What is Interactive Metronome© (IM)?
IM training is a new technology designed to help children and adults with learning challenges improve brain function that leads to measurable increases in focus, reading, speech processing and motor control.
A computer is used to produce a steady reference-beat which individuals must match while doing simple physical exercises. An auditory guidance tone is produced for each beat to help the brain learn a nearly perfect response. Once this is internalized, the core brain capacity of timing is improved and gains in concentration, focus and timing will be evident in an individuals’ performance.
Motor activity, particular the development of the postural muscles, is the baseline function of brain activity. Musculoskeletal imbalances will create imbalances of brain function, and one part of the train will develop faster than the other. As a doctor of Chiropractic, addressing these imbalances via manipulation in conjunction with this new technology, creates an alternative and/or adjunct therapy for sports, academic and arts performances as well as cognitive, physical and behavioral rehabilitation.
What are the benefits?
The IM program has been shown to produce significant results in children and adults with a wide range of physical and cognitive difficulties including ADHD. The March/April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy identified five core areas of statistically significant improvements gained through the IM training program. These were:
- Attention and Focus
- Motor Control and Coordination
- Language Processing
- Reading and Math Fluency
- Ability to Regulate Aggression / Impulsivity
How is it done?
The IM program ‘trains the brain’ to plan, sequence and process information more effectively through repetition of interactive exercises. Thirteen different hand and foot exercises are performed. The difference between the individual’s response and the computer generated beat is measured in milliseconds (ms.) and a score is provided. A low ms. score indicates improved timing and overall performance. The program consists of either (12 or 15) one-hour sessions, which can be completed in just 3 to 5 weeks.