APEX Brain Centers

From Science to Success: Breakthrough in Low-Level Laser Therapy Revolution

We understand that each individual’s journey to brain health is unique at APEX Brain Centers, so we offer an integrative approach to neurological rehabilitation. We believe in addressing the root causes of cognitive impairment, brain injury, and learning and behavioral disorders like OCD, anxiety, ADHD, and issues related to addiction. Our methods have continuously evolved over two decades to ensure that we provide interventions that foster recovery and enhance our patients’ overall quality of life.

In our practice, functional neurology is at the forefront of our true holistic care philosophy, serving as a bedrock upon which treatments such as low-level laser therapy are built. By harnessing the power of cold laser technologies, we’ve seen firsthand the positive changes in our patients, especially when complemented by our functional neurology assessments and interventions. Our commitment to comprehensive care extends to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback, and other supportive therapies such as balance and vestibular therapies, eye movement rehabilitation, and metabolic and nutritional therapies. Empowering our patients with this array of interventions, directed by precise neurological diagnostics, has proved to be transformative time and again.

Our integrated health care model rests on the foundational belief that the brain’s health is central to all aspects of well-being. We provide our patients with the tools they need to achieve and maintain optimal brain function through personalized care plans that include low-level laser therapy and other non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatments. With the addition of nutritional therapies based on sophisticated laboratory diagnostics, and a dedication to enhancing neurological function, we at APEX Brain Centers continue to advance the lives of those with whom we work without relying on excessive medication management. Our leading-edge approach allows us to offer more hope to individuals struggling with complex brain health issues.

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Understanding Low-Level Laser Therapy

In our continuous effort to enhance neurological health, APEX Brain Centers has incorporated low-level laser therapy (LLLT) into our repertoire of transformative treatments. LLLT has been pivotal in supporting individuals on their journey to recovery and improved well-being.

The Science Behind the Success

LLLT, also known as cold laser therapy, is a non-invasive method that can be a crucial component in treating brain injury, cognitive impairment, and learning and behavioral disorders. Low-level laser therapy works by emitting photons into the mitochondria of the cells, which can lead to enhanced cellular energy production and improved cell, tissue, and organ function. This process can contribute to reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

Differentiating Low-Level Laser Therapy

LLLT stands apart from other laser modalities as it does not rely on thermal (heating) effects to instigate healing. Instead, it utilizes specific wavelengths of visible spectrum light at low power to interact with tissue causing metabolic changes, scientifically known as photobiomodulation. This approach is instrumental in our practice at APEX Brain Centers, as it aligns with our focus on non-pharmacological interventions. We leverage LLLT alongside other therapies, such as functional neurology, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback, balance and vestibular therapies, eye movement rehabilitation, and metabolic and nutritional therapies, to address the complex needs of our patients. 

Our integrated approach ensures that every individual receives a tailored, comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the underlying neurological aspects of their condition. Through these efforts, we advocate for and witness the profound shifts that can occur in the lives of those affected by brain injuries and learning and behavioral disorders.

Our Approach to Laser Therapy

At APEX Brain Centers, we’ve developed a precise and meticulous approach to incorporating low-level laser therapy (LLLT) into our comprehensive treatment plans for neurological rehabilitation patients. Our emphasis on functional neurology plays a pivotal role in enhancing the outcomes of our laser therapy treatments.

Innovations in Treatment

Our dedicated team has harnessed the latest advancements in LLLT, utilizing cold laser technology to support the body’s natural healing processes. We employ specific wavelengths of light (red, IR, green, and violet) to target areas requiring neurological support, enabling a non-invasive method to foster cellular regeneration and repair. Each protocol is tailored to the individual, built on our extensive research and harnessing the power of synergistic treatments that we layer with LLLT. 

Safety and Efficacy

At APEX Brain Centers, we prioritize the safety and efficacy of LLLT. Our comprehensive approach also includes using complementary modalities such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy to catalyze and enhance the benefits of LLLT. Our protocols adhere to stringent standards, ensuring our patients receive the most effective care while minimizing risks. With an eye on continuous improvement, we monitor clinical outcomes meticulously to guarantee the highest standard of care.

Real-World Impact: Patient Success Stories

Our approach at APEX Brain Centers has always been patient-centric, focusing on innovative and effective interventions that enhance and restore brain function. Our multifaceted programs empower our patients to make significant life improvements with brain injury, cognitive impairment, and learning and behavioral challenges.

Patient A: After a significant mild traumatic brain injury (concussion with small brain bleed), “Aaron” struggled with memory and concentration long after his initial symptoms of headache, dizziness, light and sound sensitivity, and other physical symptoms subsided. He was at the point where most doctors were telling him that his cognitive struggles had nothing to do with his brain injury. With our combination of functional neurological services over the course of a 5-day neuro-intensive program (4-5 hours per day), he reported a remarkable improvement in cognitive functions and brain fog, coupled with gains as high as 45% on standardized cognitive testing.

