What Is NASA Integrative Neurology?

Integrative Neurology

Integrative Neurology at NASA is the best of both worlds and the powerful effects of many alternative therapies on patients with and without “conventional” treatment is documented and seen in our practice. Each patient experiences neurologic disease differently with regards to symptoms and course of treatment, each integrative treatment plan is specifically tailored for the patient. One size does not fit all.

Integrative neurology focuses on a holistic view of the neurology patient. It is the practice of addressing the disease, the symptoms, the origins, and the patient’s quality of life. Sometimes conventional treatments take priority, other times alternative treatments do, but often a combination of both approaches is called for. Integrative neurology sees the patient as a functional individual and the approach is tailored to improve that individual’s functionality.

Conventional, or allopathic care, is what we have all come to expect when we go to see our doctors. Alternative medicine, on the other hand, has historically not been offered to patients by allopathic (MD/DO) physicians. Also called complementary, these treatments may include such modalities as acupuncture, medicinal plant formulations, supplements, nutritional-based medicine, massage therapies, biofeedback, stress management, physical exercise and movement, and meditation. These treatment modalities can have a profound effect not only on the ability of the patient to manage the disease but on the disease process itself.

At NASA the Neurology Associates of Scottsdale Neurology under the guidance of Dr. Adam Zuber, we have the knowledge and experience of utilizing both forms of treatment. We strive to help the patient find a more optimal balance in their health and well-being. We have seen the power of alternative treatments alone or used with more conventional treatments for neurological disease including migraines, epilepsy, chronic pain and inflammation, post-stroke, anxiety, neuropathies, and autoimmunity, to name a few. While not all diseases can be cured, most symptoms can be well managed using the best of both medical worlds.

I see every patient as unique, from genetics and family history to their life experiences. That’s why we believe in a personalized approach to neurological health and healing, one that considers the whole person, not just their symptoms. Our patient-centered philosophy shifts away from the traditional model of addressing the disease first and, instead, focuses on what matters most “you as the unique patient with a unique condition requiring unique treatment and management”.

Most importantly, we are partners in your health. We take the time to get to know you to uncover the true source of disease and imbalance and help guide your body back to its natural state of homeostasis and harmony.

 

Brain function

Brain Scans - Integrative NeurologyThe health and function of your brain is my main concern and often times cognitive difficulties are a harbinger of further disease. Our cognitive repair and health program starts with a conversation with you to understand your concerns.

We then obtain baseline objective cognitive assessment and laboratory studies EEG and Radiologic studies specific to you. Once we have information unique to you and your body, we offer a tailored, step-wise, and guided integrative program to optimize cognition, attention, and focus. This program may include herbs, supplements, nutritional guidance based on your food tolerances, prescriptions for exercise, mind-body medicine, pharmaceuticals, neurofeedback, and more.

Functional Medicine

Creative gears in shape of human brain - Integrative NeurologyThis determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The Functional Medicine model is a science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

When we address the root causes, rather than symptoms our practice become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may disclose that one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

My practice priority is your happiness, health, and longevity, and we believe the best way to achieve this is through a thoughtful combination of traditional and alternative medical services.

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Personalized Headache & Migraine Treatment Plans

Those who suffer with severe or chronic headaches or migraines are often coping with unusual amounts of stress, depression and anxiety, so a visit to our clinic will start with a detailed questionnaire so we can better understand your pain and your challenges. The next step is an evaluation by one of our physicians, who will use your questionnaire and further talk with and exam you and then develop a headache treatment and management plan specifically for you.

Woman with migraine headache - Integrative NeurologyTreatments include techniques such as neuro-feedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation training and stress management can be as effective as medication in the treatment of headaches or migraines. They can also make medication work more effectively. We help you learn to manage stress by focusing on your heart rate, blood pressure, circulation, muscle tension and breathing to avoid headaches and reduce headache pain. Some approaches such as relaxation practice and stress management can be learned and practiced independently.

At NASA the Neurology Associates of Scottsdale Arizona, we believe in integrative medicine, an approach that combines traditional and alternative care, best addresses the root causes of disease and creates a clear path to optimal neurological health.

Our priority is your happiness, health, and longevity, and we believe the best way to achieve this is through a thoughtful combination of traditional and alternative medical services.

We practice integrative neurology, as we believe both conventional and complementary medicine are essential to whole body and brain wellness.

A Balanced Approach to Health and Healing

creative display for balance - Integrative NeurologyAs a trained Neurologist, we believe in the body’s innate ability to seek wellness and balance. We provide the best evidence-based, traditional, and complementary therapies to treat the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. It’s both a preventative and integrative approach to neurological health. We use food as medicine, acupuncture to heal, and herbs and supplements to support vitality. And we balance proven allopathic treatments with the curative and holistic nature of alternative medicine to address the root causes of neurological issues, from acute symptom relief to creating a vibrant, healthy lifestyle.

