What is Brain Based Therapy (BBT)?
Brain Based Therapy (BBT) is an amazingly powerful, all natural healing technique used to restore people to their Optimum State of Health. It’s all about – Being Healthy!
How does the Brain work?
FACT: Your brain controls and coordinates all function of the body (Grey’s Anatomy). When functioning normally, the Cerebellum, which is the back bottom part of your cranium, sends messages or “Fires” to the Brain (right and left hemisphere) which in turn “Fires” to the Brain Stem (Mesencephalon, Pons and Medulla). This is called the “Brain Loop”.
Your health, well-being, physical vitality, mental clarity and emotional stability are all directly correlated with proper Brain function… the “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.
What goes wrong?
Stress – physical, chemical and emotional stress will adversely affect this “Brain Loop”. Stress is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it is the constant, pervasive, never-ending stress of our culture that is so detrimental.
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 (a.k.a. Upper Brain Stem, a.k.a. Midbrain, a.k.a. Cerebral peduncle) 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 unchecked. Basically, the Brain gets stuck in a “Sympathetic (fight or flight) Nerve” response.
A Mesencephalon that is not firing properly causes symptoms such as Fibromyalgia, ADD, Sciatica, Tachycardia, Fatigue, Headaches, etc.
So – 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 herniation 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” and get all parts to ‘Fire’ correctly?
A 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), treatments may be 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. Advanced Chiropractic instruments and/or adjustments are used in a very precise manner – to stimulate function in the effected part of the Brain, to increase Brain ‘Firing’.
What health problems can be helped with BBT?
Please understand that BBT is not a specific treatment for any disease, illness or disorder. We do not try to ‘cure’ anything. You know, the real ‘Healing Power’ is really far greater than any doctor or any group of doctors. Our expertise lies in naturally and holistically ‘Re-wiring your Brain’ and then getting out of the way so your body can heal. Healing is an inborn, innate gift built into the body.
However, once the “Brain Loop” is restored and any Brain imbalances are minimized – amazing things can happen. The following is a list of health conditions people have shown significant improvement with:
* Balance disorders * Arm/shoulder pain
* Low back pain/sciatica * Bulging / herniated discs
* Carpal tunnel syndrome * Dizziness
* Dystonia * Early Alzheimer’s symptoms
* Fibromyalgia * RLS (restless leg syndrome)
* Headaches * Migraines
* Insomnia * Hip / knee / feet pain
* Tremor disorders * MS symptoms
* Neck pain * Numbness
* 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 patients around the world with severe neurological disorders.
In addition, Dr. Michael Johnson, is a board certified chiropractic neurologist, and author of the best selling alternative health book, What Do You Do When The Medications Don’t Work? He has developed a BBT/Neurological program for chiropractors in the United States who wish to pursue this expensive, post graduate training.