FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY THERAPIES

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 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.


Neuro Sensorimotor Integrator (NSI)


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. Learn more at: www.rkbinstruments.com



A Testimonial From One of Our Patients


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 function and I was relieved to get confirmation of what I already new to be true – my brain function was impaired! The first month was challenging for me, but I was faithful to come to appointments and do my at-home exercises. It has now been 2 months and I have progressed so much in such a short time! I have gotten my ability to drive back, am able to go to the store alone, play much more with my daughter, and have been going more places than I have in a long time! To put it simply, I am starting to live again! I look forward to seeing the progress I continue to make. Dr. Austin’s number 1 priority is helping the patient feel better. He wants to know how you are feeling along the way and is careful to challenge you without overdoing it. He will truly listen and believe you when you tell him how you’re feeling and will modify exercises accordingly.

—Natalie T. Watch Natalie explain her symptoms in this video. And watch her describe her recovery here.

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 a quantitative approach to measuring my brian function, for the first time describing my vision loss symptoms, balance issues, and other challenges in a way that makes me feel I’m being understood and, more importantly, gives me a path to recovery. Dr. Austin is uniquely knowledgeable, genuinely kind, and understands the importance of empathy and communication. We are so lucky to have him and his practice as a resource in our community.

—Sarah Z.


Oculomotor (Eye Movement) Training / 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 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. Learn more about the Focus Builder App: www.focusbuilderapp.com.


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.


Sole Supports Orthotics


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 www.SoleSupports.com to find out more about how different they are from generic orthotics.


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.


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