Brain improvement is
achievable by anyone.

APEX Brain Centers Can Help!

Contact Form

Fields marked with a * are required.

Schedule a Free Consultation

A Pilot’s Success Story with Brain Training

ear anatomyJohn’s Story

John is a 66-year-old grandfather and successful businessman from Asheville, NC who plays tennis and counts flying among his favorite hobbies. But he is concerned that his memory is starting to slip. There’s no family history of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

John, however, did have a car accident and subsequent skiing accident in which the fall he suffered was so serious that his helmet broke. He also admits that he is often dizzy, fatigued, easily angered, and frustrated over his physical and mental limitations.

Intervention for balance and cognitive decline

John underwent comprehensive Brain Training at a frequency of three times per day over the course of five days. His brain function was carefully monitored throughout the training process with measurement of EEG brainwaves, vital signs, eye movements, balance, mental and physical timing, and more to ensure he was receiving the proper amount of therapy without exceeding fatigue limits that might promote worsening of his symptoms as is often the case in more conventional rehabilitation programs.

Understanding the relationship between physical functions such as balance, timing and eye movements and higher cognitive functions like memory (both major challenges in his case), we implemented the following Brain Training procedures: EEG neurofeedback, Interactive Metronome, vestibular rehabilitation, metabolic/nutritional therapies, eye movement and neurological rehabilitation, electrical stimulation, breathing exercises, lifestyle changes and home care therapies.

Outcomes with Brain Training

John reported midway through his five-day training program that he had “one of his best games of tennis.” He also said he felt less dizzy and improvements in his mood and memory were noticeable to him and others. “I walk better, talk better and feel better,” he said.

Actual measurable, objective improvements recorded with post-intensive diagnostic testing included:

  • Interactive Metronome (Timing): 14% improvement in timing accuracy and normalization of hyper-anticipatory timing tendency with motor tasks (i.e. becoming more ‘in-sync’ with a specified reference tone).
  • Videonystagmography (Eye movements): Significant improvements in numerous aspects of oculomotor functionality including: gaze holding, slow and fast eye movements, optokinetic responses, and spontaneous/involuntary eye movements.
  • Computerized Assessment of Postural Stability (Balance): 24% improvement in balance under the most challenging circumstances (eyes closed on an unstable surface – noted as PSEC on charts below below). Near complete normalization of a hazardous posterior center of pressure (tendency to carry his body or sway to the rear):

Pilot 1

Pilot 2

Implications Following Treatment

After his treatment was completed, John says he was able to recapture the moments of joy and sense of accomplishment he experienced through playing tennis and flying his aircraft, his two favorite hobbies; as well as being more engaged with his family.

He reports his memory has improved, he has fewer symptoms of dizziness and fatigue, and most important – he is now a safer, happier pilot following his specific Brain Training program.

Case Study: Post-Concussion Syndrome – Jackie

concussion ep 43Jackie’s Story

At the time of presentation to APEX Brain centers in Asheville, NC in late 2015, Jackie was a 55-year-old, soon to be retired professional female. Post-concussive symptoms of debilitating headaches, memory loss, learning and behavioral issues, fluctuations in heart rate, and difficulty handling visual stimulation such as driving, busy public places and computer screens were preventing her from leading a normal life. Prior to traveling to APEX from Charlotte, NC, Jackie had sought care from several different doctors in her area. Vestibular therapy and chiropractic care had given her some relief of symptoms, although her other experiences were not so positive. At one point a provider told her that she was mentally ill. Jackie was outraged and, as many with post-concussion syndrome report similarly, she offered this statement: “I’m not crazy. I didn’t have any of these symptoms before I had the injury and I am definitely not making them up”. This is the unfortunate reality of many who suffer with brain injury.   

Intervention for balance and cognitive decline

Jackie underwent comprehensive Brain Training at a frequency of 3 times per day over the course of 15 days (with 2 days off between each week for much needed rest and recovery). Her brain function was carefully monitored throughout the training process with measurement of EEG brainwaves, vital signs, eye movements, balance, mental and physical timing, and more to ensure she was receiving the proper amount of therapy to be effective without exceeding fatigue limits that could potentially promote worsening of her symptoms. Modalities implemented included, but were not limited to: neurofeedback, Interactive Metronome, vestibular rehabilitation, metabolic/nutritional therapies, eye movement and neurological rehabilitation, electrical stimulation, breathing exercises and home care therapies.

