The brain’s complexities are difficult to characterize, but act much like a symphony with many different interwoven parts—each play a role in the function and sound of the whole. Like musicians in an orchestra, the brain has to time itself in order to function at peak efficiency. In order to return more balance to the brain and reduce symptoms, we offer several modalities and exercises which selectively stimulate the parts of the brain which are under- or over-firing thus improving timing. The goal is to strengthen the weaker parts of the brain and improve the integration/timing of the left and right hemispheres.
Hemispheric Integrative Therapy is a relatively new modality used by specially trained Chiropractic Neurologists like Dr. Austin for the therapeutic treatment of brain function asymmetry/imbalance. The first step requires testing to diagnose the part(s) of the brain that aren’t working properly. Once the dysfunction is identified, he will determine the appropriate treatment modalities and how to specifically use them to reintegrate both sides of the brain as part of your Functional Wellness Plan.
Dr. Austin is one of the few providers in our area who uses this engaging, evidenced-based assessment and training tool to improve patients’ cognitive and motor skills. IM has been tested with excellent results on populations with Neurobehaviorial disorders such as ADD/ADHD and ASD, Traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Post-Stroke and Amputees.
Similar to the way a metronome is used by musicians to keep tempo, IM uses auditory and visual feedback to gauge if a patient’s kinesthetic performance is in sync with the beat. Through rhythm and repetition, this training can improve timing in the brain. To learn more, visit interactivemetronome.com
IM can alleviate symptoms which children and adults may experience (who are frequently unnecessarily or unsuccessfully medicated), including:
Cognitive deficits which are shown to improve include:
Physical deficits which are helped with IM Training include:
For more information and research, visit www.interactivemetronome.com. Home IM units are available at our office.
My 10 year old daughter, Ellie, has Developmental Disabilities, and school was challenging for her. Dr. Austin’s initial assessment showed that Ellie’s ability to distinguish right from left (with her eyes closed), and her ability to balance, were significantly compromised. This made sense as Ellie frequently had left-sided injuries – her ankle, knee, arm, broken foot and hurt fingers.
Ellie completed 15 hours of IM and it was fun to sit in the waiting room hearing the happy sounds of my daughter beating her previous record! The self-esteem aspect of the exercises would have been enough reward. Yet there have been others, including no accidents and a G.P.A. increase from 2.27 to 3.23. WOW! Thank you.