December 2, 2020

What is Developmental Functional Neurology?

“Research suggests that restoring neural integration requires the simultaneous reregulation of networks on both vertical and horizontal planes” •Lou Cozolino 2010

One of the most important concepts to understand and the basis of our practice is the understanding of vertical and horizontal integration. Vertical integration is the development of the brain from the bottom to the top.  Think of building a house, you begin by laying a strong foundation, then you build the walls on top of that and finally the roof.  Vertical integration and development of the brain is the exact same way, first, the foundation has to be built, which is the brainstem.  

The brainstem is responsible for all of our essential life functions like heart rate, digestion and breathing.  It also holds the basic program of our nervous system which are the primitive reflexes.  Primitive reflexes are the training wheels of the nervous system and are responsible for the initial development of the brain.  

Next, we have to build the walls which is the cerebellum.  The cerebellum is responsible for balance and coordination and is like the conductor of the brain and keeps everything running smoothly. 

Finally, the roof or the cortex has to be built which is responsible for all of our senses like smell, sight, taste and executive functions like learning, judgment, regulating emotions and communication.  

Once the cortex is developed the next process of brain development begins, which is horizontal integration.  This is the development of both the left and right sides of our brain.  Both sides must develop evenly since both sides must share information to effectively work to their fullest potential.  For example, the right side of the brain is responsible for non-verbal communication while the left side is responsible for verbal communication.

This all eventually leads to Top Down-Regulation, which controls the whole body.  Think of this as an airport control tower monitoring and coordinating all the activity around an airport.  This also is responsible for inhibiting or turning off the primitive reflexes since the brain has developed enough to no longer need them, think of this like upgrading the software on your phone.  The brain can now process information faster and perform more complex actions like walking as opposed to crawling.  This is how all complex systems evolve the parts to develop the whole and the whole comes down to eventually regulate the parts.

But, any interference in this process alters the developmental trajectory of the individual and can lead to primitive reflexes not being integrated ie retained primitive reflexes, and an imbalance in the brain called a functional disconnection.   This ultimately results in a myriad of conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, PANS/PANDAS, OCD, Tics & Tourettes, etc.

As the quote above suggests to be successful we must be able to examine and treat both vertical and horizontal integration SIMULTANEOUSLY. 

Vertical integration looks at brain development and removing bottom-up interference (integrating primitive reflexes, improving balance and coordination, and developing core strength).  Horizontal integration is hemispheric integration and building connectivity so that the left and right side of the cortex is balanced. 

By addressing the nervous system and body in a comprehensive manner most if not all of the above conditions can resolve.

Contact us to learn more and how Wild and Precious can help.

August 5, 2020

ADHD Denver

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects thousands of children and adults in Denver and the Colorado area.

Research shows that ADHD is the most common childhood disorder affecting 1 out of every 10 children and it is currently the fastest growing disorder in adults. ADHD can be difficult to diagnose and manage, especially if you want to avoid potentially harmful medications. With the right care and attention, however, you can work towards a better life in Denver, Wheat Ridge, and beyond!

ADHD Symptoms in Children

The criteria for diagnosing ADHD is growing as research uncovers more about what is happening in the ADHD brain. 

Below are some common symptoms of ADHD in kids. It is common for children to exhibit many or all of the signs on this list:

  • Easily distracted or frequently switching from one activity to another.
  • Frequently becomes bored with tasks after a few minutes.
  • Often loses toys, crayons, or homework assignments.
  • Non-stop talking, fidgeting, or impatience.
  • Difficulty waiting for their turn in games.
  • Interrupts others’ conversations or activities.
  • Constant and persistent hyperactivity.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Adults

Only in the last few decades has ADHD become a recognized condition in adults.  The assumption by many was that the child “grew out of it” but this is being acknowledged as not true.  In reality, adults are able to control the hyperactivity component of ADHD but other symptoms manifest, such as anxiety.  Below are a few common symptoms:

  • Constantly daydreaming to the point of becoming confused in daily life.
  • Fidgeting, extreme restlessness, and impulsive decision making.
  • Difficulty keeping steady employment due to poor performance.
  • Have difficulty processing information as quickly as others.
  • Often losing things like car keys, wallets, or bills.
  • Poor anger control.

Medication-free ADHD Treatment Near Denver

Managing symptoms of ADHD is often handled with prescription medication, including both stimulant and non-stimulant drugs, many of which are chemically similar to Methamphetamine.   These can sometimes help relieve symptoms temporarily as long as the dosage is correct, but they’re addictive and contain harmful side effects especially in children. Alternative treatments such as counseling, behavioral therapy and dietary management have proven ineffective in several cases.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the result of an imbalance between the two sides of the brain.  An overactivity of one side leads to a lack of sharing of information between the two hemispheres resulting in restlessness, unfocused attention, and an imbalance of skills.

To restore focus and alleviate the ADHD symptoms the brain needs to be retrained. That’s where our process comes into play. We evaluate the brain from a developmental perspective, meaning we work with the brain from its most basic functions all the way to the most complex.  This is called a bottom-up approach.  Think of building a house, if you had a foundation that wasn’t level and it was causing cracks in the walls which shifted the roof you wouldn't start with the roof, you would start with fixing the foundation!  The brain is no different, in order to have good attention and focus you need a good brain foundation.  Our developmental functional neurology approach allows us to correct the foundation and restore communication to both sides of the brain all without dangerous drugs or medication.  If you think you or a member of your family in the Denver area are suffering from ADHD, it’s important to get an evaluation and begin a well-rounded, effective treatment as soon as possible.

Where to Get ADHD Help in Denver

Wild & Precious Optimal Living is located in Wheat Ridge just east of Wadsworth Boulevard, less than a mile south of Hwy 70. 

Our office specializes in these kinds of issues and we love working with children! Contact us today to set up an appointment!

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We partner with individuals and families to increase resilience, thrive and heal with neurologically based chiropractic and mindfulness practice; building vibrant & connected communities for generations to come.

ABOUT US

We partner with individuals and families to increase resilience, thrive and heal with neurologically based chiropractic and mindfulness practice; building vibrant & connected communities for generations to come.

ABOUT US

We partner with individuals and families to increase resilience, thrive and heal with neurologically based chiropractic and mindfulness practice; building vibrant & connected communities for generations to come.

ABOUT US

We partner with individuals and families to increase resilience, thrive and heal with neurologically based chiropractic and mindfulness practice; building vibrant & connected communities for generations to come.

ABOUT US

We partner with individuals and families to increase resilience, thrive and heal with neurologically based chiropractic and mindfulness practice; building vibrant & connected communities for generations to come.

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