Outcomes after Brain Training

Jackie reported prior to brain training that she would have a constant headache of 6 on a 0-10 scale (0 being no pain and 10 being the worst possible pain) that would escalate into an 8-9 of 10 by the end of the day. The week after her program she reported the headaches were finally manageable at a level of 3-4 of 10 and would not escalate. Jackie has had continued success and reported at 3 weeks after her program that she is headache free, unless she spends too much time in front of a screen or in a busy public place. She also reports that when this occurs, her ‘at home’ brain exercises will relieve them. Aside from headaches, Jackie has reported that she no longer feels like she is in a constant brain fog. Her heart rate has also normalized and no longer fluctuates or spikes. 

Actual, measurable objective improvements recorded with post-intensive diagnostic testing include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Testing: Jackie showed an increase in her Neurocognition Index of 11%. This is a standardized overall score of cognitive performance. Significant improvements in specific areas of memory (one of her biggest concerns) are as follows: 65% in composite memory, 33% in verbal memory, and 67% in visual memory.
  • Interactive Metronome: 56% improvement in motor timing accuracy and normalization of hyper-anticipatory timing tendency with motor tasks (i.e. premature response to a specified reference tone).
  • Videonystagmography (VNG): Significant improvements in numerous aspects of oculomotor (eye movement) functionality including: gaze holding, slow and fast eye movements, optokinetic responses, and spontaneous/involuntary eye movements.

Implications for others:

Diagnostic and functional tests can be used to direct an effective Brain Training program and improve post-concussion symptoms. Increased sensory and environmental sensitivities are common symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. There are several areas of your brain that process information from your environment and from your body. If these areas are damaged then it becomes difficult for the brain to process sensory input, resulting in fogginess, memory and cognitive issues, impaired processing of pain, and the many other symptoms seen after concussions. The frustration felt by individuals being made to feel they are “crazy”, as Jackie noted, is entirely unnecessary and driven by a health care system that is largely focused on diagnostic testing and lacking significantly in functional treatment options. There is great hope for partial and full recovery in most cases of concussion given a thorough investigation and functional interventions addressing the physical, cognitive, metabolic and lifestyle factors that influence brain health.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing ANY of these symptoms, or anything out of the ordinary related to a head or brain injury, call APEX Brain Centers now at 828.708.5274. You may also email us at [email protected] for more information and to set up a free consultation. 

Case Study: Young Mother With Multiple Concussions Finds Relief Through Brain Training

Ali’s Story

Ali presented to APEX Brain Centers in August of 2015 in search of concussion relief. She was struggling with a host of debilitating complaints due to multiple head injuries and concussions over the years. Headaches, brain fog, memory loss, anxiety, emotional distress, restless legs, tightness in the chest, tingling in her limbs, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), dizziness, spatial awareness difficulties, loss of muscle mass and hair, gastrointestinal (GI) difficulties and more were all part of her normal daily experience. She was in a constant search for concussion relief. She had been to a host of specialists with limited outcomes; including osteopaths, naturopaths, ENTs, cardiologists, allergists, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and massage therapists. She was an exceptional student and athlete prior to her injuries.

Ali traveled from Virginia to seek care at APEX Brain Centers in Asheville, NC in late August, 2015 on referral from a friend who had similar problems with exceptional outcomes at APEX. She underwent an intensive course of Brain Training where she was admitted into in an individualized program directed by extensive diagnostic testing, and led by clinicians highly experienced in functional neurology and functional medicine. What follows is a sampling of some of the cutting-edge clinical interventions and amazing functional gains Ali experienced during her time at APEX.

