The vestibular system (inner ear and all the neural pathways connected to it) is the most fundamental sensory systems in our body that give us a perception of where we are in space and where space is in relation to us. It also happens to be one of the most common areas of dysfunction in concussions, dizziness, headaches, neck pain, and more. Vestibular rehabilitation involves very specific exercises of the eyes, head, and neck that “recalibrate,” the signals from the inner ear to the brain. When done appropriately this becomes a very powerful tool we utilize that can drastically help with balance, walking, dizziness, brain fog, and headaches.
Who is Vestibular Rehabilitation For?
- Visual Disturbances
- Motion Sensitivity
- Unexplained falls or balance problems
Vagal Nerve Stimulation
The vagus nerve is a nerve arising from the lower brainstem that is now being called the “key to health.” This nerve connects to the lungs, heart, gut, and higher centers in the brain and is designed to “relax,” the body and brain by reducing heart rate, increasing digestion, decreasing inflammation, and much more.(See vagus nerve blog for more info)
Stimulation of this nerve through transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation, is an exciting innovative therapy that has been shown to decrease depression, pain, anxiety, systemic inflammation, and migraines, and increase the process of neuroplasticity. The combination of this therapy with our other modalities has greatly helped many of our patients.
Who is Vagal Nerve Stimulation For?
- Mood disorders
- Inflammatory conditions
- Gastrointestinal Problems
Many complaints of the patients we serve involve pain and dysfunction of the spine. Chiropractic adjustments have long been shown to be a very effective therapy in addressing musculoskeletal complaints such as whiplash, low back pain, and headaches, but recent research is beginning to show that chiropractic adjustments can also influence activity in different areas of the brain. We use gentle, safe chiropractic procedures in our office as one of the ways we help patients reduce pain and begin to heal.
Our patients that benefit the most from our chiropractic services suffer from:
- Low back pain
- Shoulder pain
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy is an innovative healing modality that has been used world-wide as a novel, safe, and non-invasive approach to promote cellular repair and regeneration after injury or disease. Specific wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum have been shown to interact with our cellular DNA and activate the healing response by impacting inflammation and promoting blood flow. Recent research is also showing that this modality can promote cerebral blood flow and increase brain derived neurotropic factor, which is critical in healing from mTBI/TBI and other brain related conditions. See our low-level laser therapy blog for more information.
Non-invasive neuromodulation is a term for the application of different types of electrical stimulation to stimulate nerves from the body to influence and improve neuroplasticity in the brain. We use different forms of non-invasive neuromodulation in the office to impact different areas of the nervous system. Some of the applications we use are galvanic vestibular stimulation, trans-spinal direct current, trigeminal nerve stimulation and more. These decisions to use different forms of this modality depend on your history and examination findings. All of these procedures are very safe, painless, and effective.
Who is non-invasive neuromodulation for?
- Balance disorders
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Mood disorders
- Coordination problems
- Neurodevelopmental delays
Vision therapy is a very effective tool in re-establishing the connections between the eyes and the brain. Humans use many different types and subtypes of eye movements every day and each different eye movement activates different areas and networks in the brain. This makes eye movements a very powerful tool that we use in helping with concussion and different brain related conditions because we prescribe specific eye movements to target the rehabilitation of specific regions of the brain that we find dysfunction in. See our eye movement blog for more information.
Who is Vision Therapy for?
- Blurry vision
- Reading Difficulties
- Double vision
- Walking and balance problems
Spinal Decompression therapy is a fantastic therapy for reducing low back pain and neck pain. When alleviating compression on nerves in your spine by creating a gentle “pumping action,” it helps to make more space for bulging or herniated discs by removing pressure from agitated nerves going into your:
- upper back
- low back
- hips and legs
Decompression therapy is great for individuals suffering from:
- herniated and bulging discs
- moderate to severe arthritis
- spinal degeneration in the neck or low back
- neuropathy into their arms or feet
Functional medicine is a systems biology approach to assessing and supporting different metabolic conditions that greatly impact people’s optimal health. When indicated, we use many tradition and specialty laboratories to determine the root cause for many chronic conditions. Our tests assess blood sugar abnormalities, hormone imbalance, gut dysbiosis, nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory conditions, and more. We utilize the information from the labs to inform us on how to best support our patients from a lifestyle, diet, and drug-free approach.