Your brain, a complex organ with many different parts, controls the harmonious function of many distant interwoven systems (cardiac, digestive, urinary, reproductive, musculoskeletal). Your brain must organize and time itself to achieve peak efficiency, like an orchestra. Each neuron plays a role in the function and stability of your entire body. 

To help you reduce negative symptoms and return balance to your brain, a functional neurologist / specialized chiropractor offers various exercises, procedures, and lifestyle modifications. We work together with you to activate specific parts of your brain that are under- or overactive, improving symmetry and timing -- so you can feel better! 

Functional neurology chiropractic aims to strengthen weaker segments of the brain and improve the integration and timing of the left and right sides of your brain and body. 

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Austin Functional Wellness is your local chiropractic neurologist in Lafayette, CO. We offer several non-pharmacological treatments, such as unique balance exercises, oculomotor (eye movement) training, timing exercises (Interactive Metronome) and more to electrically stimulate hypoactive parts and inhibit the hyperactive segments of the brain. We want your brain to properly “cross-talk.” Processing speed, memory and cognitive abilities can be improved.   

Our treatment methods increase permanent changes (neuroplasticity) in the electrical firing patterns of your brain and body. Chiropractic neurology treatments result in an increase in neuroplasticity and the production of neurotransmitters such as GABA, Catecholamines,  Serotonin, Dopamine, and Acetylcholine. This helps repair your brain and heal your body.

How Can a Certified Functional Neurologist Help?

Inflammation occurs as part of the immune system’s response to trauma, infection, dehydration, stress and overuse--to name a few concerns. While not all inflammation is harmful, silent, ongoing, and uncontrolled inflammation underlies most health conditions. 

For instance, when inflammation occurs in the gut due to food sensitivities, dysbiosis or infection, the inflammatory chemicals produced by the immune system can pass through the intestinal barrier (via increased intestinal permeability AKA Leaky Gut) and into the bloodstream, which is a highway to the rest of the body. The chemicals then inflame other tissues like organs (causing bladder weakness or sexual dysfunction), muscles and joints (causing joint degeneration or stiffness/pain) or the brain (causing headaches/brain fog or emotional imbalances). A certified functional neurologist can help to diagnose and treat these symptoms.

At Austin Functional neurology chiropractic center, we believe that spinal “subluxation or segmental dysfunction” often results from disease and dysfunction in higher levels of the central nervous system. These higher areas (i.e. cortex and brainstem) fail to correctly regulate the body’s systems, particularly the musculoskeletal system resulting in spinal dysfunction, pain and degenerative changes over time.

As a certified functional neurologist, Dr. Austin is highly trained to know when it is appropriate to recommend standard medical treatments for these symptoms, including drugs and surgery. However, most medical treatments using pharmaceutical drugs are designed to suppress function, not improve it.  Dr. Austin uses less invasive and natural techniques to improve the functional balance of your body’s “orchestra,” and not just relieve or suppress symptoms.

You’ve found a “Functional Neurologist Near Me”

Have you been googling for a “functional neurologist near me” or looking for treatments for brain injuries or accidents? If you are in Lafayette, CO, and the surrounding areas seeking the care of a functional medicine neurologist, Dr. Austin can help. Check out the different functional neurology methods and devices that Dr. Austin uses below and make an appointment that could change your life.

IM

Interactive Metronome (IM)

IM has been tested with excellent results on populations with Neurobehaviorial disorders such as ADD/ADHD and ASD, Traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Post-Stroke and Amputees.

​Similar to the way a metronome is used by musicians to keep tempo, IM uses auditory and visual feedback to gauge if a patient’s kinesthetic performance is in sync with the beat. Through rhythm and repetition, this training can improve timing in the brain.

Dr. Austin is one of the few providers in our area who uses this engaging, evidenced-based assessment and training tool to improve patients’ cognitive and motor skills.  He has been certified to provide IM services since 2005 and is an expert in the area of Brain Timing.

To learn more about this therapy, visit interactivemetronome.com, or watch the video with Dr. Austin.

What It Can Treat

What Can Interactive Metronome Treat?

IM can alleviate symptoms which children and adults may experience (who are frequently unnecessarily or unsuccessfully medicated), including:

  • Brain fog
  • Aggressiveness
  • Memory issues
  • Impulsiveness
  • Balance problems
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Poor organizational and planning skills
  • Lack of focus and attention
  • Sensory integration problems (physical/ auditory/visual hypersensitivity)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/ Concussion
  • Reading and math difficulties

Cognitive deficits which are shown to improve include:

  • working memory
  • attention and concentration
  • motor planning and sequencing
  • language processing
  • behavior (i.e., aggression and impulsivity)

Physical deficits which are helped with IM Training include:

  • balance
  • gait
  • endurance
  • strength
  • motors skills
  • coordination

Home IM units are available at our office.

