BrainSpan Assessment at Optimal Wellness Center
The Optimal Wellness Center sees the BrainSpan assessment as an extremely useful tool to focus on the brain-body connection and improving nervous system health, so the brain and the body are communicating efficiently.
Your personalized BrainSpan Assessment will be administered by Dr. Sam Bahan, who has a specialty in neurology. She will be combining the results of the assessment with current symptoms the patient is experiencing, along with their health goals, to create a wellness plan for optimal health.
Dr. Sam’s passion is getting to the root cause of disease within the system and recognizing the mental, physical and nutritional aspect of a person’s health, while creating an individualized plan.
Why Take The BrainSpan Assessment?
- The assessment will determine if the amount of omega-3 in your system is low. We can then recommend dietary/nutrition changes to help bring that level up.
- You’re experiencing chronic pain and we know your omega-6 level is very high. Too much Omega 6 puts the body into a pro-inflammatory state, as well as increases pain and development of chronic diseases of aging. We can develop a plan to bring your omega-6 level back down, thereby bringing down general inflammation in the body and reducing the risk of chronic diseases of aging.
- The test results indicate a high risk factor for dementia or stroke. We can start an intervention program for you to lower the chance of a terrible disease or episode affecting you.
What is the BrainSpan Assessment?
In order to achieve your optimal overall health, the cellular health and function of your nervous system need to be at their optimal levels. BrainSpan quantifies what your structural (at the cellular level) and functional brain health levels are. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that the assessment is comprised of two parts:
Part 1 – Structural Brain Health
The first part of the assessment is a blood test that requires no more than a simple finger prick and a drop of blood. The cell membranes in your blood sample are then analyzed for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as trans fats. When the levels of these biomarkers are in balance, they contribute to controlling inflammation, repairing cells, and regulating vital neurotransmitters. If the levels are out of balance, they can cause cellular destruction and adversely affect memory. So, understanding your levels and maintaining a balance is very important. The BrainSpan assessment provides us with the information to establish those levels.
Part 2 – Functional Brain Health
The second part of the assessment is an easy, 15-minute cognitive test that measures how well your neural connections are functioning. This is determined by assessing four basic cognitive functions: sustained attention, memory capacity, processing speed, and cognitive flexibility. How well your brain performs these functions can be an indicator of how well it is regulating your body’s systems.
Powered by the Brain Resource® International Database, this portion of the assessment is a scientifically and clinically validated tool utilized by a research network of over 350 scientists.