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Immune system

Dr. Symko, Concord-area Functional Neurologist, writes about Peripheral Neurogenic Inflammation.

Nervous system and the link with the immune system:

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The nervous (particularly the nerves that travel to your legs and arms) and immune systems are traditionally thought of as serving separate functions. But research and studies are showing that these two systems are, in reality, closely related.  This is happening because of the discovery of Peripheral Neurogenic Inflammation.

There are nerves that their only job is to transmit feeling to your brain.   These nerves respond to the same pathways that the body’s immune cells do.  This sets up a network with the immune system that helps keep the body protected from foreign invaders.

It is like the communication network supports the front line troops in fighting all the problems our bodies face every day.

This is a great asset, but can also cause problems.  If there is autoimmunity or any allergic disease, like Asthma to MS, the peripheral nervous system can become inflamed and cause not only an increase in these issues, but an increase in pain.

So what is the solution?  It seems that a complete treatment program involves treating both the nervous system and the immune system.

The question is, “Can this be done?”.  And the answer is yes.  There is a new therapy involving a cream called “Prologel.”  This was developed by the team that developed Prolotherapy.  The beautiful thing about this is, like eating the correct food, this is a therapy that can be done at home.


Peripheral neurons also seem to contribute to immune dysfunction in autoimmune and allergic diseases. Therefore, understanding the coordinated interaction of peripheral neurons with immune cells may advance therapeutic approaches to increase host defense and suppress immunopathology.

Dr Symko, Concord-area Functional Neurologist, writes about how the brain can cause chronic back pain.


On the surface, it may not seem like the brain governs the movement stability components of our spines and the rest of our bodies and core muscles, but it’s true. Normal core stability provides a healthy body with the ability to perform normal good quality movements. This means that a little amount of energy will be exerted to execute highly efficient movements.

However, when the body experiences pain, the brain changes its activation strategy to high energy/low efficient movements. This altered control that the brain has over movement is clearly visible in the presence of pain, but even where there isn’t any pain, subtle physical tests can detect significant muscle control changes in people with a history of chronic back pain. This is why you can have pain in your back, shoulder, or elbow without having had an injury.

Many times, this sort of brain adjustment goes unnoticed and untreated. People often get treated for the pain and not the root cause of the problem. That’s where the ATM comes in. No, it’s not the thing you can get your money out of, but you will see great returns. ATM2® stands for Active Therapeutic Movement, and it’s a machine that helps create neutral-range movement while holding the proper body position. In other words, it helps retrain your brain to function correctly and not hurt your posture or back muscles. A few movement exercises are performed, usually 10-30. The proper body position is essential, because it will ensure that the active movement will alter the brain activation strategy from abnormal to normal.

This should produce immediate pain reduction and improved range of motion.

The ATM2®is designed to enable doctors to prescribe quality weight-bearing active movements. We use restraining belts that are connected to the ATM support pad to obtain passive joint re-positioning and stabilization. This helps reduce symptoms. Then we perform specific exercises using a harness connected to resistance bands.