Our goal is to give our service members every advantage possible by optimizing their brain function, whether in preparation for deployment, re-adjusting to civilian lifestyle, or healing the after-effects of service which may have lead to adverse symptoms, PTSD or TBI.
The brain’s capacity for change is remarkable. Unfortunately, behavior, environment, emotion and head injuries can make long-term, unfavorable changes in brain function. These functions can be normalized, even optimized, with training in a surprisingly short amount of time, with no medication or side effects…
Using “Brain Maps” and advanced cognitive testing, we are able to understand and correlate the electrical activity and cognitive abilities of an individual to their overall function, behavior and presenting symptoms.
You train your body to become a well oiled machine, but it is your brain that will be making the decisions in the most important moments. A sharper, more flexible and well tuned brain can function at a higher level for longer. We have portable, effective solutions to train your brain like you train your body.
We look at PTSD and TBI’s as physiological regulation issues rather than “mental health” problems. Approaching treatment from this angle allows us to directly balance and re-train the brain to function more optimally.
Service based programs, with training lead by specialized Veterans, provides the advanced technology, validated training protocols and both subjective & objective data measurement to provide an effective, measurable solution to the remediation of quality of life symptoms from PTSD and TBI.
Our programs are dedicated to optimizing the brain function of our service members from any branch of the military or department of defense at any point during or after their careers. Providing the correct tools and training to individuals can have a profound effect on their ability to function optimally in every situation, be it a high-stress mission or a trip to the grocery store.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections throughout life. Environment, action, emotion or learned behavior all have the ability to change the brain’s pathways for better or worse. War weakens the brain’s resources and changes its’ patterns of functioning. Neurofeedback harnesses the power of neuroplasticity to re-optimize the brain’s functional abilities.
The nervous system is not prepared for the stresses of war, nor for the return home after one becomes accustomed to the demands of deployment. The functional decline that comes along with the increase of stressors is compounded by the lack of recovery, or sleep, and leads to increases in anxiety, depression and irritability.
PTSD is generally not a structural problem. It is not a problem of mental health, but rather of one’s brain function and the treatment should be focused as such. Medication and many types of psychotherapy cannot change the functional abilities of the brain and therefore can only put a bandaid over the problem. Neurofeedback can solve that problem.
Neurofeedback is fitness for your brain using your brain’s activity as a feedback mechanism to increase mental performance, balance and behavior. You can build back your mental toughness and create cognitive flexibility, allowing you to perform optimally in any situation you are presented with.
Neurofeedback & Biofeedback are non-invasive, side-effect free, long-term, evidence based treatments which have been proven to work in case after case over the past 40 years. Other evidence based treatments have a hard time stating the same claim.
There are thousands of documented cases of successful long-term treatment of PTSD with military personnel, both during and post-service.
Learn more about Functional Assessment, Combat Readiness and Neuro Re-Optimization programs.
Looking objectively at an evaluation which is primarily subjective can have profound positive effects on the timeframe of care and course of treatment for an individual.
A concise yet highly evidential assessment, that cannot be studied for, manipulated or modified can help complement evaluation processes already in place such as GAF testing.
Functional baselines provide the objective measurement needed to truly track decline during deployment or improvement during treatment and optimization programs.
The next frontier of unlocking human potential is rooted in one’s ability to control and optimize their brain function appropriately for the given situation. Whether an intense moment requiring accurate decision and action, or a short moment of rest demanding uninterrupted recovery, the strength of one’s brain can determine their ability to function optimally on or off the battlefield. We provide a high-performance, portable and flexible training program, fondly referred to as “Boot Camp for the Brain.”
The after-effects of war can extend far beyond the lines of service. Adverse symptoms of anxiety, depression, irritability or insomnia can remain alone or as a part of a larger condition such as PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury.
Using an evidence based treatment called Neurofeedback, the brain is able to reorganize, balance and optimize its’ behavior to regain the mental strength and control needed to function at a high level in every situation post-service.
Brain Function Assessment
Objective measurement of higher function to establish health baselines from which to improve.
A comprehensive physical for the brain.
