Specialist care for special patients
Chiropractic Neurology is a type of "functional neurology," focused on evaluating the brain and nervous system from a functional point of view more than structural. We then work at building "plasticity" or brain learning, to build better function where it is needed to improve health and abilities. This work involved teaching the patient how to identify patterns of dysfunction and how to exercise or stimulate the brain to elicit better function. This can also involve nutrition, natural supplements that affect immune and nervous system function, and gut bacteria work in addition to targeted chiropractic adjustments of the spine or other joints. For more information, please click here.
Dr. Matthews is a Certified Medical Examiner (#2448320003) for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association or FMCSA. If you or someone you know is a commercial driver and needs their medical card updated, please call the clinic, or click here or go to "DOT Physicals" on the navigation menu. This is for CDL holders or regular license holders who need their medical card. We're not able to do Merchant Marine or Coast Guard physicals yet. Drug and alcohol testing is in the works, however!
How Gut Bacteria Influence your Health
One of the things Dr. Matthews specializes in is evaluating and improving Gut Bacteria. Why does that matter? Check out this short intro video to find out how your health might depend on these microscopic symbionts!
Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Dr. Richard Matthews is board certified by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He has been a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1990, and board certified in neurology since 2002. He moved his family and clinic to Ellsworth Maine in September 2015. In 2014 he wrote and published a comprehensive book about the science of gut bacteria, The Symbiont Factor. In private practice since 1990, Dr Matthews specializes in natural methods to reduce inflammation and promote longevity, as well as Lyme care and working to improve gut function and microbiome health.
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Top 10 Reasons to see Dr. Matthews:
1. Brain fog, irritability, or reduced memory
2. Get a DOT physical for your CDL medical card
3. Lyme disease testing
5. Evaluate and improve gut bacteria/gut function. IBS etc.
6. Attention and mood disorders
7. Improve athletic performance. Stop getting hurt so much!
8. Slow the aging process
10. Neck pain, back pain, spinal problems. Difficulty stabilizing and holding chiropractic adjustments
What is Oxidative Stress?
When your brain is inflamed and runs out of fuel during tasks/activities, the energy production mechanism known as mitochondria get damaged. This further reduces the brain's ability to release fuel to do work, and causes cell damage. Oxidative stress is a root cause of many brain degenerative conditions from migraines or movement disorders to dementia or Parkinson's. There are many things that can be done to combat this problem!