Chiropractic

Brain Hemispherisity

Each side of your brain needs to communicate with each other. When there is a breakdown in this communication neurological symptoms occur which is called Hemispherisity. 

How many brains do you have - one or two? Actually, this is quite easy to answer...you have only one brain. However, the cerebral hemispheres are divided right down the middle into a right hemisphere and a left hemisphere. Each hemisphere appears to be specialized for some behaviors. The hemispheres communicate with each other through a thick band of 200-250 million nerve fibers called the corpus callosum.

There are many different ways to assess if  your brain is balanced. The easiest way to assess brain function is to stress the brain using specific eye movements. Dr. Boynton is an expert in the assessment and treatment of hemispherisity.

Brain: Right Side - Left Side

Right Side - Left Side

As you may know the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. 

If you child is suffering from a deficiency on one side of the brain there are exercises you can perform at home and different chiropractic treatments that can be performed to stimulate the weak side of the brain.

People who are right brain dominate may have strengths in the following areas: enjoy rock music, artistic, like to have fun, good at sports, prefer visual instruction over verbal instructions, prefer group settings, enjoy reading fantasy and mystery books, can be hypnotized, good at geometry and spacial awareness. Common occupation for right brain dominant people are beauticians, forest ranger, politician, athlete, artist, craftsman, actor & actress.

People who are left brain dominant may have strengths in the following areas: organized, good at math, serious, logical, prefer verbal instruction, like to be alone to think, rational, like to tell stories.

Common occupation for left brain dominant people are lab scientist, judge, doctor, banker, lawyer, and librarian.

When trying to strengthen a weak side of the brain you need to do things that activate the other side of the brain. Listen to music only on weak side of the brain and perform hand movements with the opposite side of the weak brain and look at objects on the opposite side brain weakness.

Dr. Boynton will also adjust your spine and extremities on the opposite side of brain weakness to strengthen the weak side. By stimulating the opposite side of the brain we are trying to stimulate the communication between the two hemispheres and make the pathways more plastic. Plasticity is a term that refers to the speed at which a nerve can conduct a signal. Basically muscle memory.

Cerebral Dominance

Each hemisphere of the brain is dominant for other behaviors. For example, it appears that the right brain is dominant for spatial abilities, face recognition, visual imagery and music. The left brain may be more dominant for calculations, math and logical abilities. Of course, these are generalizations and in normal people, the two hemispheres work together, are connected, and share information through the corpus callosum. Much of what we know about the right and left hemispheres comes from studies in people who have had the corpus callosum split - this surgical operation isolates most of the right hemisphere from the left hemisphere. This type of surgery is performed in patients suffering from epilepsy. The corpus callosum is cut to prevent the spread of the "epileptic seizure" from one hemisphere to the other.  

Dominant Functions

Left Hemisphere    

  • Language  
  • Math
  • Logic

Right Hemisphere

  • Spatial abilities
  • Face recognition
  • Visual imagery
  • Music