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.
Brain Training Strategies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Seizure Disorders and more
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:
- Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Intellectual Disability
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.
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