What is Neurological Dysfunction?

Neurological Dysfunction refers to a disorder of the Central Nervous System (CNS), which includes the Brain, Brainstem, and Spinal Cord. All people have a degree of Neurological Dysfunction. In the majority of people, dysfunctions are nominal. Minor Dysfunctions can be compensated for do not hinder daily functioning and are not detrimental to development. For some people like Kids and adults, levels of Neurological Dysfunction exceed normal levels. Neurological Dysfunction in high levels the brain is unable to make compensations adequately, Dysfunction becomes detrimental to development and as a consequence, impairs daily functioning.

Neurological Dysfunctions in higher than average levels occur for many reasons, including neurological damage – caused by trauma, pregnancy, omitted developmental milestones, and reduced environmental opportunities in the early infantile development stage. Neurological Dysfunctions is affecting emotional behavior and communication. Kids with neurological immaturities are often, ‘neurological speaking,’ not “ready to learn,” where usual strategies for learning prove ineffective. In cases of brain damage, Neurological Dysfunctions can act as making it harder for a person to regain skills lost through an accident.


How to Identified Neurological Dysfunction?

Identify a patient has increased levels of Neurological Dysfunction; a full neurological assessment would be conducted upon commencing treatment. The neurological examination has many tests of neurological functioning conducted all through passive touch, movement, observation, play, pencil and paper activity, and questionnaires.

None of the tests used are invasive in any way.

In instances of Neurological Dysfunction, patient’s commonly present

  • Continued presence of primitive neurological reflexes, which are typically inhibited within the first twelve months of life.
  • A nonappearance of postural neurological reflexes, which have regularly developed by two years of age.
  • Muscle imbalances including, gross, fine, oral and eye muscles.
  • Undeveloped laterality.
  • Abnormal motor developmental patterns.
  • Impaired visual perception, processing and working memory.
  • Weakened visual perception, processing and working memory.

A presence of some or all of the above impairments would be indicative of a presence of neurological dysfunction and therefore suitability for treatment.

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