Functional Neurological Assessment
A Baseline Assessment for Your Nervous System!
We often check the level of the battery on our smartphone, run an antivirus scanner on our computers, or take our cars in for a service. We do this to establish whether everything is running as normal, or not.
The Functional Neurological Assessment (FNA) is our way of establishing whether or not each person we work with is in a state of normal organisation.
We assess for the following:
Normal Muscle Tone vs. Hypertonicity (protective tension)
Normally neurological gait response
Cranial Nerve sensitivity
Peripheral Nerve Compression
Why is this information important?
It is important for us because during your assessment and when we challenge your body during assessment, that the information we receive from these assessments must be as accurate as it can be. If it is not, we struggle to understand why you are in pain.
It is very common for people who have had pain for a long time to be in a protective state hypertonicity. In this protective state we often find that we cannot get a true understanding of what is happening in your body. In addition to this, pain very commonly goes hand in hand with a sympathetic nervous system response. This type of response can lead to overuse of the adrenal glands and may cause energy level problems, leaving you in a less than resourceful state than is possible.
We assess your level of resourcefulness with our Multitasking Assessment. This will enable you to understand what your baseline is both during your initial appointment and at each subsequent appointment. It is important that each person has the resourcefulness needed to sustain the changes that will be made during treatment. By screening for this at the beginning of your journey with us, we can ensure that you get started on the right foot!
Our FNA concludes by assessing for a Normal Neurological Gait Response. We all walk thousands of steps every day (or we hopefully do) and for the brain, walking is an excellent feedback mechanism. Every step we take we have 639 muscles, 360 joints and millions and millions of sources of sensory feedback from all areas of the body, feeding the brain with information.
This is designed by nature to be an extremely efficient system that enables us to cover large distances with a very low demand on our resources. If the neurological gait response is not optimal, it can contribute to bing in a less than resourceful state, demanding more energy from your nervous system.
When the FNA has been completed, David will explain the findings to you and will explain how this relates to your current symptoms.