Using “Brain Maps” and advanced cognitive testing, we are able to understand and correlate the electrical activity and cognitive abilities of an individual to their overall function, behavior and presenting symptoms. Creating both a baseline from which to improve, and an individualized training protocol from this data allow us to quantify the effectiveness of training and measure functional improvement from both a subjective and objective vantage point.
Understanding the Condition and Severity
PTSD does not stand alone as a consequence of the wartime environment. Underlying issues such as anxiety, depression and insomnia may sometimes show up alone or in congruence with each other and other symptoms. Such short-term symptoms may also lead to long-term memory loss, headaches and slowed motor function, such as in the case of many undiagnosed Brain Injuries. The treatments are as unique to all of these conditions as the individuals who carry them through life after service. Although there are many evidence based treatments available, there is no silver bullet for all symptoms.
Proper diagnosis is crucial to proper scheduling and treatment, and objective brain function analysis is the most effective way to establish the most accurate diagnosis and proper method of treatment.
If you can measure it, you can train it. Neurofeedback uses in-depth, meaningful statistics to show improvement in intangible places.
Peak Performance Training, For Your Brain.
Mental toughness is the ability to stay strong during difficult circumstances or in the face of adversity. It is the ability to remain focused during times of distraction, and calm during times of increased stress. It builds the foundation for a healthy and strong brain and body and allows the individual to return from high stress and difficult circumstances, unscathed without any mental decline.
Peak Performance Brain and Body training using Neurofeedback and Biofeedback can enhance combat readiness and further prepare soldiers’ brains for the task that lies ahead.
The training program is build around strengthening the areas of mental performance that have the most in-action implications. Individuals will learn how to intensifying focus, increase mental endurance, manage stress, overcome distractions, recover from mistakes and control impulses. Neurofeedback teaches mental flexibility, so it is easier to turn off your mind when you need to rest and recover, and keep it in an optimal state when it is needed most.
Feedback to Train the Brain
If you are training to become more accurate at shooting a rifle, you do not train with a blindfold over your eyes. Without sight, your brain has no feedback mechanism to understand if it is getting more accurate or less. To learn most effectively, your brain must be receiving positive feedback to understand what changes it needs to make to become better at the given task.
Neurofeedback works on the same set of principles. Using a set of specific Peak Performance protocols, we train the brain using it’s own brainwaves as the feedback mechanism. The clinician pushes and the individual’s brain pushes back, learning and creating stronger and healthier patterns and pathways along the way. After a series of sessions, the new pathways become permanent and the brain (and body) reap the benefits of increased mental capacity, flexibility and strength.
Returning the Brain to Pre-War Functionality.
Advanced training for the reduction of symptoms from PTSD and TBI.
Based upon the most recent estimates, there are over 400,000 Veterans dealing with the effects of PTSD. There is a need for thousandsof clinicians to schedule and treat the Veterans in need.
Accepted treatments, according to the VA / DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Post-Traumatic Stress, are those which are evidence-based, including multiple types of therapy and SSRI’s/SNRI’s.
PTSD is not a mental disorder, but rather a problem of brain function caused by increased stressors of a single or multiple traumatic events. Most types of therapy can take a very long time to have a positive long-term effect, and medication can only put a band-aid over the issues. Neurofeedback permanently treats the problems in brain function through a reward system of self-regulation. The brain is taught to learn new, healthier patterns and changes its’ structure to function and behave better.
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are non-invasive and side-effect free. The long-term cost of treatment is far lower than that of other therapies or medications.
We offer scalable, turnkey service based units for the reduction of symptoms from PTSD, TBI and other conditions. Assessment to discharge treatment can be accomplished for a fraction of the cost of current lifetime healthcare for Veterans with these conditions. Self contained, contracted units will mean a significant reduction in the need for hiring more costly medical professionals.
We are experts in hiring, training and placement of well qualified Veterans, closing the loop between proper care for service members and quality job opportunities for Vets.
- RAND Summary
- RAND Invisible Wounds of War
- Peniston PTSD
- Neurotherapy For Chronic Headache
- Research America TBI
- CTE in Military
- Camp Pendleton Study 2011
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