NSI

Neuro Sensorimotor Integrator (NSI)

Neuro Sensorimotor Integrator

Using a 50 inch HD TV and touch screen, the NSI is designed to offer a host of therapy procedures to a wide range of patients requiring visual or neuro therapy following: head injury, Strokes, Concussion, Whip Lash, and more. The programmable instrument offers procedures to improve; Pursuits, Saccades, Eye-Hand Coordination, Visual Reaction Time, Speed, Visual Motor Skills and Neuro-Cognitive Skills.

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Oculomotor

Oculomotor (Eye Movement) Training / Focus Builder App

Oculomotor

Eye muscles are reflexively linked to core muscles. Sometimes a patient’s eye movement ability can be significantly dysfunctional without them knowing it, especially after a concussion. This can cause dizziness, headache, double vision, nausea, balance problems, core muscle instability and many other conditions. Dr. Austin utilizes in-office training as well as the Focus Builder App for home rehab. He will program a variety of individualized eye exercises which challenge users to voluntarily move their eyes in various patterns, speeds and directions. These eye movements exercise the weaker or less efficient eye muscles and thus activate specific parts of the brain associated with cognitive, motor and memory function depending on which eye exercise is performed. This app is not recommended for use without the expertise of a trained Chiropractic Functional Neurologist. The app can be used on iPhones or iPads.

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glasses

Eyelights

Eyelights

Eyelights are neurological light and color stimulation glasses used to strengthen the weaker side of the brain, eye function and overall physical and mental performance. The colored lens contain a small unit that emits gentle “low frequency” intermittent “red” light pulses which cause electrical stimulation directly into the brain via the retina at the back of the eye. Glasses can be worn at home, work and school in conjunction with other sensory motor exercises (i.g., balancing on one leg, strength training, aerobics, stretches, cross-crawl, eye exercises, IM and vibration therapy).

Frequently learning challenges are linked to dysfunctional eye movements or the inability of eyes to move together efficiently. Eyelight Therapy can also help stimulate important brain areas that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, involved with controlling emotions, attention span, motivation, promoting thinking before acting, muscle strength and motor function.

Athletes of all ages can use eyelights to become stronger, recover more quickly, balance muscle tone and increase overall performance.

Eyelights are available for purchase at Austin Functional Wellness and for more information visit eyelights.com. This is a highly specialized therapy and should be programmed and monitored by Dr. Austin or another Chiropractic Functional Neurologist.

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Sole Supports

Sole Supports Orthotics

Sports injury

There are many routine treatments for foot problems, from anti-inflammatory pills to cortisone injections, to a million different pads, cushions, ointments and, of course, surgery. These have temporary, pain-relieving effects. But, if you want the chance to permanently solve the problem, you must change the way your feet function on the ground. And the only way to do that is to use a true custom, biomechanical orthotic: Sole Supports.

Dr. Austin has been casting Sole Support orthotics for almost 20 years with impressive results. Go to SoleSupports.com to find out more about how different they are from generic orthotics.

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And More

Additional Functional Neurology Therapies

balance therapies

Could include Sensory Motor stimulation, balance therapies (both in office and at home), specific Cerebellar activations, Primitive Reflex remediation exercises, Olfactory (smell) therapy, Optokinetic stimulation, Eye movement exercises, Chiropractic manipulative therapy, music or sound therapy and many more.

What People Say

Patients’ Testimonials

  • Ivy W.

    Dr. Austin is my first phone call every time I have the opportunity to fly back home. I always feel ten times better walking out of his office then I did walking in. He has helped me with chronic neck, sinus, and herniated disc issues. I just wish he made house calls in...

  • Brandon K.

    Dr. Austin is one of the most brilliant, well-rounded health professionals I have ever met. He is able to analyze patients in a holistic way, which enables him to notice things most people miss. His breadth and depth of knowledge in neurology and chiropractic care allows him...

  • Natalie C.

    I came to Dr. Austin after suffering with a chronic illness and brain injury for nearly 2 years. I was afraid to be hopeful because I had already tried many things to heal and was struggling to make further progress. Dr. Austin has several ways of objectively testing brain...

  • Danielle V.

    Dr. Austin is an extremely knowledgeable chiropractic neurologist. He has capabilities to help with a variety of problems, but he specializes in the brain. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is recovering from a concussion, brain fog, or dizziness! And I think all...

  • Sarah Z.

    Dr. Austin's practice has given me the hope of recovery after a difficult brain injury. I found Dr. Austin after seeing many specialists - neurologist, rheumatologist, endocrinologist - and receiving an uncertain diagnosis that left me without a recovery plan. He has brought...

  • Dave K.

    We've been going to Dr. Austin for ~25 years. Dr. Austin is an intuitive and caring provider who listens to what we're asking for. Just and adjustment today? Fine. Something more wholistic? That's fine too. You'll be hard pressed to find a more skilled and compassionate...

  • Derick A.

