Step by step
Day 1 starts with an intake interview, which takes about an hour and a half. At that time our professional specialist has already studied the completed forms you emailed to us prior to the interview. During the intake interview, the professional specialist asks you a multitude of questions to identify your complaints and possible disabilities as accurately as possible. Your medical history, relevant circumstances and the process that you may have already gone through to find a solution to your complaints is also discussed at length.
Neurological and metabolic tests
Following the intake interview, our professional specialist conducts many basic neurological and metabolic tests, ranging from simple balance exercises, to testing your responsiveness, to olfactory and taste tests. The professional specialist also measures vital signs in your body, such as your blood pressure, your heart rate, the oxygen level in your blood, the oxygen-carrying capacity and the tension of your blood vessels.
Based on the insights gained from the intake interview combined with the results of the basic neurological and metabolic tests, our professional specialist builds up a picture of the way in which your brain functions. Depending on your complaints and disabilities and the picture that arises as a result of the intake interview and the basic tests, our professional specialist will subject you to one or more selective tests, such as a QEEG, CAPS, Saccade, or Lunar test. Based on your symptoms, a special blood analysis may be done to get a better idea of the underlying causes of your complaints. We have teamed up with renowned, independent laboratories both in the Netherlands and abroad for these blood analyses.
QEEG stands for quantitative EEG and is a sophisticated technique for quickly detecting abnormal brain waves. The EEG signal that is measured during brain scans gives a reliable idea of how fast the brain works. A QEEG test delves a level deeper, as it were. Calculations are used to identify the contributions of the different types of brain waves. Each brain wave is related to a certain brain activity or state, such as rest, action and alertness. The QEEG profile enables us to determine whether certain brain waves are over-stimulated or under-stimulated.
By means of a CAPS (Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems) test, we can determine your balancing ability. This test is important because the ability to find one’s balance is closely interrelated with the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. By asking you to keep your balance in a variety of situations (including eyes open, eyes closed, head in different directions, multitasking) and by monitoring your balancing ability, we can identify any limitations in the functioning of your brain.
The Saccade test is a sophisticated diagnostic device for measuring eye movements. This state-of-the art medical device is a high precision measuring tool. Small infrared cameras record your eye movements and translate them directly into a graph. Measuring both the speed and the accuracy of the eye movement is essential considering the functioning of the eyes is closely interrelated with the functioning of the brain. Almost every brain area is involved in ocular-motor skills. Brain damage or brain injury can therefore often be diagnosed by measuring those skills. Furthermore, ocular-motor skills are more complex and more sensitive than other movements of the body.
A Lunar test enables us to map the bone density of your heel, which is a good indication of the bone density of your spinal cord. The spinal cord is vital for protecting your spinal column, from which a multitude of nerves emerge carrying commands to other parts of the body. If your spinal column is not properly protected, pinching or nerve damage can occur, with the result that the brain does not function as well as it should.
Personalised treatment plan
After the intake interview, the neurological and metabolic tests and one or more selective tests, we will have collected enough data and gained sufficient insights to develop a personalised neuro-treatment plan for you. Our professional specialist will discuss this treatment plan with you later on Day 1 of your treatment, explaining in simple and clear language what you can expect and why this is the best approach to tackling your complaints. The treatment plan includes a range of focused neurological training exercises that you will perform during the next four days of your five-day treatment. In many instances, you will even start on the first neurological treatment techniques at the end of Day 1. The use of a high-tech three-dimensional balance chair is generally included as a standard element in the treatment plan.
During your five-day treatment period you will follow the neurological training programme at our institute as well as at home, or at your temporary place of residence, where you will work on your recovery by performing training exercises independently. Your professional specialist will discuss the content of this training programme with you in detail. Repeating specific activities is an important aspect of the programme in order to train your brain.
During the five-day treatment period, we will conduct several interim diagnostic tests so as to assess your progress. Depending on the results of these tests and your progress, your neuro-treatment plan may need to be adjusted along the way. If so, your professional specialist will discuss this with you in detail. At the end of the treatment period, you will receive a balanced neurological training programme to continue working on your recovery at home.
Three-dimensional balance chair
This high-tech computer-controlled chair can rotate around its axis in three different ways and helps significantly to restore neurological functions. The professional specialist sets up a movement profile based on your complaints, the results of the diagnostic tests and your progress during the five-day treatment programme. This movement profile comprises the speed at which the three-dimensional balance chair moves as well as the rotation of the chair around its axis. While sitting in the rotating chair, you will be asked to target fixed points in the housing around the chair with a laser pen. You will also be asked to perform specific tasks, such as reading or writing, while sitting in the moving three-dimensional balance chair.
It is quite possible that your body does not get sufficient amounts of certain nutrients. This can be due to your diet, but it can also be traced back to hereditary factors. Certain nutrient deficiencies can keep certain brain functions from functioning as well as they should. The treatment plan can therefore prescribe replenishing these deficiencies with specific high-quality neuro supplements. These supplements have been developed by the Functional Neurology Institute and are produced in-company.
Contact by telephone
Approximately four weeks after your five-day treatment period, our professional specialist will contact you by telephone to discuss your convalescence and to determine at what level you are able to function at that point in time. Experience shows that 78% of our patients do not need to return to our institute after their five-day treatment period. We provide remote support (telephone, Skype, Facetime, email) to help them with their neurological training programme, which they are to complete at home. In some instances, patients can return home before the end of the five days. A small proportion of patients make good progress during their five-day treatment programme but are unable to achieve the recovery goals. In the main, this group only needs to return to the institute for 1 to 3 days about four to eight weeks after the initial treatment period, in order to gradually regain their old performance level.