Better Health Starts
In The Brain
Why Brain Health Matters
The health and function of your brain is responsible for the quality of your life, relationships and realization of your dreams.
The brain is not only the seat of your thoughts and emotions but plays an active role is nearly every function of the body. Digestion, sleep quality, hormone production, immune responses, heart rate and so much more is directly or indirectly controlled by the brain.
Everything you’ve ever thought, dreamed, loved, hated, hoped for is the result of how well your brain is operating both cognitively and emotionally.
Think about the last time you said or did something you regretted. A lot of times these actions happen because we don’t feel “in control” at that moment. Sometimes these mistakes can lead to much bigger issues.
A properly functioning brain allows us to stay in control, even in times of stress, sadness or extreme circumstances. It can also help overcome attention and focus issues, as well as improve memory retention. That is why brain health matters more than people realize.
The Neuroplus Institute offers a scientifically proven system that can safely fine-tune the brain to eliminate the triggers that often cause issues like Stress, ADHD, Depression, Insomnia, Memory Issues, Chronic Pain and more! Best of all, this process is drug-free, safe and non-invasive.
Three Steps To Success
The Goal…Foundational Healing
The brain is an electrochemical organ. Why not support and honor brain health at the highest level? Physical, chemical and electrical. Each individual prescription blends three core components to maximize results.
Neurologic evaluation detects weakness and imbalances in brain lobe function allowing the creation of an individual care prescription. Neurofeedback is the process of balancing brainwave activity. Nutritional support is necessary to provide the optimal environment for foundational healing.
We strive to help our patient reach their health goals by treating each person as an individual, acknowledging their needs and wishes and developing prescriptions that provide outstanding long-term benefits.
Dr. Serpe has been studying in the fields of function neurology and nutrition for the past decade. His very busy practice and patient success stories are a testament to the power of this approach when it comes to helping those with chronic health conditions.
What If You Could Eliminate Or Reduce Chronic Neurological Conditions Just By Watching A Movie?
That may sound too good to be true, But this amazing technology works by re-aligning brainwaves while you are engaged in a movie. Decades of research have shown that properly aligned brainwaves can positively affect the way our brain and body functions.
Neurofeedback is yielding positive results for many people with debilitating neurological conditions. People of all ages can see dramatic improvement in conditions like ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Migraines, Seizures, Chronic Pain, Addiction and more.
Decades of Research
Neurofeedback has over 50 years of positive case studies and scientific publications and is currently used by thousands of licensed health professionals around the world. It could be the most important new tool for mental and neurological health available today.
Why I offer Neurofeedback, Nutrition and Neurology
“Many patients come to me after seeing their primary care physician, who only offered drugs for their symptoms. But drugs do not work very well on neurobehavioral problems and often come with serious side effects. I know all too well that the root cause often lies in the brain.”
“These people have tried many other methods and are fed up. I know how effective neurofeedback, neurology, and nutrition can be, so I feel confident offering these service to people in my community. Once I show a patient their brain map and they can visually see just what is wrong, they become very excited about the possibilities for permanent relief.”
Growing up up in Alsip, IL, Dr. Serpe has always gravitated towards helping others. In the past, he volunteered at a teen suicide hotline with the SWYMCA and had an original degree direction in social work. His parents provided an excellent example of healthy living by teaching him about eating well and encouraging life long exercise. Together, his parents have completed over 26 marathons in Chicago, Boston and countries as far away as Norway.
Dr. Joseph M. Serpe, DC, has been treating patients since graduating from the National College of Chiropractic with honors in 1992. In May of 1996, he founded Serpe Chiropractic Center, SC now known as The NeuroPlus Institute. Since graduating, Dr. Serpe has dedicated his practice to helping people with chronic conditions that have not responded well to other treatments or who have not met their recovery goals using other methods.
He is a board eligible in chiropractic neurology with over 350 hours of postgraduate study. He continues to attend monthly seminars in neurology, the treatment of various chronic conditions, functional medicine and nutrition.
