WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY?

We go to the root

Diagnosing Inflammation


Trauma and overuse can cause inflammatory responses as part of the healing process. While not all inflammation is bad, uncontrolled, silent or ongoing inflammation can be at the root of most health conditions.

Example: When the gut is inflamed from food sensitivities or dysbiosis (bad gut bacteria), inflammatory chemicals inside the gut can cross the intestinal barrier and enter the bloodstream. These chemicals can then travel to any tissue including the brain (causing symptoms like headaches/brain fog) or joints and muscles (causing stiffness/pain).


Testing With a CAPS Unit


Dr. Austin is the only practitioner in Boulder County who utilizes the Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems (CAPS) Unit to test for postural stability and risk of falling.  Most new Functional Wellness patients receive a CAPS test as part of their initial evaluation.  Patients stand on a computerized force plate with eyes open and closed, and then repeat testing on a foam pad on top of the plate.  This information helps Dr. Austin understand more about core muscle stability, vestibular (inner ear) function, cortical and brain stem function, thus allowing him to approach your treatment more from a brain-based perspective vs. spine-based.

Learn more about CAPS Units from Vestibular Technology.


A Different Approach


Dr. Austin believes that “segmental dysfunction” treated by traditional chiropractors are not the cause, but rather the result of dysfunction and dis-ease in higher areas of the central nervous system (i.e., cortex and brainstem). These higher centers become unable to properly regulate the body’s systems, especially the musculoskeletal system.

Rather than recommending standard medical treatments first to treat these symptoms—such as drugs and surgery—Dr. Austin uses natural and less invasive methods to improve the functional symmetry of your body’s “orchestra,” not just relieve symptoms. 

Learn about the therapies we offer, on our Functional Neurology Therapies page:


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Improving Brain Function


The non-pharmacological methods offered at Austin Functional Wellness are implemented with the specific intent of electrically stimulating the underactive parts or inhibiting the overactive parts of the brain.  This helps the brain’s ability to appropriately “cross talk” and increases long-term changes in neurological electrical firing patterns.  One important result is the actual increased production of neurotransmitters (like serotonin, norepinephrine, acetycholine and dopamine).

As we say “A healthy brain means a healthy life!”

If you want to create optimal health (not just the absence of dis-ease), then let Dr. Austin be your trusted conductor who will compose a Functional Wellness Plan to create harmony throughout your body and life.


Functional Neurology—Symptoms & Conditions


  • ​​Traumas (auto accidents/sprains/strains)
  • Musculo-skeletal (pain/stiffness)
  • Balance Issues (dizziness/Vertigo)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders/ADHD/Dyslexia
  • Memory (loss/brain fog/”slow brain”)
  • Mood Disorders (depression/anxiety)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Peripheral Neuropathy/Altered Sensation (tingling/numbness)
  • Movement Disorders (Parkinson’s/Dystonia)
  • Involuntary Muscle Movement (restless leg/spasms)
  • Autoimmune Conditions (Celiac/Hashimoto’s/Lupus/Rheumatoid
  • Arthritis/IBS/Addison’s)
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Sleep Disturbances


A Testimonial From One of Our Patients


After spending 2+ years going from doctor to doctor telling them my symptoms of extreme pain, dizziness, blurry eyes, tummy problems, back problems, memory issues, you name it, I probably had it, and all of them telling me it was just in my head, I had just about given up hope of ever feeling even semi normal on a day to day basis. Then I met a hormone doctor who believed me and referred me to Dr. Austin. I had never heard of functional neurology before but I figured it was worth a shot. Once I met Dr. Austin and started working with him on my road to recovery I knew I was the luckiest gal alive because I could tell that I had finally found THE doctor. The doctor who had the extensive knowledge and the genuine care for my well being, the one who could finally pin point each problem and explain to me why they were happening and exactly how to fix them. Slowly but surely my balance went from severely and profoundly reduced(horrible) to completely healthy. My head aches and nausea slowly disappeared. The extreme pain and tightness that would cause me to constantly shake my leg, slowly diminished. My vision got better. I went from not being able to walk half a mile without puking to being capable of running for 3-4 miles with zero signs of nausea or vomiting. That for me was absolutely life changing. I do not even have words for how amazingly talented and knowledgeable and kind Dr. Austin is. Without him, I don’t know what would have happened but I know it wouldn’t of been good. My life was returned to me in a way that I didn’t think was possible and I am eternally grateful.

—Sierra F.


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