Make changes at the source so you can change your life

You start your life with all the neurons your need, but if you don’t use them, you lose them.  If you have a chronic condition, your brain is working overtime to keep all your body systems in check. 

Brain training helps your brain learn to stop old patterns that make it more exhausted.  In fact, our goal is to help start new patterns in the brain that will help it send the right signals to the right place.  As the anchor to the Applied Neuroscience Health program, brain training can make a difference with your symptoms.

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Learn how Brain Training works on so many levels :

Pain Science

 Pain hurts. We want to get rid of it. But pain is also what warns us of danger. If you have chronic pain there are too many signals that are being processed as negative. In order to change this pattern we need to tap into your frontal lobe to use visualization, reasoning, and memory to create new patterns- both physical and emotional.  Since the brain controls the signals down to the body, a healthy brain can improve the immune system and reduce pain.  Dr. Irene was trained by some of the top researchers and scientists in pain science and is certified as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist to understand the many sources of pain and find new ways to help you.

Helping the Brain feel Safe

We can help the brain stop the fight/flight/freeze response and feel safe again using “Polyvagal Theory” which developed by Stephen Porges. If you have not been feeling well, you can’t just tell your body to relax and it will listen. You have to create a safe space for the brain to return to its normal signaling. Polyvagal theory uses nerves that connect the brain to the body , specifially the vagus nerve to help identify problem areas and find solutions.

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Improve Sleep

Sleep is when our body has time to recover. if your sleep is interrupted by pain or other symptoms, stress or in a bad routine, then your body starts the day woth less energy to heal.  Sometimes caffeine or medicines can give us boosts of energy but that is just a temporary fix.   And you can’t just will yourself to sleep, no matter how many sheep you try to count!   Brain training can help  reset your circadian rhythm which is the internal clock that tells you when you sleep or wake and teach you how to turn on the sleep centers of your brain quicker. 

Reduce Anxiety and Depression

Brain training helps you to refocus the brain on new tasks instead of letting your thoughts get stuck in a way that makes you anxious.   Learn more about how our program can help here.

 

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Improve Focus and Attention

If you are stuck in a cycle of chronic conditions your brain energy goes to solving a lot of issues with your body and has less energy to remember events, things or ideas.   It can feel like your brain is hazy, and it may take effort to put your thoughts together.   It’s also common that medications  also have a side affect of “brain fog.”    The memory centers in the brain become out of practice. If these neurons stay inactive for too long, we start to lose them.  Therefore, brain training uses practice words, numbers, and concepts to help sharpen memory again.  

Help for Trauma

Trauma is defined that as anything out of your control that your body and brain did not process.  Abuse, natural disasters, war can cause trauma, but “good” events can feel out of control too.  For example, giving birth to a child can be exciting and joyful, but the body will remember the labor pains and pushing as trauma.  There can be a disconnect between the brain thinking all is well, but each cell in our muscles, nerves, bones remember it differently.  The same could be said about surgery- it is a good thing to get our body repaired, but the surgery itself may have trauma to the tissues.    This is why you may think l like nothing “bad” has happened to you, but your body feels in pain or out of control.    Brain training is the only thing to help reconnect your brain and body in the correct way.  It is only when the brain can see what your muscles, organs, joints need that it can send the right signals to repair them. 

Trauma  also changes how memories are stored in the brain. Due to the instinct to survive, the brain keeps trauma memories away from every day thoughts.   When there is too much pain, too much trauma, the memory center will leak some of these memories.  We call this being “triggered.”  A sight, sound, place, or feeling can trigger trauma.  Counseling is helpful in working through these triggers by talking about past events and changing perspective.   Brain training for trauma helps you get in touch with your five senses and what your body feels so you can remain in the present.  It can be a good bridge for people who are not ready for talking about the past but can tell there are triggers in their bodies that makes them angry, sad, or in pain.  Counseling and brain training are combined together to help stop triggers.  

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