The Nervous System and the Fragile Patient

The nervous system balances and regulates the body. The structural system supports the nervous system. It is important to understand that there are patients who are neurologically fragile. Often times this fragility is from trauma or developmental delays. A poorly functioning nervous system can be over-stimulated and seriously compromised by simple activities. The neurologically fragile patient needs to be recognized. They may present with some of the following signs and symptoms:

• Headaches, nausea or dizziness • History of a motor Vehicle Accident
• Signs of concussion • History of trauma
• Difficulty balancing • Developmental red flags or delays
• Speech difficulty • Low muscle tone
• Difficulty reading • Constipation

Through careful assessment Dr. Boothby determines which areas of a person’s nervous system are fragile. Stimulation and experience can be used to rewire the nervous system. That is because the nervous system is receptor-based and brain-based and follows the principles of neuroplasticity. Nerve connectors in the brain and nervous system are considered plastic because they can be shaped or modified by sensory, motor, cognitive, or emotional experiences.

When areas of the body have been through trauma, adhesions form. Then structural forces may get transferred onto the nerves and organs. These forces are significant. The nerves and organs were not designed to carry heavy loads. Restoring structural support is essential to health. The neurologically fragile person can benefit from this approach because their fragile areas are recognized, tracked, and strengthened. Their treatment is aimed at not only protecting the nervous system but also giving the nervous and structural system the activation it needs to thrive.

Dr. Judith Boothby | 503 233-0943