- Root problem is Trauma
- Role of the Brain, Skull, and Senses
- BNT Has Lasting Effects
c. BOOKS NEURAL THERAPY™ (BNT) THEORY
Neurological Dysregulation is the Root of Learning Problems
The state of the brain and nervous system determines the way in which a person learns and can greatly impact behavior. The basis of a healthy brain begins in utero and development continues until early adulthood. Each layer of the brain is constructed upon the existing layer. Traumatic events may impact a certain layer of the brain during development. Also, because development does not stop, one trauma can disrupt the development and structure of subsequent layers of the brain, and its proper integration with the body, and other senses.
All trauma—physical, emotional, or chemical—can disrupt the proper development of the brain. Physical trauma can be obvious such as serious accidents, abuse, or repeated surgeries, but it can also be as subtle as a difficult birth or a toddler’s fall. Likewise, emotional trauma can include PTSD or surviving a natural disaster, or simply disappointment at a tender age. Finally chemical exposure can include chemotherapy, exposure to pesticides, suffering from severe allergies, vaccinations, or consuming too much sugar. According to this definition, we’ve all have experienced some sort of trauma during our lives and much of that trauma can be reversed by Books Neural Therapy™.
Role of the Brain, Skull, and Senses
The brain can be divided into three major areas: the reptilian brain, the limbic system, and the neocortex. The areas develop in sequence and govern different functions. The reptilian or basic brain develops first, and governs basic survival including the fight-or-flight response. The limbic system, or the emotional brain, is involved with emotion, motivation, and a sense of belonging. The limbic system is also responsible for effective communication of the reptilian brain with the higher brain, or the neocortex. The neocortex is the portion of the brain responsible for language, planning, and abstract thought. Many therapies for learning disabilities focus solely on the neocortex. But, as you can imagine, dysfunction in the other brain layers can impact the neocortex. If the reptilian brain has been impacted by trauma, the person may have an inappropriate fight-or-flight response in school, around certain subjects, or learning activities. It is hard to read aloud when your brain is telling your body it is in danger. Similarly, it is difficult to learn if there are traumas in the limbic system. This may result in inappropriate emotional responses to learning issues.
Other than the brain itself, the skull can greatly influence the ability to learn. It has been assumed that once the bones of the skull “fuse” in babies, the bones are fixed. But there is good evidence that the bones of the skull continue to move slightly throughout life. Any sort of cranial trauma, including slight bumps to the head, can cause the bones to adhere strongly to themselves. As a result, the natural movements or flexibility of the skull is affected.
As most know, the senses, particularly vision and hearing, are highly involved in learning. Also involved is the sense of proprioception which is the brain’s sense of the body and its movement through space. Proprioception relies upon the vestibular system and also kinesthesia, which receives input from the muscles (muscle spindles) and the tendons (Golgi tendons). Abnormal proprioception is often seen in those with learning difficulties as clumsiness and a feeling of disconnectedness with one’s own body.
BNT Has Lasting Effects
BNT uses repeated gentle touch to re-align bones, correct neurological communication, enable the brain to be fully oxygenated and nourished with CSF, and direct the body’s own healing capacities to create lasting change. For BNT to last, the treatment is always conducted in order and repeated during every session.
Level 1: Body Circuits, of Books Neural Therapy™ (BNT) focuses on the nervous systems’ foundation lying in the reptilian brain along with the brain’s connection to the body. Level 2: Cranial and Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Circuits works primarily on the brain itself, the skull structure, stored emotional and physical pain, and further explores the connection of the body and the brain. Finally, Level 3 works specifically on the brain, vision, hearing and vestibular systems to refine structural and functional problems related specifically to reading and other learning difficulties.
Because BNT is a holistic system, it effects are greater than simply improving reading and other cognitive skills. It consistently and positively impacts self-esteem, emotional intelligence and, social behaviors; and frequently improves physical performance and overall health.
A learning difference can manifest itself in various ways, often escaping detection because of the variety of symptoms. It can account for a bright child or adult not performing as well as expected. Books Neural Therapy™ addresses:
- Poor motor skills (clumsy/accident prone)
- Lack of focus; daydreams a lot
- Inability to comprehend and retain reading material
- Problems carrying out multiple instructions
- Eye-hand coordination problems (handwriting, depth perception, etc.)
- Confuses or reverses instructions
- Difficulty making decisions
- Low self-esteem and distorted self-image.
WHAT PROFESSIONALS ARE SAYING
I first heard Dr. Books speak on head injuries and learning differences in Texas, and since then have collaborated with her on research project preparations. Her breadth of knowledge spanning several fields, and how she brings together these facets, is quite intriguing and a challenge to put into a restrictive research model. It has been a pleasure to help graph and chart her findings.
I have personally witnessed her work on my colleagues and during a particularly stressful time in my life, believe she prevented me from a heart attack. After that session, my life took an interesting turn, and my most real and honest work took form.
John Gedye. M.D.
Over the past years, my relationship with Dr. Phyllis Books has been as a patient myself and as a referring doctor to her practice. As a patient, I can attest firsthand to her ability and to the success of her treatment.
I have referred multiple patients to her, primarily for their TMJ dysfunction, which I found was related to a dyslexia problem and also sacral/spinal problems or misalignment.
I have been very impressed with the improvements that my patients have undergone with her care. Her treatment modality has been a tremendous help to my patients with their TMJ, making my job considerably easier in making their dental corrections.
Dennis Reidmiller, D. D. S. (Orthodontist)
I first heard about Dr. Books through a patient of mine who was having trouble with alcohol, among other things. Within sever
al sessions with Dr. Books, this patient lost her desire for alcohol totally. I had been working with this patient for about a year, and many facets of her life were improving. However, this wonderful change that occurred so quickly and seemingly effortlessly stirred my curiosity.
That was eight years ago. I have referred many patients to her and vice versa.
We have developed a good and respectful team approach with many patients we have since shared. I appreciate her work immensely. She is intuitive, compassionate, and thorough in her approach to her patients.
Pam Bell, Ed.D., LPC, CBT, EEG (Biofeedback, Cert. Provider)
Santa Fe, N.M.
If you’re ready to start training, or have questions, please call me, Dr. Phyllis Books, directly at 512-331-0668 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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