Intervention for Concussion Relief

Ali underwent comprehensive Brain Training at a frequency of 3 times per day over the course of 10 days (with 2 days off between each week for much needed rest and recovery). Her brain function was carefully monitored throughout the training process with measurement of EEG brainwaves, vital signs (particularly important in those with POTS), eye movements, balance, mental and physical timing, and more to ensure she was receiving the proper amount therapy to be effective; but not too much so as to reproduce/amplify symptoms. Laboratory tests were ordered to evaluate for suspected food reactivity, markers of inflammation, altered stress responses and amino acid insufficiencies; among other factors. Modalities implemented included, but were not limited to: neurofeedback (NFB), Interactive Metronome, vestibular rehabilitation, metabolic/nutritional therapies, eye movement and neurological rehabilitation, whole body vibration, electrical stimulation, cognitive training, breathing exercises and home care protocols.

Ali’s Outcomes after Brain Training

Subsequent to her initial Brain Training program, Ali reported subjective improvements in all areas of pre-intensive complaint. What follows are a sampling of Ali’s words describing outcomes in several of these areas:

  • My heart rate is down significantly and I have fewer palpitations
  • I rarely feel unbalanced anymore
  • The tingling in my hands and feet is gone
  • Brain Training has greatly decreased my widespread pain
  • Since leaving APEX I have only had a few minor headaches, and none that have turned into a migraine
  • Now I can really engage with my children for long periods of time
  • My emotions are on a more even keel
  • I can recover from a workout and exercise again the next day
  • My immune function is improved
  • I expect all of my capabilities to return and even excel beyond what they used to be in light of the new and better lifestyle I’ve adapted!

Measurable Changes

  • Cognitive Testing: Increase in her Neurocognition Index of 13%, which is a standardized overall measurement of cognitive performance. Executive function (reasoning) scores were improved by 35%. Increases in various aspects of memory, attention, processing speed and more were as high as 13%.
  • Interactive Metronome: 43% improvement in task average with motor timing and 15% improvement in  hyper-anticipatory timing tendency with motor tasks (i.e. responding prior to a pre-set reference tone).
  • Computerized Assessment of Postural Stability (CAPS): 8.2% improvement in balance on an unstable surface with eyes closed; which brought her from a moderate to mild reduction in balance compared to her age and gender matched peers.
  • Videonystagmography (VNG): Significant improvements in numerous aspects of oculomotor (eye movement) functionality including: gaze holding, slow and fast eye movements, optokinetic responses, and spontaneous/involuntary eye movements.

It should be noted that due to the overwhelming success of her first program Ali returned for a second intensive Brain Training program in November of 2015. She experienced further objective and subjective benefit and continues to update us on her progress.

Concussion Relief IS Possible

An alarming number of individuals do not seeking care for head injuries. It is important to recognize the symptoms of these debilitating injuries and that something can be done about them. The ‘wait and see’ approach to concussion and mild traumatic brain injury is no longer acceptable. Early intervention is key! The longer one waits, the more difficult it is to recover and have full engagement with life!

If you or someone you love is experiencing ANY of these symptoms, call APEX now at 828.708.5274. You may also email us at [email protected] for more information, or to set up a free consultation. 

Case Study: Balance and Memory Problems – Roger

Son & Elderly FatherRoger’s story

At the time of presentation to APEX Brain Centers, Roger was a 70-year-old male struggling with severe balance problems, clumsiness, fatigue, and a general disinterest in life. He used to enjoy life as a family man, successful entrepreneur and golfer. Just over 10 years prior he had undergone radiation therapy for cancer that damaged his 8th cranial nerve (the balance and hearing nerve). He had also undergone prism therapies and surgery for eye position abnormalities, which have caused further insult to his ability to maintain good balance and to learn effectively. Although not listed as a primary complaint, he also suffered from significant cognitive decline in several areas as evidenced by very low to low average scores on standardized cognitive testing.

Roger sought care at APEX Brain Centers in Asheville, NC in May of 2015 and underwent an intensive course of Brain Training. He was admitted into in an individualized program directed by extensive diagnostic testing, and led by clinicians highly experienced in functional neurology. What follows is a sampling of some of the cutting-edge clinical interventions and amazing functional gains Roger experienced during his time at APEX.