    Dr. Austin pretty much saved my life. I was very dizzy from the moment I woke up until the moment a went to sleep every day this year. The feeling would never go away. I had very low quality of life, could barely drive and was on the verge of losing my job because I could no...

  • Chelsea D.

    Is there such a thing as a perfect person? Maybe not, but Dr. Austin sure does come close. Using "alternative" medicine can often be a confusing or scary experience for new people, which is what sets Dr. Austin apart from the rest. When a Doctor takes time to actually explain...

  • Chris R.

    No matter where I travel in the world, this is where I will come to have my spine cared for. I started here two years ago with horrible lower back pain and didn't have to come in for another adjustment for almost two years. Impressive holistic approach from this crew....

  • Dory J.

    I started working with doctor Austin in 1998 after a very thorough recommendation by Gail Denton who wrote the book "Brainlash".( btw: If you or someone you know has a traumatic brain injury- buy that book). Through several car accidents and multiple athletic injuries and...

  • Caylen E.

    I have been a patient of Dr. Austin's for many years now, after years of searching for a good chiropractor, and he is hands-down the best! I have never had my neck cracked so perfectly and I feel amazing after every appointment. He uses a lot of functional neurology...

  • Denise M.

    I've been seeing doctor Paul for close to 25 year. He has helped me through my pregnancy, he has adjusted my 21 year old daughter since she was 2 days old. I suffer from lower back, shoulder, and migraine headaches. He has been able to provide relief and continued treatment...

  • Heather Z.

    I have been seeing Dr Austin for years now, originally after a car accident but now more for tune ups. He is one of the most caring and educated healers I have ever been to. I have many friends that have started seeing him as well and they have all been very pleased with the...

  • Jason C.

    Dr. Austin and his entire staff are highly recommended! I was referred to Dr. Austin from a to chiropractor in Arizona... And I've been exceptionally happy! He has very deep knowledge, a heart to serve and cares about people, and he's great with explaining things and my...

  • Elspeth A.

    I have known Dr. Paul since I was 6 years old. He is the most caring and knowledgeable doctor. If you are looking for a new chiropractor I strongly recommend you go see him. He is wonderful!

  • Kathy D.

    Dr. Austin is my chiropractor of choice because of his vast knowledge in sports medicine, neurology, and nutrition to train the root cause of any issue I may have. It is not a blind treatment which is what I have seen in many other chiropractic offices. I am currently...

  • Jesse S.

    I was pretty nervous to get my very first adjustment, but Dr. Austin put my mind at ease. Hugely knowledgeable and very kind. The whole experience was exceptional!

  • Kathy K.

    I started going to Dr. Paul Austin for some neck discomfort and I received so much more. His knowledge of the workings of the nervous system, balance, brain function, etc. has helped me tremendously. He suggestion of simple exercises has helped with overall balance (something...

  • Kathryn M.

    He is a master of his craft. I've used him for about 20 years. He's helped with posture improvement, subluxation, and various injuries.

  • Nathalie P.

    Have been bringing my children and myself to Dr Austin for over 10 years! From neuro support to mental and physical wellness, he looks at our whole bodies and provides nourishing enhancement, alignment and support. Truly grateful for all he does for our family.

  • Genna M.

    I love Dr Austin! He is extremely knowledgeable and excited to share his knowledge. I know that I'm never just going in for a quick fix adjustment. He takes time to talk to you and truly understand exactly what is going on with your body. He is wonderful.

  • Allison J.

    Dr. Austin changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. When I went to see him I was experiencing extreme back pain! Sometimes the pain would shoot down my leg to my foot. I had already seen two healthcare professionals who diagnosed me with Degenerative Disc Disease. One laid out...

  • Bruce I.

    Dr. Austin has been an incredible help to me in over coming chronic back pain. I have seen a lot of doctors over the years to deal with my back and he is the first one to figure out how to help me. Through his guidance I am relatively pain free, eating healthier, loosing 20...

  • Alan B.

    Dr Austin takes special care and pride in his role to heal people and guide them down a healthier path. If it wasn’t for Dr Austin‘s approach after my back had failed I probably would not have been able to walk today, and wouldn’t be as healthy or happy as I am.

  • Cedrick N.

    Dr Austin is one of the best doctor you will ever go to. He is a humble, authentic and caring doctor who also has an impressive knowledge of the human brain and body. I can't say enough about him and highly recommend him.

  • Jim O.

    I have never believed in chiropractors. My best friend, a long distance runner, swore by his. After an injury at home (wrenched my neck and back badly), I saw my primary care doctor. He said I may have shingles and my accident caused it to materialize. After a week of...

  • Ben S.

    I've been a patient of Dr. Austin for a few years now. He has always gone the extra mile to relieve my pain. He helped me recover from an auto accident and has continued to treat me for chrinic back and shoulder issues. I would highly recommend Dr. Austin.

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