What to Expect

WHAT TO EXPECT
FINDING THE CAUSE

We use Functional Neurology to address brains that are under- or over-active. We use rehab exercises, along with eye exercises, dietary modifications, targeted nutritional and lifestyle adjustments, to restore brain chemistry, and light force chiropractic adjustments when indicated.

NEUROTRANSMITTER AND METABOLIC ASSESSMENT FORMS

In addition to the Functional Neurological exam you may also fill out specialty forms that look at general brain function, how stress and blood sugar imbalance affects your brain, general gut function, adrenal function, thyroid function, serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and acetylcholine.

ADDITIONAL LAB PANELS

It may be necessary to order comprehensive blood chemistry reports for the cause of your brain disorder and how to manage it appropriately. Other lab panels such as adrenal, hormonal, stool, and immune panels may be helpful as well. For instance, immune problems and gut issues can severely impact overall brain function.

At Minnesota Functional Neurology, our new patients will experience a three-part diagnostic exam as we investigate your particular symptoms and conditions, their origin, and how it has been affecting you neurologically and immunologically.

THE FIRST APPOINTMENT: 90 minutes
Detailed health history review, bedside exam, diagnostic history (including VNG, balance analysis, reaction time testing, saccadometry).
THE SECOND APPOINTMENT: 45 - 60 minutes
Report of findings, go over all testing results. Watch VNG video, look over graphs, and introduce care plan (also go over blood chemistry if indicated).
THIRD APPOINTMENT AND BEYOND: 30 - 45 minutes

Care plan starts, receive treatments in office, home therapies are given, testing follow up as needed. Initial care plans are usually for 2x/week for 6 weeks plus additional care following as needed--HOWEVER THIS VARIES from patient to patient, sometimes more or less.

LET'S GET STARTED. REQUEST YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT.

 

Appointments generally include the following:

  • Review of chiropractic, medical, laboratory, imaging, and other clinical records.
  • A thorough clinical interview and case history.
  • Additional laboratory and information may be requested.
  • Wherever indicated, additional evaluation and testing using specific functional neurology equipment and devices.
  • A summary and presentation of diagnostic findings.
  • Consultation with additional specialists wherever indicated.
  • Recommendations for care, and determination as to whether the case can be accepted.
  • If accepted, a care management plan will be mutually agreed upon and instituted.
  • Care is normally provided as soon as possible after the initial set of steps are finished, with additional care in the agreed-upon care management plan.
  • Progress is tracked steadily during the course of care to ensure optimal results.

Many patients receive optimal results from the initial care provided; some require an additional schedule of care. For those who require extended care and reinforcement visits as they recover and improve, we have established a relationship with a local hotel for discounted lodging if needed.

In the introductory phase, we are seeking to stabilize signs and symptoms. The frequency and intensity of these treatments will be established by a consultation with the doctor. It is not uncommon that extended treatment requires four to five consecutive days of doctor visits, so individuals coming from out of town may want to plan for that possibility.