Meet the Doctor
Joey Vance, DC, DACNB
What is a DACNB?
Dr. Vance is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. As of 2014, there are less than 20 DACNBs in the state of Oregon. Completing the diplomate requires an additional 350 hours of post-graduate study in neurology through the Carrick Institute and passing the licensing examination for the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Diplomates use functional neurological approaches to examine and treat their patients without drugs or surgery.
Who Can We Help?
You don’t necessarily need a diagnosed disorder of the nervous system to benefit from care. Most people have some form of subtle neurological imbalances. When the brain functions appropriately we see faster mental and motor response times, improved stability, decreased pain, and greater well being. The brain plays a role in all physiological functions of the body.
In addition, many cases require active rehabilitation and participation by the patient. Dr. Vance will identify specific exercises that help to create stability and plasticity of the nervous system. Everyone’s brain loses neurons throughout the course of their lives, but that doesn’t mean we must become more dysfunctional by the day. Some people are able to maintain their function better than others. We’ve all seen the 80 year old who kept his or her wit and intellect at very high level despite their age. This is due, in large part, to healthy plasticity—when neurons make strong and efficient connections, despite declining in number. In a word, plasticity is neurological learning. Just like it takes time to build strong muscles or learn to play an instrument, improving neurological dysfunction requires focused rehabilitation of weakened pathways in the brain.