Wellness
PURPOSE

Limitless You in collaboration with Neuro-Link, runs a program to improve the overall well-being of individuals, teams and companies.

The Limitless You Peak Performance Program (LYPPP) has been meticulously compiled to serve as a multifaceted intervention program. The three core objectives of this holistic program are to improve cognitive ability; reduce stress; and enhance performance. This tripod of outcomes supports augmented brain-body balance and ultimately pledges improved overall well-being.

CASE HISTORY:
The case study involved a male participant, 27 years of age. At the time of the study the participant was unemployed and his highest level of education was a National Senior Certificate. The participant was brought to the Limitless You Academy by his father who expressed concerns about his son’s general state of well-being. The father saw the need for an intervention in his son’s life due to various issues, namely: lack of self-esteem and self-worth; bad habits; inability to cope with current life situation; lack of motivation and drive; difficulty sleeping; anger and aggression problems; anxiety attacks; depression; withdrawal from previously loved hobbies/interests; reduced physical activity/ sedentary lifestyle; and poor general lifestyle choices.
AIM
The purpose of the case study was to investigate the impact of the LYPPP on overall well-being of the participant. The Neuro-Link LRP™ Advanced+ brain profile assessment was one of the instruments used to measure brain health aspects and the six drivers that optimize brain performance. It served as an instrument to determine the brain fitness index  and contributed to the three core objectives of this holistic program that are to improve cognitive ability; reduce stress; and enhance performance.

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ACTIONS TAKEN
  • The case study was based on a pretest – post-test design, where a wide range of measurements were taken before and after the intervention program. The measurements were divided into three.Investigation into the impact of the LYPPP on overall well-being Page 2 of 13 sub-categories, each comprising a battery of tests to assess the following: health-related fitness index; skill-related fitness index; and brain fitness index . A summary of the measurements included per category can be found in Tables 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
  • Neuro-Link’s Learning Receptiveness Profile™ – Advanced+ Brain Profile assessment was used to determine the factors that influence the person’s brain performance (brain fitness index).
  • Based on the pretest results an individualized intervention program was developed. The intervention program was followed for a total of 4-weeks. The program was designed to include intervention exercises concerning all three categories of assessment. Throughout the 4-week intervention phase health-related fitness interventions were completed for 20 – 90 min per day and skill-related fitness interventions were completed for 18 – 30 min per day. The intervention schedule also included prescribed brain training exercises which were performed for 18 – 30 min per day. Intervention sessions were scheduled in advance and conducted on-site under supervision of a Limitless You consultant who is also n Neuro-Link brain profile practitioner, certified to use the LRP™ Advanced+ as a brain fitness index.
  • During the intervention phase the participant underwent Infra-Slow Frequency (ISF) neurofeedback training with a qualified consultant. ISF neurofeedback refers to training the very slowest brainwaves (less than .5Hz). These basic cortical rhythms of the brain underlie our higher brain functions. The slower frequencies are linked to the faster ones through harmonics, this means that by training the lower frequencies you can affect the higher ones. Over the 4-week intervention period ISF training was performed on the client for 15 sessions (30min duration per session). ISF protocols used included T3-T4, T4-P4, T3-Fp1, P3-P4, O1-O2 and T4-P4 alpha enhance.
    After successful adherence to the 4-week intervention program, a post-test battery of assessments was completed to compare results.
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RESULTS ACHIEVED

Results have been grouped to provide feedback within each of the three categories of assessment.To see more results on the first two catagories, please refer to the detailed study.

Brain Fitness Index

1. Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG)