Intervention for balance and cognitive decline

Roger underwent comprehensive Brain Training at a frequency of 3 times per day over the course of 15 days (with 2 days off between each for much needed rest and recovery). His brain function was carefully monitored throughout the training process with measurement of EEG brainwaves, vital signs, eye movements, balance, mental and physical timing, and more to ensure he was receiving the proper amount therapy to be effective, but not too much so as to be counter-productive. Modalities implemented included, but were not limited to: neurofeedback (NFB), Interactive Metronome, vestibular rehabilitation, metabolic/nutritional therapies, eye movement and neurological rehabilitation, whole body vibration, electrical stimulation, breathing exercises and home care recommendations.

Outcomes after Brain Training

Subsequent to his Brain Training program, Roger reported subjective improvements in the vast majority of his pre-intensive complaints. More profound than that; his wife was quoted as saying, “it’s like I have my old husband back”. She noted that he used to be the life of the party and had been slowly deteriorating over time to the point of sitting in his chair all day and sleeping more and more often. He was finally plugging back into life, putting an end to his isolation and apathy. As is demonstrated by his balance testing, he is also experiencing a renewed ability to maintain balance, allowing him to be safer and more efficient in navigating his physical environment.

Actual, measurable objective improvements recorded with post-intensive diagnostic testing include:

  • Cognitive Testing: Increase in his Neurocognition Index of 48%. This is a standardized overall score of cognitive performance. Increases in various aspects of memory, attention, processing speed and more as great as 21%.
  • Interactive Metronome: 56% improvement in task average with motor timing, and normalization of hyper-anticipatory timing tendency with motor tasks (i.e. responding prematurely to a pre-set reference tone).
  • Computerized Assessment of Postural Stability (CAPS): 20.5% improvement in balance on an unstable surface with eyes closed – bringing him from severe to mild reduction in balance compared to his peers. Elimination of a posterior center of pressure (CoP); significantly reducing his risk of falling backwards.
  • Videonystagmography (VNG): Significant improvements in numerous aspects of oculomotor (eye movement) functionality including: gaze holding, slow and fast eye movements, optokinetic responses, and spontaneous/involuntary eye movements.

Takeaway

With an alarming increase in the number of baby boomers and seniors experiencing balance issues and cognitive decline (that are in fact related), it is important to recognize the symptoms of these potentially debilitating disorders and, more importantly, that something can be done about them. Early intervention is key, as the longer one waits and the more function is lost, the more difficult it is to recover and have full engagement with life!

Case Study: Severe Metabolic, Neurological, and Cognitive Dysfunction

02G66007History: B.M. is a 52 y.o. male with a history of hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar), borderline hyperlipidemia (elevated blood fats), excessive weight gain, fatigue, numbness in both feet, dairy intolerance, depression, cognitive struggles, osteoarthritis, and gout. His last evaluation and laboratory analysis was performed approximately 4 years prior to evaluation at APEX Bran Centers in August of 2013. Persistent and worsening symptoms and rapidly declining health forced him to seek drastic change before it was too late. He was not taking any medications at the time of evaluation, or at any time during his therapeutic program.

Evaluation: August, 2013 – B.M. measured 5’ 8” tall and weighed in excess of 250 pounds. His blood pressure was 148/78 and heart rate recorded at 82 beats per minute. Salivary pH was 6.0. Upon re-assessment in late 2013, B.M. was weighing in at just under 200 pounds with reductions in blood pressure and heart rate noted as well. See below for the full listing of abnormal laboratory tests and their comparative measurements taken just over 2 months after beginning an intensive metabolic recovery program. All critical laboratory values are highlighted.

