Some of the tools used to determine brain function?
The human brain is so dynamic and unique in its functionality that it can sometimes prove challenging to provide a quantifiable assessment that is objective. Simply stated, it’s not very easy to determine how well the brain is really working and to accurately rate brain function. Fortunately, balance is a great window into brain function and it can be readily measured. The standard technique that is commonly used in the clinical assessment of balance is called Computerized Posturography. Computerized Posturography uses a fixed instrumented platform that is connected to sensitive detectors which are able to detect the tiny oscillations of the body. This allows us to better evaluate for proper posture and the ability to maintain balance by assessing the patients centre of gravity relative to the centre of pressure. The changes in centre of pressure with respect to centre of gravity are key in determining proper balance and posture. Following this assessment, we can better determine what therapeutic intervention is necessary to restore balance and posture.
Most of us have heard of the phrase, “the eyes are the window to the soul“. This may or may not be so, however what we do know with certainty, is that the eyes are a great indicator of brain function. As such, studying eye motion using non-invasive small cameras, known as video oculography (or VOG) is a great way to measure eye movements that tell us how well different parts of the brain are working. These eye movements are recorded and analyzed in order to provide information such as the ability to stabilize gaze, the quality of fast eye movements called saccades, possible involuntary eye motion and several other measurements that help to determine where things may be malfunctioning in the brain. With the information provided by VOG testing, the clinician can formulate a customized treatment plan involving specific eye exercises targeting the weak areas of the brain in order to restore function.
Most importantly, in conjunction with the aforementioned testing is a detailed neurological examination that will help zero in on the compromised neuronal pools that are involved with the patient’s symptomatology. These symptoms may include dizziness, fogginess, irritability, headaches, post concussive symptoms and forgetfulness to mention a few. If you would like to know some of the therapies utilized in treating neurological problems, look for the next blog post coming soon.