The microbes in our intestines play a vital role in the creation and absorption of bio-chemicals. These chemicals are building blocks for neurotransmitters (brain chemicals); psychoactive compounds needed for proper brain function. The brain’s chemical balance plays a vital role in our cognitive development, psychological health, sleep patterns and stress responses.
Impact of Gut Imbalance
If the natural balance in our gut is disturbed by poor diet, environmental toxins, antibiotics or medications, it can have a heavy impact on the brain. Functions like memory, concentration, focus, mood, and energy levels can all suffer when the chemical balance isn’t right. If the gut’s imbalance is chronic, it may lead to inflammation of the central nervous system and general brain instability.
Gut health is beginning to be seen as a major factor in autistic spectrum disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, and difficulties with behaviour and concentration.
Restoring Balance Through Diet
By tailoring the diet and eliminating any foods that cause inflammatory reactions, we can optimise brain function, support the digestive organs, and restore the gastro-intestinal system (the gut-brain axis).
If we suspect a neurotransmitter imbalance, we will refer you to a local gut health professional or Functional Medicine practitioner. Later, it will be time to see us for ‘clean-up’ work for any remaining symptoms.
The Role of Functional Medicine
Functional medicine is a holistic approach, integrating traditional Western medical practices and medical testing with time-honored healing techniques. It meticulously examines physiological disruptions such as gut health, intestinal permeability (leaky gut), liver function, and the endocrine system.
In scenarios where chemical or hormonal imbalances are present, starting with neurofeedback might not be ideal. This is where the expertise of Functional Medicine is invaluable.
Diet plays a crucial role in this approach. From ensuring the intake of appropriate nutrients and essential amino acids for neurotransmitter production to eliminating inflammatory foods, supporting digestive health, and restoring the gut-brain axis – every aspect is crucial.
This approach requires a comprehensive medical history to identify genetic susceptibilities, biochemical disruptions, accumulated stress, hormonal imbalances, toxicity, unresolved psychological issues, and unhealthy lifestyle habits.
In this patient-centered model, we form a partnership with you. Our goal is to empower you through education, heightened body awareness, and mindfulness, enabling a journey towards optimal health and well-being.
I had two strokes before I came here and my memory, concentration, and my focus and attention span were bad. I couldn’t remember much at all. After a few sessions I started to notice a difference in the way I was at home. After neurofeedback I’m doing much better, I am driving and I wouldn’t drive before. I wouldn’t communicate much and now I get out and go to a couple different groups and go into crowds. I am a teacher and now I can go back to work.
This is just a big thank you! What a remarkable treatment you offer, I have to say that the difference it has made to me is enormous. I genuinely feel much more at ease in myself and all the tension is going in my head and body. Not to mention the increase in my focus both short term and long term. I actually feel like I could make long term plans and stick to them !
I feel like I am more balanced, able to pull back from situations and look at them, look at facts more than focus on what I’m feeling. Little things happen that I react differently to. I don’t notice in the moment but very shortly after, I realise I responded in a different way without thinking about it
This is life-changing for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you. This was a completely different experience to anything I have ever experienced before. I believe there is still a bit of work Neurofeedback wise to do in executive functioning areas and I definitely still experience some things emotionally that I think need work, but I am blown away by the difference.
I have just finished the meat of the first essay of three essays this year, having had two sets of sessions with Brainworks. The experience has been utterly extraordinary. I have loved writing it, I have loved the subject, I have loved reading, analysing what I ve written and writing down my own thoughts. I have understood, digested and focussed. I have completed this in the space of a week and half and loved every minute of it. I still have a lot of editing to do, but I do have the meat and the bones. Not only this, but recently I had a weekends training and I not only enjoyed the lectures, but I was significantly involved in the discussions afterwards and even asked multiple questions. What an incredible difference from before.