Patient B: Living with severe ADHD, “Megan” found that medications alone weren’t the answer, and they would only dampen her symptoms while taking them. They were not getting to the root of the issue! Integrating our advanced brain balancing techniques and eye movement rehabilitation led her to experience a heightened focus and better management of daily tasks, to the point she was promoted at her job. Her diagnostic testing scores reflected her improvements showing significant gains in simple and complex attention, as well as more regulated brainwave activity demonstrated on EEG. 

Patient C: Facing alcohol and multi-substance dependencies, “John” discovered that behavioral disorders could be managed more effectively when supported by our functional neurology strategies, tailored nutrition plans, and at-home care protocols. After 10 days of immersive brain training consisting of neurological, physical, cognitive, and metabolic rehabilitation, he was more relaxed, focused, and able to control impulses to use. This was supported by work with his mental health counselor that helps to ensure the probability of future use is lessened. 

In each scenario, the careful application of our therapies, designed to address each individual’s unique needs, has catalyzed their path to recovery. Our balance and vestibular therapies, for instance, aid in physical coordination and contribute to mental clarity and stability through the vestibular system’s connection with our frontal brain (body-brain connection). The more stable we are physically, the more stable we are psychologically. 

By prioritizing metabolic and nutritional therapies, we ensure that our patients receive the necessary dietary support optimized for their conditions—prioritizing healthy fats and a balanced intake of vegetables and fruits, as well as nutritional supplementation for identified deficiencies and detoxification programs when necessary.

We have witnessed firsthand that mental well-being can be significantly improved when combined with our protocols. It’s a privilege to walk alongside our patients on their journey to recovery, continually motivated by their successes and the real-world impact of our work.

Treatment Applications and Effectiveness

At APEX Brain Centers, we pride ourselves on pioneering treatments that address a broad spectrum of conditions. We leverage modalities like functional neurology and metabolic therapies to improve our patients’ wellness.

Scope of Ailments Addressed

Functional Neurology: Our services are finely tuned to manage conditions related to brain injury, cognitive impairment, and learning and behavioral challenges. We address afflictions such as OCD, anxiety, ADHD, and patterns related to addiction, focusing on the underpinning learning and behavioral aspects.

  • Brain Injury: Both traumatic and acquired brain injuries is the largest population we serve.
  • Cognitive Impairment: We work to enhance cognitive processes that may have diminished due to various factors.
  • Learning and Behavioral Disorders: Our comprehensive protocols support individuals facing challenges in learning and managing behaviors effectively.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): We utilize LLLT to foster cellular regeneration and treat inflammation, employing this approach in synergy with other rehabilitative strategies for an integrative treatment plan is critical for optimal outcomes with more traditional modalities. 

Measuring Outcomes and Success Rates

Quantitative Assessments: Success rates at APEX Brain Centers are determined through a combination of subjective reporting and objective, quantifiable metrics, including:

  1. Neurological Function: We monitor improvements in neurological capabilities through various assessments. Examples include testing of eye movements with video-oculography, balance and vestibular function with dynamic posturography, and brainwave activity with qEEG.
  2. Cognitive Metrics: Cognitive progress is quantified via standardized testing and relative performance measures in the areas of attention, memory, executive function, processing speed, and more.
  3. Behavioral Improvements: Assessments in behavior and learning are made through continuous observation and feedback sessions, as well as standardized questionnaires.

Qualitative Feedback: We also integrate qualitative feedback from our patients to gauge the effectiveness of our treatments, ensuring a holistic measure of success that accounts for personal experiences and perceived changes in quality of life.

Comparative Analysis with Traditional Therapies

At APEX Brain Centers, we constantly evaluate our therapies to ensure they provide the most benefit to our patients. Our therapies, particularly low-level laser therapy (LLLT), offer unique advantages over traditional methods.

Advantages Of Conventional Methods

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has distinct benefits, especially when contrasted with traditional treatment approaches. Conventional methods may offer relief yet frequently have unwanted side effects or require more prolonged recovery. Conversely, LLLT, as applied in our practice, is a non-invasive technique that promotes healing at a cellular level without significant side effects. Studies, such as this one from Springer, have illustrated the efficacy of LLLT in pain management and tissue repair, showcasing its superiority in specific clinical scenarios.

  • Mitochondrial Energy Production: The greatest impact of LLLT that helps support cellular and nerve regeneration and communication, physical energy levels, and so much more.
  • Pain Reduction: LLLT has been clinically observed to reduce pain associated with various conditions, including brain injuries, more efficiently than some pharmacological interventions.
  • Healing Time: patients often experience quicker healing as LLLT accelerates cellular repair mechanisms.
  • Safety: With minimal side effects reported, LLLT offers a safer alternative for long-term use.

Integrating Technologies for Enhanced Healing

In our approach to care, we often combine LLLT with other modalities like hyperbaric oxygen therapy and neurofeedback to enhance healing synergistically. ‘Integration’ of complementary therapies is key at APEX Brain Centers:

  • LLLT and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: These two particular modalities have many synergistic effects, including enhanced energy production, inflammation reduction, and more.
  • Combination with Functional Neurology: Functional neurology assessments are critical for tailoring an effective treatment plan that complements LLLT and other technologies.
  • Concurrent Modalities: By applying therapies such as balance and vestibular therapies, eye movement rehabilitation, and metabolic and nutritional therapies, we can more holistically address a wide range of symptoms and conditions.
  • Research Support: Evidence indicates when technologies are integrated, such as in this comprehensive evaluation, outcomes may improve significantly, echoing what we’ve observed in our two decades of experience.

Incorporating these therapies, from functional neurology to low-level laser, within a comprehensive care plan elevates the effectiveness of other health care services, particularly for individuals dealing with brain injuries and cognitive impairments, and learning and behavioral challenges.

Navigating the APEX Brain Centers Experience

Embarking on the healing journey is designed to be seamless, from the initial consultation to recovery.

Patient Journey: From Consultation to Recovery

Consultation Phase: We always start with a preliminary, free, initial consultation with all prospective patients and inquiries to learn more about their particular conditions and circumstances to determine if they are a fit for evaluation and treatment at APEX Brain Centers.

Examination/Diagnostic Phase: We start with a comprehensive history and neurological evaluation to understand each individual’s unique challenges. During this stage, our focus is on identifying the specifics of brain injuries, cognitive impairment, or learning and behavioral issues such as ADHD or anxiety. Our 8-point Day of Discovery is one of the most comprehensive neurological evaluations most of our patients have ever completed!

Customized Treatment Plan: Based on our comprehensive 4-hour assessment, we tailor a treatment plan to meet everyone’s individual brain and body health needs. Complemented by 20+ years of clinical experience, our plans continue to demonstrate functional gains and subjective improvements far beyond traditional approaches.

Therapeutic Interventions: We harness the healing power of LLLT, HBOT, neurofeedback/biofeedback, functional neurology, frequency-based modalities, and more alongside metabolic and nutritional therapies to enhance the body’s capacity for recovery.

Recovery and Home Care: Our home care programs are designed to extend the benefits of the on-site therapies provided at APEX Brain Centers. We ensure you have the knowledge and resources for continued success outside our facilities.

Support and Resources for Patients

Personalized Support: We provide ongoing support throughout your journey. This support includes providing resources that help reinforce your in-clinic treatments and support your recovery process.

Educational Materials and Tools: We offer a variety of materials that educate on the specifics of our functional neurology assessments and interventions. 

Community Connection: We facilitate a supportive community to connect patients and share experiences. Our approach has shown that individuals navigating similar challenges can offer unique insights and encouragement to one another. APEX Brain Centers aims to nurture an environment conducive to healing and long-term wellness.

Professional Perspectives: Expert Insights and Analysis

At APEX Brain Centers, we harness low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to empower individuals on their journey to wellness. LLLT, known as cold laser, is a cornerstone of our treatment protocol. By targeting specific wavelengths of light, we stimulate healing at the cellular level, offering a non-invasive therapy with a proven track record of reducing inflammation and pain.

Other Practice Highlights:

  • Functional Neurology: This is the backbone of our approach. Assessment and intervention strategies here are designed to improve brain function and are particularly integral for those recovering from brain injuries and cognitive impairments.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: This therapy is crucial for treatment success because it enhances the body’s natural healing processes by inhaling 100% oxygen in a total-body chamber.
  • Neurofeedback: Brainwave training optimizes brain function, aiding individuals with a spectrum of learning and behavioral disorders.

We focus on:

  • Brain Injury: Both traumatic and acquired.
  • Cognitive Impairment: Employing a combination of modalities to enhance cognitive performance.
  • Learning and Behavioral Disorders: Approaching conditions such as OCD, anxiety, and ADHD through alternative modalities on top of our foundational neurological and metabolic therapies to address underlying issues.

Metabolic and nutritional guidance forms another staple of our holistic care, driven by findings from sophisticated laboratory analysis.

With treatments centered around state-of-the-art technologies and customized therapies, we provide comprehensive care tailored to individual needs. Our commitment to non-pharmaceutical strategies has enabled countless individuals to find renewed hope and improve their quality of life.

The Future of Low-Level Laser Therapy

As APEX Brain Centers continues to pioneer in the field of brain health and function, the future of Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) holds immense potential for enhancing patient care and treatment outcomes.

Emerging Trends and Research

Research into LLLT is expanding, revealing new applications and mechanisms of action. In our practice, we’re continually updating our techniques and equipment to harness these advancements. Relevant studies show that LLLT, when used appropriately, can lead to improved cellular function and better recovery rates for people suffering from various brain health challenges. We plan to continue integrating current research findings into our treatment protocols, refining how we employ LLLT to assist our patients.

Extending the Reach: New Horizons in Care

Our commitment is to extend the reach of care through functional neurology and associated therapies. We understand that education is vital in extending innovative treatments to those in need. Therefore, we constantly work to share knowledge and provide resources that can help practitioners and patients alike understand the benefits of LLLT as part of a comprehensive approach. Our therapies are not only beneficial for patients with brain injury, cognitive impairment, and learning and behavioral disorders, but we’ve also seen that they make other mental health services more impactful.

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. https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaeltrayford/

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