INITIAL ASSESSMENT

What to Expect


Most of our new patients have sought solutions to relieve their pain and symptoms from other health practitioners or on their own.  Others seek to prevent illnesses and promote wellness.

Our primary goal is to determine how our holistic ​approach can better address your unique concerns and goals.  Depending on the complexity of your symptoms, this initial visit can last between 60 – 90 minutes.

Prior to our initial visit, patients will be required to fill out an extensive history, in addition to a brain health and nutrition symptom forms. Links to those forms can be found on this page (give us a call to find out which ones you’ll need).

During your initial Functional Wellness Visit we will professionally perform and review the following:​


Current and Past Health and Medical History


CAPS Balance and Gait Testing


Primitive Reflex Testing

Physical, Orthopedic and Neurological Exam


Eye Movement Function Testing


Recent Laboratory Test Results


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.


One of our diagnostic tools:

NeuroCognitive Testing through CNS Vital Signs


This testing method is used to evaluate the neurocognitive status of patients and covers a range of mental processes from simple motor performance, attention, memory, to executive functions. Immediately following the assessment, scoring is generated into reports, giving Dr. Austin a robust view of the patient’s neurocognitive status. It gives immediate clinical insight into a patient’s current status and level of impairment.

To learn more, visit www.cnsvs.com


Upon Completion


Once we complete your initial assessment, you may receive a treatment depending on your unique condition.  Then we will schedule you for the Report of Findings to review your exam, lab, and survey findings.  Together we will begin to develop your personal Functional Wellness Plan, which may include recommendations for further testing, in-office or at-home therapies and exercises, or nutritional therapies.


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A Testimonial From One of Our Patients


This is your star student! The Interactive Metronome really did change my life! I just came from tennis camp, and I have so much control over the ball, and I didn’t know I could control the power of my hit. Also, after I finished, when I told my brain that I needed to slow down, I could actually feel myself slow down and I felt the right brain kick in! Your program has really changed my life.

—Eleana C.

P.S. Also, when I eat, I’ve slowed down, and since ending the program, I’ve never actually been stuffed like I was before. I eat slow enough that my stomach can tell my brain it’s full!


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