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How it Works

BrainCore Therapy provides a unique drugless approach to treating Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome (NDS) that may be associated with the symptoms of many neurological based conditions including ADD/ADHD, Headaches, Migraines, Learning Disorders, Memory Loss Associated with Aging, Overeating or Binge Eating, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, and Insomnia, just to name a few.  NDS is a condition that results from tension on the nervous system caused by subluxation, poor nutrition, stress, drugs or trauma. The BrainCore technology and science is based on a training procedure that effectively regulates the nervous system providing proven relief of conditions associated with NSD. 

 

The Brain

In order to understand how BrainCore therapy works we first need to understand how the brain works.  The systems that govern the human brain are the most complex and compact on earth.  In order for the brain to function optimally, the parts of the brain must talk to one another constantly.  The brain accomplishes this communication by transmitting electrical signals along neurons that connect one area of the brain to another.  The electrical signals are expressed as brain waves. Using non-invasive surface electrodes that are placed on the surface of the scalp, the BrainCore system is able to translate these brainwaves on to a computer screen for observation – It’s like having a window to the brain. 

Brain Waves
There are four distinct brain wave frequencies:

Beta Waves

Produced when you are awake and engaged in active thought

Alpha Waves

Produced mostly when you close your eyes and relax. 

Theta Waves

Produced when you start to fall asleep. 

Delta Waves

Produced when you are sleeping

 

Over thirty years of research has demonstrated that, for any given circumstance there is an accepted normal pattern of brain wave activity.  This healthy pattern is referred to as Neurological Regulation.  A healthy, balanced, and properly regulated nervous system will produce the appropriate brain waves at the appropriate levels and at the appropriate times for any given situation.  For example, it is appropriate for the brain to produce Beta waves when it is focused on a task however in some individuals, focusing on a task results in the production of Theta instead of Beta.  Outwardly this particular patient would demonstrate symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity - much like we see in some cases of ADD/ADHD.  This reversal is just one example of Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome.  Some of the conditions that may be the result of NDS include: ADD / ADHD, Headaches/Migraines, Learning Disorders, Memory Loss, Overeating / Binge Eating, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Anxiety Disorders, Insomnia, Age Related Cognitive Disorders

 

BrainCore & Brain Wave Regulation
BrainCore Therapy is a form of neurofeedback that allows the nervous system to retrain itself to create new, more appropriate wave patterns and break the cycle of NDS.  Though the BrainCore technology is quite complex, the training activity is simple, painless, drugless and non-invasive.  Surface electrodes are placed on the scalp and EEG activity is transmitted to the computer screen.  Visual feedback of the patient’s brainwaves in the form of an animated game such as Pac Man, or a movie is provided instantly. The animated game or a movie only plays when the patient is producing the correct brainwave.  If the patient’s brain stops producing the desired brain wave the game or the movie, stop playing.  As the nervous system reorganizes itself based on this instantaneous information, the patterns begin to normalize.  Over the course of 10 to 20 training sessions, the brain modifies itself to begin producing the appropriate brain waves at the appropriate times resulting in an alleviation of the symptoms.

 

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What Is BrainCore Therapy?  Dr. Stiso, a BrainCore Clinician located in Manasquan NJ, explains BrainCore Therapy is a form of EEG Biofeedback (AKA: Neurofeedback). It is a drugless approach to treating Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome (NDS) that may be associated with the symptoms of many neurological based conditions such as ADHD, Asperger’s, Tics and even Autism.

 

I was immediately fascinated by BrainCore Therapy ever since attending a symposium in Hilton Head, SC,” explains Dr. Stiso.  “The science has been around for forty years, but until recently, it has only been available in large University laboratories. So far the results have been amazing! Coming from an entire family of chiropractic physicians our offices have seen thousands of patients.  And over the years there have been many new technologies and therapies to come along, but nothing compares to this.”

 

By using a computerized electroencephalogram (EEG), electrical impulses known as brainwaves can be tracked and analyzed while the patient performs several different tasks such as reading or watching TV.  Ideally, the brain should switch between different brainwaves frequencies.  However if the brain cannot produce the needed brainwave it will use an alternate, less efficient wave to get the job done.  It is like taking the long country road to get to the store instead of the highway. Effective, but not efficient. Over time this inefficient wave becomes dominant causing changes in outward behavior. 

 

ADD/ADHD:   When you perform a task, like making breakfast, your brain should produce a fast brainwave (Beta wave) to keep you focused and allow for quick neurologic communication within the brain.  However, in an ADD/ADHD child, slow brainwaves (Theta waves) are used when performing a task.  Drugs like Ridalin and Aderol artificially elevate Beta waves for a short period of time. However these drugs are derived from Cocaine and, over time, can have serious adverse effects. 

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How Does It Work?  During a typical training session sensors are placed on the scalp and brainwave activity is monitored by a BrainCore computer.  Next, a DVD will begin playing on the computer screen.  The child is told to concentrate on the movie.  If the correct brainwaves are produced the movie will play; if the mind starts to wander, the movie will pause.  This protocol is repeated with video games, music, jigsaw puzzles and tactile stimulation (vibrating lounge chair). As the brain learns it becomes stronger and more efficient. This is called neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to adapt and open new neural pathways allowing for more efficient lines of communication. Similar to riding a bike, once the changes take place, the effects are permanent. 

 

Your Child Today Magazine: October 2010 Issue

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Dr. Frank R. Stiso, DC
(732)528-7746

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Orchard Park Medical Building
2401 Highway 35 Manasquan NJ 08736