In office or in the patients home, Brain Based Therapy (BBT) is an amazingly powerful, all natural healing technique used to restore people to their optimum state of health.
How does the brain work?
Your brain controls and coordinates all function of the body. When functioning normally, the cerebellum, which is the back bottom part of your cranium, sends messages or “fires” impulses to the brain (right and left hemisphere) which in turn “fires” impulses to the brain stem (mesencephalon, pons, and medulla). This is called the “Brain Loop”.
Normal Brain Function
Your health and well-being, physical vitality, mental clarity, and emotional stability are all directly correlated with proper brain function….this “Brain Loop”. When functioning correctly, the cerebellum receives adequate input, sending normal input to the brain’s frontal lobes, which sends sufficient input to the lower brainstem, keeping the mesencephalon from over-firing. Keeping it quiet.
What goes wrong?
Stress…physical, chemical, and emotional stress will adversely effect this “brain loop”. Stress is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it is the constant, never-ending stress of our culture that is so damaging.
If one side of the cerebellum is not receiving enough nerve input, it cannot send sufficient nerve input to the frontal lobe, which can’t send enough input to the lower brainstem to keep the mesencephalon from over-firing.
What’s the deal with the mesencephalon?
The mesencephalon normally is inhibited by the brain. In other words, when the “brain loop” is intact, the mesencephalon is turned off (or on low). However, once stress interrupts the “brain loop”, the mesencephalon is left ungoverned and the brain gets stuck in a sympathetic (fight or flight) response. A mesencephalon that is not firing properly or is over firing can cause the symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia, ADD, IBS and Migraines to name a few.
What about the cerebellum?
Another key part to the “brain loop” is the cerebellum. This is the back, bottom part of your brain that controls your balance and coordination, spinal postural muscles, and terminates eye movements. When one side of your cerebellum is not firing properly it can lead to a host of common ailments. A mis-firing cerebellum will cause one side of the postural muscles to be in constant spasm. This one-sided muscle spasm will cause imbalances in the spinal bones. Additionally, individual vertebrae will lock up and be restricted in their normal movement. Consequently, chronic back and neck pain, spinal degeneration, arthritis, disc herniations, and sciatica may develop. Once pathologies are ruled out, chronic dizziness and balance disorders are usually the result of cerebellar dysfunction.
How do you fix the brain?
A thorough BBT neurological examination will reveal which aspect of your brain is not firing properly. Since one side of the body is controlled by the opposite side of the brain (example: right brain controls the left side of the body), most treatments are given on one side of the body to stimulate the opposite hemisphere of the brain. A safe, gentle, hands-on, dynamic integration process is used to re-boot, reconnect and restore proper brain function. Traditional chiropractic instruments and/or adjustments are also used, but they are used in a very precise manner…to stimulate function in the effected part of the brain.
In addition, powerful exercises and treatments, visual, auditory, and olfactory stimulation, heat, eye movements, eye exercises, and other modalities may be used at home to increase brain firing. The precise areas to straighten can be determined by initial consultation, examination, history and laboratory results.
What health problems can you be helped with?
Please understand that BBT is not a specific treatment for any disease, illness or disorder. We do not try to cure anything. Our expertise lies in naturally strengthening the weakened brain areas so your body can heal. However, once the “brain loop” is restored…amazing things can happen. The following is a list of health conditions that have improved with these methods:
- balance disorders
- arm/shoulder pain
- low back pain/sciatica
- bulging/herniated discs
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- early Alzheimer’s symptoms
- RLS (restless leg syndrome)
- hip/knee/feet pain
- tremor disorders
- MS symptoms
- neck pain
- spinal stenosis
- low immunity
Who discovered BBT?
Brain Based Therapy is a clinical, functional neurological protocol developed by Dr. Fred Carrick, the country’s leading chiropractic neurologist and chiropractic’s only neurological fellow. The Carrick Institute offers classes internationally and helps patient's around the world with severe neurological disorders.
If you would like to see if our program may be able to help you or a loved one, email us or call our Bloomington Illinois office at 217-249-4808 for more information.