Q & A Session between Maureen and Dr. Berry, December 2018
LASER TREATMENT FOR DAMAGED BRAINS!
This state-of-the-art laser is amazing! Dr. Berry utilizes this state-of-the-art laser on me during each visit. Check out the laser in detail on their website, click here.
Q: What is the name of the laser you’ve used on me and other patients?
A: It’s called the Erchonia Laser, view it by clicking here.
Q: What has been your experience with the laser?
A: My experience with lasers and strokes is profound. I dare say it’s the most important addition I have added to my practice in the realm of stroke rehabilitation. Although laser companies have yet to get full FDA condition specific clearance for stroke indication, there is lots of peer reviewed literature on lasers and stroke. Here are a few samples if you are interested:
Q: When should a laser be used, and when should it not?
A: There are various scenarios that low level laser shouldn't or couldn't be used on brain injuries. The biggest caveat is the actual laser itself. The research shows that low dose (<10J/cm2) and shorter wavelengths (632-660nm) are ideal for brain. The higher-powered lasers are not as effective and may even be detrimental to the brain. The notion that “if some laser is good, more must be better” is misguided.
There are comorbidities (the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient) that may need to be managed like pathogens in the brain, and there may be scenarios where we need to dose down to shorter treatment times or expose other areas of the body first before we work into transcranial but Class 2 lasers like Erchonia are very safe and effective.
Q: You combine oxygen treatments with my laser sessions. Do you use hyperbaric oxygen or O2?
A: Yes, I love combining oxygen therapies with brain work. The brain uses almost 30% of the oxygen in the entire body so any time you can improve oxygen and fuel delivery sources, that is typically a good thing. Like anything in neurology, there are always exceptions, but devices like concentrators and hyperbaric chambers have a role in brain-based rehab. When using these devices, try to co-activate the system by doing brain stimulation in concert with the patient needs (i.e., fast eye movements for frontal lobe, memory recall apps for medial temporal lobe/hippocampus etc.).
Q: What is the future of brain research?
A: There are always things in the pipeline for brain research. Virtual reality rehab, I think, has promise, etc; but I think the two biggest things to focus on aside from low level laser would be: 1) vagal nerve stimulation; and 2) stem cells with photobiomodulation. Vagal nerve stimulation is very powerful for brain activity and well being. It also is the major player between the "brain-gut axis,” and is the longest nerve in the body .
-This also brings us to the gut microbiome. A healthy gut microbiome is paramount to a healthy brain and vice-versa. Brain rehab needs a fully integrative approach that addresses functional medicine, brain-gut, hormone balance, functional neurology, neurochemistry, PT/OT and low level laser therapy. There more of these boxes that are checked, the better the outcome will be.
Q: What conditions do chiropractic neurologists treat?
A: All the conditions normally seen by chiropractors like pains from injuries caused by lifting, falls, sports injuries, auto accidents, etc., plus:
Learning and attention disorders
Head injury or stroke
Spinal cord and nerve injuries
Q: What special diagnostics do chiropractic neurologists use?
A: In addition to physical examination methods, chiropractic neurologists may use:
And others, as necessary or appropriate.
Q: What treatment methods do chiropractic neurologists use?
A: Chiropractic neurology treatment methods are safe, effective and can include a wide variety of tools such as:
Chiropractic adjustments by hand or by instrument to the spine and/or extremities
Headaches/migraine chiro treatment & ocular exercises
Ear problem treatment & exercises
Balance and coordination activities
Cognitive exercises and activities
Sensory training that may include light, sound, smell, or touch
And many others…
Q: What makes a chiropractic neurologist so special?
A: They’re special because they often have great success treating patients for whom all other treatment methods have failed. The distinguishing factor is the paradigm (or approach) that a chiropractic neurologist uses toward diagnosis and treatment.
-In addition to evaluating for pathologies as medical doctors do; a chiropractic neurologist evaluates for subtle changes in the function of the nervous system. It is this expertise in detecting subtle changes in function that sets a chiropractic neurologist apart from other specialists.
Q: Why choose a chiropractic neurologist?
A: Chiropractic Neurologists are highly qualified specialists in the brain and nervous system. They have dedicated many years to study of these systems and are prepared to offer effective treatment options that do not involve the use of medications or surgery. If you or a loved one has a condition related in any way to the brain or nervous system, chiropractic neurology provides a new avenue of hope for successful treatment.
Who is Dr. Trevor Berry, DC DACNB?
Dr. Berry was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. He completed his pre-medicine requisites at the University of Calgary and went on to complete his Doctorate at Parker University in Dallas, Texas. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Salutatorian and was the recipient of many academic awards including the Parker Scholastic Excellence Award.
Upon completion of his Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Berry attended the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies. Dr. Berry has traveled throughout North America and Europe attending neurology conferences and modules to obtain the most recent information in the field of functional neurology. He became a board-certified Chiropractic Neurologist in 2001 upon passing the American Chiropractic Neurology board examination. This program is the only Diplomate program in the field of Chiropractic that is fully accredited by NCCA due to its rigorous standards of obtaining and maintaining Diplomate status. Due to the rapidly evolving understanding of the human nervous system, Dr. Berry spends hundreds of hours every year traveling to conferences, reading peer-reviewed literature and research to stay at the cutting edge of diagnostic and treatment parameters. This is why you will find that many healthcare providers have not even heard of clinical applications and advancements in treatments provided by functional neurologists.
He has over 2000 hours of post-doctoral education in neurological fields such as vestibular and balance disorders, traumatic brain injury, pain management and neurodegenerative disorders as well as functional medicine.
Dr. Berry has been doing FDA research on neurological effects of Laser Therapy since 2011 and in 2014 he received the Erchonia Researcher of the Year Award. Since then he has been hired by the Erchonia Corporation as a neurology consultant and international speaker. With his background in functional medicine, Dr. Berry was hired on in 2017 by Vibrant America Diagnostic Company as a neurology consultant and lecturer. He was also brought on by BTB Health Systems as a partner, lecturer and consultant in 2017 and lectures nationally and internationally for topics including functional neurology, functional medicine, laboratory testing and interpretation, laser therapy and more.
Dr. Berry states his mission has always been a simple one; never stop learning about the human brain and body from every angle possible. By understanding and applying his multilayered approach with a neurocentric focus health can be achieved where others have failed.
Dr. Berry is now traveling all over the world, lecturing on weekends about his cutting-edge work with his laser studies and treatments for broken bones, strokes & other neurological issues, bladder ailments, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.; along with his unique treatments for a myriad of other complicated issues.
Dr. Berry & Dr. Teames Website Asks the Questions:
Are you suffering from complex health conditions that doctors can’t find the cause?
Have you seen specialist after specialist just to have similar treatments performed and prescriptions filled without addressing the cause of the problem?
Do you want a custom recovery plan based on you as an individual?
If you are searching for answers to these and other difficult health questions, Arizona Chiropractic Neurology Center may have solutions that will change your life! Our Functional Neurology and Functional Medicine therapies might be the approach you have been looking for. We are trusted by experts throughout Arizona as well as nationally because ACNC offers novel scientific approaches to recovery that other medical institutions don’t use.
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Thank you so much for reading, I hope this helped you or someone you know open up to other ideas of therapy for stroke recovery.