The Interactive Metronome – 21st Century Brain Training

Every breath you take, every move you make (enter the distinct guitar sounds of The Police’s wildly popular 1983 hit) is controlled by your brain’s innate timing system. Whether physical movements or the production of thoughts, your brain’s ability to time these magical feats accurately is the difference between normal everyday functioning and disastrous consequences. Successful brain training can help you avoid the latter!

Most can relate to the impact timing has on the way we move. We’ve all seen someone with Parkinson’s disease or brain injury, or simply decline (i.e. walking, tying shoes, speaking, etc.).

On the other hand, it might be more difficult for one to consider that the disorganized thoughts of schizophrenia. This is in fact a growing area of research where disorganized or uncoordinated thoughts are being related to the uncoordinated motor activity such as walking and speech. When movements are improved through various types of physical training, individuals experience more efficient thought processing and communication of these thoughts. Through this lens, it is quite easy to see how our thoughts, and even emotions, can be impairing by improper mental timing.

Can I improve my brain’s timing???

Musicians, dancers, and other athletes would tell you… Absolutely! Simply involving yourself in activities that revolve around a regular beat or rhythm (cadence) will help to strengthen timing ability. The obvious here would include activities such as music and dance.

But what if there are problems with my brain???

Previously mentioned brain injury and Parkinson’s disease would be natural barriers to improving timing in the brain. Studies also show that key physical abilities (bio-markers) such as balance and eye movements are impaired in those experiencing cognitive decline with aging. Challenges in these and other abilities will undoubtedly have an impact on our ability to improve timing. Addressing the physical and metabolic aspects of these conditions would be the logical first step in improving mental timing. For those with severe impairment, and for those looking to be the best they can be, there are other options.

Can my mental timing be measuring and improved???

Fortunately, yes! With sophisticated measurement and training tools such as the Interactive Metronome, those with neurological conditions and peak performers alike can have their brain’s timing measured quite accurately. This particular program utilizes auditory (sound) cues to first measure and then train one’s mental timing capacities. Through matching body movements to a standardized metronome beat, the computer software can determine how accurately one is timing. Numerous aspects of timing can be measuring including early and late timing tendencies, left vs. right side of body differences, upper vs. lower body timing differences, consistency in timing from one beat to the next, and much more. Armed with this information, experienced clinicians such as those at APEX Brain Centers in Asheville, NC can design and deliver specific Brain Training programs to repair the deficient timing issues to the highest degree possible.

What does this all mean for me???

With intact and efficient mental timing our risk of injury due to falling decreases… Thought processing and problem solving become more efficient… Attention and focus get sharper… Memory formation and retrieval become much easier… Certain unwanted behavioral traits improve… Academics and test-taking require less effort and produce less anxiety… Our limits of physical performance can skyrocket…

I believe you get the point. There are few aspects of humanism that is not positively impacting by an improvement in our brain’s innate timing abilities. Go exercise that rhythm – your brain will thank you!

Dr. Michael S. Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Neurofeedback Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the practice of advanced functional neurology. He is one of the most highly sought-after brain rehabilitation specialists because of the life-changing outcomes his patients consistently experience. After over a decade in private practice and working alongside other pioneers in the field, Dr. Trayford developed his multimodal intensive brain training and rehabilitation program built around the science of Neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to learn and grow dependent upon the stimulation it receives from its environment. He later founded APEX Brain Centers to combine his ground-breaking rehabilitation approach with a unique patient and caretaker-centered care model. Under Dr. Trayford’s leadership, APEX Brain Centers has successfully treated thousands of patients and earned the reputation of a world-renowned brain training and rehabilitation practice. Since its inception, Dr. Trayford has been a leader of the Brain Training revolution treating patients worldwide. In addition, he is a published journal contributor and international lecturer. His experience with various patients of all ages and neurological conditions has given him a unique perspective on brain health and human performance. He is also well-versed in collaborating with other health care professionals, making him an invaluable asset to any care team. Dr. Trayford was awarded the Functional Neurologist of the Year distinction by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, where he is a proud member and conference lecturer. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dementia Society of America and the Board of Directors for the International Society for Neuroregulation and Research. He is also a servant leader who has dedicated his adult life to serving multiple communities through Rotary International and other notable causes. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Trayford usually reads or researches anything related to the brain, human performance, and leadership. He also loves spending time outdoors with his wife Denise, their two daughters, and dogs in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.


  1. Darrell on June 23, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Do you have to have some kind of learning disability or brain injury or add or adhd or can any normal adult benefit from this type of brain training?

    • admin on July 26, 2020 at 8:19 pm

      Anyone can benefit. It is always best to take care of your brain before challenges arise.

  2. Christine Quirke on April 15, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Hello. My oldest son and middle son have a diagnosis of Autism spectrum disorder as well as ADD/ADHD. My oldest also faces the additional challenge of Generalized anxiety. My youngest boy is showing signs of ADHD. I have read a lot about neuroplasticity and believe it could improve a lot of my boys behaviors and focus. I am inquiring about using this program at home. The cost, the availability, the ease of use. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you. Sincerely, Christine Quirke

    • admin on June 2, 2020 at 12:59 am

      Hello Christine. Apologies for the delay, this was not seen earlier. It would be best for you to call the office to discuss. This is a fantastic program, although there would need to be a certain degree of training before it could be implemented successfully at home. 828.708.5274. Thank you for your inquiry.

  3. Sharon Makowski on August 4, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    The one thing I don’t see here is behavior disorder due to dementia. Please comment whether you have any options for improvement in this area

    • admin on August 5, 2018 at 1:29 pm


      The Interactive Metronome is a brilliant tool for many behavioral disorders and cognitive disorders, including dementia. It works with timing, attention, focus, impulse control, etc.; which are critical factors when it comes to learning and behavior. Thing is, for this particular tool, much depends on the level of impairment and one’s ability to complete the necessary tasks. As such, we have many more tools to work with these issues should one not be able to perform on this particular modality; although the hope is to get them there eventually if they cannot. Feel free to call us at 828.708.5274 if you’d like to discuss further.

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