Brain Based Physical Rehabilitation & Therapy
An all-natural and powerful healing technique used to restore people to a greater sense of well-being and overall health, Brain Based Therapy (BBT) is a very effective program that works for a wide variety of patients.
Understanding how the brain works
Your brain is the main computer that controls and coordinates all functions of your body. Optimum health requires your brain (including the cerebellum) to perform at the highest and most efficient way possible.
The Brain Loop
The cerebellum, found in the back part of your head, senses messages to both the left and right hemisphere of your brain, and then fires the messages to your brain stem (including the mesencephalon (midbrain), pons, and medulla), creating the “Brain Loop.” It’s this brain loop that manages your mental clarity, emotional stability, vitality and sense of well-being.
When the cerebellum functions optimally, it appropriately processes sensory information, then sends normal input to the brain’s frontal lobes, which in turn, send the proper input to the lower brainstem. This keeps the midbrain in check and free from over-firing. However, if one side of the cerebellum is not receiving enough input, it cannot send sufficient input to the frontal lobe.
The effect of stress on the brain loop
Many types of stress, including emotional, physical and even chemical have an adverse effect on the all-important brain loop. Based on our “fight or flight” response, short bouts of stress are not always a bad thing. It’s the continuous, non-stop stress that has such an adverse effect and interrupts the brain loop and the midbrain if left unchecked.
The midbrain and why it is important
Conditions such as ADD, sciatica and fibromyalgia can occur when the midbrain is not firing properly. The mesencephalon is normally inhibited by the brain and when the “brain loop” is intact, the midbrain is considered to be off or firing on a very low setting (which is normal). It’s when the mesencephalon is “over firing” that problems occur.
The cerebellum is the key to the brain loop
Another key to the “brain loop” functioning properly is the cerebellum, which has a number of responsibilities including your balance, coordination, spinal posture, eye movements, and a number of other functions that keep your body healthy and active.
Poor functioning of the cerebellum can cause a wide variety of problems, including problems with your postural muscles (including a one-sided muscle spasm that adversely affects your spine). Once this occurs, certain vertebrae become restricted and spinal degeneration, arthritis, disc herniations, chronic back and neck pain, and even sciatica may develop. Dizziness and balance disorders are often attributed to cerebellar dysfunction.
Treatment and Brain Based Therapy
After a thorough BBT neurological examination, a dynamic, safe, gentle and hands-on integration process is carried out to reconnect and restore proper brain function. In some cases, traditional chiropractic adjustments are part of the treatment, given in a very precise manner designed to stimulate function in the effected part of the brain. Additionally, other modalities such as heat, eye movements and exercises, and Interactive Metronome are sometimes used.