Systemic Neural Adaptation
By Warren Bujol
I don't remember much these days, but I do remember how unsettling it was to be subjected to electro-shock therapy at the VA hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana. It wasn't that it was painful (it mostly just made me dizzy), perhaps it was the atmosphere; but I'm almost certain it was feeling like I was in Jacob's Ladder waiting to see a quadruple amputee violently shaking his head. It was at that moment, I realized that I would no longer be trusting the VA with my well-being. I spent the next few years learning to build systems into my daily routine to combat my memory loss and general disorientation. I eventually employed enough systems to maintain some sort of normalcy in my life and had all but given up on the idea of finding an effective medical treatment for my condition. That is until our contributing writer and friend, Mike "Happy" Horton mentioned Dr Kyle Daigle, a local doctor with a revolutionary treatment that just might be able to improve my memory without shocking me or making me carry a tackle box full of prescription medicine everywhere I go. I was cautiously optimistic.
Dr. Daigle owns and operates a successful chiropractic practice, Ultimate Performance Chiro & Rehab in Lake Charles. Most people know of his practice as "the place by Papa John's", but that is only because much of his work has remained private due to the meticulous patenting process. His most recent work, however, has reached the final patent phase in only four months. The process has been dubbed Systemic Neural Adaptation by its pioneers, Dr. Daigle, Dr. Brett Gschwend, and Steven Rivers. Simply put, it is the application of audio and visual stimulation to create new neuro pathways and improve overall brain function. I'm going to copy and paste the science behind it as to not interfere with specifics:
Systemic Neural Adaptation is a noninvasive method and system for creating rapid and sustained neuro chemical activation. The process of Systemic Neural Adaptation involves the intentional change over time of bodily systems via carefully modulated and applied visual, auditory, and physical stimulus. This systematic change through neural response is achieved through noninvasive non-pharmacological means enabling the brain and body to work in harmony to increase both physical and mental performance. Targeted visual and auditory stimulus are introduced and a feedback loop is created as neuro signals are acquired and processed. The outcome is rapid and sustained activation of the Dopaminergic Neurons in the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA), the Dopaminergic Neurons within the retina of the eye and the Dopaminergic Neurons within the cochlea in the inner ear. A secondary effect is the sustained activation of the Serotonergic Neurons concentrated within the Raphe Nuclei in the brain stem.
The Feedback Loop
From my understanding, the system modulates audio and visual stimuli in a pattern, which acts to improve your body's natural sense of balance. Dr. Daigle explains, "Balance is a reflection of how well the body and brain interact. There is a constant feedback loop of information that is coming from the brain to the body and the body, back to the brain. The body is what stimulates the brain and with a lack of certain stimulation, the brain loses capacity. Balance is one way to globally stimulate the brain in a balanced manner that increases brain and body capability, but also equilibrates the connections so that other future stimulation coming from the body is also in equilibrium." In my situation, mild traumatic brain injury, this stimulation can help repair and create new neuro pathways. It is the first non-pharmacological treatment to be backed by repeatable scientific evidence, and it offers patients the opportunity to improve brain and body function almost immediately. This treatment has already proven to be effective in the treatment of 38 ailments that including: Traumatic Brain Injuries, ADHD, and Parkinson's Disease. Being that I am not a scientist, I figured the best way for me to understand and explain the treatment would be to experience it for myself. Doctors Daigle and Gschwend agreed.
I walk to the back of the facility and am greeted by doctors Daigle and Gschwend. They asked me a few questions regarding my injury and other basic medical information then prompted me to stand on a small silver platform made of some sort of elastic polymer. I spent some time trying to steady myself, and was then asked to close my eyes. I was surprised by just how much sight effected balance; I felt like a baby giraffe trying to stand for the first time. Once I got my sea legs, I was asked to raise my arms and turn my head in various directions. With each turn of my head, I could feel my body compensating/ overcompensating with random muscles in an almost comical fashion. The doctors make a few notes and direct me to a chair situated in front of a TV monitor. Dr Daigle selected a visual stimulation sequence and placed headphones over my ears. I was instructed to follow flashes of light on the screen as best as I could. I could not hear sounds from the headphones, but I was assured this was normal. This lasted about 5 minutes and it was back to the silver platform. We repeated the process, but with improved balance (measured by the time it took my body to steady itself). The doctors took a few more notes and sent me back to the chair for refinement. This happened roughly three times, the last of which showed drastic improvement in overall balance. Balance can be seen and measured by observers, but other effects of Systemic Neural Adaptation aren't as easily quantified. I left the office feeling alert, yet relaxed. It was similar to the feeling I get after a run, but without all the sweat. I even felt taller. Seriously.
I return to the clinic and receive the same treatment, but with a different visual sequence and possibly a different audio sequence. The baseline balance test results seemed to have improved since my initial treatment, implicating longevity to the effects of the Systemic Neural Adaptation process. On this day, I began treatment much more distracted than the first, yet still noticed improvement in balance and brain function with each sequential stimulation phase. I left the office feeling tall, agile, and mentally sharp. My treatment was supposed to cover three sessions, but due to scheduling conflicts, I was unable to make my third appointment before deadline. Even still, I feel as if my memory has improved greatly. Dr. Daigle was also waiting to receive equipment that could monitor my brain activity during treatment. The equipment will provide valuable data to enhance the treatment process and monitor progress.
A Farewell To Pills
We often discredit non-pharmacological treatments because, well, pills have become an integral part of our daily lives...even with their sometimes hilarious side effects. But that doesn't mean pills are the best treatment. I was skeptical too, until I walked out of Dr. Daigle's office. I may not have a degree in neuroscience, but I can tell you that with just two sessions of Systemic Neural Adaptation, I have noticed significant improvement in overall brain function and mood. This treatment has a wide range of practical applications and chances are, you could benefit from it in some form or fashion. For more information, go to snabiotech.net or stop by Ultimate Performance Chiro & Rehab at 646 W Mcneese St in Lake Charles. It's right next door to Papa John's and on the map below.
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