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What are the Types of Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a vast neurological disorder with several subtypes, all of which affect the movement of different body…

From Plasticity to Professor, Kenneth Jay, PhD Joins UCF

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Here at…

It’s Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, Here’s Why It Matters

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, a time to support and educate the public about this common disability. This month…

The Plasticity® Team Attends the 2018 International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience

Plasticity® Brain Centers staff and clinicians attended the International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience recently. As a keynote speaker, Dr. Antonucci presented a riveting lecture…

Climbing the Crystal Ladder to Better Futures for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Plasticity® Brain Centers is proud to partner with the incredible organization, The Crystal Ladder Learning Centre, a school located in…

A Night of Dreams for Plasticity®

Last month, Plasticity® Brain Centers had the honor of attending the Night of Dreams Gala hosted by the Conductive Education…

The Plasticity® Brain Book Review Series – Part #3

Author: Dr. Emily Kalambaheti, Staff Clinician As the final part of Plasticity® Brain Center’s three-part book review series, I read…

The Plasticity® Brain Book Review Series – Part #2

Author: Dr. Emily Kalambaheti, Staff Clinician As the second part of my three-part book review series, I would like to…

The Plasticity® Brain Book Review Series – Part #1

Author: Dr. Emily Kalambaheti, Staff Clinician “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the…

Dr. Emily Kalambaheti at the 2nd Annual Making Connections: A Pediatric Brain Injury Resource Fair and Conference

Author: Dr. Emily Kalambaheti, Staff Clinician I recently had the honor of representing Plasticity® Brain Centers as the keynote speaker…

A Patient’s Outcome from a NeuroTherapy Assistant’s Perspective

Author: Megan Manno, NeuroTherapy Assistant Working at Plasticity® Brain Centers as a NeuroTherapy assistant has allowed me to get to…

Impressing the Severity of Concussions on Youth Athletes

For decades, concussions were brushed off as not serious. The euphemisms created to describe concussions, such as  “seeing stars”, or…

How to Enjoy Summer Water Activities Safely: Avoiding Hypoxic Brain Injury

With summer right around the corner and May being National Water Safety Month, we thought it would be a great…

Week of Care Giveaway – Vote Now!

Vote for the contestant you think should receive a week of care at Plasticity Brain Centers ($7500 Value).

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

April is designated World Autism Month in correlation with the UN-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The month…

Understanding Brain Health and Function: The Cerebrum – The Largest Part of the Human Brain

The cerebrum is the largest portion of the brain, making up 85% of the brain’s weight, but what is its…

The Relation Between Motor Skills, Academia, and the Cerebellum

The role of the cerebellum has long thought to be responsible solely for motor functions and muscular activity, but a study from The University of Jyväskylä in Finland might soon change that.

Yes, Stress Can Physically Change Your Brain

We’ve all experienced some form of stress. It’s inescapable. In fact, some stress is even beneficial—or at least it was—acute stress is biologically hardwired into our brains so that we can react appropriately to dangerous situations.

New Year. New Brain. New You.

The principles of neuroplasticity date back hundreds of years. In the 1790s, an Italian anatomist Michele Vicenzo Malacarne performed experiments that show the earliest understanding of brain plasticity. Malacarne would obtain two animals, one of the pair would be trained extensively for years while the other would not be trained at all. He would then dissect the two animals to compare their anatomy. In his findings, he noted that the cerebellums of the trained animals were significantly larger than their untrained counterparts.

The Effects of Autonomic Dysfunction Following a Concussion

Concussions, or mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), affect millions of people a year. Concussions can cause physical, cognitive, visual, emotional,…

The Three Subtypes of Post-Concussion Syndrome and How They’re Treated

Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a condition when a set of symptoms associated with a concussion persist for more than three months….

Thomas Gets His Life Back After Concussion: Plasticity Brain Centers

 

Do You Think You Have a Concussion?

Youth Sports Related Concussions

A concussion is classified as a minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that results from biomechanically induced alteration of brain function.

Turkey on the Brain

Just as common as the words turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie are around the holidays, the word tryptophan often is mentioned after the meal as the reason why you feel tired after the heavy meal you just consumed. This is not entirely true however. Tryptophan is an amino acid that is a precursor for the brain chemical serotonin, which is associated with healthy sleep. But there is no more tryptophan in turkey than in other common meats like chicken and beef. Other foods, including nuts and cheeses, contain more.

Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, ASD: Are They the Same?

We’ve recently had the privilege of hosting a research study regarding neurofeedback therapy for children diagnosed with autism and have…

Are You Scared Out Of Your Mind?