As board-certified Neurologist, we use traditional or allopathic medicine that is founded on evidence-based research through rigorous randomized control trials. Our team carefully decides which conventional neurological treatments and procedures we use in our practice. Some of these services include pharmaceuticals, infusions, diagnostic care, non-invasive procedures, and imaging techniques.

Although alternative medicine is less rigorously tested, when used with expertise, it can help manage the side effects of disease and conventional treatments as well as help guide the body back to its natural state of balance.

Serving all the cities surrounding Phoenix & Scottsdale

Dr. Zuber Neurogist Scottsdale Arizona Medical Office

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Neurology is a very specialized and highly individualized and very personalized process. All wellness and illness exists within the context of an individual’s life because of this Dr. Zuber has always focused on his patients and not the insurance companies. He is highly trained and experienced Neurologist. After his Neurology residency he did fellowship training

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Seizures

Seizures Dr. Zuber has had specialized fellowship training from UCLA in seizure diagnoses and management. Seizures are a very common neurologic condition which manifests itself as confusion, loss of consciousness or shaking. The different manifestation of seizures may include confusional spell, loss of consciousness and fall, automatism and or episodes of severe shaking spell with

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Medicated No More: How to Sleep Without Sedatives

Medicated No More: How to Sleep Without Sedatives

If you suffer from sleep deprivation, you know how badly a poor night of rest can affect your physical and mental well-being. But sleeping pills carry the potential for addiction, and you can’t get rid of the kids, even if they wake you up at 5AM by climbing into bed with you.

Despite long-term sleeplessness, there are ways to settle down and soothe yourself to sleep without medication.

Is snoring something more?

Snoring isn’t just an inconvenience to everyone within earshot. ResMed explains that even light snoring can contribute to poor sleep, fatigue, and issues concentrating. Sona Pillow produced the huge hit for Anti-Snoring now called Sona Pillow Classic, a must try for any person snoring.  Snoring can sometimes be eased by shifting to your side and using a pillow that supports the neck and head. Losing weight, quitting smoking, and reducing your alcohol intake are also known to lead to a silent night.  Sona Pillow on Facebook.

While snoring is often no cause for concern, snoring that regularly jolts you from sleep may be a sign of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that leaves you oxygen deprived overnight. Your airways become blocked and, as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine explains in this sleep apnea overview, you may awaken hundreds of times each night. Not only can sleep apnea have negative health consequences, such as depression and high blood pressure, but it can also be fatal. Talk to your doctor if you suspect sleep apnea. They can prescribe devices, such as a CPAP machine, that can keep your airways open through the night.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is sleeping with a partner who snores, which can leave you lingering in an unwelcome state of alertness. Failure to get enough sleep, especially if due to someone else’s action, can lead to a bad mood and a strained relationship. There is no shame in moving to a different bedroom if it means better sleep.

Dreams by routine

Your children have a bedtime routine that probably involves a warm bath, a story, snuggles, and 1,000 kisses good night. Adults, too, should have a predictable regimen. Your bedtime routine doesn’t have to be elaborate. Even just 15 minutes with a good book and a cup of hot tea in a dimly-lit room may be enough to ease you into the overnight hours. Whatever you can do to relieve stress and decompress will help you check your worries at the door and make better use of your bed.

Addressing environmental factors

Tossing, turning, sweating, and perking your ears up at every little noise are a few good signs that your inability to sleep has something to do with your environment. Discomfort, excessive sound, light, heat, and even dry air can leave you lying in bed with the lights off but your mind on.

Make a list of all the things that bother you throughout the night, and take steps to remedy them. For instance, barking dogs and too-loud music from next door may be eliminated with earplugs. If you find it hard to breathe or routinely wake to a dry mouth or irritated skin, add a humidifier to the bedroom. Sleeping with a humidifier is perfectly safe as long as you use the right kind of water, monitor humidity levels, and keep backup filters handy so your machine’s filter can be changed as needed.

Other factors to consider include your bedding, room temperature, and light infiltration. The vast majority of people sleep better in a room that is around 68° on a bed outfitted with moisture-wicking cotton sheets. Blackout curtains and light music or a noise machine can also eliminate outside disturbances.

The occasional sleepless night is nothing to worry about, but when your sleep deficit begins to interfere with your daily life, it’s time to take steps to reclaim your nights. Before you resort to pharmaceutical intervention, try making changes to your environment. You may just find that something as simple as earplugs and a humidifier are all you need to improve the quality of your sleep… and life.