Every Behavior Tells a Story

Do you have a kiddo who has been diagnosed with a learning, behavioral, or socialization challenge? Or maybe one who you suspect is struggling to meet the normal milestones in these areas? You are not alone. The rate of children with these diagnoses is skyrocketing and it does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. There are many factors that play into deviating from normal brain growth and development and neurostructural shift is one of them.

Generally speaking, the brain develops from the bottom(brainstem)-up, inside-out, and right to left. As the brain grows and develops from in utero to the first months and years of life, our behaviors follow a certain pattern. These behaviors help us to interact with and learn from our world. In utero through the first year of life, we rely heavily on primitive reflexes. These movements are very impulsive, they aid in the birth process and help our primitive brains interact with the world around us to survive in the first year of life. Around the first birthday, the brain begins to rely more heavily on movement and touch to interact and grow. Our little cruisers are grabbing everything in sight, putting everything in their mouths, and they cannot sit still for even a second. They are using all of this sensory input to feed their growing brains for the second year of life. This begins to overlap with auditory and verbal interaction around 18 months of age. Our little ones start to recognize that if we make sounds at them and they make sounds back at us, we are doing this cool thing called communicating. This is otherwise known as the “language explosion.” Now, if we have properly hit all of these stages, we begin to develop our visual cognitive skills. At this stage, we are able to feed off of past experiences to visualize the consequences of our actions and other future scenarios, and we are able to walk into a room and “touch everything with our eyes” instead of having to pick everything up, touch and feel everything, or ask a bunch of questions about it. This skill continues to develop until it becomes the main tool we use to interact with our world.

 

Now, where does neurostructural shift come into play? Neurostructural shift, and the secondary compensations that it results in, interfere with the way that our brain processes information. This results in altered input to the brain, altered sensory processing in the brain, and altered output in the form of actions. When this altered processing occurs, we can deviate from this normal trajectory of brain growth, which ultimately hinders us from fully developing and using our visual cognitive skills. 

So when a child or adult is faced with stressors, whether they are physical, chemical, or emotional stressors, the demand for use of visual cognition becomes too high, and they revert back to the lower forms of interaction with the environment. Sometimes this results in individuals who are overly talkative or constantly repeat words, sounds, or phrases (echolalia), individuals with hyperactive behavior or inattentiveness, or even retention or re-emergence of some primitive reflexes.

 

There are several different therapies that are very successful at treating the individual symptoms that result from neurodivergence. Our approach begins with removing the root of this deviation by correcting neurostructural shift, restoring normal brain function, and oftentimes working with other therapy providers to get these individuals back on track and living life to their fullest potential.

Alex Roes
Alex Roes
2023-12-21
I am a violinist that had tendinitis in both of my hands coming from my neck misalignment. Dr. Zifteh got me back to normal within a few months, and now I am in even better shape than before. 10/10
Brian Roes
Brian Roes
2023-12-18
Dr. Zifteh is an excellent chiropractor, who focuses on finding the least invasive way to get the maximum results for her patients. I have been receiving chiropractic care from her for about two months— the results have been remarkable. Not only has my neck and back pain decreased dramatically, but my posture has noticeably improved! Dr. Vicki Zifteh was recommended to me by a local medical doctor friend of mine as “the only chiropractor in Jacksonville I can wholeheartedly recommend.” I have had other chiropractors previously and I felt like they just started “cracking” without truly assessing what was happening in my body and systematically measuring progress and results. Dr. Zifteh is exactly the opposite. She is very conscientious about holistic assessments, x-rays (when necessary), symptom monitoring… and only makes physical adjustments when necessary. She is also highly trained in soft tissue work which makes the whole process very smooth and integrated. In addition to all of these things, she is punctual with her appointments, communicates professionally, and is very friendly and comfortable all the time. Highly recommend!
Benjamin Lamb
Benjamin Lamb
2023-11-06
Best Chiropractor Ive ever been to, hands down. I went to multille different ones to ease specific pain for over 5 years with no lasting relief. Dr. Soriano identified the root cause & provides consistant relief. He also instructed me with a plan to help the body to heal.
Jessica Hudson, D.C.
Jessica Hudson, D.C.
2023-10-05
Dr.s Soriano and Zifteh are top notch. Every time I get an an upper cervical adjustment, I feel so much clearer. I can think clearer, sleep better and function better overall. I can always count on Apex to put my head back on straight!
Deanne Roes
Deanne Roes
2023-09-29
My son is a violin performance major at university. During his second semester he began to experience pain in both arms, along with tingling and electric shock- like sensations. He became unable to play. He went to a doctor and was instructed to wear braces, take massive amounts of ibuprofen and give it time- there was “No injury only inflammation.” Two months passed, and he was not able to touch his violin, he was unable to text, type, hold a writing implement, or do any kind of fine motor skill activity. He could not work out, sleep well, and was dependent on pain relievers to get through the day. The pain and weakness remained the same. My son lost a semester of progress. During this time, I spoke with my son’s former pediatrician and she said “Without even seeing him I know what the problem is- it’s his neck. And there is one person in the city of Jacksonville who I know can help him.” We visited Dr. Zifteh who did extensive scans and developed a treatment plan. She was both honest in her assessment and full of hope and encouragement. Her approach was non-invasive and gentle, focused only where he needed adjustment. Within two months my son was pain free, edging back into practicing, and had regained full mobility of his fingers, hands and arms. Four months later, he has returned to full strength and stamina. He is performing, playing 4-5 hours per day, teaching, and back on track to accomplish his dream of becoming a professional violinist. Dr. Zifteh’s skill and care created a miracle for my son and we still are marveling at the healing he experienced. Thank you!!
Adison Nikolai
Adison Nikolai
2023-09-20
I started taking my 16 month old to Dr. Vicki for reflux. My daughter loves to go! I noticed an improvement in her reflux after several visits. Dr. Vicki takes the time to listen to you and is great with kids. Thank you!!
john gallagher
john gallagher
2023-09-18
Pleasant and patient, Dr. Zifteh took the time to ensure that I understood what she was doing for me and why.
Megan Kinney
Megan Kinney
2023-09-10
I would give 10 stars if I could. My son showed improvement IMMEDIATELY, after having issues latching for a little while he latched & was so relaxed & comfortable right after his adjustment with just 1 visit. Dr. Soriano is a Miracle worker!! He was very thorough & explained everything he was doing & why. He made us feel very comfortable too
Jennifer Vannoy
Jennifer Vannoy
2023-07-21
Dr. Soriano is so knowledgeable! He does a thorough exam, explains what should be normal, and he has an amazing bedside manner. We can't wait to see the progress he makes with our daughter!
Konrad Klonowski
Konrad Klonowski
2023-05-20
Dr. Vicki Zifteh's adjustments significantly reduced my chronic neck pain and headaches. Highly recommend and thank you for your help.