  • When looking at Z-score comparison maps (figure 4) the most significant improvements are seen in the delta and theta bands. The excessive values initially seen are possibly due to a head injury and trauma previously sustained. There is a decrease of excessive slow activity. This will help the brain function more optimally.
  • When looking at asymmetry scores (figure 5) a significant reduction is seen in deviances. Very significant deviances are also seen in the coherence (figure 6) and phase maps (figure 7). This shows that the brain areas are communicating much better and more optimally. The brain is not as rigid in function as was previously seen. Looking at the alpha peak frequency levels (figure 8) a significant increase can be seen. This is a good indication of cognitive preparedness.
    In summary there is a general improvement in Z scores. Most areas show fewer deviances than what was initially seen in the first assessment.
  • 2. LRP™ Avanced+: Drivers That Influence Brain Performance
    The LRP™ Advanced + brain profile reveals one’s individual neurological design, as well as the drivers that influence a person’s brain performance. Mental performance can be increased by optimizing the drivers that impact brain performance. Pre- and post-evaluation included assessment of the six drivers that influence brain performance, namely: brain fitness, stress, sleep, movement, attitude and brain food. Pre- and post-test results for each driver is displayed in table 2 and discussions follow below.
  • Bain Fitness
    Post-evaluation revealed significant improvement in brain fitness, indicating that the participant has reached a high level of integration. Results show that the participant functions in a bilateral manner utilizing left and right hemispheres equally and simultaneously.
  • Stress
    Stress influences lateral dominance and can thus limit performance, learning effectiveness and information processing abilities. Stress and the effective management thereof is therefore an important driver which influences mental performance. Post-evaluation results revealed improved ability to cope with stress and more effective stress management skills.
  • Sleep
    Sleep is essential for brain health and optimum brain performance. Although post-test results revealed improvements, the participant is not considered to be maintaining sufficient sleeping habits and patterns which could lead to fatigue and decreased mental performance.
  • Movement & Exercise
    Post-evaluation results indicate significant improvement in movement habits and lifestyle which aid in promoting optimized brain performance.
  • Attitude
    Post-test results indicate an improved positive attitude towards learning and thinking, which assists in optimizing brain performance. Although an attitude improvement was evident after the intervention program, there is still room for improvement.
  • Brain Food
    Results reveal no change between pre-and post-test eating habits. The participant is considered to have moderately healthy eating habits with diet including some of the essential brain food required for optimum performance, however adjustments can and should be made for increased optimization.
  • Overall Average 
  • The average for the drivers influencing brain performance increased by 35% from pretest (46%) to post-test (81%) assessments, indicating overall improved brain performance following the 4-week intervention period.

3. Other Improvements

  • The intervention program endorsed several essential improvements in various components related to all three assessment categories. Health-related fitness components with notable improvements include reduced CSI%, which relates to reduced cardiovascular risk as well as stabilized and improved blood coagulability.
  • Of the skill-related fitness components, major post-intervention improvements were seen for all of the visual skills assessments as well as the coordination tests.
  • Both major components of the brain-fitness index revealed excellent improvements in overall psychological performance and functionality.
  • Below is a description of important psychological and related problems reported before and after the neurofeedback training:
    Before training the client reported sleep problems. He especially had difficulty falling asleep, waking up, nightmares and Bruxism. He complained of constant fatigue, ringing in the ears and stomach pain. He also reported having a big problem with concentration and distractibility and was taking Conserta for this. There was also complaints of anger and aggression problems, risk taking behaviors and binge drinking over weekends. Mood swings, anxiety and depression was also reported.
    After the fourth neurofeedback session he reported that he was sleeping much better and did not feel as tired. The parents also reported that his mood had improved a lot and that they were able to have better conversations with him again. After session 6 he reported that he is now able to go to bed at 10 or 11 at night instead of 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. He was also now able to sleep for 7 or 8 hours and get up refreshed and ready for the day. He was feeling more efficient and doing things around the house instead of sleeping until 10:00 or 11:00 am. By session 8 he reported that he was not using his Conserta anymore but was sleeping very well and feeling motivated and more focused. He started exploring the idea of continuing his studies again. By the end of the 15 sessions all sleep issues initially reported had resolved. He was feeling much more relaxed and focused. He wasn’t experiencing the depressive and anxious symptoms anymore. His concentration and focus was much better even without the medication. His parents also reported that they were getting along much better. They also experienced a large improvement in his mood and with aggressive behavior.
  • It can be concluded that the holistic approach of the LYPPP leads to augmented brain-body balance and an enhanced state of overall well-being.

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SIGNIFICANCE

Although the LRP™ Advanced+ brain profile assessment has more significance than mentioned below, this specific case study proves to have significant application value in the following areas of wellness improvement:

  • Improved brain health contributed to stop using high schedule medication;
  • Improvement of brain performance – dashboard of drivers that optimize performance and the post-test proves to be a helpful tool to help people to take charge of their brain health and performance and improve their brain performance and think faster and smarter;
  • Performance improvement – the LRP™ is a valuable tool for performance optimization and wellness professionals to assess a person’s brain health and the drivers that optimize the person’s brain performance. Subsequently it will also help these professionals to improve brain fitness and overall brain performance of people, helping them work faster and smarter, being more in a state of flow, being more productive and effective;
  • Performance improvement – coaches, therapists, counselors will have a dashboard to help people, and patients achieve their performance goals;
  • Wellness – wellness practitioners will be able to increase mental wellness and brain health assisting people to reduce fatigue and stress and improve performance and promote happiness;
  • Risk for human error – practitioners will be able to help people minimize their risk for human error, helping them be more effective and productive;
  • Better engagement – people will be able to engage more effectively when they have accurate understanding of how they can contribute best, increasing productivity, wellness and happiness;
  • Learning performance optimization – people will accelerate their learning and obtain better results when identifying how they can optimize their brain fitness;
  • Performance improvement – coaches will be able to help people to improve their hand-eye coordination, brain fitness and overall brain performance, helping them to experience ease with reading, writing, spelling and processing volumes of information more effectively.
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