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Hierarchy of NeurOptimization

The Theory of Optimal Neurological Regulation as presented by Dr. Sean Southland explains his knowledge, wisdom and experience learned after providing thousand's of clinical Advanced Simulation Training sessions. This theory is born from observing both quantitative and qualitative data relative to the efficacy of individual outcomes after AST protocol participation. 

AST Matrix Proprietary Progression Protocols

Recovery, Rehabilitation and Optimal Performance

Chronic Stress Kills: Acute Stress Heals

Acute Stress Response Training

Our body and brain are in a dynamic state of recovery, rehabilitation and optimal performance. We are constantly going in and out of each state. The AST Matrix Proprietary Progression Protocols work towards keeping the brain and body in a state of optimal performance regardless of the transition.

The brain is an organ that requires a vast amount of blood flow in order to efficiently activate the body. Acute Stress Response Training uses proprietary methodology to promote cerebral vascular integrity and heighten ones sensorimotor and neocortex. By promoting cerebral vascular perfusion and neuroplasticity, the brain has the resources to remediate a multitude of brain function maladies.


AST Matrix Training activates the brain and nervous system, asses dysregulation and initiates more efficient neural pathways with both active and passive participation.


The nervous systems goes through the process of reorganization until it reaches homeostasis. This process helps the brain obtain the most efficient neural function.


The brain normalizes when neural network pathways reach homeostasis and a consistent yet dynamic state of organization.

Compensatory Threshold

The compensatory threshold is a measure of dysregulation that begins to impact the quality of life. This is usually observed at + or -  two standard deviations of normal brain activity.

Neurological Confounders

Neurological confounders are factors that influence the outcome measures of brain activity. These factors are inherent conditions that exist on an individual basis and effect the outcome of optimal brain and nervous system function.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic factors

Intrinsic and extrinsic factors are comprised of inherent conditions under which the brain and nervous system are functioning. Intrinsic factors include but are not limited to age, gender, ethnicity, genetic predisposition, etc. Extrinsic factors include but are not limited to physical activity, nutrient dense diet, environmental toxins, physical and emotional trauma, lifestyle choices, etc.

Quantitative Metrics

Clinical Quantitative Encephalography (qEEG) is utilized to assess objective brain and nervous system function with scientific evidence and clinical validity referenced to normative databases that indicate measures of dysregulation. If brain activity is within one standard deviation it indicates normal brain activity. If within two standard deviations, a compensatory threshold is observed. If within three standard deviations, signs of autonomic dysreflexia are observed. 

Brain and Nervous System Regulation


Structural analysis of the brain and nervous system includes but is not limited to anatomy and physiology of the brain and spine, atlas and axis alignment, spine and nerve assessment and phenotypic expression. These are but a few of the indicators that are considered when identifying etiology and pathophysiology of debilitation.  


Optimal brain function must consider cerebrovascular perfusion, brain stem health, mid-brain health and functionality of the neocortex. Cerebral vascular perfusion is the blood flow to and from and in the brain. Homeostatic blood flow is crucial in determining the integrity of arteries and veins that feed neural tissue. The brainstem regulates autonomic functions such as respiration, it also  carries signals from the cerebrum to the medulla and it carries sensory signals to the thalamus. The midbrain is where our motor control occurs and includes our auditory and visual pathways. The neocortex is the somatosensory, motor, and auditory area of the brain. It also involves our spatial reasoning, conscious thought and language. 


Specificity of NeurOptimization is the normal comparison data that identify the neural metrics of dysregulation and neural networks of the brain relative to specific activities and biological and physiological function.


Specific areas of dysregulation can indicate actual nodes and networks of the brain that are the cause of observed dysregulation. These locations are recognized as Brodmann areas as well as the neural anatomy of the brain itself. 

Hierarchy of NeurOptimization is a theory based on a progressive, forward thinking approach to Optimize the Mind, Activate the Body and Improve quality of life.

Advanced Simulation Therapy utilizes state of the art neuroscience technology to monitor brain and nervous system activity. Individuals learn to produce the optimum brainwave frequency pattern which results in physical or psychological symptom reduction and speeds up recovery time, improves rehabilitation time and optimizes individual performance.

Proprietary Protocols & Systems Integration Neuro-Biological & Physiological Training Processes Advanced Simulation Therapy™ is a non-invasive, drugless alternative providing positive outcomes for Brain Disorders, NeuroDegenerative Diseases, NeuroMuscular Function, Active Daily Living and Elite Athletic Development. Advanced Simulation Therapy™ is intended to Optimize your Mind; Activate your Body; Improve Quality of Life. Positive outcomes include: Delaying the effects of aging on the human brain, Mitigating symptoms of neurological disorders, improving neuromuscular function, increasing neural pathways, promoting neural plasticity and stimulating neurogenesis. Individual results vary.

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