The Westlake Chiropractic Brain Balancing Program
Dr. Sheffield helps people ages 8-75 years old live their best lives. How? By helping ensure their brains are functioning optimally.
What Are the Benefits of Brain Balancing?
Brain Balancing is gaining momentum as a non-drug treatment for improving cognitive capacity, focus and balance problems.
Brain Balancing Benefits for Children in Austin, TX
When you have a child with social, emotional, behavioral and learning differences, you may be desperate for help.
A More Natural Way
All too often, doctors prescribe drug after drug, while you get a queasy feeling that maybe there’s a better way.
Well, there is.
Many parents are discovering that brain balancing is an essential tool for helping their children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD to better reach their potential.
Target the Developmental Delay
Dr. Sheffield will prescribe simple home exercises that target the areas of the brain associated with the child or teen’s developmental delay.
This can improve their capacity to think and move in our increasingly complicated world.
Being able to do these exercises at home for 10 minutes twice daily, rather than going into a facility three times a week allows for greater convenience when juggling all of life.
Brain Balancing Benefits for Adults in Austin, TX
Make no mistake, our digital world is actually changing the way that our brains work.
With so many technological devices ruling our days, it’s harder than ever to focus, achieve maximum productivity, and restore ourselves through quality sleep.
Adults are turning to brain balancing for a holistic, non-drug remedy
The results include:
- Improved information retrieval.
- Increased cognitive function and mental focus.
- Increased ability to balance physically.
- Faster processing speed.
Being proactive with a brain balancing protocol in your 40s and 50s can set you up for significantly more enjoyable and active years in your 60s and 70s.
Reduces Risk of Falls for Seniors
Seniors especially can benefit from a brain balancing program.
One-third of adults over the age of 65 will fall, and falls are the leading cause of death from injury in this age group.
The great news is that brain balancing helps seniors to improve their balance. This increases their ability to complete daily tasks without stressing their bodies.
The fear of falling is a significant challenge for many seniors. This leads to a less active life and that translates to a less healthy state in all areas of life.
Life is motion and motion is life
So How Does Brain Balancing Work?
You’ve probably heard that our brains are divided into two hemispheres: the left and the right.
When the two sides of the brain do not process information at the same rate, it can slow down learning, reduce thought processing, decrease the ability to retrieve information, and impair balance and movement.
The Westlake Chiropractic Brain Balancing Program tests for a discrepancy between how the right and left hemispheres process information.
If the two hemispheres are operating at different rates, Dr. Sheffield prescribes simple at home neuro-exercises to target the problem and restore harmony in the patient’s brain.
But What Exactly Is a Brain Imbalance?
The cortex is located in the front of the brain and plays a role in memory, attention, awareness, problem solving, motor function and social abilities. It allows us to integrate sensory and motor information. We rely on this data to move and interact with our environment.
When the information we receive from the cortex is off—even slightly— it can impact our ability to function as we are designed to.
The cerebellum is located at the lower back part of the brain. It plays a large role in balance and muscle memory. When the cerebellum isn’t providing accurate information to the body, we may appear uncoordinated and have challenges physically balancing.
Partners for Life
The cortex and cerebellum are partners for life. They must work together in concert in order for us to function optimally.
However, it’s common for the two sides of the brain to process information at different rates. When this happens, the brain is out of balance.
Both the cortex and cerebellum span the left and right hemispheres. The goal of a brain balance assessment is to identify a part of the cerebellum or cortex that is not processing at the same rate as its counterpart in the other hemisphere.
When the two sides of the brain do not process information at the same rate, problems can include:
- Reduced ability to learn and pay attention.
- Trouble retrieving information.
- Impaired balance and movement.
It’s not hard to understand why a person living with these problems might also experience anxiety, exhaustion, social isolation, and sleep disorders.
The Westlake Chiropractic Brain Balancing Program
Our brain balancing program is unique and comprehensive.
First, we carefully listen to your goals.
Next, Dr. Sheffield evaluates:
- Your brain’s current level of processing.
- Whether you have an atlas misalignment.
- What medications you take.
- Your eating habits.
The Westlake Chiropractic Brain Balancing Program allows you the freedom to treat yourself at home with prescribed exercises. This reduces the cost and lessens the hassle.
You will likely achieve results in about 6 months, with most patients needing 4 to 6 visits.
Dr. Sheffield’s education, training, and experience make the brain balancing program at Westlake Chiropractic an excellent choice. Her training as both a pharmacist and upper cervical chiropractor sets this program apart and enables her to provide unique brain balancing treatment options.
Patient Brain Balancing Goals
The first step is to discuss your goals for the Westlake Chiropracting Brain Balancing Program with Dr. Sheffield. Why would you like to try brain balancing? What do you hope to achieve? Dr. Sheffield will then explain how she expects the program to unfold, in order to meet your individual goals.
Brain Balancing Assessment
Through a series of simple motor and cognitive tests, Dr. Sheffield will evaluate how well your left and right hemispheres are processing information.
She will look to see if there is a discrepancy in processing speed or capacity that could play a role in the condition you hope to improve.
When you come in for the Westlake Chiropractic Brain Balancing Program, Dr. Sheffield will include checking your atlas vertebra at the top of your spine.
By positioning a misaligned atlas vertebra correctly, your body will be ready to receive the maximum benefit from program exercises. This can dramatically improve your results.
Brain Balancing Exercises
If there is a weak side of your cerebellum or cortex, Dr. Sheffield will prescribe exercises to “fire” those nerve pathways.
You will do these exercises on your own time, returning periodically for reassessments. Based on these checks, you may be prescribed new exercises designed to restore brain balance and optimize brain function.
Dr. Sheffield’s Brain Balancing Training
Dr. Sheffield completed post-graduate training in functional neurology with the late great Dr. John C. Donofrio. He was the president of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board and an excellent teacher. Dr. Sheffield uses Dr. Donofiro’s approach to bring healing, wholeness and restoration to her patients in Austin, Texas.
Brain Balancing Case Studies
The case studies below illustrate how the Westlake Chiropractic Brain Balancing Program helps children and teens.
Reduced Medication for Teen With Severe ADHD
A 17-year-old boy with severe ADHD had a brain balancing assessment. The boy complained of severe weight loss due to his medications. After the evaluation, Dr. Sheffield assigned the boy neuro homework to complete at home for 10 minutes, twice daily.
After 3 months, he reported feeling ‘different’ with a definite increase in his ability to focus. He reported less fidgety feelings. As a result, he dropped his medicine dose by 20% and, rather than continuing to lose weight, he gained about 5 pounds.
Improved Information Processing for Young Girl
Dr. Sheffield evaluated a 10-year-old girl with “processing overwhelm.” After an initial assessment, Dr. Sheffield prescribed home exercises to correct the hemispheric imbalance.
After 3 months of home exercises, she reported feeling better. Her mom said she and
her husband were thrilled by the significant difference they noticed in the girl’s ability to
process information with more ease, confidence, and a sense of calm.