Brain Mapping (QEEG) Brain Mapping, also known as QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram), is a diagnostic tool, which measures electrical activity in the form of brainwave patterns. This tells us how your brain cells are communicating and helps us customize a treatment plan. Brain mapping, or QEEG, is the process we use to visualize inside the brain and identify irregular brainwave patterns. Using a cap placed on your head, our software captures the electrical impulses in the brain. The results are uploaded to a database, which generates a detailed report identifying the problem areas of your brain. The report will also generate a set of protocols for addressing those problems using neurofeedback. QEEG gives us additional information about how your brain functions and can be used for baseline information as well as to track progress with treatment.
Craniosacral Therapy (CSF) This method derives from osteopathic medicine and is a powerful adjunct to chiropractic care. Craniosacral therapy works indirectly with the meninges and related structures surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This makes fundamental changes to the spine by increasing motion and suppleness and tends to improve function and organization to the nervous system. Often, when chiropractic care is making useful but temporary changes, craniosacral therapy is needed. The approach reinforces and restores motion to the spine, pelvis, and skull that is very minute, but necessary to the optimum function of your body. Your nervous system functions much more efficiently after craniosacral therapy.
Low-Level Laser Low-level laser therapy is the use of low intensity photonic energy as a treatment modality. Photonic stimuli excite the body’s cells infusing them with energy, with the three primary reactions being, reduction of inflammation, cell regeneration, and increased blood flow. Low-level laser therapy is a non-invasive, fast and effective modality that has been proven in clinical trials to reduce pain, reduce edema, and promote healing.
LED Light Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a part of medical devices that emit near infrared (IR) light or light of various colors (polychromatic). Unlike blue, red or yellow light, IR light is invisible to the human eye. The IR light has been reported in the scientific literature to dilate blood vessels at the site of treatment. Scientific evidence shows that IR light triggers the release of nitric oxide from blood vessels and from red blood cells at the site of treatment. Nitric oxide causes local vasodilation that lasts several hours after the treatments cease. Vasodilation improves blood flow and is useful in patients whose peripheral neuropathy is due to poor blood flow. Improving blood flow lessens what is known as “ischemic” pain and helps nerves to begin to carry sensations again.
NeuroFeedback Neurofeedback literally means “brain” and “input”, where the brain is monitored and input is given instantly. Neurofeedback is a process of training brainwaves back into healthy patterns using modern computer technology. This non-invasive and drug free approach uses brain imaging technology to record brainwave activity and identify unhealthy brainwave patterns. Once irregular patterns have been identified, they can be corrected using guided audio and visual feedback. This amazing technology has proven itself effective over decades of research studies and real world application with conditions such as Post Concussion Syndrome, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, Migraines and a host of other disorders. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which in turn can reduce or eliminate most neurological symptoms.
Neuro Psychological Evaluation Standardized computer assessment that scores brain health. The scores range from 1 to 10, with 1 being “significantly below” and 10 being “significantly above” with scores being compared to people similar in age, gender, and education level. Some brain tasks that are assessed are motor coordination, processing speed, sustained attention, controlled attention, flexibility, inhibition, working memory, recall memory, and executive function. Other emotional brain tasks that the evaluation assess are the capacity to identify emotions and emotion bias, stress level, anxiety level, depressed mood level, positive-negative bias, resilience, and social capacity. Our specialized evaluation identifies the direct problems of the patients and measures improvements when retested.
Clinical Nutrition and Brain Health Supplements
Nutrition is necessary to support body growth and repair, and to sustain metabolism. Your body function cannot be maintained and even your genetic potential cannot be fully expressed without necessary nutrients. Dietary recommendations are the foundation of clinical nutrition, but you may need supplementation also.
There are many factors that lead to the need for supplements to the diet: pollution, stress, processing of foods and food additives, as well as foods grown on depleted soils. Very specific counseling regarding your unique dietary needs complement supplementation. Clinical nutrition recommendations are determined by integrating information from your health history, exam findings, lab findings, and other Concussion Care Center testing. The following Brain Health Supplements are available for CCC patients to add to their customized treatment programs or to purchase separately.