With October right around the corner, it is the time of pumpkin spice flavored everything, leaves changing colors, sweaters, and of course scary movies. But what is it that makes these movies scary? Between the music, the lighting, and of course the mystery of the person behind the mask we are placed into a new feeling…fear! We have all felt it before. The hair on the back of your neck and arms standing up, your heart racing, pupils wide, that feeling of being on the edge of your seat. So, what is it neurologically that happens in our bodies to make all these responses occur? Here is a list below of the major players:

The Voice in Your Head: How Your Internal Monologue Works

When reading silently to ourselves, we often recognize the sound of our own voice reciting the content as we read,…

How your brain works on caffeine

As Americans are becoming busier and busier, the dependence on one of the most ubiquitous drugs in the world has…

July is Eye Safety Awareness Month

By Dr. Emily Kalambaheti July is Eye safety awareness month. Some say eyes are the windows to the soul, and…

Life’s Good Dairy Free

By Dr. Emily Kalambaheti Did you know that June is National Dairy Alternative Month? There are dozens of reasons to…

5 Signs That Your Child May be Suffering From ADHD

With a variety of cases and an overlap of symptoms with other mental illnesses, ADHD is very difficult to diagnosis. Clinicians differ in their criteria of this disorder and there is no objective metric for diagnosing ADHD. As a result, estimates of around one million children in the United State alone may be misdiagnosed with the neurodevelopmental issue because of vague indicators. Therefore, it is important to recognize the proper symptoms of ADHD that can help you determine whether or not you should seek a professional opinion.

A Need for Proper Recovery: The Potential Long-Term Impact on Academic Performance for Concussion Patients

The growing stigma associated with long-term engagement in contact sports leading to injuries is influencing parents and even the athletes to limit their level of play. Although the risks are important to consider, there are measures that can be implemented to ensure student-athletes overcome their symptoms. More focused research over the past decade has exposed the increased risk student-athletes have, particularly football players, to long-term brain damage if their injuries are not properly managed. Since child safety is paramount, it is important to understand how insufficient recovery time and mistreated brain injuries can create problems that extend to other situations. How can the onset of concussions affect school performance?

TalkNeuro The Pathophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease

In a past post on the history of Parkinson’s disease, I discussed a little bit about how we have arrived at our current understanding of this very prevalent neurodegenerative condition. In this blog post, we will discuss how Parkinson’s Disease develops on a cellular level.

The Brain in Love: How Feeling Love Works According to Your Brain

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and that means love is in the air. But what does it really mean to be in love, physiologically?

One of the Most Dangerous Causes of TBI: FALLS

Whether it is walking or driving, slippery surfaces can be a serious danger. Don’t disregard the chance that you may…

Best Practices for Maintaining Independence with Parkinson’s Disease

When living with Parkinson’s Disease, you do not have to let the disease define your life. There are many ways…

How Decluttering Your Life Can Help Your Brain Cope after at TBI, Stroke or Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

Clutter can be detrimental to those with the best of health conditions. Adding a brain injury or medical condition such as Parkinson’s Disease as a factor can add another level of difficulty and hindrance to the healing process.

5 Ways to Be an Impactful Caregiver for a Loved One with Parkinson’s Disease

Watching a loved one struggle with the progression of Parkinson’s Disease can be tough, both emotionally and physically. You can use these tips to make sure you are making the best of the situation for the both of you.

Why Can’t I Focus?: How Working On Your Balance Can Improve Focus and Prevent Falls

Having trouble with your vision or focusing? It may be due to your vestibular system, or sense of balance.

Why does Christmas Music make us happy?

There is a reason that you hear Christmas music wherever you go as soon as November rolls around.

Trying to Recover from a TBI? What Reading, Stress, and Exercise All Have in Common During the Healing Process

When recovering from a traumatic brain injury, you may have trouble performing normal or routine activities. During the healing process, activities like exercise and reading, and common ailments such as stress, all play a role.

Teaching an Old Dog, New Tricks: 5 Ways to Challenge Your Brain in Retirement

Just because you’re retired and have relocated to the Sunshine State doesn’t mean that you should stop trying to improve yourself!

HOW ADHD ISSUES CAN BE CAUSED BY PRIMITIVE REFLEXES

For parents of children with attention deficit or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, one question might wander through their minds occasionally: “Is my child hard-wired to not pay …

POSTUROGRAPHY & THE POWER OF BALANCE

Today we continue our series on the different methods we use to diagnose brain problems and processing issues at Plasticity Brain Centers. Our last blogs covered video-oculography, which measures …

HOW FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGISTS USE VIDEO-OCULOGRAPHY

Eyes are commonly known as the “windows to the soul.” If brain function can be considered part of your “soul,” then there may be more truth to the saying than you know! Eyes …

SACCADOMETRY: MEASURING YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION WITH LASERS

In our last post, we discussed how different eye movements corresponded with different areas of brain activity. One of the 5 eye movements we mentioned was “fast eye movements,” or …

TEMPORAL & SPATIAL SUMMATION IN RECEPTORBASED® THERAPY

Imagine the following scenario: You’re on a road trip with a friend when your car breaks down. There’s an auto shop down the road, so you decide to push the car instead of waiting for a …

ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION & NEUROTHERAPY

As we’ve discussed on this blog before, there are many, many ways to stimulate nerves through receptors. Sensory input includes vestibular signals, sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. For …

HOW YOUR SENSE OF SMELL WORKS

Like we discussed in a previous blog on the sense of taste, smell is one of our two chemical senses. Our olfactory receptors transform chemical signals—primarily from odors, but from other …

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