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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please understand that BBT is not a specific treatment for any disease, illness or disorder. 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:
After you submit our New Patient intake form, Dr. Duquette will review your case to determine if you are a candidate for our Functional Medicine program. If you are a candidate for care, he will then call you to discuss your case and go over the New Patient intake process.
If you have any questions or need help with your Intake form, feel free to call us at (217) 249-4808.