Brain Balance Centers: Offer Unique Approach to Brain Health
When it comes to achieving optimal brain health, it’s best to take a bottom-up approach, says Dr. Bryce Lindley of The Brain Balance Centers of Greenwood and Indianapolis.
Brain Balance Centers specialize in working with children ages 4 to 17 that exhibit academic, social and behavioral issues and whose parents have exhausted all options for treatment. Their drug-free, nonmedical approach targets specific areas of the brain to stimulate the overall integration of delayed instinctual, developmental markers, Lindley says.
“We take a very developmental approach,” Lindley says. “We work with kids with a range of issues, from focus, attention and behavioral issues to those on the autism spectrum.”
What differentiates Brain Balance’s approach to those of others is the identification and treatment of a child’s underlying issues.
To discover what drives certain behaviors you have to start with the brain, Lindley says. You have to understand how the brain typically develops.
Humans are born with primitive reflexes, Lindley explains, and these reflexes are built into the nervous system and function as a foundation for behavior. Primitive reflexes, which are present in the womb, help with survival instincts and a human’s ability to learn how to move and function. As one grows, each primitive reflex that has exhausted its function essentially disappears. However, those mile markers are sometimes not met and the instincts remain, delaying proper development. Residual instincts can manifest in many ways, from impaired sensory skills to issues with body awareness, which then translate to a variety of issues with behavior and cognition.
"We are going backwards in development and making sure all those foundational skills are developed appropriately,” Lindley says. “So, then, we can work our way up to the top and really see those huge changes in behavior control, social skills and academics.”
Brain Balance Centers are designed in a kid-friendly way that utilizes many of the same approaches as traditional occupational and physical therapies, only in a sensory-motor based way. As much of the program is hands-on, each child’s treatment is dependent on his issues.
Following an initial assessment, a child undergoes a series of functional tests that allow Lindley and his staff to target hemisphere-specific areas of the brain. Using age-appropriate norms, or baselines in development, Lindley and his team know what behavioral and cognitive markers to expect for the given age of a child, he says.
“That’s how we image the brain,” he says. “Most imaging scans would look completely normal because these aren’t really anatomical problems, they’re functional.”
Given test results, Lindley is able to see what areas of the brain look mature and age appropriate versus those that may be underdeveloped. And, in most cases, test results line up perfectly with the behaviors or issues the child exhibits.
“Once we know what factors we are dealing with, we can give specific recommendations about how long it will take to get the results we are looking for,” he says. “And what that will look like from a financial perspective.”
On average, 30 children take part in the Brain Balance program each month, Lindley says. There is a high turnover between those graduating and those starting the program, he says. The amount of time a child spends in the program is entirely dependent on the child and could be as little as three months or up to one year.
“Everything we do is about brain integration therapy,” Lindley says. “When you look at it from a brain development perspective everything is integrally related to one another.”
Lindley, with a doctorate in chiropractic care along with background in kinesiology, says he always wanted to work in the field of neurology. When he joined the Brain Balance team two years ago, he knew he was where he needed to be.
“The more I learned about Brain Balance as a company and program, the more I realized that if you can address these issues at a younger age, you can prevent these kids from having to go through a lot of these struggles down the road,” he says. “I’ve seen the program work over and over.”
The holistic approach involves more than three, one-hour, weekly sessions at the center. Diet and nutrition are also integral to the program that are necessary to support good brain health, Lindley says. Children in the program are also given home exercises to do that help to hone elements of coordination as part of their personalized treatment approach.
“There are certain components of our program we want parents doing with their kid every single day at home,” Lindley says. “We are working on getting the child to connect with themselves and their body so we can see the developmental changes we are looking for.”
The whole-family focus of the Brain Balance program ensures constant communication between Lindley, his staff and the child’s family.
“We are here to support the families throughout the process,” Lindley says. “The whole time they are with us and the 12 months afterward, we are supporting the families. One thing I guarantee is they will see a lot of change.”
Locations: Brain Balance Center of Greenwood, 7689 South Shelby St., Indianapolis; Brain Balance Center of Carmel, 9510 N. Meridian St., Ste. D, Indianapolis.
For more information, call 800-877-5500 or visit BrainBalanceCenters.com.