FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY THERAPIES

Helping Your Body and Brain Play in Concert


The brain’s complexities are difficult to characterize, but act much like a symphony with many different interwoven parts—each play a role in the function and sound of the whole.  Like musicians in an orchestra, the brain has to time itself in order to function at peak efficiency.  In order to return more balance to the brain and reduce symptoms, we offer several modalities and exercises which selectively stimulate the parts of the brain which are under- or over-firing thus improving timing.  The goal is to strengthen the weaker parts of the brain and improve the integration/timing of the left and right hemispheres.


Hemispheric Integrative Therapy


Hemispheric Integrative Therapy is a relatively new modality used by specially trained Chiropractic Neurologists like Dr. Austin for the therapeutic treatment of brain function asymmetry/imbalance.  The first step requires testing to diagnose the part(s) of the brain that aren’t working properly.  Once the dysfunction is identified, he will determine the appropriate treatment modalities and how to specifically use them to reintegrate both sides of the brain as part of your Functional Wellness Plan.


Interactive Metronome (IM)


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.  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. To learn more, visit interactivemetronome.com



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


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

For more information and research, visit www.interactivemetronome.com.  Home IM units are available at our office.


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 www.eyelights.com. This is a highly specialized therapy and should be programmed and monitored by Dr. Austin or another Chiropractic Functional Neurologist.


Focus Builder App


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 the Focus Builder App to rehab the brain by programming 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. Learn more about the Focus Builder App: www.focusbuilderapp.com.


Additional Functional Neurology 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.



A Testimonial From One of Our Patients


My 10 year old daughter, Ellie, has Developmental Disabilities, and school was challenging for her.  Dr. Austin’s initial assessment showed that Ellie’s ability to distinguish right from left (with her eyes closed), and her ability to balance, were significantly compromised.  This made sense as Ellie frequently had left-sided injuries – her ankle, knee, arm, broken foot and hurt fingers.

Ellie completed 15 hours of IM and it was fun to sit in the waiting room hearing the happy sounds of my daughter beating her previous record!  The self-esteem aspect of the exercises would have been enough reward. Yet there have been others, including no accidents and a G.P.A. increase from 2.27 to 3.23.  WOW!  Thank you.
—Julie D.


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