Brain Health Performance Assessment
Baseline brain health testing for EVERYONE concerned with their neurological health.
A preseason measurement for ATHLETES to provide a competitive advantage while also ensuring the well-being of your brain function.
While each individual's brain performance is distinct, advances in medicine and research have identified typical ranges for "normal" functioning. A brain health evaluation lets you determine your current brain health and function level. This baseline assessment helps identify which brain functions are operating above average, at an average level, or below average. This assessment, in turn, allows us to craft a personalized program to enhance your weaknesses, promote long-term brain health, and unlock your brain's full potential.
What we measure
Your brain health assessment will assess the function of these systems:
We measure your height, weight, waist circumference, muscle quality, and body fat
We utilize a validated questionnaire to predict probable outcomes of a sleep study
Research-validated tools to measure brain performance/function
Comfortable bedside assessments to evaluate your vestibular function
Sympathetic (fight or flight) & Parasympathetic (rest and digest) balance
mCTSIB testing allows us to see how vision, vestibular and proprioception work for your balance
This is critical for safety in sports, daily actives, and navigating your environment
Assessing how your vision-neck-brain interact by using head-mounted lasers
Vision & Eye Movements
We assess binocular vision, eye alignment and dynamic eye movements - vision is more than how clear you can see
Listening to your heart and lungs can assess your brain-cardiac control
Cognitive-motor speed is a key indicator of aging, injury and neurological diseases
Your muscle function is a slave to your nervous system - we use a neurodevelopment approach to your analysis
Who should get a brain assessment?
There are 3 groups of individuals at high risk for concussions/brain injuries: children (ages 12-18), athletes, and geriatrics. We recommend that individuals in these populations obtain brain assessments as soon as possible BEFORE their brain is injured. This evaluation will allow your healthcare team to have baseline measurements that can be utilized to diagnose a brain injury and know when it is healed. However, in reality, everyone will benefit from having a thorough assessment.
How often should someone get a brain assessment?
Everyone should be assessed if they sustain a head injury or suspect a neurological challenge. Individuals that play contact and competitive sports should have an assessment performed before and after/between seasons. Individuals not competing in sports but in high-risk populations (children and geriatrics) are recommended to have an annual evaluation. Those in the normal-risk populations are advised to have an assessment performed every three years.
What happens if you find something wrong?
Our reports will include your results and the optimal, healthy, and abnormal ranges. If your scores fall within the abnormal range, we recommend you consult Dr. Burkhardt. In many cases, simple exercises can be recommended and performed to restore normal function in a matter of days to weeks. Nutrition and nutraceuticals may/may not assist you further. If exercises are ineffective, Dr. Burkhardt may recommend a guided treatment plan.