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Dr Lars Landers a Functional Neurologist and Brain Center Director, at Cherubino Health CenterWelcome to The Brain Center
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Cherubino Health Center

An Overview from Chiropractic Physician and Brain Center Director, Dr. Lars Landers, D.C., DIBCN, DIBE.

Hello, I’m Dr. Lars Landers, a Board Certified Chiropractic Functional Neurologist and the Director of The Brain Center at Cherubino Health Center.

At the Brain Center we specialize in the treatment of patients suffering from brain and nervous system disorders. Some of the conditions that we typically see are listed below.

As a Functional Neurologist, I:

  • Assess brain and nervous system function
  • Determine the level of injury or dysfunction
  • Determine the causes of that dysfunction
  • Develop drug-free and surgery-free treatments that are designed to improve, repair, and restore you to your fullest function possible

Visit our Functional Neurology page.

The brain is an incredible and complex organ that wants to operate in the smoothest, most efficient way possible!

The treatments offered at The Brain Center challenge the Brain to:

  • Overcome injuries
  • Correct inefficient development
  • Improve communication between its different functional areas
  • Improve communication with the rest of the body

Our mission at The Brain Center is to help you realize your brain’s full potential.

Whether you want help overcoming a life-altering injury or would like us to help you unlock unrealized potential such as in the case of ADHD or Autism, our treatments are designed to encourage the brain to synchronize its parts. The resulting improvement in communication and overall nervous system function can be remarkable and life-changing.

As a Functional Neurologist, I have also seen amazing changes to people’s lives as a result of our treatments, such as:

  • Recovery of balance and movement
  • Enhanced memory
  • Improved ability to think clearly
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved social interaction

I hope you find the information on this page helpful and I encourage you to contact me here at The Brain Center with your specific questions and concerns.

Dr. Lars Landers

Photo of a man sitting on the ground head on his arm after traumatic brain injury from motor vehicle accidentTraumatic Brain Injury
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“Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) includes any damage sustained by the brain due to an external force. The most common causes of TBI are impacts to the head from automobile accidents, falls, sports, and domestic violence.

Because the brain is, in some ways, floating inside the skull, the site of brain injury does not always directly relate to the site of impact on the head. For this reason, it is essential that a thorough neurological exam be performed to localize the site of injury, and to determine which functions have been affected, or even lost.

Here at The Brain Center, we know that brain injuries affect every patient differently. Our Functional Neurologist develops individualized treatment protocols which are carefully tailored to encourage maximum improvement of brain function at the exact site of injury.”

Man holding his head after receiving concussionConcussion
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A milder form of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion can still cause serious dysfunction within the brain.

Concussions are caused by external impacts to the head, and can result in headaches, difficulty thinking straight, trouble with memory, and more.

The effects of repeated concussions can be especially obvious later in life, contributing to the development of disorders such as Parkinson’s, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and mood disorders. Prevention of injury with the use of protective equipment (such as helmets) is always the best method of avoiding concussion, but that is often not enough, as we see in many impact sports.

The brain has an amazing ability to heal itself, but after an injury there are often residual symptoms and challenges that must be met with specific rehabilitative therapies to ensure maximum improvement and a return to full function. In the case of concussion, it is particularly important to help the brain recover fully, as the symptoms have such a drastic effect on people’s lives.


Photo of a man in bed after he had a stroke TIAStroke / TIA
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Strokes and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) are injuries to the cells in the brain caused by insufficient blood flow, either due to a blockage such as a clot, or because the blood vessel is broken elsewhere, disrupting blood flow.
In a stroke, the cells are damaged to the point of cell death, while a TIA is characterized as a more transient disruption of blood flow that does not result in complete cell death.

In both situations the lasting effect on brain function can be seen in decreased ability to use an arm/leg or to coordinate movements, altered speech patterns and difficulty speaking, and reduced ability to feel various sensations, and many more depending on the area of the brain affected.

At The Brain Center our goal is “Improving, Repairing, and Restoring Brain Function,” and we believe that no matter what the cause of injury, the brain is always capable of adapting and overcoming injury, often to a surprising degree. Our therapies are designed to challenge the brain to recognize where it is dysfunctional, and to encourage it to develop strategies to restore the fullest function possible, either through tissue repair or establishment of new neurological pathways.

No brain injury can be said to have resulted in a permanent loss of function unless the brain has been properly challenged to develop methods of compensation.



Photo of child with autism being evaluated at The Brain Center at Cherubino Health CenterAutism
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has many presentations, but the most recognized characteristics are difficulty with social interaction (or a complete lack of interest in socializing), inability to communicate effectively, and highly patterned behavior such as compulsively organizing/ordering items and repetitive body movements.

Additionally, sensory abnormalities are almost always present in people with ASD and are generally considered the reason for “stimming” behaviors (repetitive movements or sounds to stimulate the sensory cortex and “drown out” overwhelming environmental stimuli).

The Brain Center’s role in treating patients with ASD is to refine nervous system synchronization to facilitate the best possible communication between functional areas within the brain, and with the rest of the body.

The therapies provided at The Brain Center have been shown to greatly improve social skills, to increase compliance when performing tasks, and to regulate abnormal sleep patterns which has been shown to lead to less irritability and aggression throughout the day.


Photo of a child with ADHD and ADD suffering through his school workADHD / ADD
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Predominantly Inattentive (ADHD-PI, formerly known as ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by hyperactivity and inattentiveness, as well as difficulty controlling behavior.

The Brain Center specializes in therapies aimed at restoring function to neurotransmitter systems involved in ADHD, as well as refining communication between the parts of the brain responsible for focus and motivation.  

The purpose of our treatment is not to suppress hyperactive behavior, but to improve attention and concentration while helping the brain to regulate itself so that excitable behavior is a less likely presentation.


