Neurodevelopment

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The doctors at Montana Spine and Neuro Development Center offer an intensive neurological exam.  Retained reflexes are found in individuals struggling with neurodevelopment disorders including ADD/ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Disorder and Brain Injury. 

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Primitive Reflex Testing

We all are born with seven primitive reflexes: Moro reflex, palmar reflex, asymmetrical tonic neck reflex (ATNR), rooting reflex, spinal galant reflex, tonic labyrinthine reflex and symmetrical tonic neck reflex (STNR). These reflexes develop in utero and help to keep us alive in the first few weeks of life and provide underlying training for later voluntary skills. Primitive reflexes are automatic and are directed from the brainstem and executed without conscious involvement.

  • We are born with primitive reflexes to keep us alive, but they should be lost before the age of 12 months.

  • Retained primitive reflexes impede the development of postural reflexes and therefore higher-level brain development.

  • Simple tests for retained primitive reflexes can be done at home.

  • At-home integration exercises can help to integrate the retained reflexes, resulting in significant improvements in related symptoms.

 

Neurointergration

If you signal the brain through Photic stim lights, the brain will learn to make normal brainwave patterns through guided feedback. Continuous feedback retrains the brain to reduce abnormal activity and stay within normal ranges. Eventually, the brain learns how to stay within normal ranges without NeuroIntegration training, and is able to sustain normal activity independently. The mechanism is through reorganization of functional pathways in the brain.

Many breakdowns in health start with subtle changes in brain chemistry, which alter brainwaves in very specific ways. Brainwaves can be measured using electrodes similar to the ones used for an EKG. Research has found that a Quantitative EEG has high reliability, equal to such routine tests a MRI and Cat scans.

 

Neuromovement Therapy

Neurodevelopmental therapy is essential for proper neurodevelopment which ultimately leads to optimum academic, social, behavioral, and motor learning.  Currently in the United States, one out of six children has a neurodevelopmental disorder. Dr Angie Wathan specializes in working with children and adults with Neurodevelopment Disorders as well as prevention and proper development.

These services include:

Neurosensory Integration
Neuromovement Therapy
Primitive Reflex Integration

 

Crainosacral Therapy

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

 
 

Myofasical Release Support

Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique often used in massage. The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles.

Theoretically, myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in "trigger points," which are related to stiff, anchored areas within the myofascial tissue. The pain that a trigger point causes is often difficult to localize, though.

During myofascial release therapy, the therapist locates myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. These areas, though not always near what feels like the source of pain, are thought to restrict muscle and joint movements, which contributes to widespread muscle pain.

 

Tongue

 Tie

Tongue-tie is a condition present at birth that restricts the tongue's range of motion.

With tongue-tie, an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethers the bottom of the tongue's tip to the floor of the mouth. A person who has tongue-tie might have difficulty sticking out his or her tongue. Tongue-tie can also affect the way a child eats, speaks and swallows, as well as interfere with breast-feeding.

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