Integrative Neurology Clinic
Now located in Harriman, NY
Mindful Neurology considers the many factors that impact our health and neurologic symptoms, and offers holistic treatments using lifestyle modification, complementary therapies and a mind-body approach. Consultations may also address questions you have about your condition, your current treatment plan, or potential therapies you are considering.
Call +1 516 884 2442 to schedule a free 15 min consult with Dr Mulukutla.
Integrative Medicine involves the coordination of conventional medical treatments with complementary therapies and lifestyle modifications. In addition to medications and pills, we guide you on how to incorporate healthy behaviors that can additionally address your condition.
We also employ a range of modalities – such as meditation, massage, sound healing – which traditionally have roots in non-Western medical models. The use of these treatments in Mindful Neurology is based on a combination of published studies, historical use in alternate medical systems, or first-hand experience with efficacy of a specific provider. All recommended therapies are vetted by Mindful Neurology founder, Dr Sarah Mulukutla.
Complementary therapies is a used by the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to refer to:
- Natural Products (e.g. supplements or botanical medicine)
- Mind-Body Therapies (e.g. Meditation, yoga, progressive relaxation, massage, acupuncture, Feldenkrais, Alexander technique – which all help strengthen connection between the mind and body)
- Alternative Medical Models (e.g. Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy)
About 40% of the American adult population uses at least one of the above therapies in their general wellness plan or treatment of a specific disease. These therapies may be considered considered non-mainstream “medicine” because they have not followed the Food & Drug Administration protocol – however, that’s because they are neither a food nor a drug !
Integrative Medicine recognizes that complementary therapies may offer valuable contribution to treatment of disease, and has devised mechanisms for how these therapies may be supervised to provide safe and effective outcomes.
Mind-body medicine recognizes the important connection between our thoughts and mental patterns and the health of our body.
Mind-body therapies act on mind, body, or both, with the intention of strengthening connection. For example, yoga postures incorporate slow deep breathing and paying attention to body while changing positions. When we quiet our thoughts and get connected to the body, the muscles remain supple and the body is more flexible. The practice of maintaining attention on the body itself serves as a meditation; afterward we feel relaxed, joyful and easeful because of the combined effect of stretched & aligned muscles, and a more calm mind.
Any therapy that incorporates mind-body connection or includes mental or physical relaxation can be considered a mind-body therapy. The category is quite broad, and the examples listed above are only a sample.
Mindful Neurology refers to the use of mind-body therapies as a prominent part of most treatment plans.
Our mental patterns are part of our nervous system. Mind and body and not only connected – they are one and the same. Thoughts are created by networks in our brain. Whether we are experiencing a positive or negative emotional state, thinking of a memory, or planning the future very specific parts of our brain are activated. This can be clearly seen with magnetic resonance imaging, specifically functional MRI.
When we change our thought patterns, we change our brains. Not only our brains, but our heart rhythms, our gut function, our immune & hormonal systems, and even our genes also change as a result !
We can modify our body by adopting healthy thought patterns. While this often takes time, the contribution to Neurology holds tremendous promise.
From the impact of yoga on Parkinson’s symptoms, to the potential of meditation to stop atrophy in those with cognitive impairment – Mindful Neurology seeks to investigate and implement a range of therapies that address diverse symptoms – thereby modulating Neurologic disease without use of medications.
Symptoms targeted through mind-body medicine include:
- Muscle spasticity
- Memory complaints
- Impaired coordination
- Bladder dysfunction
Mindful Neurology is considered Out of Network for all insurance companies, and we have opted-out of Medicare. Payments are required at time of service. Cash, credit card, check, PayPal or Zelle are all accepted.
If you have Out of Network coverage with your insurance plan, we would be glad to provide you with a receipt that has all information necessary to submit for reimbursement.
A. Prior to your first appointment you, you will be asked to complete several questionnaires that assess your lifestyle, typical daily activities, symptoms, and temperament/proclivities.
B. If you would like to provide prior prior lab tests or medical records, they may be faxed to Dr Mulukutla for review prior to appointment. You may also be documents with you to the first appointment for review during the meeting.
C. The initial visit will include a complete history and physical exam, and a subsequent conversation to decide treatment priorities.
- Appointments last 90-120 minutes in order to allow for education and collaborative decision making regarding priorities.
- A meditation, relaxation exercise of biofeedback session may be included in the first appointment.
- At conclusion of initial visit, you will receive impression on diagnosis and recommendations for next steps. Laboratory blood or urine testing may be suggested. Whenever possible, lab testing is covered by insurance.
- A suggestion for a nutritional or lifestyle modification or mind-body practice is typically provided by conclusion of the first appointment.
D. Follow-up sessions are determined by your needs. We may decide to meet frequently or talk on the phone again in one or two weeks, or if lab testing is recommended we will meet again after they have been resulted. For those who want to receive ongoing care with Mindful Neurology, packages are created based on a suggested number of meetings or the time required to coordinate care.
Cost of care is determined based on the effort required, usually on an hourly basis. Phone conversations on educational topics (evaluation of current treatment plan, questions about potential future therapies, etc) are charged at a rate of $325 per hour.
If you would like more information or to discuss your case, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr Mulukutla will call you to discuss your case. Initial phone consult lasting 15-20 minutes is always free of charge.
You are welcome to continue care with your current neurologist, and the treatment program of Mindful Neurology often serves in a complementary manner. Most of our patients come to Mindful Neurology for additional recommendations and do stay on with their pre-existing neurologist.
If requested, Dr Mulukutla is happy to communicate with your current neurologist via phone or by sending electronic medical notes.