SPECIALIZING IN NEURO-METABOLIC TREATMENT
We have the resources and experience to comprehensively assess your most frustrating and persistent health issues. We employ a functional neuroscience approach and cutting-edge therapies, equipment and treatment modalities to diagnose and support you. And, we have the expertise to incorporate neuroscience straight from the research laboratory into the direct application of managing your care.
SERVICES AND THERAPIES
- Chiropractic adjustments, utilizing coupled reductive manipulation and light force techniques when they are appropriate
- Sports injury prevention
- Brain-based rehabilitation using visual, auditory, propriceptive, and vestibular therapies
- Corrective/functional exercise
- Gut health testing (intestinal permeability/malabsorption, digestion, GI infections)
- Hormone testing (male, female, adrenal)
- Nerve entrapment techniques/nerve flossing exercises for peripheral entrapments
- Neurotransmitter evaluations
- Postural correction
- Routine and functional lab testing
- Shoulder rehabilitation
- Soft tissue treatment
- Specialized immune testing
- Primitive reflex remediation
- Enhanced human performance
- Enhanced sports performance
THE FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT
WHY YOU NEED A FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY ASSESSMENT
Diagnostic assessment by the doctors at Southwest Brain Performance Centers begins with an extensive physical examination to determine how the patient is processing his or her immediate physical environment. Whenever indicated by the physical exam, and based upon the judgment of our board-certified Chiropractic Neurologist, we may order additional lab work and medical imaging tests as part of the assessment. We then complete the assessment utilizing cutting-edge diagnostic techniques and technologies to measure postural control, reaction times, motor accuracy and neurological endurance, all in a concerted effort to pinpoint specific areas of brain and central nervous system problems. The initial diagnostic testing results serve as benchmarks against which therapy results are measured.
AVAILABLE IN-OFFICE TESTING INCLUDES
C3 Logix testing
Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP)
C3 Logix was designed by the Cleveland Clinic to collect data for athletes with traumatic brain injuries and to objectively qualify their ability to return to play. The system uses an iPad to assess symptoms, memory, processing time, neurocognitive testing and visual acuity. This test is performed in the office on the initial visit and last visit of the week to show subjective and objective improvement, and to show specific areas that need continued therapy.
COMPUTERIZED DYNAMIC POSTUROGRAPHY (CDP)
CSP is a clinical assessment technique that can help diagnose posture and balance disorders. It is used to evaluate the various systems – sensory, motor and central nervous – that affect posture and balance. CDP tests the patient’s posture using a combination of support surfaces. The patient stands on a horizontal platform challenging the ability to maintain balance. At the same time, the environment creates visual stimuli that can be used to assess how the patient uses visual cues to maintain his or her balance. The neurologist performs specific tests under these conditions to measure the body’s reactions. Measurements from these tests are combined with measurements from the saccadometer testing and physical examination to help the doctors pinpoint the affected areas of the brain.
Saccades are fast eye movements (>30 degrees/second). The neural structures that control saccades comprise nearly every level of the brain, and neurological and physiological disorders have a variety of effects on the saccadic parameters that are characteristic of their origin. These effects may be divided into two types, saccadic velocity and saccadic latency. The saccadometer testing takes four minutes to perform and the objective data is used in combination with all of the other diagnostic devices and examinations to come to a better localized area on injury. It is not used to diagnose but to evaluate function and rehabilitation.
Functional neurology assesses how well groups of neurons are working. Underactive neurons may quickly fatigue and become unable to do their job. By performing a functional neurological exam we can determine the specific group of neurons that need attention, then prescribe individually based exercises designed to improve performance and function. The original concepts of functional neurology were developed by Dr. Ted Carrick of the Carrick Institute, which provides post-graduate studies in functional neurology. Specific chiropractic adjustments coupled with rehab exercises can provide a very powerful method of stimulating appropriate areas of the brain.
The neuron is the functional unit in the central nervous system. Neurons communicate electrically and chemically. Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that relay information. Balancing brain chemistry is essential to getting the maximum benefit from chiropractic adjustments and rehab exercises. Lifestyle, diet, and overall health greatly affect neurotransmitter function. At Southwest Brain Performance Centers we address these factors utilizing adjustments, rehab exercises, nutritional intervention, supplementation, and gut-repair protocols to balance neurotransmitter activity.
MAIN NEUROTRANSMITTERS ASSESSED
Low serotonin is associated with depression, PMS, seasonal affective disorder, inner rage, and a general loss of enthusiasm.
Low dopamine is associated with a short temper, low self-esteem, poor focus and concentration, and addictive behavior.
Low GABA is associated with stress, anxiety, panic, feeling overwhelmed, chronic worry, restlessness, and feelings of dread.
Low acetylcholine is associated with memory loss, difficulty learning, difficulty calculating numbers, slow mental response, and poor visual memory (trouble remembering faces or where you parked your car).