A chiropractic clinical neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) is a member of a select group of chiropractors who have gone beyond general practice. A DACAN/DACNB specializes in the chiropractic treatment of conditions of the nervous system. In short these Chiropractors have a special certificate that involves the successful completion of a 3-year post-doctoral program. A DACAN/DACNB is something of a super-expert at treating the nervous system.
So what does this mean to you as an average human looking to optimize your life? We are so glad you asked...
A chiropractor, such as Longmont's very own Dr Jay and Christina Breitlow, uses techniques that involve an adjustment to the spine to improve the patient's overall health. In particular, he or she is trying to improve the relationship between the body's musculoskeletal and nervous systems by optimizing your structure - aka putting all bones in their proper place.
What a DACAN/DACNB, such Dr. Ted Carrick does, is offer keys to pioneer the field to higher and higher levels of certainty. His techniques have been described as documenting "re-activating pathways in the brain." Some treatments are as simple as doctor-guided motions or exercises. A chiropractor may also use the research from these doctors when they use something called a GyroStim - which is a full-body gyroscope to spin the body and stimulate the entire nervous system.
The techniques of a DACAN/DACNB are designed to further the less invasive chiropractic techniques than drugs or surgery used by conventional medical neurologists.
One person who has enjoyed the benefits a chiropractic clinical neurologist can provide is professional hockey player Sidney Crosby, who has played at the level of the great Wayne Gretzky. But on January 1, 2011, Crosby ran into trouble. He received his first concussion as a professional player. Only four days later, he received another concussion. His symptoms worsened, and soon he was missing games. In fact, he did not return to action until late November the same year-more than 11 months later. "When you get a typical injury you're given a time frame, you're gradually working towards getting back," Crosby said. "With concussions there is not generally a time frame or a span where you're feeling better. You feel like you're getting better and it can be one day and you're back to where you started. It's a frustrating injury... It's a hard one to understand unless you've gone through it."
In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Crosby talked about the help he received from Chiropractic. Only through chiropractic treatments was Crosby able to return to the ice. When asked if he had experienced any concussion symptoms since completing his treatments, he vigorously pointed out that he had not. His chiropractic work was based on the work done by the chiropractor, Dr Ted Carrick
Even after breaking his jaw when he took a puck to the face in March, 2013, he felt no symptoms from his prior head injury. "I've had a good couple of bumps along the way," Crosby said. "Obviously getting shot in the face was a good test." While it is true that some physicians in more traditional medical disciplines are skeptical or even critical of chiropractic neurology, typical mainstream treatments had failed Sidney Crosby. Only chiropractic delivered the results that allowed this young superstar to return to the game he loves.