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How to future-proof your brain

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Published at 5:32pm 12th March 2018. (Updated at 5:43pm 12th March 2018)

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In an aging population with dementia figures on the rise, how far should you go to keep your brain healthy and active? Neurotherpists The Brain Collective in Harrogate are helping people 'future-proof' their brains. 

In a recent study, experts were shocked to find that once working people enter retirement, without the correct stimulants, the area of the brain responsible for short-term memory declined by almost 40%.

And whilst it's a fact of life that the human body cannot live forever, there isn't any reason to let your brain decline.

And when one large group of individuals was studied it was later found that with the correct activity, good diet and brain training, not only was there no decline, there was actually an improvement of 84% in the same short term memory area of the brain!

Read more about this study here.

One of the most recent patients of the Brain Collective in Harrogate who offer a range of neurotherapy and neurofeedback services has been discussing the importance of 'future-proofing' your brain. 

Ted Garratt is 70 and an executive coach, management trainer and author. He understands the importance of maintaining high brain function at all ages, but after an accident last year left him with serious head injuries the importance of the brain become even more obvious. 

Having visited The Brain Collective a year or so earlier, brain maps were able to show the clear differences between what his brain looked like pre-accident compared to post-accident and post-surgery. 

He then embarked on a range of neurotherapy treatments, and this is what changed...

Take a look at Ted's Brain Maps...

Brain Map 1 - 4th Dec 2015

This was taken of Ted's brain pre-fall and surgery, and can be associated with a state of high function. 

Brain Maps of Ted Garratt pre-accident

Brain Map 2 - 4th April 2017

This was done 6 months after Ted suffered from serious head injury caused by a fall. 

Considering Ted was in a fully awake state, this shows a significant slowing of the brain with an excess of primarily Theta. This is commonly associated with difficulties in focus and attention, and can be described as  'brain fog' and potentially seizure activity. It is sometimes also associated with depression and difficulties with emotional regulation if affecting the frontal part of the brain and may be a precursor to early cognitive decline and dementia if not rectified. 

Brain Maps of Ted Garratt post-accident

Brain Map 3 - 7th March 2018

This as done following a series of brain boot camp exercises involving 20 sessions of neurofeedback and brain stimulation. There was then a six week rest. The results below show a significant resolution of the slowing, with the residual excess of Theta and Delta remaining only in the specific areas of injury and surgery. 

Brain Maps of Ted Garratt post treatment at Brain Collective

Brain Waves

  • Delta is normally present in deep sleep.
  • Theta is normally the 'twilight zone' between sleep and wakefulness.
  • Alpha is normally ranging from awake 'daydreaming' to a calm, focused and 'present' state.
  • Beta is normally associated with alert tasking states.
  • High Beta is normally associated with hyper focused states.

Colour Coding

  • White = optimum level of activity. 
  • Green/Yellow/Orange & Red = too much of that particular frequency at that location. 
  • Turquoise/Light Blue/ Dark Blue = too little of that frequency at that location

You can arrange to talk to the team at The Brain Collective here.

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show went to talk to Maria Walters, Paula Conroy, Laura and Ted Garratt  at the Brain Collective in Harrogate about future-proofing your brain. 

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