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The Clinical Approach

Our approach at Functional Neuro Health  is fairly unique but firmly rooted in current understanding of neuroscience, functional neurology, developmental biology, psychophysiology, kinesiology, movement sciences and behaviour change. 

We have a systematic but at the same time individualised approach that aims to assess for and treat high level threat responses that are often present in human beings such as threat reflexes, that if on for too long, result in nervous system dis-regulation. 

As the nervous organises and integrates nearly all human function it makes sense to us to start here and after 15 years of working with people since adopting and refining this approach we have seen increasingly more efficient and surprising results. 

Having been trained in three of the most powerful functional neurological systems in the world being Applied Movement Neurology, P-DTR (Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex Technique) and NIS (Neurological Integration System), we have some of the most advanced and powerful tools to interact with nervous system and gather information about what is going on. 

With these alone we have the ability to assess for close over a hundred different receptors, pathways, nerves and brain nuclei on many different levels. 

Regardless of your complaint if we assess and clear for integrated neurological function, recognising that better function and integration usually coincides with symptomatic improvement, however we are not therapists that will be chasing your pain or symptoms. We will just find where the 'neural threat' is being held or clear through the assessment protocols. 

After the major areas or pathways of threat have been integrated, the nervous system will be sitting in a more parasympathetic state, and we can now be even more individualised and tailor the approach to the individual.

 

For example if someone was in chronic pain and most normal hands on therapeutic approaches are not working, (which is common in chronic pain), it may because various threat reflexes are turned on, keeping them in a sympathetic state, unable to heal or relax. Once threats are cleared and the system is more relaxed we may be able to resume more hands on work, corrective exercise or other interventions that were not allowed by the nervous system to work before. 

In cases of Trauma or PTSD that is non-responsive to talk therapy, nervous system work usually needs to be done alongside a qualified mental health professional, and it will help them work through deeper layers due to the survival responses now being less reactive. 

In cases of athletic performance, the nervous system is the bridge between low and high performance and again, perceived threat in the system may be limiting some functions. Same process again will unlock pathways that improve motor control, athletic performance, mindset, strength, power, flexibility and balance. 

 
The Process:
  1. Primitive Reflexes & Breathing

  2. Visual and Vestibular System

  3. Previous Injuries & Scars (high level threats)

  4. Cranial Nerves 

  5. Immune (Virus, Bacteria, Parasite, Toxicities, Lymph)

  6. Interoceptive pathways & Gut Brain Axis

  7. Circadian System

  8. Movement, Posture & Motor Control

  9. Psychological Patterning

  10. Behaviour Change

  11. Lifestyle optimisation