Dr. Julie Powell is a native Texan and is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Biology. Her professional education was obtained from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX and she is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist through her post-graduate training at Cleveland Chiropractic College. ACNC was founded in January of 1998 and in Feb 2001 she opened the Plano office.

What is Chiropractic Neurology?

As in medicine and dentistry, the chiropractic profession has individual specialists. Through education, training and board certification, these doctors choose to limit their practice to a certain specialty to assist members of their profession and allopathic physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions. Within the chiropractic profession, there are specialists in radiology, orthopaedics, neurology, and physical rehabilitation.

Typically, a chiropractic neurologist serves in the same consulting manner as a medical neurologist. The difference is that the therapies or applications of a chiropractic neurologist do not include drugs or surgery. As a result, certain conditions are more customarily seen by a chiropractic neurologist as opposed to a medical neurologist, and vice versa.

Chiropractic Neurologist see patients with a variety of movement disorders, dystonia, post-stroke rehabilitation, and radiculopathy or nerve entrapment syndromes that are consequences of peripheral or central types of lesions.

Chiropractic neurologists can provide therapies and treatments as well as counsel when there is a diagnostic dilemma or a question of appropriateness of care regarding an individual lesion or scenario.

The training to become a board certified neurologist in the chiropractic profession is an additional three years after the doctor's degree, which is conducted under the auspices of an accredited university or college that is recognized by the U.S. Office of Education. During that training, there is a didactic and residency - based/clinically based training. After completing those requirements, the chiropractor will sit for a board examination in neurology, which is held once per year by our independent examining board. The areas that are examined are specific to the field of neurology and include clinical and diagnostic techniques and knowledge of neurophysiology. The certification examination includes oral and practical portions as well as a battery of psychometric testing.

The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system consists of nerves found in the head and body and your brain is designed to receive and send information to your body. Your body is controlled by receptors, specialized nerve cells, that respond to different sensations. The sensation of touch is controlled by various receptors in the body that respond to compression and stretch. Receptors associated with touch have a greater effect on the central nervous system than the receptors related to vision, taste, hearing and temperature. Mechanoreceptors are receptors of touch that are found in the joints of the body and especially our spine and are very sensitive to motion. If the joints of the spine do not move freely, the activity of these nerve receptors is suppressed. A consequence of this is a change in muscle tone, coordination and increase in pain.