Concussion Discussions Book Launch Replay

This anthology brings together 20 experts from around the country who share with you their advice and experience working with patients with brain injury.

As you explore the chapters, you’ll read about the numerous ways brain injury survivors can THRIVE in their recovery, often after traditional medicine left them struggling for answers. Additionally, you’ll learn about different symptoms associated with brain injury (headaches, dysautonomia, eye tracking, brain fog, dizziness, thyroid disorders, and more), as well as the importance of understanding your legal rights.

If you or your loved one has suffered a brain injury, this book offers you a wealth of information, but, more importantly, also offers you HOPE!

Never lose hope — no matter how many years since your injury occurred, or how many doctors have told you they can’t do anything for you. There truly are providers and professionals who understand exactly what you’re going through, and how to help you achieve the quality of life you’ve been seeking. Twenty of those caring professionals share their knowledge and experience in this book.

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The TBI Doctor Recommendation Program

I hear from so many of you on a regular basis who are struggling to find the right doctor to help you. I wanted to make it a little bit easier to help match you with the RIGHT doctor for your specific needs and situation. Even in the Functional Neurology and Functional Medicine world, not all doctors treat all symptoms, and each of them specializes in their own unique program.

Dr. Steadman and I have teamed together to bring you a virtual “match maker” so to speak! By filling out a google form with your symptoms, date of injury, and who you have already worked with, we will be better served to help match you to a doctor who serves your specific needs, and we will do our best to find one closest to you — but do keep in mind that there aren’t many of them, and you may have to travel a little ways — so please do keep an open mind.

After filling out the form, you will hear from Integrated Brain Center’s amazing staff … they will set up a 15 minute call with you and either Dr Steadman or Dr Maynard who will go through your form and ask more questions before recommending a specific doctor (or two) for you to consider.

Due to the amount of time we are putting into to helping you, we ask that you please only fill out the form if you are truly serious about working with a doctor who specializes in helping TBI patients — knowing that most of them are going to be out of network for insurance companies. It will be up to you to check with your insurance company and see if they will reimburse for any of your treatment (many insurance companies cover approx. half the cost).

If you’re ready to take action, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/197P1VzMYVL1NFxT6

Please allow a few days for Integrated Brain Centers to reach out to schedule your phone call … they are a busy clinic and we are trying to help as many individuals as we possibly can!

Watch the video above for more information, and drop a comment below if you have any questions we may have missed!

How Functional Neurology Helped Improve My Quality of Life After Brain injury

As we begin the New Year, I am reflecting on all for which I have to be grateful. Towards the top of that list is finding a functional neurologist who has been instrumental in helping me rehab my brain injury.

I started this journey in February of 2014 after slipping on a patch of ice…and I can still hear the sound of my skull hitting the ice-covered concrete.

I immediately found a chiropractic neurologist who helped me with my whiplash, torn muscles, and dislocated sternum. He diagnosed me as having a severe concussion and told me I should start feeling better in about 4–6 weeks.

I kept complaining that I felt my eyes weren’t quite right, and that I was experiencing a lot of short-term memory problems and aphasia, as well as major dizzy and balance issues. He eventually sent me to a neurologist who didn’t seem to believe my issues were a problem (even though I couldn’t touch my nose with my pointer finger). When I later read her reports I had to laugh. She had stated that I was dressed nicely and was well-groomed, where in fact I hadn’t showered in days and was wearing the same yoga pants and sweatshirt I had been wearing for about 3 days — had she inquired, I would have outright admitted this to her!!

She eventually sent me for a neuropsychological exam to measure my deficits. After a grueling four-hour test designed to make you face your weaknesses, I scheduled a meeting with the neuro psychologist the following week. She very kindly explained to me the nature of the test, how it measures deficits, and how it is essentially “fake proof.” She then implied that I must have been faking because I scored too poorly in memory, that my scores were lower than a patient with dementia. After spending about 70 minutes with me, she assessed that I should be put on Ritalin, anti depressants, and sleep medication. I refused all three because I knew they wouldn’t actually “heal” me, and would be only a temporary crutch.

I had been begging every neuro doctor I saw for help. I didn’t know what type of therapy I needed, but I knew I needed something — cognitive, occupational, vision, anything that would help me get back to the person I used to be. The dizziness was sucking all the life out of me, and the short-term memory problems were causing quite a challenge to function in every-day settings.
I was incredibly frustrated as I went back to my neurologist about a year later. After a brief assessment, she told me because it was over a year since my injury that none of the therapies would likely help me. WHAT?? Then why on earth didn’t she send me earlier? I was confused, frustrated, and felt hopeless.

