The human eye can do many different tasks with many different purposes. They can move quickly from one target to another, track a slow moving target, and maintain clear visual acuity while remaining fixated on target. Each eye movement is controlled by specific areas of the brain. Eye exercises can be used to target these areas of the brain in order to stimulate them if they are found to be under-functioning.
Joint Positional Awareness is our ability to understand where our body is in space. Extensive research has been conducted which concludes that after whiplash, subjects have difficulty discerning their head position when tested with visual feedback from a laser pointer. We use this understanding and can rehabilitate a patient’s spatial awareness using a live-feedback laser device to retrain perception of certain body parts in space.
Gaze stability allows us to focus clearly on a target while moving the head, neck or eyes. Dysfunctional gaze stability can attribute to neck tightness, dizziness, blurred vision or head pain. Individualized gaze stability exercises retrain the way your head, eyes and neck move together, improving your ability to maintain focus throughout various activities.
The vestibular system helps you to discern where your head is in space as well as when you’re head is moving or tilting. Head-eye vestibular motion (HEVM) therapy can be applied in order to activate your brain to promote better integration and improve balance, coordination and eye-movements.
Somato Sensory Evoked Potentials (SSEP)-SSEP’s are subtle electrical pulses that activate peripheral nerves throughout the body and their associated brain areas. The nerves in the face and tongue go to parts of the brainstem that can influence eye movements, balance, and head pain regulation.
Trans-cutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (tVNS) – The Vagus nerve is a major contributor to the autonomic nervous system and is crucial for proper healing & vital function. This stimulation directly activates the vagus nerve, which has been shown in research to help with headaches, abnormal vital control and post-concussion symptoms.
Neuro Sensorimotor Integrator
The Neuro Sensorimotor Integrator (NSI) is a gold standard program in neurological rehabilitation. This 50 inch touch screen TV/computer allows us to exercise any area of your brain, often simultaneously. It has been used to improve reaction time, speed, spatial awareness, cognition, dual-tasking ability and balance. This equipment can be adapted to help a variety of patients from athletes trying to optimize brain function to patients suffering from altered cognition, stroke, post-concussion syndrome, and neurodegeneration
In this video, a pediatric patient is performing a complex task requiring him to use his working memory in order to click numbers and letters in a sequence. 1 -A -2 -B -3 -C and so on.
Tilt Table Therapy
Tilt-table therapy is vastly important in recalibrating autonomic function in conditions such as POTS, where positional changes cause improper autonomic reactions. This is often seen with post-concussion syndrome or dysautonomia, where lightheadedness or rapid heart rate occur while changing body position, due to abnormal neurological regulation. This therapy uses a controlled change in body position to retrain the appropriate response.