awareness
- Joint positioning
- Eye movements
- Color/light stimulation
- Fine touch of skin cells and more!
With this much information being received and interpreted by the brain, a mechanism is required to filter out what information is accurate and should be sent to association brain areas, and which information is improper feedback or a “sensory mismatch”. If such a mismatch occurs, the brain will attempt to compensate. If the brain is unable to compensate, typically symptoms will occur.
Functional Neurologists utilize their deep knowledge of neuroanatomy, both of the receptors themselves as well as the destination of the information they transmit, in order to create therapies which target particular areas of the nervous system to enhance its function.
Since these circuits are hardwired to communicate together and become redundant, eye movement therapies can often be used to improve someone’s balance. Electrical stimulation to specific muscles while performing cognitive tasks may be appropriate to reduce neck tension, relieving migraines. The combination of therapies relies on specificity intensity & repetition to make accurate, long lasting changes.
May 21, 2019