Do You Know Your Functional Wellness Score?
Dr. Mike developed the Functional Wellness Score to assess the neurological system's six functional regions and give us a starting point or a roadmap to getting back to health.
Your rehabilitation experience starts with a Neuro-Exam that looks at your personal history and the Six Key-Systems involved in brain health:
Cognitive, Autonomic, Ocular Motor, Pain, Proprioceptive, & Vestibular.
By assessing these systems, we can identify the areas of your brain suffering from injury or trauma. Your
Neuro-Exam is a one-hour exam to diagnose and determine the contributing factors of your condition.
Arising from the Frontal Lobe, cognitive dysfunction can be expressed as brain fog, fatigue, lack of endurance, anxiety, and depression. Using diagnostic technologies like Brain EQ, we can identify dysfunction in the frontal lobe.
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is regulated by the hypothalamus and Brain Stem acting mostly unconsciously to control functions like heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, and pupillary response. Looking at your heart rate variability, blood pressure, and pupils can help assess if there's dysfunction in the ANS.
Every brain region is involved with vision, and normal visual perception requires a functioning Ocular Motor Systems to control the position and movement of the eyes to focus. Using tools like Videonystagmograpy (VNG) and Right Eye, we can review aberrant eye movements to identify brain dysfunction areas.
Pain is processed in your Frontal Lobe and Limbic Region of the brain. Even emotional connections tied to pain can contribute to your symptoms. Your initial Bedside Exam on day one will give your Doctor the information they need to help resolve your physical pain and enable you to do the rehab you need.
Influenced by the Cerebellum, proprioception is your sense of movement and body position in space. Affecting voluntary movements such as posture, balance, coordination, and even speech. Tests like the Computerized Dynamic Posturography, or 'balance board,' help uncover if there are issues in your proprioception vs. vestibular.
The vestibular nuclei, located in the brain stem, can become affected with brain trauma, causing dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. You may even feel like there is a boat in your brain. Diagnostics tests you may take if you have these side effects are VNG, Right Eye, and the D2 light-board, amongst others.