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Functional Neurology at
Peak Vestibular Center

What is Functional Neurology?

Dr Steward using diagnostic goggles on a patient

Functional neurology is a health care specialty focused on the assessment, quantification, and rehabilitation of the central nervous system.

Dr. Steward calls it “physical rehab for the brain and nerves.” It helps diagnose and rehabilitate neurological conditions without drugs and surgery.

Functional neurology uses different evidence-based procedures, and in-depth knowledge of neuroanatomy, to increase and enhance the body’s function. This process is known as neuroplasticity, the ability to modify, adapt, and change new neurological structure and function.

What To Expect

Dr. Steward does a hands-on neurological evaluation. He physically examines every part of the patient’s nervous system. For example, a complete cranial nerve exam includes eye movements, how facial muscles move, etc. He also tests reflexes, sensations, and more.

Another diagnostic tool used at Peak Vestibular Center are infrared goggles, similar to a virtual reality headset. Once on, the patient is in total darkness, and vision is suppressed. Two cameras record what the eyes do in the darkness. This provides insight into how the brain is working, and helps detect dysfunction.

Once your care plan has been created, you’ll notice there are in-clinic and at-home components. It’s important that the plan be followed as outlined. Exercises involve eye and head movement, and gentle adjustment to joints throughout the body.

Sensory input for the joints is provided by a vibratory instrument used over the joints to stimulate the nerves that feed that joint. It can help rehab different areas of the brain or strengthen those that may be dysfunctioning. Repositioning maneuvers, such as the Epley, aid neural integration, or how the nerves talk to each other.

Patients suffering with general dizziness (wooziness, lightheadedness, instability, etc), and those with vertigo symptoms (whirling, spinning, swaying, tilting) can benefit from functional neurology. For severe conditions, such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis, we can help the undamaged parts work better and improve function.

Find Out More

Contact our office to speak with our staff about the benefits of functional neurology. Call us today at (715) 690-2211.


Functional Neurology Hudson WI | (715) 690-2211