Laboratory Test Normal Range 1st Test – 8/28/13 2nd Test – 11/4/13
Serum glucose: 65-99 mg/dL 252 89
Hemoglobin A1c: 4.8-5.6% 9.9 6.4
Insulin: 2.6-24.9 uIU/mL 33.1 4.5
Serum Creatinine: 0.76-1.27 mg/dL 0.73 0.76
Serum Ferritin: 30-400 ng/mL 602 509
Triglycerides: 0-149 mg/dL 730 75
LDL: 0-99 mg/dL Unable to be calculated, 59
VLDL: 5-40 mg/dL triglycerides too high! 15
HDL: >39 mg/dL 20 28
Cholesterol/HDL ratio: 0-5.0 8.9 3.6
Vitamin D (25-OH): 30-100 9.2 29.5
Urinalysis: Glucose Negative 3+ Negative
Vitamin B12: 211-946 pg/mL 197 774
Plasma Homocysteine: 0-15 umol/L 12.3 11.1
C – reactive protein (cardiac): 0-3 mg/L 2.0 0.78
MTHFR No mutation Mutation identified  

Assessment: Based on evaluation and testing performed in August of 2013, it was evident that B.M was experiencing dangerous abnormalities in blood sugar handling and cardiovascular health, among others. In fact, he was displaying all the signs of Type II Diabetes and full blown Metabolic Syndrome (more on Metabolic Syndrome from the Mayo Clinic). Peripheral neuropathy and cognitive/emotional dysfunction were a direct reflection of his poor blood sugar handling as these conditions are consistent with poor lifestyle choices and impaired fuel delivery. B.M. was instructed to consult with his primary care physician for possible endocrine/cardiology consults due to the extreme and dangerous elevations in some of these values. He understood that most of these changes were driven by lifestyle choices and opted for a more holistic approach!

Intervention: B.M. was immediately placed on a rigorous course of medical food supplementation (3-5 times per day) specific for clients with blood sugar handling issues and Diabetes. This was supplemented with an unlimited quantity of green vegetables and approved whole food protein bars. In addition, he was placed on essential fatty acids, other key fats, and Vitamin D to assist with his metabolic struggles. Progressive cardiovascular and muscle resistance exercise protocols were implemented as tolerated. Subsequent to an 8 week program, at which time most of his functional gains were made, he was placed on additional supplements to complement the findings of his repeated laboratory analysis in November of 2013.

Results: In addition to the profound changes realized with standard laboratory testing outlined above, B.M. had a significant reduction in his weight and waist:hip ratio (a reliable predictor of cardiovascular risk and/or health). Energy levels increased while pain levels dropped, allowing for him to resume an increasingly active and productive lifestyle with work and leisure activities (including long distance cycling). His peripheral neuropathy all but vanished, save for the occasional tingling in the feet. Cognitive and emotional stability was regained with vast improvements in thinking and depressive episodes. Pain and other symptoms subsided concurrent with improvements in metabolic function and weight loss. His overall health status, risk of a dangerous vascular event, and potential longevity were all markedly improved. By all accounts B.M. is in a much better place with regard to his health, distancing himself from Type II Diabetes and significant cardiovascular risk. To this day he continues to experience the benefit of his hard work. As with many individuals, he does slip from time to time; but he knows full well that he is largely in control of his physiology, and he gets himself back on track when needed so as not to reach the alarming state of health he once was in!

Case Study: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Liz

Liz’s Story

Liz is a 29-year-old female entrepreneur, designer, and athlete who came to APEX Brain Centers with a history of post-concussion syndrome from previous car accidents and sport related head injuries. She reported symptoms that are often seen in cases of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) including brain fog, fluctuating and elevated heart rate, fatigue, incoordination, excessive emotionality, sharp head pains, and decreasing ability to think critically and effectively. Liz’s symptoms have been nothing short of debilitating and have taken away her ability to work full time at the career she loves. She was also very concerned that her future plans of having a baby and starting a family would be compromised due to the health risk to both her and a developing fetus.

Liz traveled from Virginia to the APEX Brain Centers office in Asheville, NC to participate in our targeted, high frequency, high intensity Brain Training program. She began a 10-day course of Brain Training in November of 2014 with a goal of alleviating her concussion related symptoms. With her sincere efforts and dedication to recovery, we were able to record significant measurable changes related to her symptomatology.

Intervention for mTBI

Liz underwent Brain Training 3 times per day over the course of the 10-day period. Her brain function was carefully monitored throughout the training process to ensure she was receiving enough treatment to be effective, but not too much so as to be counter-productive. Modalities delivered included, but were not limited to: neurofeedback (NFB) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), Interactive Metronome, vestibular rehabilitation, metabolic/nutritional therapies, eye movement and other aspects of neurological rehabilitation, electrical stimulation, breathing exercises and home care recommendations.

