Books Neural Therapy is a gentle, hands-on, multidisciplinary approach for brain and health issues.. It incorporates the latest advances in neuroscience to improve the neurological deficits which often accompany learning differences such as dyslexia, behavioral issues such as ADD and ADHD, head traumas, eye tracking and balance, TMJ and various chronic health problems.
It’s a way of finding the communication breakdowns in the circuitry (the nervous system) and then “rewiring” and “upgrading” the neurology via particular tracts (e.g. spinal thalamic tract) to help the entire person operate with more ease, efficiency and confidence.
Stimulating the cranial bones, eyes, ears and TMJ (jaw joint) through repeated touch and movement helps to upgrade the functioning and coordination of various senses.
Eight times out of 10, Books Neural Therapy succeeds and when it does, lives change in major ways. The ability to read and solve math problems improves dramatically. Coordination improves. Chronic pain goes away.
You regain control of your life, and your friends and family, colleagues and co-workers take notice.
Books Neural Therapy has changed the lives of thousands of people, of all ages, around the world.
Neurologic therapy as done in Books Neural Therapy™ addresses the neurobiological development of the human being. It is “foundational” work in that it provides often missing building blocks to a cohesive and smoothly integrated nervous system.
The hottest area in brain research is currently the “basic brain,” which Books Neural Therapy zeroed in on many years ago. You may also hear the basic brain referred to as the hindbrain, basal ganglia, cerebellum, etc. If it isn’t in proper working order, higher-order learning will have “glitches” in it. See also Research section.
Books Neural Therapy™ addresses the foundation of our biological and neurological development.
The foundation, at the level of the brain, includes the reticular activating system, cerebellum, basal ganglia and other “hindbrain” functions. Once these basic balance, vestibular and survival systems are addressed, we graduate to the limbic system, and then the various neocortical and cognitive functions. It’s all done in a very precise, orderly and developmental sequence.
Many people who come in say they wish they had tried this first. Even if other therapies haven’t worked, there’s no reason to give up hope. Many times, Books Neural Therapy causes work done in the past to suddenly “sync in” (like puzzle pieces fitting together. That is because that previously unprocessed information is still roaming around inside you, waiting for something (in this case Books Neural Therapy™) to show it where to go.
No other therapy completely compares.
Sensory Integration, often performed by occupational therapists, uses some of the same components, since it deals with sensory input to the brain.
Other professionals who address parts of this complex therapy include chiropractors and osteopaths (spine and visceral relationships), various therapists (cranial sacral therapy), nutritionists, neurologists and psychotherapists.
What’s unique about Books Neural Therapy is its whole-body approach. Books Neural Therapy is an incredibly logical and sequential series of adjustments to the brain and nervous system, designed to significantly improve brain function. It’s the first time anyone has thought to address the neurological system in a non-invasive, natural way.
Our traditional, Western medical model focuses on medication and invasive surgical procedures. Books Neural Therapy™ does not. Books Neural Therapy is a completely natural and non-invasive way of dealing with cause-and-effect relationships in the brain and body through gentle touch on key developmental reflex areas, bones, muscles and fascia, to name a few.
Our motto is “first things first.” We don’t put the cart before the horse. We start with building a healthy foundation. Just like a building, that foundation needs to be built correctly and in stages, or it won’t be able to withstand stress and strain. By addressing various stages of brain development and correcting weaknesses (mechanical, neurological and emotional), Books Neural Therapy™ helps “upgrade” the entire system, thus increasing efficiency with less wear and tear on the body.
Books Neural Therapy™ addresses learning and health challenges by incorporating a multidisciplinary approach. For a house to function well, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and decorators all contribute to the final product. In human beings, for all systems to work optimally, it is important to get an overview of various systems.
In a house, you wouldn’t lay down the carpeting before the foundation was strong and sturdy. You wouldn’t put up the curtains until the walls were up and the windows installed.
Books Neural Therapy™ looks at the foundation level for causes. If someone notices a vision problem, most people would go first to the optometrist or ophthalmologist. However, a Books Neural Therapist would go back to foundational issues and would therefore check the housing of the eyes (the bony structure that encases the eyes) and the four cranial nerves that address eye movement and function.
If the eye muscles are tighter on one side than the other, it will be impossible for the eyes to track together and reading will be slower. Depth perception could be affected, which would impact the ability to judge distances in sports or while driving a car. These are structural and neurological problems and need to be addressed at those levels. The person may still need eyeglasses. But the eye doctor will be addressing near and far vision, astigmatism, etc., and not the foundational component addressed in Books Neural Therapy.