Photo of a man with Alzheimer'sAlzheimer’s
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Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease, and the most common cause of dementia.

It is most commonly known for affecting the memory, but in advanced stages it affects other behaviors and moods, as well as bodily function.

While the causes of AD are mostly unknown, the progression of the disease is well-established. Atrophy (shrinking, wasting) and degeneration of the cells in the brain, as well as accumulation of improperly-formed proteins called plaques leads to loss of function in the affected areas.

There is no known cure for AD, and no available medication that has been shown to delay or stop the disease progression.

At The Brain Center our goal in the treatment of AD is to improve neurological function as much as possible, and to give the brain every advantage in maintaining function as long as possible despite the progression of the disease.

Our therapies are very effective in improving memory and cognition (thinking) in the absence of AD, and we believe that every approach to maintaining quality of life should be attempted.

Photo of patient with Parkinson's DiseaseParkinson’s
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Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease which mostly affects the “motor” or movement function of the central nervous system. This causes symptoms such as shaking, difficulty walking, and rigidity.

Additionally, patients with PD often experience depression, anxiety, dementia, and behavioral problems. While there is no known cure for PD, a multi-faceted approach to improving quality of life is most effective.

At The Brain Center, our treatments are designed to maximize brain function while minimizing the effects of PD. This is achieved through specific neurological therapies and lifestyle improvements. The therapies offered at The Brain Center are designed to improve synchronization between the brain and body, and in the case of PD our goal is to refine movements and help maintain motor function as long as possible.

Photo of a woman with severe insomniaInsomnia
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Insomnia is defined as difficulty sleeping, whether it be an inability to fall asleep easily, or to stay asleep as long as required/desired. It is very common for this lack of appropriate sleep patterns to be accompanied by low levels of energy, and mood changes such as irritability and depression. There are many factors that can contribute to experiencing insomnia, such as pain, stress, and substances like alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, or other drugs. Even what are known as “bad sleep hygiene” habits, such as not keeping a consistent sleep schedule, looking at T.V./computer/phone screens near bedtime, and not performing regular exercise contribute to the severity of insomnia symptoms. The mechanisms which control sleep schedules reside within the brain, and at The Brain Center our goal is to refine the overall function of the brain, improving sleep through pattern-establishment and regulation of the internal circadian rhythm. Our treatments have been shown to have great results with a very high level of consistency, regardless of how long the patient has suffered from insomnia.

Photo of a person with multiple sclerosis in a wheelchairMultiple Sclerosis
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Myelin is a covering over the nerve cells which aids in proper nerve signal conduction and is extremely important in proper communication within the brain. The most common symptoms of MS are double vision, muscle weakness, difficulty coordinating movements, and sensation abnormalities. It is believed that MS is caused by an autoimmune response in the body, meaning the immune system attacks the myelin and destroys it for unknown reasons. There are several classifications of MS, but regardless of type the goal of treatment is to regain and maintain function throughout the phases of the disease. At The Brain Center, our treatments are aimed at strengthening communication through all parts of the nervous system, and refining the functions of the affected nerves during phases of healing and repair. Our rehabilitation protocols are multi-faceted and employ a holistic health approach, designed to strengthen the central nervous system and help repair nerves affected by the degenerative effects of MS.

Photo of a soldier with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSDPost Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is classified as a mental disorder, caused by exposure to traumatic events. It is characterized by distress, especially when the sufferer is exposed to similar stimuli as the original trauma. The connection between several parts of the brain is altered in patients with PTSD, resulting in decreased brain activity, and/or inappropriate association between areas which would normally regulate emotional responses to events. It has been suggested that in the event of a traumatic experience (assault, auto accident, extreme violence) the brain might incorrectly record the event, leading to recurrence of the feelings associated with that event much more easily. Regardless, the therapies offered at The Brain Center focus on returning the brain to optimal function while reestablishing appropriate neural responses to nonthreatening stimuli. The ideal approach to management of PTSD will vary between patients, often including non-physical approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, however advancements in treatment using neurological rehabilitation can not be ignored. The brain is an orderly and efficient system, and it regulates our behaviors through patterns which can be disrupted by trauma. Neurological rehabilitation can restore those patterns and help to decrease the symptoms of PTSD significantly.

 

Photo of a man with depression and anxiety with his head in his handsAnxiety / Depression
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Anxiety and depression are two distinct disturbances of mood, but are both characterized by feelings of uneasiness, worry, panic dwelling on problems, sadness, and more. There are many, many factors that contribute to experiencing anxiety and depression, one of which is inappropriate communication between parts of the brain responsible for regulating mood. Our goal at The Brain Center is to re-synchronize those brain areas, while establishing new, more effective communication within the brain in general. While there are many factors which contribute to anxiety and depression that are not physical in nature, our therapies have been shown to greatly decrease the severity of symptoms through a physical approach. 

Photo of a man holding his temples due to Vertigo and DizzinessVertigo / Dizziness
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Vertigo and Dizziness are both disruptions of the vestibular system of the brain. Vertigo, specifically, is the sensation of spinning, while dizziness is more of an unbalanced or lightheaded sensation without spinning. Many conditions can contribute to these disorders, and a functional neurological approach is often effective at reducing or relieving the symptoms of vertigo and dizziness. At The Brain Center, we approach every case of vertigo and dizziness as complex. A thorough approach is necessary to establish what exactly are the causes of these sensations, and depending on the cause, treatments may be quite simple, as in some types of vestibular rehabilitation, or very complex as in the case of neurological rehabilitation to refine sensory interpretation at the level of the brain. Both approaches have been shown to have desirable outcomes, and even moderate decrease in the sensation of vertigo and dizziness can mean substantial improvement regarding quality of life.

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