What is a Chiropractic Neurologist?

 What is a Chiropractic Neurologist?

Chiropractic Neurologists are highly trained and qualified experts of the brain, spine and nervous system.

As in medicine, the chiropractic profession has specialists who serve their community’s patients, as well as providing expert evaluations and consultation to other physicians and health care practitioners. Chiropractic neurologists are chiropractors who have continued with advanced post graduate training and testing to be able to provide all the standard chiropractic services and additionally, the specialized services that their advanced training allows.

How is a chiropractic neurologist different than a medical neurologist or a neurosurgeon?

Chiropractic neurologists, medical neurologists and neurosurgeons differ greatly in their methods of treatment.

The medical neurologist will prescribe medications or injections. The neurosurgeon uses surgery to correct a condition. The chiropractic neurologist uses medication free and non-surgical treatment methods.

Many conditions of the brain and nervous system do not respond well to aggressive interventions such as drug therapy or surgery. Additionally, the drug therapies used by medical neurologists, and the surgical interventions of the neurosurgeon often carry increased risks for serious complications or dangerous side effects.

For this reason, chiropractic neurologists fill a unique and significant role in treating brain and nervous system disorders using safe and effective methods producing lasting health benefits.

What conditions do chiropractic neurologists treat?

All the conditions normally seen by chiropractors like pains from injuries caused by lifting, falls, sports injuries, auto accidents, etc plus:

•Headaches and chronic pain

• Learning and attention disorders

• Vertigo

• Developmental disorders

• Head injury or stroke

• Spinal cord and nerve injuries

• Movement disorders

What special diagnostics do chiropractic neurologists use?

In addition to physical examination methods, chiropractic neurologists may use:

• MRI -magnetic resonance imaging

• CT -computerized tomography

• Xray

• Ultrasound

• Bloodwork

• And others as necessary or appropriate.

In addition to physical examination methods, chiropractic neurologists who are also Board Certified in Electrodiagnostics (like Dr. Charles) may use:

• EMG -electromyography

• NCV-nerve conduction study

• EEG- electroencephalograph

• QEEG-quantitative electroencephalograph

• LORETA-low resolution brain electromagnetic tomography

What treatment methods do chiropractic neurologists use?

Chiropractic neurology treatment methods are safe, effective and can include a wide variety of tools such as:

• Chiropractic adjustments by hand or by instrument to the spine

and/or extremities

• Eye exercises

• Balance and coordination activities

• Cognitive exercises and activities

• Sensory training that may include light, sound, smell, or touch

• Physical exercises

• Breathing exercises

• Biofeedback/neurofeedback

• Nutritional modification

• And many others…

What makes a chiropractic neurologist so special?

Because chiropractic neurologists often have great success treating patients for whom all other treatment methods have failed, people often ask, “What makes a chiropractic neurologist so special?”

The distinguishing factor is the paradigm, or approach that a chiropractic neurologist uses toward diagnosis and treatment. In addition to evaluating for pathologies as medical doctors do; a chiropractic neurologist evaluates for subtle changes in the function of the nervous system. It is this expertise in detecting subtle changes in function that sets a chiropractic neurologist apart from other specialists.

How does one become a chiropractic neurologist?

 As in all medical specialties, one must complete undergraduate work and earn a professional degree before entering into specialty training. Upon completion of undergraduate training, the chiropractic neurology student must then attend a college of chiropractic. There he must complete a required minimum of 4,200 hours of combined classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. Dr. Charles a graduate of National university of Health Sciences.

After earning the doctorate degree and passing rigorous state and national boards, the student must attend a “program of instruction that is approved by the continuing education committee of the Commission for the Accreditation of Graduate Education in Neurology of a minimum of 300 credit hours”.1 Dr. Charles attended the prestigeous Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies for his post graduate neurology training.

The student must then pass stringent written and oral examinations given by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board before receiving board certification in chiropractic neurology. Chiropractic neurologists are required to maintain their level of expertise by reading current journal articles as well as attending an additional 60 hours of educational training per year.

The American Chiropractic Association recognizes the ACNB as the sole authority in credentialing in Neurology for the Chiropractic Profession. The ACNB diplomate program in neurology certification is fully accredited by National Organization for Competence Assurance and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NOCA/NCCA).

Dr. Charles’ practice is at 139 East Main Street in Elkton MD. He serves local medical and chiropractic professionals with his expertise as well as providing patient care for back pain, neck pain, arm & leg pain, carpal tunnel and chronic pain syndromes along with specialty care for learning and behavioral disorders.


Who tests and regulates chiropractic neurologists?

The American Chiropractic Neurology Board provides the testing and credentialing for chiropractic neurologists. “The Diplomate Program in Neurology Certification” awarded by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certification Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body of the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA). The American Chiropractic Neurology Board is the only specialty certification agency for the Chiropractic Profession that is fully accredited by NCCA. NCCA’s standards exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The National Organization for Competency Assurance is the leader in setting Quality Standards for Credentialing Organizations.”1

Why choose a chiropractic neurologist?

Chiropractic Neurologists are highly qualified specialists in the brain and nervous system. They have dedicated many years to study of these systems and are prepared to offer effective treatment options that do not involve the use of medications or surgery. If you or a loved one has a condition related in any way to the brain or nervous system, chiropractic neurology provides a new avenue of hope for successful treatment.


1. http://www.acnb.org

2. http://www.carrickinstitute.com