TOOLS AND THERAPIES
Treating the root cause of your condition, not just your symptoms, is the fastest way to recovery and is the best way to obtain optimal health and wellness.
Thorough neurological examination
At MFNC, we will insist on a complete neurological examination. To determine the underlying cause of your health issues, extensive and thorough testing is critical. A thorough Neurological Examination typically takes 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. In addition, blood, stool, and salivary testing may be required.
To accurately assess the damage caused by the injury, robust testing should be performed to establish your baseline in each of the following domains:
- Vestibulo-ocular Reflexes
- Vestibulo-spinal Reflexes
- Proprioceptive Reflexes
- Motor Coordination and Reaction Time
- Cognitive Processing
- Auditory Integration
- Structural Integrity
- Autonomic Stability
Once the above critical function areas have been evaluated and measured with the latest in diagnostic tools, all results of the testing will be analyzed through the lens of the Carrick Institute’s functional model in order to discover patterns that have begun to develop and to work with them before a more serious problem develops.
Individual treatment plan with cutting-edge therapies
Once the root cause of your condition is discovered, an individualized treatment plan can be implemented.
The vibrant field of concussion and head injury treatment is constantly changing and evolving. It’s essential to ensure that you are receiving access tp the most up-to-date, comprehensive and customized tools and therapies needed to restore full brain function, for example:
The D2™ is a cutting-edge, FDA cleared, high performance evaluation and training device that records response to visual, gross motor and neuro-cognitive tasks.
Interactive Metronome (IM)
The Interactive Metronome is a research-based training program that helps children and adults overcome attention, memory, and coordination limitations.
ARP Wave Neuro Therapy
ARPWave Neuro Therapy is a supplemental therapy which treats the neurological origin of all physiological symptoms rather than just the symptoms themselves.
Balance Rehabilitation with BERTEC
Computerized Assessment of Postural Systems is a tool that measures an athlete’s balance and ability to orient themselves in space. This high-tech piece of equipment evaluates the vestibular system (often injured in concussions), the proprioceptive system, and how they interact with the visual system.
Saccadometry is one of the most recent technologies in measuring the movement of the eyes. Research has shown that the movements of the eyes are intimately related and correlated to the degree of integrity of the brain. By analyzing this area of the brain closely, the doctor can identify an athlete’s accuracy, reaction time, speed, and performance potential.
At MFNC, we will measure your progress and communicate that progress to you effectively throughout your treatment process.
After an initial exam, we will be able to tell you where you currently are in your healing process, in a number of specific ways. Your treatment plan should be specifically tailored to meet your needs. At a minimum, you should be provided with an objective measurement of your vestibular and visual reflexes on a regular basis. Not only should we be able to tell you if you are improving, we should be able to anticipate potential setbacks and understand when to change therapies to offer improvements.
The brain controls our body, and our gut provides critical information and feedback to the brain. When this relationship breaks down, so can your health. It is not uncommon to develop GI (gastrointestinal) issues after a concussion, as a result of the communication between the brain and gut misfiring. This is why it is vital that we evaluate the brain gut connection–also referred to as the Brain Gut Axis–because it is very difficult to fully comprehend the potential degree of dysfunction within a person’s entire body without also considering this connection. In other words, if your GI system is inflamed, your brain will also be inflamed. If the Brain Gut Axis is not evaluated along with the rest of your functioning, it can be very challenging for you to progress as expected.
We will integrate our understanding of the Brain Gut Axis with functional neurology, immunology, and endocrinology, to recommend the appropriate therapies to improve not only your brain health but your overall health.
This comprehensive perspective will result in faster and more powerful healing to your brain and body.
Challenges and complexities of concussions and brain injuries
We understand that each patient is unique. In each case, a variety of approaches and different types of therapies must be engaged in order to achieve the desired results. We are also equipped to identify and treat symptoms long after the original injury occurred.
In addition to the Brain-Gut Axis previously mentioned, we are trained to know when to incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy to address underlying social and stress responses associated with concussions and brain injuries. We are also trained to test for underlying metabolic issues such as anemia, gut infections, dysglycemia, thyroid disorders, etc. These issues can exacerbate the inflammatory cascade, which is occurring in the healing brain.