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Nearly 37 million people every year are injured in accidental falls, and a whopping 400,000 people globally die as the result of a fall. As the population ages, accidental falls have become a much bigger medical issue; however, falling is not just a concern for the elderly. A variety of factors put individuals at a higher risk of falling, many of which can be addressed at a bare minimum of costs.Continue reading
Here are a few signs to look for if someone has suffered head trauma, or any violent accident that might cause brain damage. Although no list is conclusive, these are some of the most common and visible symptoms. This list is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please seek immediate medial attention in the event of an actual injury.Continue reading
Alzheimer’s has become a growing concern as human life expectancy continues to increase; every day thousands of individuals deal with the onset of the disease. Alzheimer’s will cause the brain to tangle itself up with fibrous proteins that choke off portions of brain matter. Over time, the neurons in our brain lose the ability to communicate with each other and will die as a result. Once the damage reaches the hippocampus, individuals will begin to lose memories and the ability to learn, thus impairing many activities of daily living (ADLs). Eventually, the loss of motor function, memory and decision making skills will rob a person of their ability to care for themselves. IM’s exercises use complex, precisely timed movements that are mixed with focused attention, cognitive processing and decision making to activate and synchronize the timing in the brain. Not only does IM therapy help prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s, but it can help to restore previously lost functions.Continue reading
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of an external force causing sudden movement and/or impact to the skull. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.5 million people in the US suffer a brain injury each year. Traumatic brain injuries are very different than any other injury because our brain stores all of our memories, controls our movements and shapes our personality; the brain is truly the essence of who we are. Interactive Metronome® (IM) can help TBI sufferers by working to physiologically change the functional brain networks that control rhythm and timing. IM offers a viable, cost-effective and drug free treatment for mild to moderate TBI. Now, individuals can restore function to the brain’s temporal processing network, not simply rehabilitate and adapt to deficits.Continue reading
Heather is a Speech Pathologist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in York, PA. She has been incorporating IM into her practice for over nine years. Heather has been using IM in conjunction with other modalities to push her clients to their maximum potential. Heather has also recorded a webinar for IM, entitled "Addressing Post-Concussive Syndrome with IM," in which she offers suggestions on additional training activities she uses in conjunction with IM.
Anyone who has suffered a serious injury or illness understands the importance of physical therapy. Whether the aim is simply to regain flexibility, alleviate pain or to relearn major motor functions, a qualified therapist is required to develop a plan and keep patients safe through this painful process. Therapists must act as a healthcare provider, trainer and motivator in an effort to keep patients on course and safe, either from themselves or a degenerative condition. In addition to restoring mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination, physical therapy (PT) significantly improves overall health and fitness; in fact, one of the main goals of therapists is injury prevention, not simply rehabing current injuries.
The Ability to Synchronize Motor Movements to a Steady Beat is Linked to a Person’s Ability to Process Speech & Language and Read
A new study by Tierney & Kraus (2013) from Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory helps shed more light on why synchronizing motor movements to a steady beat results in faster, more accurate auditory processing, reading, and language processing. Their landmark study of 124 high school students highlights a neural structure called the inferior colliculus (IC) that serves as a way station for timing information between subcortical auditory structures, cerebral cortex, and the cerebellum. Tierny & Kraus have found the "first evidence linking [motor] beat synchronization ability to individual differences in auditory system function." Continue reading for more information on this groundbreaking research.
BREAKING NEWS!!! DVBIC research on IM just published in the September online issue of Neuropsychology!
Preliminary findings of a randomized, controlled study concerning the efficacy of IM for remediation of cognitive deficits in active duty soldiers following blast-related mild-to-moderate TBI. The study compared outcomes of standard rehabilitation care alone (OT, PT, SLP) to the same standard rehabilitation care + 15 IM treatment sessions. Read more to find out how Interactive Metronome is helping our brave men and women of the armed forces.
