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Unlocking Brain Potential: Exploring APEX Brain Centers’ Breakthrough Low-Level Laser Therapy

At APEX Brain Centers, we are dedicated to unlocking the vast potential of the human brain. Our focus on functional neurology and leading-edge treatments like low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as cold laser therapy, has established us as a prominent facility for those seeking to overcome challenges associated with brain injuries, cognitive impairments, and various learning and behavioral disorders. With over 2 decades of clinical expertise and 1000s of patient cases guiding us, we integrate these progressive treatments into our treatment programs, emphasizing their substantial effects when complemented with functional neurological evaluations and personalized care plans.

Our clinical approach is a unique meld of science and personalized care designed to support the body’s natural healing processes. Our use of low-level laser therapy is instrumental in promoting cellular energy production, tissue repair, and regeneration, reducing inflammation, and alleviating pain at the source. This non-invasive technique complements our comprehensive treatment strategies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback, balance and vestibular therapies, eye movement rehabilitation, and metabolic and nutritional therapies—all aimed at fostering optimum brain function and overall health.

We are steadfast in our belief that tailored neurological therapies can enhance the body’s mechanisms for recovery. By focusing on each individual’s unique needs and harnessing the synergistic effects of our therapeutic modalities, we strive to create a supportive environment where healing and cognitive advancement can flourish. Our dedication to continuously refining our methodologies ensures that we remain at the forefront of non-pharmacological interventions for those looking to improve their mental functionality and quality of life.

Understanding Low-Level Laser Therapy

At APEX Brain Centers, we have observed the profound effects that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can have on brain health. Our expertise in this innovative treatment option has shown positive outcomes, mainly supporting recovery from brain injuries and cognitive impairments. Our founder, Dr. Michael Trayford, lectures nationally to various types of physicians on the physiology and benefits of LLLT.

The Science Behind Low-Level Laser Therapy

Low-level laser therapy, also commonly referred to as “cold laser therapy,” involves the application of specific wavelengths of light at low power to areas of the body. LLLT is designed to encourage healing and reduce inflammation and pain at a cellular level. The wavelengths emitted by the laser penetrate the skin, muscle, and other tissues, eliciting biological reactions that can lead to the restoration of normal cell function. In our practice at APEX Brain Centers, we focus on harnessing the potential of LLLT as a pivotal component of our comprehensive care strategy. We believe in its ability to enhance cellular rejuvenation, which can be critical for individuals recovering from brain injuries and various cognitive challenges.

Comparing Traditional Therapies and Low-Level Laser Therapies

When comparing traditional therapies to low-level laser therapy, it’s essential to highlight the differences in how each approach affects recovery and rehabilitation.

  • Traditional Therapies:
    • It may involve medication, which can lead to potential side effects
    • Often include physical approaches that may not directly address neurologic function
  • Low-Level Laser Therapies:
    • Non-invasive and virtually free of side effects
    • Target underlying cellular and neurological functions to promote recovery
    • Complementary to other treatment modalities, enhancing their efficacy

We have found that other health services become significantly more impactful when paired with the precision of our neurological assessments and therapeutic techniques. This robust blend of care allows for the activation of the brain’s innate capacity for change and recovery. Our experience over the past two decades emphasizes that by focusing on the brain’s neuroplasticity through treatments like LLLT, we can also provide support for individuals struggling with learning and behavioral disorders, including OCD, anxiety, ADHD, and challenges associated with being an addicted person.

Our treatments are multifaceted, incorporating low-level laser therapy alongside physical rehabilitation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback, and more to promote optimum mental health without the use of medications. We also address the comprehensive needs of our clients by prioritizing dietary recommendations to support metabolic and nutritional health as part of the overall therapeutic strategy.

The Role of APEX Brain Centers in Brain Potential Enhancement

At APEX Brain Centers, our mission is to elevate the brain’s function to its maximum potential. Our specialized treatments are designed to support individuals with cognitive impairments and various neurological challenges.

Our Approach to Low-Level Laser Therapy

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of photobiomodulation that encourages cellular regeneration and enhances brain function. By applying specific wavelengths of light to the skull, we aim to enhance cellular energy production, increase cerebral blood flow, reduce inflammation, and improve cellular communication and neuroplasticity. This noninvasive approach is particularly beneficial for patients with brain injuries, as it helps mitigate the symptoms associated with physical and cognitive deficits. Our treatment protocols are meticulously developed to ensure personalized care tailored to each patient’s unique condition.

Case Studies and Evidence of Efficacy

Numerous case studies have demonstrated the efficacy of our low-level laser therapy in enhancing cognitive function among our patients. For instance, individuals with learning and behavioral disorders, including those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety, have shown significant, measurable improvements following our treatment plans. In our practice, we focus on a comprehensive care model bolstered by our foundational neurological and metabolic therapies. Among the various therapeutic interventions we offer, our leading-edge low-level laser therapy has stood out for its supportive role in improving brain function and promoting overall well-being.

Application of Low-Level Laser Therapy 

At APEX Brain Centers, we use low-level laser therapy (LLLT) as a pivotal component in personalized neurological rehabilitation. We aim to enhance recovery times and optimize brain function.

Targeted Areas and Processes

Brain Injury: In our practice, we target specific areas of the brain impacted by traumatic and acquired brain injuries, with LLLT playing a pivotal role in our integrative approach to healing. Patients struggling with aggression as a symptom of brain injury often find that LLLT helps to modulate their emotional responses. It can also help to reduce head pain, visual sensitivities, fatigue, and more.

