SERVICES

Comprehensive Services

Thank you for your interest in Connections Brain-Based Therapy Center!  Our team of professionals offers comprehensive services which you would normally have to piecemeal together from several different sources.  We currently offer Occupational Therapy including sensory and motor activities, Interactive Metronome, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Oculomotor training, and Cognitive training.

We know that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts - when different approaches are applied simultaneously, the effect of each is magnified. If you are interested in learning more about us and can not get your questions answered here, please do not hesitate to call our office. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to answer your questions about the program including cost, duration, and more details about what makes our approach unique.  During these sessions, we encourage you to ask questions about the options available to you when choosing a remediation strategy for your specific situation, and to ask your toughest questions.

Occupational Therapy

Sensory Integration

Functional Neurology

Vestibular Therapy

Interactive Metronome

Oculormotor Training

The 1990's was the decade of the brain.  Prior to this, little was understood of how the brain functioned, grew, developed, declined and degenerated.

The mysteries of the brain continue in modern neuroscience, however many of the "truths" that dominated scientific thinking have been disproven, as we continue to develop our understanding of this incredible system of humankind.

Approach

One such myth is that the brain cannot be changed.  It was once thought that the brain was immutable - once "set" it could not be "reset."  As it turns out, one CAN teach an old brain new tricks!

One such myth is that the brain cannot be changed.  It was once thought that the brain was immutable - once "set" it could not be "reset."  Today's neuroscience tells us that nothing could be further from the truth.  The brain can be wired and rewired, connected and reconnected in miraculous and fantastic ways.  It can even be trained to work more, or even less, efficiently. As it turns out, one CAN teach an old brain new tricks! The ability to learn and transform has been termed "Plasticity", and pertains to the brain's ability to grow, change, and become more efficient.  Everyone's brain is plastic, and the degree of plasticity is largely determined by the quality and environment in which your brain resides.  A brain that experiences an enriched, pure, and sufficiently stimulating environment has a higher probability of creating healthy, efficient, sustained interconnections known as synapses, and thus increase neurological function.  The field which studies the role of environmental factors on the genetic expression of plasticity in the central nervous system is known as epigenetics, and makes up the majority of any given individual's totality of their nervous system. Epigenetics teaches us that there are two primary factors that create an ideal environment for plasticity to work most efficiently: fuel and activation.  Fuel refers to the vitamins, minerals, and proteins that are required by the cell to physically change its size, shape, and connectivity.  Oxygen, blood sugar, B-vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes are essential aspects of ensuring the brain cells (neurons) have what they need to grow.  For this reason, we may recommend diet changes or even referral to a nutrition specialist as part of your treatment.  Activation refers to the capacity of the brain to change and remodel secondary to stimulation. Metaphorically, just as repeated activation and resistance in a muscle in your body is essential to make it stronger, similarly, it is essential to activate groups of neurons consistently to make them work with more ability, efficiency, and endurance.  Challenging your memory will give you a better memory; practicing a sport will make you better at that activity; repeating your times tables will improve your math skills. When you visit our offices, you will witness the utilization of physical and cognitive activities, sensory integration, a myriad of diagnostic testing procedures, and a host of other therapeutics toward creating plasticity.  What makes our approach both different, and unique, is the way in which these activities are applied dynamically for each individual, with the specific goal of generating plasticity in under-functioning parts of their brain. Our non-invasive, thorough neurological evaluation provides a window of functionality into those areas of the brain which may be under-performing.  Subsequently, a unique, dynamic, and specific treatment plan is then formulated and tailored to the specific needs of the patient.
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Exams & Diagnostics

We tend to see complicated cases. Many of our patients have had multiple injuries or come to us with broad, sometimes confusing symptoms. For this reason, we want to be sure that our services are an appropriate option for you. Our thorough evaluation process helps determine if we are a good fit to help you with your unique needs.

We tend to see complicated cases. Many of our patients have had multiple injuries or come to us with broad, sometimes confusing symptoms. We also tend to see patients that have had many other treatments, sometimes for years; or who have been told that there is nothing that can help them. For this reason, we want to be sure that our services are an appropriate option for you. It's important to us that we have a chance to listen to your unique situation, and talk to you about our approach and how we might be able to help. We perform the initial examination, diagnostics, and subsequent report of findings and consultation with all new patients to help establish a probability for treatment. If we feel as though our services may not properly address your condition then we may refer you to some other health care provider, and do our best to facilitate the coordination of your care. These initial services are our way of hearing your concerns, explaining our processes, and being sure that you will have a high probability of success - even if your treatment is not with us. Our evaluation process is crucial to producing the best possible outcome. As with any medical evaluation, the purpose is to diagnose a problem. However, many of our patients already know the name of their condition: concussion, TBI, a movement disorder, or a chronic pain syndrome, for example. And while that named diagnosis is very important to know, it often fails to recognize patient functionality, or how various forms of treatment may benefit the condition overall. When we perform an examination, we are thinking functionally, not just anatomically. We look beyond the pathology. We want to know what the brain can do; how it performs. Are the responses normal and appropriate to a certain stimulus? Are they symmetrical on both sides of your body? What parts of the brain are working well, versus those that may need some help? Can we use areas of better function to assist those demonstrating deficiencies? The culmination of all our findings are expressly and without exception unique to you, and you alone. So too will be your therapy plan. We use the totality of the clinical presentation and findings to render a therapeutic prescription, thus ensuring the specificity and appropriateness regarding every detail of your intervention.

Therapy

Therapies are customized to an individual's unique findings. We employ evidenced-based strategies for improving your functionality, but also use evidence from your findings to know how to modify those strategies to suit your individual needs.

All therapies are customized to an individual's unique findings. We employ evidenced-based strategies for improving your functionality, but also use evidence from your findings to know how to modify those strategies to suit your individual needs. Vestibular therapy is a significant tool for us. Your vestibular system is your inner ear's ability to perceive movement of your head. It perceives both rotational movements (like turning right or left in a car) and linear movements (like going up and down in an elevator). We often find vestibular problems in our patients, and can use movement and positioning of the head therapeutically to improve vestibular function. Vestibular interventions are often combined with movements of the eyes. The eyes and the inner ear are intimately connected and function together during nearly every moment of day. Using them together therapeutically only makes sense. Additionally, almost every part of the brain connects to the eyes in some way. We can therefore use the eyes to activate and rehabilitate many different parts of the brain. Similarly, perception of movement through the vestibular system activates broad regions in the brain as well - using the eyes and inner ear together are powerful rehabilitative tools. We also utilize a variety of physical and occupational therapies, using various movements, strengthening activities, stretches, and sensory modalities. Again, these activities are always applied in such a way to be the most beneficial to your brain function, not necessarily to treat the muscle or sense that we're using.