TravaGen Gentle serotonin support with L-tryptophan. TravaGen specifically target the spectrum of neurotransmitter balances. Our unique combinations of neurotransmitter precursors, modulators and enzymatic cofactors provide effective options for many of today's most common conditions.
Neuro Optimizer Supports brain health and function. Neuro Optimizer is nutrition for the brain, combining nutrients to enhance brain metabolism and antioxidant protection safely and naturally, without the use of stimulants.
Algae Omega Supports eye health, heart health, and optimal wellness. Nordic Naturals Algae Omega is the ideal vegetarian alternative to fish oil. Made from microalgae, it offers a plant-based source of beneficial marine omega-3s EPA and DHA without the use of fish. While most algae oils are short on EPA, Algae Omegas unique combination of EPA and DHA is a pure, safe, and effective source of both of these essential fatty acids.
Supports occasional sore muscles and stiffness. i-6Factor is a blend of proteolytic enzymes, antioxidants and marine algae specially designed to nutritionally support and strengthen connective tissue and muscles.
iStressedOut Promotes healthy brain and nervous system functions. Totally Stressed Formulated with a unique predictable sustained release mechanism allowing nutrients to be released over a 4 to 6 hour period.
Optimum alkaline source for stimulant-free energy and health. Macro Greens is a complete science-based phytonutrient, herbal and plant derived formula. It has a base of certified organic baby barley grass. Proven to be the most effective and most synergistic of all grasses. It delivers vital nutrients needed by the body’s cell to thrive and help achieve optimal nutrition for today’s fast paced lifestyles. Macro Greens nourishes your body from the inside out; with antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, 18 billion probiotics, plus an herbal blend that supports multiple systems. Enjoy stimulant-free energy from plant-based whole food that gently detoxify to help support a healthy weight. This delicious, alkalizing power blends or mixes easily and takes the guesswork out of daily supplementation.
At Home Support and Devices
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) The CES Ultra is a portable cranial electrotherapy device that employs small currents of electricity for the treatment. Stress and other brain injury symptoms cause that electrical activity to not function properly. This in turn results in the neurochemicals falling out of balance. By indirectly stimulating brain tissue in the hypothalamic area, CES causes the brain to restore the various neurochemicals back to pre-stress homeostasis, resulting in a peaceful, centered, and efficient state of being.
Reduces stress, focuses the mind, and improves concentration. Muse detects your brain signals during a focused-attention exercise the same way a heart rate monitor detects your heart rate during physical exercise. This measurement gives your valuable feedback that you can use to train your brain today – and over time. Muse guides you through scientifically proven techniques to relax your brain and improve your physiological and emotional response to stress. Muse has features built in to make it fun and incredibly easy to form a daily brain fitness habit. Earn points and rewards, set personal goals and track your progress with a variety of charts and graphs.
Audio Visual Synthesizer System. The AVS system is the first audio-visual system on the market capable of generating the modulating millions of pure colors. Procyon is intended for use as a tool for enhancing consciousness, personal growth, and for exploring a wide range of interesting and beneficial states of awareness.
Sessions are grouped into these general categories:
- Tranquility and calming. These sessions use mostly “calming” colors, especially blue and green, but also shades of purple and occasionally other colors for visual variety. They tend to change slowly and are intending to lead the mind towards a state of tranquility.
- Before bed. Similar to the calming sessions, but even slower and the goal is to help clear the mind before bed. Some users have reported having unusually vivid dreams with these sessions.
- Learning. Most of these are based upon the twilight learning and super-learning paradigm, and are intended to lead your mind into a light trance-like state known as hypongogia.
- Peak performance. Mostly “middle of the rainbow” colors and frequencies associated with the goals of mental activation and peak performance; often used for learning and sports preparation.
- Energy/rejuvenation. More active; patterns shift rapidly and are intended to prepare the mind and body for activities such as sports and other physical activities, or before meetings and tests. Perfect for use during breaks from work and for study.
- Visualization/artform/entertainment. These sessions demonstrate the more purely aesthetic aspects of the Procyon, and are intended to induce more complex (even hallucinatory) visual imagery, and as preparation for exploring altered states of awareness.