Cognitive Impairment: Also focused on cognitive impairment, LLLT aids in improving neuronal activity, potentially leading to better cognitive function. This includes a breadth of conditions, from neurodegenerative disorders to cognitive decline associated with aging or other neurological conditions.

Learning and Behavioral Disorders: For individuals with learning and behavioral disorders such as OCD, anxiety, and ADHD, our application of LLLT is designed to promote neural efficiency, help in balancing neurological function, and address specific brain regions associated with these conditions.

Personalizing Therapies for Individuals

Location-Specific Therapy: Each therapy session at APEX Brain Centers is carefully personalized. Following a detailed assessment, laser application is meticulously directed to specific regions of the brain and/or body for maximum therapeutic effect.

Comprehensive Care: Complemented by our expertise in functional neurology and other therapeutic modalities such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and neurofeedback, LLLT is part of a holistic strategy to enhance and support brain health. In alignment with our knowledge of over two decades, these integrative, synergistic therapies amplify mental health services’ impact, fostering a more complete recovery pathway.

We remain dedicated to unlocking brain potential through leading-edge, non-invasive interventions. Our emphasis on functional neurology, metabolic support, and personalized care positions us as a distinctive practice for those seeking alternative and complementary healing modalities.

Clinical Outcomes and Patient Experiences

At APEX Brain Centers, we’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative effects of low-level laser therapy on brain potential. Our targeted approach ensures that each individual receives care tailored to their condition, leading to marked improvements in physical and cognitive function and overall well-being.

Short-Term and Long-Term Outcomes

Short-Term Outcomes:

  • Rapid improvement in cognitive clarity and energy levels in most individuals
  • Decreased symptoms related to brain injury, such as headaches, sleep disturbances, and gut dysfunction

Long-Term Outcomes:

  • Sustained enhancement of brain function
  • Cumulative benefits in learning and behavioral adaptations for conditions like ADHD and anxiety

Patient Testimonials and Reviews

Patients consistently express gratitude for the care provided at APEX Brain Centers, highlighting our treatments’ comprehensive nature and effectiveness. Many describe experiencing life-changing results, with significant gains in physical and cognitive abilities, mood stabilization, and a decrease in symptoms related to traumatic brain injuries.


  1. “APEX’s approach has truly changed my life. The dedicated therapies, especially lowlevel laser therapy, have helped me recover from a brain injury that I thought was irreversible.”
  2. “I have struggled with ADHD for years, and it’s only after the functional neurology and laser treatments at APEX Brain Centers that I’ve felt a real difference in my ability to concentrate and stay focused.”

Integrating APEX Brain Centers’ Therapies with Other Treatments

Here’s how we integrate our therapies with other treatments to create a harmonious recovery plan:

  • Functional Neurology: The cornerstone of our approach, functional neurology lays the groundwork for an optimized treatment strategy. We’ve found that integrating our functional neurology assessments with additional interventions can enhance the overall effectiveness of most all brain and body health services.
  • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): We apply LLLT to support cellular health and recovery. It’s an integral component that synergizes well with our in-office treatments and home care programs.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: When combined with laser therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help improve overall brain function and recovery, providing our clients with the best possible outcomes.

Our integration strategy also involves neurofeedback, eye movement rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation, metabolic therapies, and more to assist our clients struggling with all types of neurological disorders. These leading-edge treatments help address the underlying learning and behavioral aspects of conditions like anxiety, ADHD, and addiction, as well as brain injury and cognitive decline, in a supportive manner.

Examples of the way we can combine or “stack” therapies is outlined below:

Therapeutic ModalityComplementary TreatmentsPotential Benefits
Functional NeurologyHyperbaric Oxygen TherapyEnhanced physical and cognitive function
Low-Level Laser TherapyFrequency-based modalities (vibration, electrical stimulation, pEMF)Improved cellular signaling and neuroplasticity
Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapyLow-Level Laser TherapyCellular health and repair
NeurofeedbackEye Movement RehabilitationSupport for behavioral disorders

By focusing on nearly limitless combinations of these specialized therapies, we are committed to providing our clients with a support framework that complements their existing treatment plans, ensuring a more effective and comprehensive recovery process.

Potential Side Effects and Considerations

When discussing the implementation of low-level laser therapy (LLLT), it’s essential to consider the potential side effects and necessary precautions. At APEXBrain Centers, while we advocate for the benefits of LLLT, we also recognize that education about its side effects is crucial for informed decision-making.

  • Skin sensitivity: Some individuals might experience sensitivity or irritation at the application site, although this is minimal or absent with a low-powered, visible light spectrum laser. We recommend monitoring skin reactions closely.
  • Headache and Fatigue: A small percentage of patients report transient headaches or fatigue following treatment sessions. This may be due to the effects of detoxification with poor cellular function. It is essential to track these experiences to adjust therapy as needed.

Despite the relative safety of low-level laser therapy, we consider the individual patients’ history, conditions, and current health status to support the best possible outcomes. 

Our primary areas of admission at APEX Brain Centers focus on enhancing the quality of life for those affected by brain injury, cognitive impairment, and various learning and behavioral disorders, integrating treatments like LLLT to foster an environment for neurological rehabilitation and growth.

In our practice at APEX Brain Centers, we diligently observe all potential side effects and tailor our interventions to support our patients as effectively and safely as possible.

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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