Yes. Here are things to look for:
1. Have you ever fallen on your head or your tailbone?
2. Are your hips slightly uneven (is your belt buckle higher on one side?)
3. Do you have an uneven gait (non-fluid or ungraceful walk)?
4. Any TMJ problems (grinding your teeth at night, braces, popping jaw)?
5. Ever been knocked unconscious?
6. Any scoliosis (sideways curve in the backbone)?
7. Learning difficulties? Sequencing issues?
People with learning problems, neurological problems (learning has a neurological component to it!), brain injuries, physical coordination problems, too much stress….In short, almost anyone can benefit from Books Neural Therapy™.
It is particularly dramatic, however, for people with learning problems and brain injuries.
Different people respond differently, but many times, people will notice changes to their behavior, sleep patterns and physical coordination after the first session or the first few sessions. For some people, the changes are more subtle. Sometimes, the people around us notice changes before we do. That’s why, after the first six weeks, we ask what you’re noticing and what others around you are noticing.
First, a very thorough case history is taken, followed by neurological, structural, educational and cognitive testing. Each person is unique, and each treatment plan takes into account the patient’s strengths, weaknesses and goals.
A plan is developed and discussed with the patient before treatment begins. Pre- and post-testing yields measurable changes. Additionally, the patient’s family is asked to report back to us any quality-of-life improvements.
The initial phase is the most dramatic for most people. However, we all know it is easy to slip into old patterns when we are around family or friends…especially when those around you don’t acknowledge the “new” you and keep treating you the way you were before Books Neural Therapy. That is why Books Neural Therapy™ likes to monitor patients for an entire year. That way, we can keep fine tuning the progress and catching any destructive patterns quickly.
It’s important to exercise on a regular basis to stay in good shape. That’s why we go to the gym, and take our cars in for tune-ups. Our bodies and brains are no different: They need regular tune-ups too.
The great thing about bodies is that they are so willing to change. Once a person finally discovers what “normal” is, he or she wants to stay there. One of the wonderful things about this work is that after the initial phase of three months, the results are very, very long lasting. This means you don’t have to come in forever…
Three months after therapy, and again at a year, we like to retest people to see the longitudinal effects of this work. After that, we ask patients to complete questionnaires once a year. We have lots of reports of this work “holding” five, 10 and 15 years later.
No. The goal in Books Neural Therapy™ is to integrate and normalize various systems in the body and brain. People don’t get worse or develop new symptoms. The worst thing that can happen is that nothing happens (in about 15 percent of cases).
For the most part, people feel an increased sense of wellness, and coordination of body and of brain function, after the first few sessions. Some people feel changes after the first session. Patients who are less tuned in to their bodies feel changes after several sessions.
In a typical case, around the 12th to 16th visit, we ask the patient (or the parents, where applicable), what changes they have already noticed and what areas need to be fine-tuned.
Maybe three times over the 30 years, a patient has been “out of sync” for a day while changes are going on inside the body. The integration of the therapy continues for several months and over time patients find themselves with new and improved versions of what normal means for them.
After we review your particular situation, we will discuss other things you can be doing to help strengthen the effects of Books Neural Therapy. Nutrition, lifestyle and daily patterns are addressed. We try to assess your strengths as well as weaknesses, and then find ways to allow the strengths to help the weaknesses.
One of the wonderful things about this kind of care is that once the body finally “gets” what normal is, it wants to stay there. The treatment usually consists of about 18-20 sessions over a two- to three-month period. And, after the initial series of treatments, we have pre and post measurements that indicate the completion of Phase One. At that point, the corrections hold beautifully. Recently, we have begun to monitor patients for an entire year, and then retest them at the end of that year, to see how much they have improved overall.
Many, many people, at some level, are locked in survival. Something may have happened in the past and become “locked” in the nervous system. (There’s a saying that helps explain this: The brain remembers what the body forgets.)
A person in survival mode is, at some level, waiting for something similar to happen again, and they are at the mercy of a nervous system that replays this tune like an old record. That’s often the reason people seem to make the same mistakes — again and again and again. Frustrating matters further is the fact that people can’t, by their own conscious control, reset the dial. It’s frustrating for the person, and for the people around him or her.
For many adults in our “hurry up culture,” stress keeps them locked up in a sort of survival state. For overly stressed people, the sympathetic (fight/flight or emergency) part of their nervous system is definitely on overdrive, and the parasympathetic (restorative and replenishing) part of the nervous system isn’t allowed to come in and balance out the system.
Children or adults with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) seem to have two speeds: fast and stop.
The nervous system, like Grand Central Station, continuously has information coming in to the brain and going out to the body.
“The central nervous system,” according to Webster’s Dictionary, “consists of the brain and the spinal column, to which sensory impulses are transmitted and from which motor impulses pass out, and which coordinates the activity of the entire nervous system.”
The nervous system coordinates body movements and brain function. Gross motor skills (e.g. running and jumping) need to be in good working order BEFORE fine motor skills (handwriting) can function at their best.