He has studied under some of the top doctors in functional medicine including Dr. Datis Kharrazian, Dr. David Clark, Dr. Jeffery Bland and many others. Dr. Serpe has exceptional skills in functional blood work analysis, thyroid problems, endocrinology, neutotransmitters and the brain, the non-surgical treatment of disc degeneration, herniation and bulging, as well as, specialized certification in spinal rehabilitation.
Post Graduate Work
- Board Eligible in Chiropractic Neurology with over 350 hours postgraduate work
- Certified Interactive Metronome Physician
- Spinal Rehabilitation
- Trained in Eyelights
- Trained in AMT-2 Core Stability Therapy
- Certified Chiropractic Golf Specialist
- Functional Blood Analysis
- Functional Endocrinology
- Neurotransmitters and the brain
- Autonomic Dysfunction
- ADHD, Dyslexia and Developmental Disorders
- Vertigo/Balance Disorders
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Rehabilitation
- Neurologically specific adjustment techniques
- Professional Affiliations
Member of the International Association of Functional Neurology & Rehabilitation
Member of the American Chiropractic Association
Member of the Illinois Chiropractic Society
Member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Member of the National Fibromyalgia Association
If you are interested in our other services including Chiropractic care, please visit our website at www.napervillebbt.com.
Brain Mapping & Beyond
Visualize Inside The Brain
How We Determine Your Needs and Plan
The heart of this process is our brain mapping system and a functional neurologic evaluation, which allows us to image the brain in real time. The brain map is an important tool we use to evaluate your brainwaves and identify opportunities to improve communication between various regions of the brain. The functional neurologic evaluation helps determine development issues such as retained primitive reflexes, vestibular dysfunction as well as functional imbalances between the right and left sides of the brain.
The brain map is able to capture a window of brain activity, analyze the data and create a visual representation for each lobe of the brain and each specific brainwave (Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta).
A Customized Report Of Findings and Care Plan
Our detailed report identifies unhealthy brainwave patterns and connectivity issues in an easy to read format. It also shows the components of care for each individual.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many brain issues are caused by irregular brainwaves. Neurofeedback works because it does not directly target any conditions and symptoms…It corrects irregular brainwaves and modifies timing patterns in the brain. This is achieved through multiple neurofeedback sessions, where the brain is re-trained into making normal patterns. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which then impacts a variety of symptoms.
Absolutely not! Neurofeedback is safe because it is non-invasive, requires no drugs and does not produce any radiation like a CT scan does. The goal of neurofeedback is to identify irregular brainwave patterns and make very subtle corrections. With multiple sessions, the brain will learn to self-regulate.
No. Neurofeedback does not require anything more than your attention for 30 minutes per session. In fact, with each successful session you can start eliminating any medications you are taking.
Absolutely not! A brain map is simply a surface scan of your scalp which picks up the electrical impulses we call brainwaves. We do use conductive paste, but there are no shocks, no pain and no discomfort. All you do is stare at the wall for 6 minutes with your eyes open, and six minutes with your eyes closed. The computer does the rest.
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1950’s. It is only in the last decade and with the advancement of computer technology that Neurofeedback has been able to move from laboratory research to a system that can be administered in an office setting.
Your brain produces four primary types of brain waves: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. Beta is primarily active during your awake state, which is the majority of your day. Alpha has to do with your subconscious, and is dominant during relaxed states when your eyes are closed but you are not asleep. Theta is present briefly during the periods before you fall asleep and before you fully wake up. Delta is primarily active when you are asleep. All of these brain waves are equally important to your health, and neurological disorders can be attributed to specific brain waves. For example, when you have brain irregularities caused by a head injury, your brain may have too much frontal theta or delta being produced when you are supposed to be awake and alert. By retraining these abnormal patterns in the affected areas, symptoms can be improved or eliminated.
Each session usually lasts 30 minutes.
The number of sessions needed will depend on the individual and the particular condition that has been determined. Much like going to the gym, every person requires a different length of time to improve. 20 – 40 sessions is normal for many conditions to improve or even be eliminated. However, people have reported positive changes after just a few sessions.