As a last resort the neurologist did eventually send me to a cranial sacral therapist who was the first person to help me find any sort of relief. His gentle treatment helped realign the skull plates that had been causing pressure inside my head. After several treatments, I felt a lot of relief from the “brain fog” that had been a 24/7 nuisance.

After two and a half years of struggling through life with a brain injury, my eyes were finally opened to the practice of Functional Neurology.

To be honest, I was skeptical. Every doctor I had seen up to this point had discouraged me, and my neurologist told me there was basically no hope for further recovery (even though I had learned that recovery can happen at ANY point after your injury).

My initial exam took almost two hours — TWO HOURS!! No doctor had spent more than a half hour with me up to this point.

My exam consisted of checking my:

  • balance
  • gait
  • heart rate & blood pressure
  • visual eye tracking (VNG)
  • quick eye movements (saccades)
  • optokinetic reflexes (OPK)
  • Vestibular Ocular Reflexes (VOR)
  • Chiropractic structural examinationzMy testing showed the following results:
  • My autonomic nervous system was too sympathetic (startle response).
  • My resting heart rate was too high.
  • My gaze holding ability was questionable.
  • All planes of my smooth pursuit eye movements were impaired.
  • I was unsteady standing on flat surfaces, and would fall backwards when I closed my eyes.
  • Spatial awareness and depth perception were impaired.
  • My walking gait was impaired
  • I had diminished sensation on the left side of my face and body.
  • My visual and auditory reaction times were off.This doctor validated every single thing that I had been feeling. He said that we needed to work on all of the systems together and get them working properly again. He told me that the majority of my issues was coming from my eyes, and that we needed to retrain my eyes how to work properly. It was so comforting to know that I wasn’t crazy at all — it was just that those other doctors had been ignoring all of my issues because they weren’t trained in what to look for related to traumatic brain injuries and concussions (which is widely misunderstood by medical professionals).

Functional neurology is a way of thinking and assessing the nervous system by looking at what’s working well, what isn’t working, and what might be working too much. It’s about developing strategies to build better plasticity in how your nervous system is working. Dr. Schmoe believes that functional neurology should be a basic requirement in all medical and healthcare fields – but unfortunately it is not.

My doctor gained his knowledge by attending the Carrick Institute for those who have already graduated from the chiropractic program. The Carrick Institute program is an additional three years of training beyond chiropractic school. It is designed to give a deeper education and understanding of how the nervous system works and how to treat problems that arise as the result of a brain injury or disease. They offer courses to providers of al disciplines, including medical doctors, physical therapists, naturopaths, etc.

The doctor gave me treatment plans for each of my systems that weren’t working, which included:

  • Gaze-stability exercises and vestibular rehab
  • tilt table with electric stimulation to calm my startle reflex
  • sensory stimulation on the left side of my body
  • finger-to-nose cerebellum training on the left side
  • ARP wave simulation on my neck (whiplash)
  • Doctor applied FNOR techniques on my shoulder and scapula
  • FNOR physical rehabilitation exercises to strengthen neck, core, and lower extremities
  • Prologel to lessen inflammation in my neck from my whiplash that hadn’t healed
  • D2 exercises to increase my hand-eye reaction times
  • interactive metronome exercises to increase my auditory reaction times
  • blood chemistry workup to check for anemia, infections, inflammation, auto immune disorders, thyroid and blood sugar levels
  • dietary and nutrition supplements

Within just two weeks of working on gaze-stabilization and eye-tracking exercises, I was no longer feeling dizzy and off-balance. Dealing with dizziness 24/7 was a major energy suck, and I was starting to notice I now had more energy to get things done during the day than I had had since my accident.

I was starting to gain back feeling in the left side of my body, and my startle response was settling down. As a result of all of this, my anxiety levels were diminishing. It’s amazing how your body responds when you are no longer constantly living in a high pain threshold. I was finally able to go several weeks without a headache (which was great since I had been having headaches on an all-too-regular basis).

Now this isn’t to say that I am “fixed” …. I still have a long way to go. But I am finally feeling better than I have since February 2014. I wish I had found Functional Neurology a year earlier; then who knows where I would be in my recovery right now!