Again, our motto is “first things first.” Luckily, there is a design already built in to us. There are developmental sequences that have a particular order. If one is skipped or glossed over, the parts that come after it won’t be able to connect properly. There will be weak links in the chain.
In biology, psychology and neuroscience, there is much information available on proper development. Books Neural Therapy™ keeps up to date on advances in neuroscience and incorporates new findings into the treatment protocol.
Yes. Improved reading speed and comprehension is one of the things Books Neural Therapy™ does best.
Absolutely. The current thinking is that it is something you have to learn to live with and make allowances for. By addressing the problem at neurological and developmental levels, Books Neural Therapy™ has an 85-percent success rate of correcting dyslexia. We work toward a permanent correction.
There is a structural and neurological component to focusing problems. Allergies can also play an important role. Allergies and nutrition are also part of the “big picture” approach to treating focus and behavioral problems.
It has been gratifying over the years to hear the many stories about how people’s entire lives came into focus once Books Neural Therapy™ was completed. People have changed jobs and careers, gotten promotions, gone back to school, stood up in front of crowds to speak, etc. It’s a game changer.
Many times, diet could use major improvement. And many times, neutraceuticals can help the biochemical end of treatment. Those will be discussed on an individual basis. We perform testing to see the needs of individual clients.
Sometimes the origin of these neurological problems is hereditary. Sometimes it’s due to a knock to the head (the injury could be old or new) or a fall on the tailbone. Sometimes it’s biochemical, and sometimes it’s severe allergies. Many times, when the problem has some genetic predisposition, I ask “who in your family looks like you.” Even if the problem is cross-generational, there is help available.
As human beings, we have several balancing and righting mechanisms in the body. Above the trunk itself, at the level of our head, our eyes and ears do a lot of the “righting” or correction to our perceptions.
Actually, 94 percent of what we see is our brain’s interpretation of what we see. Only six percent is literally what our eyes see.
Many times, however, the eye muscles are not totally coordinated. This could be from a fall or trauma, or one of the four cranial nerves that deal with eyes might be malfunctioning. The sphenoid bones, which form part of the eye socket, might be slightly askew. You see, the sphenoid bone has greater and lesser wings — which resemble airplane wings. If one wing is higher than the other, the eyes will have great difficulty tracking together.
If eyes aren’t tracking in sync, or if the eye movement and auditory channels are out of sync, reading will be much slower.
Yes, both immediately after the trauma, and also years later!
Patients have been rolled in from their hospital beds after serious car accidents. Other patients have come to me five to 10 years after they were hospitalized for serious accidents, sometimes for months; my Books Neural Therapy helped them immensely. (See testimonials.)
What we do is the foundational work that Books Neural Therapy is known for. We “rebuild” their neurological system, starting at the very beginning, with primitive reflexes dealing with balance and centering, progressing to hearing (auditory) and visual reflexes.
Think of it like an orchestra, with the brain as conductor and the various systems as the instrument groups. We work with one group, then another and another. When each section can play its part, we bring the parts to play together in harmony. And soon we have a full orchestra…with a breadth of possibilities for health and well-being.
Subtle brain injuries, when a person wasn’t knocked unconscious, for instance, can still carry enormous impact to the brain. These accidents, common in high school athletes, for instance, often are brushed off as insignificant. New evidence shows that if a person sustains a second “subtle” brain injury before the first one heals, chances of total recovery are endangered.
We see many, many people in our office who appear to the world to be just fine. And many doctors may have told them they are and that their problems are now psychological. But the person knows very well that they are not functioning the way they did before the accident. (See testimonials for head injuries.)
Good question and of great concern to many people. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer on this. Each case is individual. After a thorough case history and evaluation, the doctor will tell you reasonable goals in your particular case.
After many years’ experience, Dr. Books will give you hope where it is realistic and be truthful when current evidence indicates otherwise.
Interestingly, there is a strong and important reciprocal relationship between the jaw bones and the pelvic area. Both deal with primitive survival issues (eating and procreating to stay alive); both deal with centering and balance. When a baby goes from crawling to standing, the pelvic area and low back help to stabilize the child. The last “righting” or balancing mechanism in our bony structure as we stand upright is the jaw. It will attempt to “right” any imbalances from the spine.
In Books Neural Therapy™, we address each area separately and then together. There are many, many steps to this fascinating TMJ component.
Many people from long distances fly or drive in and stay for five days for an intensive Books Neural Therapy™ session; by working together multiple times in one day, we can complete three months of therapy in five days. Many people actually prefer that and can see results faster that way.
Follow-up care is still required, and can often be handled by a professional close to the patient’s home. In fact, oftentimes that same professional refers them to us for care, and then monitors the client.