Neurofeedback sessions involve relaxing for 30 minutes while you watch a movie or listen to music of your choice. Electrodes are attached to your scalp that monitor your brainwaves during the session. When irregular patterns are detected, a response is triggered from the software that pauses or dims the video or music. this response will automatically cause you to focus more, which will move your brainwaves back into normal ranges. With repetition of this process over multiple sessions, your brain can learn to stay within healthy ranges on its own without neurofeedback.
Again, results will vary from person to person. Some feel different within a couple of sessions, while tougher conditions will take many sessions to see any noticeable results. It’s important to not get impatient and listen to the practitioner. They should be able to show you the graph results of each sessions, which will provide a visual reference of improvement. The type of neurofeedback training we offer here is permanent. Neurofeedback helps to improve functions such as concentration, short-term memory, speech, motor skills, sleep, energy level, and emotional balance.
Long term follow ups have been done on many patients over the years. Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee has followed ADD clients who’ve sustained their improvements from neurofeedback for 10-20 years. Published research on epilepsy 12 months after brain training shows the effects on epilepsy usually holds. Owners of the Clear Mind System have commonly reported no relapses from patients after 10 years.
Yes you can start neurofeedback while on your medications. As you progress your physician might suggest that you slowly reduce or eliminate certain medications related to the condition that you are addressing with neurofeedback. Since every patient is unique, the decision to reduce medication will be up to your physician. More research is needed on this, but a common theory is that the same dosage seems to have a stronger effect on a more efficient brain.
If used improperly, it is possible to see problems. That is to be expected from a system that can produce such positive changes. It all comes down to training and proper use. Fortunately, each session is designed to create small changes in brainwave activity, meaning that problems can be spotted and corrected before they become bigger. Our clinic has extensive training on this equipment and can change protocols as needed if negative effects are seen.
Recent research suggests that individuals with ADD/ADHD tend to have elevated theta brainwave activity and low levels of beta brainwave activity. Symptoms of ADD/ADHD are usually reduced when brainwave activity is changed. Neurofeedback is commonly used as an adjunct or alternative treatment to medication and behavior management.
Neurofeedback has been around since the late 1950’s when Dr. Joe Kamiya discovered that by using a simple reward system, people could learn to alter their brain activity. His partner, Dr Sterman discovered that he could train cats to control their epileptic seizures through a similar method. He moved on to train humans to control their epilepsy. Neurofeedback has evolved over the years from laboratory research to a system that can be administered in an office setting. And with 5 decades of positive case studies, it is not likely to go away any time soon.
Neurofeedback has been around for decades. To date there are thousands of studies, with more being published every day. This site has a comprehensive list of studies on neurofeedback for many conditions. You can view them here.
We have many patient success stories to share with you. Neurofeedback has had a positive impact on so many people, who now have a drug free and non-invasive alternative for treatment of common ailments. Click the button below for these success stories, told from the people who changed their lives with neurofeedback.
Dr. Serpe’s Blog
Naperville, IL – Learn how a corrective ADHD program is changing the way we look at attention deficit and helping some kids and adults eliminate the need for ADHD medication altogether.Attention deficit disorder is a medical condition that makes it difficult to effectively place focus and concentration when needed. ADHD is often accompanied by various […]
In speaking with parents, teachers, even other doctors, a common belief I hear is that, given time, most children will simply grow out of ADHD. They will somehow learn to focus, follow multi-step instructions, complete tasks, and somehow overcome all the symptoms that plague attention deficit sufferers in youth.The science is clear…Unfortunately, nothing could be […]
Types of Brainwaves Our brain is an electro-chemical organ. We can measure the electrical output of our brain using EEG (also called a brain map or QEEG). Science has discovered that certain high and low electrical activity is associated with specific neurobehavioral symptoms. EEG has been used for many years to determine seizure activity and […]
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Neurofeedback has been around since the 1960’s, when it was first tested on cats. There is a significant amount of research available showing the positive effects of neurofeedback on various neurological conditions. To view this research, please click the button below.