Carrick Brain Center: Day 2

July 16, 2014 0 Comments

Day two (Day 1 here) was quite the schedule... First, I would like to note that they must pass out happy pills to the staff because at 7:30am everyone that works at Carrick is extremely happy and excited to see everyone that walk through the door. For most Veterans it's probably alarming they are so happy but you can't help but feel better by walking through the door. 

This morning started with a fasted full lab panel. They pull labs for your hormone levels, vitamin levels, and the rest of your typical blood panel. They also passed out a Saliva Test Kit that measures your cortisol levels throughout the day. The instructions for this test is after a fasted hour you must fill up an entire vial of spit, repeat 4 times throughout the day.  This will test your hormones throughout the day and help with pin pointing the fatigue that some feel during the day.  Once the blood sucking is complete you are released for the your daily dose of coffee and breakfast. 

After breakfast I was brought in for a session for Cold Laser Therapy. Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is thought to help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality. As well as some myofascial release in conjunction with the Cold Laser Therapy.  

Then we started with Repetitive peripheral somatosensory stimulation (RPSS). Using cranial nerves through stimulation to change the central integrated state of the brain stem. Repetitive Peripheral Somatosensory Stimulation is one of the innovative therapies Carrick Brain Centers uses in treatment regimens designed to improve nervous system function. A type of sensory stimulation therapy, it seeks to help patients recover somatosensory system function lost as a result of stroke or cognitive aging. The somatosensory system is the part of the sensory system that relies on touch to experience sensation; sensations of pain, pressure and vibration are all somatosensory experiences. This therapy relies on low-dose electrical stimulation to try to recover sensory loss and, ultimately, to stimulate the senses sufficiently to cause changes in the brain.

From that we went to eye movement therapy, this was broken down into four sections. 

Gaze: Center, Right, Left, Up, Down Passive YY/NN (shaking head yes and no) activity at 5 degrees bilaterally in the horizontal plane. Essentially, you would stare at a black dot and they would move your head 5 degrees both ways while maintaining point fixation on that particular dot. You repeat this with each dot for sets of 3. 

Center Fixation with rolls passively at 5 degrees. Focusing on the center dot while they roll your head from side to side 5 degrees. 

Eye Movements: Utilizing a LCD screen with we focused on a dot moving horizontally while repeating repetitions of YY/NN, this was repeated when moving the dot vertically. 

The last section was center Fixation with downward halmagyi for sets of 10. Here you focus on the center dot and they quickly move your head down 5 degrees and slowly return level. 

Immediately following that they move you into the Off Vertical Axis Rotational Device (OVARD). Their patented Off Vertical Axis Rotational Device (OVART) provides neurological rehabilitation to patients whose lives have been affected by concussions, physiological and neurological disorders, and other conditions that may benefit from brain-based therapy. It targets the vestibular system, which affects balance, spatial orientation and movement. As the name suggests, this cutting-edge technology literally rotates the patient, who sits in a chair that spins in a precisely controlled manner. The specific angle, roll, and speed depend on the patient’s motion profile, which is determined by the battery of diagnostic testing each patient undergoes. This rotation stimulates the vestibular system to encourage neural activity in parts of the brain that have been affected by illness or injury. In keeping with Carrick Brain Centers’ use of intensive therapies, our patented Off Vertical Axis Rotational Therapy (OVART) is administered up to three times a day, typically over a period of five days. It is often one step in a multi-step rehabilitation program in which the patient undergoes other physical, visual and cognitive therapies aimed at strengthening the connections in the area of the brain stimulated by our patented Off Vertical Axis Rotational Device (OVARD).

Once I returned I was set up on the ReBuilder. Basically you put your feet in a feet bucket and they put electrostim in the water for 20-30 minutes. 

The Rebuilder stimulates small diameter afferents to increase the frequency of fire to the brain. This will increase the brains ability to make the lower extremities communicate better to maintaining balance mechanisms. 

Following the ride in the OVARD. We were picked up by former Major League Baseball Player Ryan Royster and taken to the Performance Vault for a physical assessment by him and owner Retired NFL Linebacker David Vobora. Once there we filled out a couple of short questionnaires about aches, pains, and goals. David talked with you for about 15 minutes he quickly had us conducting active therapy exercises targeting the areas of concern. He worked on my shoulder with Rapid Release Therapy (RRT) for about 5 minutes and I had more flexibility with less pain than I have had in months. They work closely with Carrick to provide physical fitness programs that work with the veterans injuries. The devise a personal plan help reduce pain and and increase the veterans overall fitness. Thier experiences with overuse injuries with professional athletes translated very well over to working with veterans with musculoskeletal issues. 

Once we got back from the Performance Vault we repeated the above therapy two more times before the end of the day. Finishing the day with a hour visit with a counselor. 

Overall it was a busy day but a positive and therapeutic one. As I said before please comment below and I'll ask the staff for an answer.

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