I saw a difference on day one
"His concussion was mid-October, and symptoms got a little better, but some other problems showed up. He has been suffering for 5 months. He missed five and a half weeks of school after the concussion. I saw a difference on day one, but the most significant was by day two. On day three, after we left the office, I cried because my son was back. I never thought that would happen.
His life was interrupted in a big way. School was the main problem. He couldn't remember anything the teacher would say, and as he would zone back in, he would have a horrible headache.
Kelly Noble, mother of Rease Noble
The first moment of the rest of my life
"Drs. Longyear and Vestal did a thorough physical examination as well as x-rays on Monday morning August 28, 2014. That was the first moment of the rest of my life. On Wednesday morning, I felt sensation on the soles of my feet, the first time in fifteen years."
Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
Holistic approach that we didn’t find anywhere else
"They found reasons why the concussion symptoms were holding on. They take this to a whole new level in terms of how they look at the brain, and they take a more holistic approach that we just didn’t see anywhere else. [It] made it as easy as possible for my brain and my body to do the healing. Whenever someone in the family gets sick or has a traumatic accident, it really does affect the whole family. Seeing the improvements really helps the family feel more hopeful as well. I’m leaving here with a very positive attitude that I will be able to go back to the sports that I love."
GARY E. PEDERSON
Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
Visited NLI July 28-August 1, 2014
About 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. I was losing feeling in the bottoms of my feet, which over the past few years spread up my legs to just above the knees. Movement of my lower limbs became impossible without the aid of my hands and arms. Walking was impossible without relying heavily on a cane and even this allowed limited maneuverability.
Two years ago I purchased an electric scooter which has allowed me to take part in evening walks with my wife and family, but it doesn’t allow participation and involvement with the activities of my three growing and active grandsons. My wife and I have made modifications to our home—widening doorways, replacing carpet with laminate, installing an electric lift to provide house access—because over the next one to two years, I would be confined to a wheelchair. Our next job was to install a chair lift so I could access the lower floor of our residence and rebuild outside walkways so I will enjoy our gardens.
In April of 2013, my niece, who was diagnosed with the same affliction, attended the NeuroLIFE Institute (then the Functional Neurology Center) and couldn’t wait to get home to show me the improvements made in her quality of life and to convince me to make a phone call to Alberta, the most wonderful receptionist. Alberta got the ball rolling and even though it took a bit over a year to arrange the appointment, the wait has been well worth it.
Drs. Longyear and Vestal did a thorough physical examination as well as X-rays on Monday morning August 28, 2014. That was the first moment of the rest of my life. By noon they were sure they could help me walk again and by Monday evening I made a few steps, rose out of a chair and sat back down again. (Small change for most, but mountain-climbing for me.) On Wednesday morning, I felt sensation on the soles of my feet—the first time in 15 years!
When I left the clinic Friday evening, sensation up to my knees had returned to about 85 percent. As I write this, the sensation is about 95 percent.
To say this experience is life changing is most certainly true. I am setting goals for each day, each week, each month. The road ahead is a challenge but I’ve been supplied the tools to meet it head on. I’m going to participate in my grandsons’ lives. I’m going to live life to its fullest.
This is only possible because of the kindness, expertise and patience of Drs. Longyear and Vestal, their support staff and all the hardworking staff of the NeuroLIFE Institute.
Post Concussion Syndrome
Testimonial by Kelly Noble, Rease’s mother
The problems, symptoms or ailments you were troubled with prior to care.
Rease was diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome. He was having emotional outbursts, lack of focus in school and significant balance issues.
The number of weeks, months or years you had these problems.
His concussion was mid October, and symptoms got a little better, but some other problems showed up. He has been suffering for five months. He missed 5.5 weeks of school after the concussion.
The number of doctors, and their specialty, seen for these issues.
We have seen two other MDs for this. One was a concussion specialist, and another was a neuropsychologist.
The extent to which your normal life was interrupted due to this health problem.
His life was interrupted in a big way. He couldn’t remember anything the teacher would say, and as he would zone back in he would have a horrible headache. He was so frustrated with himself because he is usually an A/B student, and now he was failing almost everything. His anger also was a problem that affected his life. We all were afraid of what he would get mad at and freak out about.
The length of treatment in visits or time before the results of care became apparent.
I saw a difference on day one but the most significant was by day two. On day three, after we left the office, I cried because my son was back. I never thought that would happen.
Your impression of the general health benefits of care in our office, and specifically, how it helped you.
The NLI was amazing. The doctors were the most wonderful two doctors I have seen. Their understanding of what Rease’s symptoms were, the reassurance that he will be okay, telling him what he was going through was normal, and their explanation of why he was having the symptoms were incredible. His issues in school have been rectified. He no longer has focusing problems, and is even scoring A’s on all his tests. Also, his vision has improved as well. I cannot thank them enough for giving me my child back. I didn’t think that would ever happen.
JOHN P. SAIA, PE
Visited April 13 and 17, 2015
Dear Dr. Hall:
The purpose of this letter is to convey my appreciation for the outstanding assistance I received as a patient at your center between April 13 and 17, 2015. Unfortunately, I was not able to personally meet you at the time.
Both Drs. Michael Longyear and Jonathan Vestal were truly exception in performing their work. They were dedicated to improving my health and diligent in making sure that I clearly understood the purpose of the various tests and treatments. They provided excellent and logical advice on methods I could use to combat Parkinson’s Disease. I found that they always went an extra mile in performing their duties, which comforted me. They worked extremely well together as a highly professional team. My wife and I spent an enjoyable week with them, even considering that they worked me hard each day to make sure I was prepared to perform the home exercises and treatments.
During the week, they had visitors from LIFE, various states and various countries. They were able in some cases to integrate the visitors into the treatments without in anyway interfering with my treatments. They acted as ambassadors for Life University and strictly focused on technical pursuit of their activities.
I feel confident that your staff’s efforts will lead to improving my condition by slowing progress. If I can be of any assistance to your research activities, please feel free to contact me.
John P. Saia, PE