Outcomes after Brain Training

Subsequent to her Brain Training program, Liz reported significant subjective improvements in the vast majority of her post-concussion syndrome symptoms including: fogginess and “wandering” of thought, fluctuating heat rate, ability to control emotions, head pain, sleep, intensity at which she was able to exercise, balance, and levels of energy.

Actual, measurable objective improvements recorded with post-intensive diagnostic testing include:

  • Cognitive Testing: Improvements in 4 aspects of memory, attention, executive and other cognitive functions ranging from 14% – 800%.
  • Interactive Metronome: 42% improvement and normalization of hyper-anticipatory timing tendency with motor tasks. 68% improvement in task average with motor skills. 30% improvement in overall response accuracy with motor skills.
  • Computerized Assessment of Postural Stability (CAPS): Elimination of mild reductions in stability with balance and complete normalization of balance abilities in eyes closed scenarios.
  • Videonystagmography (VNG): Significant improvements in numerous aspects of oculomotor (eye movement) functionality including: gaze holding, slow and fast eye movements, optokinetic responses, and spontaneous/involuntary eye movements.
  • Quantitative EEG (qEEG): Normalization of depressed 0-10Hz bandwidth activity.
  • Autonomic Testing: Stabilization of heart rate from an erratic range of 90-150 bpm, to 60-90 bpm; saving her over 30 million heartbeats per year!

With an ever-increasing number of individuals experiencing mTBI, it is important to recognize the symptoms of these oftentimes debilitating disorders and, more importantly, that something can be done about them. Borrowing a phrase from the Brain Injury Association of America, “Brain injury is the last thing on your mind, until it is the only thing on your mind”!

Case Study: Discovering and Relieving Causes of Dizziness

Dizziness and vertigo are at the top of the list of symptoms that lead individuals to seek medical attention. Some clarification of the differences between dizziness, disequilibrium, and vertigo may be helpful in understanding these symptoms and describing them to a health care provider.

  1. Dizziness – often described as “lightheadedness” or feeling as if one is going to faint. Spinning is typically not associated with dizziness.
  2. Disequilibrium – a loss or alteration in our sense of balance. Disequilibrium is often associated with the feeling of being on a boat, or the effects of alcohol on the way we walk (i.e. drunken gait).
  3. Vertigo – derived from the Latin “vertere”, meaning to turn. Vertigo is always associated with a sensation of turning or spinning. This is true whether the individual feels they are spinning or that the room is spinning.

Any of these symptoms can be frightening and debilitating. Dizziness and vertigo have many potential causes. Inner ear disorders, blood pressure issues, medication side effects, anxiety, and brain injury are just a few of the causes of vertigo and dizziness symptoms that I have seen in my clients over the years.

It is critical for anyone who is experiencing dizziness or vertigo to seek proper assessment and intervention to feel steady once again. Many people walk around for months and even years with mild to severe challenges in navigating their everyday world before getting adequate care. Even when care is sought, vertigo and dizziness often go under-treated because these symptoms are frequently overlooked or dismissed by many providers. Worse yet, they are often improperly treated.

Over the past 15 years in clinical practice, it has been my experience that the vast majority of these cases can be very successfully treated. Let me introduce to you one of the hundreds of cases of dizziness and spinning I have personally worked with that resulted in a complete reduction in symptoms. Please meet Bonnie:

Story: Bonnie was in her mid-50s when she presented to me for generalized dizziness that impacted her everyday activities. Bonnie had become socially withdrawn, could not drive, and had given up her greatest passion in life, knitting. She had been to numerous doctors and placed on the standard medications, which did not work and tended to make her feel increasingly anxious, nauseous and withdrawn.

Problem: The moment Bonnie walked through my door I instantly noticed two striking things that spoke volumes about her symptoms. Number one, her eyes jumped all around as she talked to me; number two, she could not walk a straight line. Neither of these issues had been addressed prior to my examination of her. Her inability to perceive the environment appropriately through her eyes was aggravating her balance system and causing extreme dizziness, among other symptoms.

