Traditionally Chiropractic has been described or categorised as treatments effecting the Musculo-Skeletal System, research in the last two decades has prompted a redefinition to Neuro-Muscular-Skeletal and conditions involving pain, dizziness, balance and headaches.
Our Neuro Rehab Sessions are more than hands-on, manual therapy that chiropractic is known for. We influence the nervous system with a variety of therapies and modalities combining our understanding of the research and evidence-based methods with the aim of improving the nervous system.
Nicole and Darren have each undertaken over 600 hours additional training in Functional Neurology, Nicole is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Neurology and is doing a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience. They both teach Functional Neurology to clinicians throughout Europe, passing on the latest research to help clinicians deliver an evidence-based, patient centered approach.
What to expect with Neuro Rehab
The first appointment is at least 1.5 hours, prior to your appointment, we ask you to fill in a form which includes questions about your brain function; how you move, your coordination, strength and balance, any pain or altered sensations you experience, fatigue levels, alterations in mental health and sleep, your ability to learn new things which requires memory and concentration. It also inquires about your lifestyle, medical conditions, tests or scans, treatment and if you know, what caused you to have your current symptoms.
During the consultation, we will ask more based on your answers to this form. The assessment then looks in more detail at which parts of the brain or nervous system are causing your symptoms and if there is the possibility of rehabilitating the involved neurons to some degree.
If you have been referred or recommended to us by another practitioner please call our reception and make them aware that you need a Neurological appointment and provide details of who has referred you if possible.
Typically our patients having Neuro Rehab are complex so we embrace an integrated approach to address their health needs. These may include other practitioners to assist with pain management, motivation, stress or anxiety, lab testing and nutritional advice or doing the exercises prescribed. Nicole or Darren will ask permission to communicate with any other practitioners so your care can be coordinated.
The Neuro Rehab sessions typically take 30-40 minutes and involve some of the following:
- Manual Therapy
- Vestibular rehab
- Muscle activation
- Eye exercises
- Proprioceptive Training
- Vagal Nerve Stimulation
- Mirror therapy
- Low Level Laser
- Interactive Metronome
- Dual tasks
In most cases, some “brain” exercises will be prescribed that can be done at home.
Please be aware that finding dysfunction on our examination does not imply we can fix it. We have to consider what disease processes or injuries have occurred and that any nerve damage sustained may not be recoverable. Sometimes a referral elsewhere with a letter explaining our findings is the most helpful thing we can do.
1) Dr Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the university’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine