APEX Brain Centers

The APEX Approach


Brain Training is a method of exercising the brain to strengthen connections that control cognitive and physical abilities. At APEX Brain Centers, we deliver targeted, intensive Brain Training designed to help our clients achieve their goals for mental and physical performance.

Brain improvement is achievable by anyone. Scientific research has demonstrated that our brains continue to change, learn, and grow throughout our lives. This concept, neuroplasticity or brain plasticity, is at the core of our Brain Training Programs. Our strategies will help you change your brain positively and elevate your brain's level of power and function to new heights.

APEX Brain Centers can help you Build a Better Brain and Live a Better Life!

Brain Training Strategies

Testing Methods

At APEX Brain Centers, we know that the more specific a client’s Brain Training program is, the more successful the outcomes are. Our Brain Training process begins with a thorough investigation, or Day of Discovery, looking into numerous markers that tell us how your brain and body are functioning.

We create your customized Brain Training program based on our comprehensive diagnostic testing results. Further tests are administered throughout the training process to guide the direction of the training, gauge improvements, and to make sure we are advancing toward your goals in the most efficient way possible.

qEEG Brain Mapping

Quantitative electroencephalography, or qEEG, records and analyzes electrical activity in the brain. This brainwave data creates a brain map showing how your brain reacts and functions under different circumstances. Brain maps are used to direct neurofeedback training.

Dynamic Posturography

This test measures balance control and help us identify abnormalities in your ability to maintain effective balance. Our ability to maintain balance is directly related to our higher cognitive functions.

Neurological Testing

To determine which Brain Training methods will help you achieve your goals, we undertake a full investigation into your neurological health. We test each client’s reflexes, sensory abilities, motor function, balance, vision and hearing, movement, autonomic functions (i.e., blood pressure, heart rate, breathing/oxygen levels, etc.), and much more.

Video Oculography (VOG) Testing For the Eyes

We measure and record slow and fast eye movements, gaze-holding ability, and other eye responses to determine what parts of the brain malfunction in any cognitive and physical challenges.

Standardized Cognitive Testing

These tests reveal your level of attention, focus, memory, impulse control, and other critical cognitive abilities.

Tests of Brain Timing

Your brain’s ability to keep time through the processing of sounds (temporal processing) is directly related to your ability to focus and attend to everyday tasks.

Metabolic Testing

We measure internal biochemistry, which allows us to deliver nutritional protocols to support brain and body function.

Tools and Exercises to Train Your Brain

There is no one size fits all solution to brain improvement. Any or all of the following Brain Training tools may be used to provide solutions to problems we uncover through extensive testing.


Neurofeedback (NFB) is a form of biofeedback that helps you learn to modify and self-regulate your brainwaves for optimal performance.

Neurological Rehabilitation (Brain Exercises)

Visual, eye movement, auditory (sound), smell, vestibular (balance), motor, complex motor skills, cognitive, computer-assisted, and other types of exercises delivered specifically for abnormalities identified through testing procedures.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation)

Photons (particles of light energy) are absorbed by specific light receptors in our cells (photoreceptors), triggering chemical alterations and biochemical, physical, and neurological benefits to the human brain and body. This is done by safely passing concentrated, high-energy beams of light through the skin from sophisticated diodes; or laser light generators. These diodes can be positioned easily on nearly any body part and programmed for specific health needs.

Interactive Metronome (IM)

IM is the only research-based training program that combines a music metronome with a patented technology system that accurately measures and improves a person’s rhythm and timing. IM trains the brain to plan, sequence, and process information more effectively.

Metabolic and Nutritional Therapy

The brain requires constant and appropriate fuel for maximum efficiency. Identification and correction of nutritional deficiencies and poor eating habits, as well as nutritional supplementation when indicated, can significantly impact brain function.

Who Benefits From Brain Training?

Anyone can benefit from a comprehensive Brain Training program at APEX Brain Centers. We can help whether you are looking to achieve specific neurological improvements or improve your overall mental and physical fitness.

The evidence-based Brain Training delivered at APEX Brain Centers alleviates and sometimes eliminates the symptoms of many disorders and conditions. We see clients seeking improvements for a variety of reasons:

Neurological Conditions or Disorders

Brain disorders limit one’s ability to perform everyday functions and be self-sufficient. At APEX Brain Centers, we perform extensive diagnostic testing and use what we learn to design a Brain Training regimen that can significantly improve the client’s ability to function at a higher level.

Neurological Conditions Include:

Learning, Behavioral and Developmental Disabilities

Learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities are lifelong disorders that affect one’s ability to interpret what they see and hear or to link information from different parts of the brain for appropriate cognitive, physical, social, and emotional responses.

These limitations can impact physical, academic, and social skills and impede learning, movement, and forming meaningful relationships, among other things.

Learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities include:

Learning Disabilities

  • Dyslexia
  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder

Behavioral Disorders

Developmental Disabilities

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Intellectual Disability

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force injures the brain. This can be a direct blow to the head or whiplash injuries like those sustained in car accidents. TBI can be classified based on severity, the mechanism (closed or penetrating head injury), or other features (e.g., occurring in a specific location or over a widespread area).

Diagnostic testing helps us determine what brain areas the injury has affected so we can direct training to improve that area.  No matter how mild or severe the concussion or other head trauma, these injuries will have far-reaching consequences and should not be ignored!

Mental Health Disorders

There is a wide range of emotional and mental health conditions.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that develops in response to a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Over 20 million women and 10 million men in our country struggle with eating disorders: including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Eating disorders are the number one cause of death among ALL mental illnesses.

Other types of disorders include bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Build a Better Brain and Live a Better Life at APEX Brain Centers

Offering hope for anyone seeking to maximize brain function, quality of life, and performance abilities. Combining repetitive training techniques delivered daily over the course of 5-15 days gives the brain a better chance to learn and change. Our targeted, high-frequency, high-intensity Brain Training approach sets us apart.

To learn more about APEX Brain Centers and our advanced Brain Training methods, call 828.708.5274 to schedule a free consultation, or contact our admissions department today.

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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