It astounds me how one doctor could improve so many of my symptoms with “simple” techniques, yet a plethora of trained neurological doctors didn’t do ANYTHING for me. This is why I am so passionate about the advocacy work that I do. Millions of brain injury survivors have not had proper treatment and were basically disregarded by the medical community — and written off by the psychologists as having “mental” issues rather than “physical” issues.

Some professionals have gone so far as to say that universally “everyone as a brain injury” now as a result of the media talking about concussions and sports. The reality is that we are just now beginning to understand the severity of concussions … and people who were injured decades ago are just now beginning to understand why they’ve felt and acted the way they have for so many years — as their brain injury went undiagnosed.

With proper treatment, the brain and neurological system has an amazing way of rewiring itself. The key is early detection and diagnosis, in combination with a trained doctor who understand how to best treat you … and NOT brush you off or disregard your concerns.

For help finding a Functional Neurologist who can help you, please fill out this online form: https://forms.gle/U8n8BX96nnBHNDsw9

Originally published on Huffington Post 1/11/2017

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A New Partnership with Integrated Brain Centers

I am so excited to share with you!!

I would like to introduce to you my new partnership with Integrated Brain Centers out of Denver, CO.

Together we will bringing you a TON of fresh, new content on recovering from concussion/TBI including:

Additionally, Integrated Brain Centers will be the new sponsor of my Faces of TBI podcast series and TBI TV.

Integrated Brain Centers supports patients from all over the country, offering week-long intensives as well as tele-health services. They use cutting-edge Functional Neurology techniques to help relieve symptoms including: dizziness, headaches, vertigo, neuro fatigue, cognitive decline, sleep disturbances, emotional imbalances, and so much more! Additionally, they incorporate Functional Medicine into their practice to help find underlying metabolic conditions that are hindering patient recovery.

www.integratedbraincenters.com   303.781.0126

 

Dr. Steadman (L) and Dr. Maynard (R)

Meet the Doctors:

Dr. Shane Steadman, DC, DACNB, DCBCN, FACFN, FAAIM, CNS, CCCN, DCCN with nearly 20 years of clinical experience, he is an expert in Chiropractic Neurology and Functional Medicine. Dr. Steadman is a leading practitioner in the area of concussions and brain injuries and works with patients in Denver, Colorado and around the United States.

Due to the extensive education, training and success rate Dr. Steadman has achieved, he is one of the most sought after health practitioners for patients dealing with tough conditions, as well as those who have gone from doctor to doctor without answers and solutions.

Dr. Steadman has been a lecturer for Apex Energetics since 2006. He teaches and educates other physicians and practitioners about the testing and clinical applications of Functional Endocrinology, Immunology and Neuro Chemistry. Dr. Steadman also, regularly appears on TV and radio programs, sharing his expertise and advice about concussions, brain injuries and a host of other conditions, such as: nutrition, stress management, vertigo, migraines and other tough cases.

Dr. Perry Maynard, DC, DACNB is a board certified Chiropractic Neurologist that specializes in the  management of complex neurological cases, including post concussive syndrome, vertigo, balance disorders, movement disorders, dysautonomia, and a variety of autoimmune conditions. Dr. Maynard also enjoys taking principles from cutting edge neuroscience and applying it to sports rehabilitation and overall human performance.

Dr. Maynard first became interested in neurological rehabilitation after playing Division 1 college football for Eastern Illinois University, where he experienced multiple concussions and witnessed friends and teammates suffering without answers or options for treatment. Dr. Maynard began chiropractic school with a strong interest in both clinical neuroscience and sports medicine. Throughout his education, he was fortunate to intern with several neurorehabilitation clinics.

Some of you are probably wondering why I have a new partnership … 

As many of you know, I have partnered with Dr. Schmoe and the FNC for the past three years since he treated me at his clinic. Dr. Schmoe is a brilliant doctor and without him I would not be where I am today in my recovery. I am forever grateful that he reached out to me and convinced me to come in for that initial exam.

My mission is to reach as many survivors, caregivers, loved ones, and professionals as I can in an effort to help TBI survivors get the care they need and learn about Functional Neurology and other resources sooner, rather than later, in their journey. I felt it was time to broaden my horizons and move in a different direction. I wish nothing but the very best for Dr. Schmoe and his talented team of doctors!