What Is Neuro Metabolic Therapy?

“Neuro” relates to Brain Based Testing (BBT). This involves testing the cerebellum and cortex for imbalances.

“Metabolic” testing involves lab tests and questionnaires to determine nutritional status, immune function, hormonal function like adrenal and thyroid.

Without addressing both neurological and metabolic aspects it is difficult to help chronic problems.

The human brain is a complex organ, capable of incredible feats of brilliance and fueling subconscious fears and desires. Until recently, many in the medical profession ignored the role our brains play in our overall physical health. Instead, doctors treated the symptoms (pain, insomnia, intestinal distress, ADD , fatigue) while ignoring the role our brains play in causing these symptoms, particularly for chronic conditions.

A new generation of physicians, however, takes a new approach to treating chronic conditions working with patients to heal through the brain.

These treatments, often referred to as brain-based therapy or Neuro Metabolic Therapy promise especially exciting breakthroughs for patients with chronic conditions.

The Basics

Brain Based Therapy and Neuro Metabolic Therapy recognize that the brain controls all the functions of our bodies. Without proper brain function, the body falters. When the brain works efficiently and functions normally, we have healthy bodies. External influences like allergies and stress or internal influences like emotions or energy imbalances can interfere with the brain’s ability to function properly. When our brains run inefficiently, it can lead to chronic conditions.

The medical profession has identified possible physiological causes of these chronic conditions. They include chemical imbalances in the brain and the underdevelopment of the areas of the brain that control attention. But these “reasons” don’t get to the why a chemical imbalance might occur.

Brain Based Therapy, on the other hand, seeks to get to the root cause … the “why ?” of the chronic condition.

How it Works

Brain Based Therapy and similar methods of treatment use a variety of approaches to figure out why a chronic condition is occurring. The therapy most often starts out with a comprehensive brain and nervous system exam.

Physicians specializing in more holistic approaches to treating chronic conditions will also explore possible allergic causes or nutrient deficiencies through extensive testing. Foods like gluten, yeast, soy and casein can cause a person’s immune system to attack the body (autoimmune) and cause a host of symptoms including pain, neurological problems and intestinal distress. These allergies and food sensitivities then often cause nutritional deficiencies that can be treated with specific nutritional supplements and dietary changes.

These holistic therapies also work with patients’ bodies. People with chronic conditions respond particularly well to treatments involving specific rhythmic exercises (Interactive Metronome). Doctors may also incorporate energy work to reestablish a body’s natural energy balance. Acupuncture works on this principal and has been incorporated into standard Western medical practices.

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