Balancing the brain
A new business aimed at helping developmentally disabled children through a 12-week program opened last week in Woodbury.
Brain Balance, located at Season's Market, and owned by Dr. David Stussy, is using non-medical procedures to treat "functional disconnection." The process is based on 40 years of research.
The first Brain Balance Minnesota location opened in Excelsior. It is part of a nationwide program that provides individualized attention to help children with neurobehavioral challenges.
Stussy said every child with attention deficit disorder (ADD), autism, dyslexia or other learning disabilities has one side of the brain that's not as mature as the other.
"It creates a lot of unevenness in their behaviors and actions, etc.," he said.
Brain Balance uses non-medical approaches to perform neurological testing to figure out what's not working and what's maturing properly, Stussy said.
The first test is a motor sensory test, followed by a cognitive/learning test.
"We don't change anything, we create processes to make (the brain) work better," he added.
Children at Brain Balance go through a three-day evaluation process followed by the start of the 12-week, three-day-a week program.
After figuring out which side of the brain is not functioning properly, Brain Balance works on getting that side working again with therapy techniques.
"We have to keep them from using the side that's stronger," Stussy said.
He added that some Brain Balance studies have revealed that children who were once classified as developmentally disabled no longer fit in that category.
According to a study of 110 participants with ADHD, 80 percent of the group no longer qualified as ADHD at the end of the program, he said.
"And 80 percent is an incredible number," Stussy added.
Part of the Brain Balance treatment uses nutritional analysis to help eliminate food sensitivity due to brain imbalance.
"By the end of the program, most food sensitivities are gone," he said.
There are currently 47 nationwide locations of Brain Balance centers. Stussy said there were a number of people attending the Excelsior location from Wisconsin and the east metro, which was the reason behind opening the Woodbury location. The Excelsior location has seen more than 200,000 children in three years.
But Stussy said many parents with children with brain imbalance are afraid to face the problem because they're not willing to be categorized or labeled.
"A lot of parents don't take the time to do it. They don't want to have it on their child," he said. "But they know they're not functioning in their full potential."
Brain Balance sees children ages 4 to 18. The center usually conducts therapy after school.
"People have been told that there is no hope for these children," Stussy said, adding, "A child gets a chance to be where they were born to be."