Portrait Philip Eckardt

Dr. Philip Eckardt

Doctor, founder/director of the Neurology Academy

Philip studied medicine in Munich from 1992-1999 (licensure in 1999) and then worked as an assistant in orthopedic rehabilitation. Since October 2003 he has been working in his own private practice in Munich and Murnau. In 2005 he founded the Neurolog Academy and has been teaching his own concept of neurofunctional integration since 2017.

Philip completed extensive training and education, for example in manual medicine (1999-2000) at the MWE, in osteopathic medicine (2000-2003) at the German-American Academy of Osteopathy (DAAO), in the Neurological Integration System (NIS) with Dr. Phillips DO (2003-2005) and with Dr. Eric Cobb (since 2016), Z-Health, USA. He was also a lecturer/seminar leader at the DAAO and at NIS seminars.

Functional Neurology - Movement reflexes and their significance for athletes and patients

The nervous system uses visual, vestibular and proprioceptive data to move. The optimal movement is designed from this data, carried out and, if necessary, corrected immediately if there are any problems. While this current, situation-related data is extremely important for precise movement, the movements are not put together from scratch each time, but are probably based much more on existing, partly innate movement patterns in the sense of reflexes, such as the step pattern.

This movement pattern can be triggered in a newborn through contact with the soles of the feet. But not only the so-called stepping reflex, but also other movements such as turning movements or stretching and bending movements are already present in early childhood. In addition, there are numerous protective reflexes that serve to protect the body from injury, just think of the abdominal wall reflex when firmly stroking the middle of the body.

Although movement reflexes are often referred to as early childhood reflexes, which - or so we have all learned - disappear after a certain period of time, the specific patterns of muscle function in certain movements can be functionally tested at any age. Certain muscles are facilitated in certain directions of movement, while others are inhibited.

For example, extension of the cervical spine normally leads to inhibition of the hip flexors and facilitation of the hip extensors. This difference in muscle control can be clearly tested and applies to all ages. This means that movement patterns can not only be specifically examined functionally, but disturbances in the patterns can also be specifically treated through targeted activation of the nervous system.