Neuroplasticity

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

It was only a couple decades ago that it was considered medical fact that the brain didn't change that much after childhood. And if parts of your brain were damaged, it was thought that the functions controlled by those areas were forever gone. However, people continued to defy this limiting perception of the brain and despite being told otherwise, they did indeed restore function. How could this be?  Many speculated about the plasticity or the malleability of the brain for hundreds of years. But no one accepted this as universal theory.  Current research has changed all that.

Neurons that Fire Together, Wire Together

We now know, without a shadow of a doubt, that every part of the brain is constantly changing and adapting in direct response to what it thinks, sees, and acts no matter how young or old you are.  It is now known that the actual physical structure of brain and its functional aspects are highly dependent on experience. The brain can create new neuronal connections throughout its lifetime if it is asked to do so.

High quality experiences lead to a high quality, well organized, bigger and thicker brain. Substituting high quality experiences such as reading, using complex verbal and written language, having meaningful conversation with others, playing physical games, learning to play an instrument for lower quality moments like passive television watching, speaking or texting in short phrased monosyllabic messages, chat room conversations, and being sedentary are literally changing the size, shape, structure and therefore the function of the brain in an entire culture.

Therefore, not all neural plasticity is beneficial.  The brain is driven by efficiency. If a bad program continues to run repeatedly, the brain simply becomes more efficient at running the bad program.

"We 'own' our central nervous system to a far greater degree than we imagine.  We can get our hands on the steering wheel and deal with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and a range of other problems.  Neurofeedback shows us how powerful we are."       -Symphony in the Brain, Jim Robbins

Yet, there is good news. We can change the brain at any moment in our lives. We can make better choices in how we think, how we speak, and how we act. However, once the brain gets locked into an imbalance in brainwaves, it starts firing the wrong waves at the wrong time in the wrong places, and it can be nearly impossible to remove this neurological dysregulation. It needs to be asked to stretch itself; it needs to be asked to make new neural connections to compensate and change. Neurofeedback and iLS do this brilliantly.

The brain is akin to a great symphony with each musician being the best in the world. Normally, it creates a sound of perfection beyond our understanding. Occasionally, however, the conductor is flustered and the timing of the players is off or confused. They are all still playing magnificently but perhaps not in synchronicity; and it sounds awful!

Neuromodulation is used to harness the power of neuroplasticity to train the brain to reorganize itself back into harmony.

success stories:

"After experiencing extreme anxiety and debilitating fatigue, I was referred to Dr. Stephanie Rimka for neurofeedback. The atmosphere was kind and supportive. After a couple months, my anxiety and fatigue were improving by leaps and bounds. Still to this day, a year and half later, my work at Brain & Body Solutions has lasted, and I feel better than I have in years."

- E.W., Neuroscientist

I have referred several of my clients to Dr. Rimka for neurofeedback. In conjunction with my therapy, the clients who have completed neurofeedback, have, in my opinion, experienced increased insight and happiness. They have also experienced a decrease in depression, anxiety, dissociation, negative thoughts, and insomnia.

I wish all my clients were willing to incorporate neurofeedback into their treatment.

-Cynthia Cosson, Licensed Professional Counselor, DBT Intensively Trained, Imago Therapist

Like many of her patients, I came to Dr. Stephanie with a complex set of problems—autoimmune disease, insomnia, fatigue, and depression...Dr. Stephanie is knowledgeable in many areas, including women’s health, and her counsel was very beneficial. My health improved, my mental state  improved, and I looked forward to every session.

- Lily, Artist

I  had been diagnosed with complex PTSD. I was unable to focus and felt like my life was over. She was patient, kind, went over and beyond what any other provider ever has. Finally, I have shifted and turned a corner in my life. I believe in myself again and ready to face the world with a much more resilient attitude. Her strong and loving presence is a gift and her commitment to her patients is unwavering. I only wish I had met her when I was much younger but like she says, 'It's never too late to become what you might have been.'

- T.D., Speaker/Performer

We first came to see Dr. Rimka to try neurofeedback for our then 5-year-old son who is on the Autism Spectrum...Dr. Rimka has been an invaluable source of information, inspiration, and healing for us.

- E.S., Supermom

Just wanted to thank you for the work you did with me last time I was home. What a beautiful gift you gave me - you gave me my creativity back! My spirit is definitely lighter and happier to be around!

-Robin, Artist

It is very difficult to put into words exactly how instrumental Dr. Rimka has been in helping my son work through his challenges...Despite being very intelligent, he was so anxious that panic attacks were very common to the point he couldn’t even speak...The gratitude and love that we have for them can never be expressed.  I will be bringing my entire family to Dr. Rimka, and I highly recommend her to my clients, friends, and family.

- Andi, Massage Therapist

Emotionally things feel different since our work together. I feel a certain calmness around decisions, and that's nice! Spiritually I notice my thoughts changing to more positive, inspired ones without even consciously trying. Thank you so much for helping me find myself again.

                                                                                          - Cindy, Retired

I feel great today! In fact, I've never felt better.
I don't know what you did, but you did wonders. Thank you!

- Adrienne, HR Executive