Interactive Metronome Among Leaders in Brain Health
Over the past decade there has been an explosion of brain training products in the marketplace. Although most of the industry’s pioneers are using brain training for clinical therapy, the success of sites like Lumosity.com is a clear sign that brain health is a growing field and the technology is becoming increasingly consumer friendly. As a leader in the field of brain health, Interactive Metronome (IM) is focused on providing practical and measurable gains in baseline brain function. We are proud to spotlight Mary Schlesinger, an IM Provider in Fairfax, VA. Mary was recently featured during a round table discussion on "The Resilient Brain" radio blog. Read more to find out about Mary's work with individuals with neurological deficits.
Meet September's Provider of the Month:
Sherrie Hardy from Hardy Brain Training Camarillo, CA
Check out how Sherrie has been using IM therapy to help patients from ages 4 to 90 overcome ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, autism, and many other diagnoses. After trying IM with her own daughter, Sherrie added the therapy to her clinic's offerings. Sherrie has worked with over 2500 clients at Hardy Brain Training, Hardy Academy, and her foundation. Read more to hear some of Sherrie's success stories and find out how Sherrie has incorporated IM Home into her therapy.Continue reading
2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit to Discuss Latest on Digital Brain Health, Brain Fitness, Personal Health
150+ science and industry pioneers in 14 countries to gather online on September 19th and 20th
Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 17, 2013
The 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th) will feature over 30 of the world’s top scientists and innovators working on ways to enhance behavioral and brain health via neuroscience-based innovation. All sessions will be chaired by some of the world’s most inspiring and accomplished trailblazers, recognized as Young Global Leaders (YGLs) by the World Economic Forum.
“It is exciting to imagine the possibilities at the intersection of brain health, digital health, and neuroplasticity, but getting there requires addressing the immediate questions confronting us today,” says Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains and Summit’s producer. “We are proud to offer this unique forum to help the field move forward.”Continue reading
Meet our July Provider of the Month, Kate Ortman, from Brain Training of Maryland in Ellicott City. Learn why Kate turned to Interactive Metronome, why this ADD Life Coach is so excited to have IM Universe at her facility, along with how it helps her clients get just as excited and motivated to complete IM training!Continue reading
Meet Cindy Lehman & Matt Tanguay from Lehman Learning Solutions in Seattle, WA, June's providers of the month! In addition to revealing secrets of their success, learn what these educators really love about IM and how the new IM Universe fits perfectly into their training protocols.
These ADHD therapies offer fun and games with a serious purpose: increasing your child's focus.
by Paul Gilbert
Ben is a 12-year-old with ADHD, who used to have trouble in school. His grades were below average, and he was easily distracted, unable to remember much of the material taught in class. Ben struggled with homework assignments and studying for tests. He felt defeated, and was frustrated by his parents' attempts to get him to study harder. He put in the extra effort, but nothing seemed to help.
Larry began to experience symptoms in September of 2007, including fasciculations that became more and more severe, difficulty manipulating his fingers especially when it was cold, and trouble with fine motor skills for tasks such as buttoning his shirt, tying his shoes, or snapping his fingers. After working as a steel fabricator and crane operator for 35 years, Larry attributed his symptoms to “arthritis.” However, over the next 2 1/2 years it became gradually more difficult to lift heavy objects, to do intricate work with his fingers such as threading a needle, and it eventually became difficult to write. By the middle of 2009, Larry began to notice muscle atrophy in his hands and forearms. In March 25, 2010, after several EMGs and MRIs, Larry was given the devastating diagnosis of ALS.
When she was just 15, Meg was involved in a devastating car accident where she sustained a traumatic brain injury. With shortened school days and impaired performance defining her new reality, Meg felt desperate to find a way to reclaim the life she once knew and to help others in her situation, leading her to begin a career as a physical therapy assistant at the very same clinic she completed her rehabilitation. After just a week of treatment her movements developed fluidity and by the second week her ability to concentrate on the tone dramatically improved. Meg’s sense of balance and physical coordination returned to her by her sixth session. At 21 years old, Meg has done more than simply achieve her goal of regaining the life she thought she lost in her car accident- she’s been able to create a fuller, more satisfying life, one in which she helps others achieve the freedom of thought and movement she feared she lost forever.Continue reading