Meet Our Advertisers: Interview with Dr. JoJo Yonce
By Rachael Johns
BrainCore Therapy: A Doctor’s Personal Vigil in Helping Children with ADD/ADHD
Dr. Yonce had been practicing chiropractic for 13 years when his daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. Not liking the options that were presented to his family by the medical community, Dr. Yonce went on a personal search for non-invasive, natural ways to help his daughter, and began to learn about effective alternative methods. In his research, he found that neurofeedback met his criteria and surprisingly had four decades of research behind it. Dr. Yonce, since then, has given up his chiropractic practice and has been exclusively practicing BrainCore Therapy ever since.
Another term for neurofeedback is EEG (electroencephalograph) biofeedback . Just like an EKG/ECG (electrocardiogram) reads the electrical activity of your heart, the EEG reads the electrical activity of your brain. Not only is neurofeedback non-invasive and drug-free, it has a very high success rate (70%) in helping kids with Attention Deficit Disorders and learning disabilities.
As a parent, JoJo Yonce felt very encouraged. His discoveries in research revealed only good things about neurofeedback, and about BrainCore Therapy in particular. In fact there were 40 years of research at the University level indicating the efficacy of neurofeedback. “My daughter was my first test patient after I bought the equipment. We noticed results after eight sessions with her.” Dr. Yonce continued to get more and more evidence that the neurofeedback training was working for his daughter by the time she had experienced 20 sessions. “At this point,” [after 20 sessions] “it becomes permanent, a concept known as neuroplasticity.”
Neuroplasticity is a fairly newly recognized phenomenon, which refers to the brain’s ability to reshape and remodel itself. BrainCore Therapy is a method of exercising your brain, but without the pain associated with muscle training. Using brain mapping scans to measure the effectiveness of the BrainCore Therapy, Dr. Yonce is able to see the positive effects of brain waves strengthening and becoming more regulated.
“With BrainCore Therapy, we have the ability to do a preliminary brain mapping evaluation and determine where there is any dysregulation in the brain wave patterns. From this brain mapping, we can then determine where the brain wave dysregulation is, so we know the optimum place to train the brain.” Initial and ongoing brain wave mapping with a QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography) is something that Dr. Yonce found unique to the BrainCore Therapy system and has since found it incredibly helpful in determining if someone even has dysregulation, and would therefore benefit from neurofeedback. “The initial and continual incorporation of the brain mapping evaluation, or ‘QEEG’ into the process versus other neurofeedback models which typically only order a QEEG when more information is desired (to alter the training regimen when it’s not working as expected) is one of the things that makes BrainCore Therapy unique and so effective. We have the ability to train your brain exactly where it needs it and monitor the changes in an objective way. You can actually see the changes in the QEEG Brain Mapping Scans, as they are performed in office at regular intervals.”
Dr. Yonce uses adjunctive procedures that help support the neurofeedback, which is the primary component of the BrainCore Therapy package. He uses an AVE (audio-visual entrainment) Unit, which involves flashing glasses and a binaural beat headphone system. This system entrains the brain to a certain frequency like a tuning fork does to another tuning fork. This practice gets the brain ready to have a more productive neurofeedback session by calming and presetting the brain just prior to the neurofeedback session.
Dr. Yonce also uses a biofeedback device called the EM-Wave from HeartMath.org. The goal of using this type of bio-feedback unit is to help balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems by creating more coherence in the Heart Rate Variability, or HRV. With the EM-Wave biofeedback device, the heart rate variability is what is being observed and being changed. A higher coherence in this aspect is shown to be very helpful in decreasing stress, anxiety and other conditions.
Another adjunct Dr. Yonce often employs is Craniosacral Therapy. “It’s important to make sure the cranial bones are aligned and moving freely without holding tension or putting pressure on the brain when you are working with the brain and expecting it to change and heal,” explains Dr. Yonce.
Though he does work with adults, Dr. Yonce’s focus is helping children with ADD/ADHD, higher functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, and Learning Difficulties. “I love working with children of all ages- as young as 6 years old, but typically age 7 is the age where they have the ability to follow directions to do what we need to do for a successful program,” he says.
Neurofeedback in general is also used commonly for such symptoms as:
• Chronic fatigue
• Certain Chronic Pain Issues
• Addiction Disorders
• Tension Headaches
• OCD / Tics
Brain core therapy can be specifically used to help with symptoms such as:
• Focus Issues
• Anger Issues
• Memory Loss
• Post Stroke Recovery
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Anxiety Disorders
• Panic Attacks
• Headaches (Migraines, Tension)
• and more
Does BrainCore Therapy hurt?
The answer is No—nothing is ever put into your body in terms of shocks or electricity. The EEG instrument simply reads the brain waves that are already there and feeds it into the computer so there is feedback in real time, both visual and auditory, for the brain to observe itself and see how ordered it is in that very moment. This self observation over time is what creates new connections and new pathways in the brain. The result is that the brain waves become more ordered and the brain begins to function better in that area, where it needs it the most.
Dr. Yonce’s Mission is to get the word out that there is a safe and effective alternative to help our children become more of who they are, to let people know and to be a part of the solution in helping our children find a drugless, non-invasive solution to the difficulties they are experiencing with ADD/ADHD.
He states, “Our children are our future—we cannot expect to treat them or drug them into a way of behaving or acting, and then expect them to shine and be who they are. If we look out 100 years, what are we creating? There should be another first choice, a different, less invasive thing that we try first. That drugs are the first thing we reach for when children don’t fit in a world we have created seems off—a world that in many ways is not natural to begin with. There is a different first choice. There are non-invasive, healthy, no side effect and drugless alternatives to dealing with these issues and diagnoses whether or not your child has been diagnosed. In fact, in February of 2013, the American Association of Pediatrics recognized Neurofeedback as being As Effective as medication for addressing ADHD.”
You can visit Dr. Yonce at his office, Asheville Brain Balance, 20 Battery Park Ave # 212 in the Flat Iron Building in downtown Asheville, where you will find the only Authorized BrainCore Therapy clinic in WNC. Dr. Yonce will help you assess your situation and help point you to where you need to be in terms of what will be the most effective methods for you and your child. BrainCore Therapy is a powerful program and can be used with a combination of other methods.
** As we went to press Dr. Yonce learned that the FDA has given approval for the brain scan he uses in his office to help diagnose ADHD.
For clarification: Dr Yonce does utilize the same technology as the recent device that has received FDA approval for helping in diagnosing ADHD (assessing brain waves), and though similar, these devices are different machines. What has been approved is a device which assesses the ratio of theta waves to beta waves. (i.e. the theta/beta ratio) Since the 1970’s this ratio has been shown to be a good predictor in helping to diagnose ADHD. The FDA has approved the NEBA device and its ability to determine this ratio assessment, however Dr Yonce’s assessment includes all four brain waves: theta, beta, alpha and delta at 12 different points on the head. While this is actually a much more comprehensive assessment than simply observing the theta-beta wave ratio, the brain mapping evaluation from BrainCore Therapy has not actually been approved by the FDA. If you have any further questions, Dr Yonce can provide you with the actual FDA notification and answer any questions you may have. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael Johns is a business content writer with Asheville Creative Content. She enjoys helping empower and promote businesses with interviews, websites, search engine optimization and content support. See www.ashevillecreativecontent.com for more information.)