Details: Through routine neurological examination and sophisticated testing of eye moments (VNG) and balance (dynamic posturography), it was quickly and easily uncovered that Bonnie had severe deficits in her balance due to the poor feedback from her eyes to her balance system. These deficits were as great as 85% as compared to standardized age and gender matches. It is no wonder she was so dizzy!

Results: Two days into a 5-day course of brain training designed to improve her eye movements and their impact on her balance system, Bonnie began to feel much less dizzy. She reported decreases in her symptoms of up to 75%. By the end of the 5 days her dizziness was gone, as was the anxiety that went along with it. Eye and balance re-testing after she completed training revealed no more than 12% deficits in the very functions that were causing her symptoms. To her delight, once the dizziness lessened, Bonnie was able to return to a happy and productive life that included socializing, driving, and knitting.

Although to Bonnie it may have seemed so, this was no “miracle story.” Her situation was as routine as they come for centers that deal with and understand the brain’s control over movement and balance, as well as the role the eyes and other systems play in maintaining equilibrium. We can only hope that others who are suffering from dizziness or vertigo find such a place for themselves.  

Case Study: Brain Training for ADD and PTSD

A young woman in her late 20s, who I will call Karen, came to our Asheville NC office in mid-2014 for adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Oftentimes, as with many in her situation, a chronic lack of attention, constant distractibility, obsessive thoughts, and anxiety related symptoms forced her long ago to seek out medications that would keep these symptoms under some sort of control. Also, as with many individuals that walk through the door at APEX Brain Centers, Karen seemed to be functioning well in her day to day activities and was, for all intents and purposes, quite successful. But she knew she could do better, and that she might one day be able to control her thoughts and behaviors medication free!

The Brain Training Process

Prior to coming in for her intensive Brain Training program at APEX, Karen was required to complete a battery of baseline cognitive tests and comprehensive physical, psychological and metabolic histories. When she arrived for her first day of training, Karen underwent a head-to-toe neurological evaluation and several hours’ worth of diagnostic tests, including tests of brainwave activity (qEEG) and eye movements (VNG).

The results of these critical tests of brain function helped guide Karen’s Brain Training program and allowed us to address very specific brain regions that were causing her symptoms. Some examples of training utilized in Karen’s 5 day intensive program are EEG directed neurofeedback with transcranial magnetic stimulation to assist her in regulating her brain wave activity and reducing aspects of anxiety, and the Interactive Metronome training program for improving sequencing and planning abilities within the more developed frontal lobes of her brain that helped her to significantly improve her focus and attention.

Results

When her Brain Training program was complete, we retested Karen so we could compare results and assess key functional improvements made in her brain. Below is a summary of gains she made in critical brain functions:

  1. Gains in attention, problem solving and decision making as great as 76%
  2. Gains in 5 aspects of memory as great as 52%
  3. Gains in brain processing and sequencing abilities as great as 48%
  4. Improvement in temporal processing (brain timing) of 33%
  5. Normalization of fast eye movements associated with the same brain regions that govern attention and focus
  6. Positive shifts in alpha and beta brain wave activity consistent with improved attention and focus, as well as decreased anxiety

What do all these numbers really mean? Well, to Karen these numbers mean a great deal. Immediately after completing her Brain Training program, Karen was able to perform a routine computer related task for work that typically took her over an hour in just 45 minutes. To a multi-tasker that has difficulty with attention, focus, and anxiety, these 20 minutes translate into an eternity! She also reported having a clearer, more focused mind, better sleep, and a general sense of calm and relaxation that was typically not present from day to day.

What would it mean for you to have improvements like Karen made? To be able to focus and engage in life more efficiently with decreased distractions and a clear mind? Or, to possibly get away from life-long medications that are aimed at controlling the very symptoms that destroy your quality of life?     

APEX Brain Centers is leading the way in neuroplasticity-based brain enhancement programs that are opening new doors for those struggling with addictions, learning and behavioral disabilities, test performance, athletic performance and more.

2 Walden Ridge Drive (STE 80) ~ Asheville, NC 28803 ~ 828.708.5274
© 2015 APEX Brain Centers