The Brain Integration Approach to Brain Imbalance
by Joe Williams
My development this year has been within the field of childhood neurobehavioural disorders. It has been a mind blowing year of growth and understanding for me. I have big plans next year to take this out to more people and more places…
The most common brain ‘imbalance’ occurs between the two hemispheres of the brain; the scientific name is a functional disconnection. Essentially it is a lack of connection, communication and integration between networks on either side of the brain. Most commonly, this lack of integration is caused by a developmental imbalance or an asynchrony. This is where one side of the brain is delayed or slowed in its development, which causes the other to mature and grow faster. This imbalance in growth and maturity levels prevents the two sides of the brain from properly integrating. This results in an unevenness of functional abilities where one side of the brain is advanced or even ‘too strong’ relative to the other side, which has skills and functions that are underdeveloped and weaker.
Issues connected to Brain Imbalances
The brain controls everything, so an imbalance in the brain can result in imbalances in every system in any combination. This can affect the development of ADHD, ADD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, OCD, Tourettes, among other conditions. There is no damage or pathology in the brain, and there is no genetic mutation; it is not a chemical problem, it is just a physiologic, electrical imbalance and it can be corrected. When the imbalance in the brain is corrected all of the other imbalances are most often corrected as well.
In many cases, these imbalances are the result of environmental and lifestyle changes that have come about over the past 20 years, primarily with the advancements in computer technology. A lack of physical activity, poor diet, stress and inflammation are the primary factors that can affect brain development and ultimately lead to imbalances in the brain.
The Evaluation Procedure
A developmental neuro evaluation starts with looking at muscle tone and asymmetry, primitive reflexes, heart rate, blood pressure and sympathetic tone. Then it moves to examine postural strength, inner ear balance, eye movements, control, tracking and balance. We also look at how well the child’s spine can move.
What can be done to identify and correct a brain imbalance?
Each person has a unique combination of strengths and weaknesses. To correct the problem we identify the nature of those imbalances, targeting the weaker areas on the underactive side. We build a specific program around both mental and physical exercise, sensory stimulation, lifestyle and behaviour modification, along with diet and nutrition. In this way the problem can usually be corrected in a matter of months. It starts with adopting some simple lifestyle changes and exercises that will begin changing your brain right away. Even simple Brain Integration and Balance exercises done for 15 to 20 minutes a few times a week have been shown to make significant changes in the brain.
To find out more about Brain Balance, and how it could help you or your loved ones, ask a member of our team today.