Services: The Melillo Method™

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What is the Melillo Method?

The Melillo Method is a practical and straightforward trademark method of treating imbalances in the brain in both adults and children. Dr. Melillo teaches the Melillo Method all over the world and implements it with his patients.

My Qualifications

  • Functional Neuro-Development: The Melillo Method.
  • Primitive Reflex Integration for Neurodevelopment Disorders.

A Catastrophic Epidemic

Through his years of practicing, Dr. Melillo has seen thousands of children and adults suffering from chronic physical and mental illnesses brought on by behavioural and social issues. 

 

1 in 5 kids and adults struggle with some type of mental diagnosis while childhood and adult ADHD have risen over 2000 percent in 20 years.

 

We have also been witness to a rise in chronic health issues such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, thyroid, autoimmune, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. All of these conditions are not only happening more often but also much earlier in life, which has resulted in a lot of anger and division.

 

It is no wonder why we are more divided than ever, both politically and socially. Is there any one factor that we can look at to understand all this? The answer is yes. There is one primary issue that can explain almost everything else and that is the concept of Brain Imbalances. 

 

Dr. Melillo is on a mission to help others help themselves.

It’s easy to see Anthony loves his job and genuinely wants to help his clients. He brings a sense of humour and a huge amount of knowledge to his sessions. I would highly recommend Anthony to anyone looking for a great Personal Trainer.

Cheryl

So what is a brain imbalance?

The most common brain ” imbalance” occurs between the two hemispheres of the brain; the scientific name is a functional disconnection. Essentially it is a lack of connection, communication and integration between networks on either side of the brain.

 

This lack of integration is most commonly a result of a developmental imbalance or developmental asynchrony. This means that one side of the brain is delayed or slowed in its development which causes the other to mature and grow faster. This imbalance in growth and maturity prevents the two sides of the brain from properly integrating.

 

This results in an unevenness of functional abilities where one side of the brain is advanced or even ” too strong” relative to the other side which has skills and functions that are underdeveloped and weaker. Obsessive, compulsive or hyperactive behavior is an example of the left hemisphere being too strong and producing symptoms.

 

This combination of strengths and weaknesses can result in many different types of physical, mental health and learning issues that can last a lifetime.

Thanks to Anthony’s expertise, my bouts of dizziness, vertigo and nausea have disappeared, and my life has returned to normal.

Jason

What are issues associated with a brain Imbalance?

The brain controls everything, so an imbalance in the brain can result in imbalances in every system in any combination.

 

This includes, but not limited to ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, OCD, Memory and concentration issues, depression, anxiety, hormone imbalances, blood sugar imbalances, muscle and sensory imbalances that can cause back pain, headaches, dizziness, immune imbalances that can cause chronic infection, food sensitivities, allergies and autoimmune issues and many more. All of these issues have been increasing at epidemic levels and all can be a direct result of a developmental brain imbalance. This imbalance can happen later on in life as well but this is not as common.

After years of struggling with severe pain when walking long distances and having to wear expensive and uncomfortable orthotics, Anthony has helped me gain back strength, mobility and balance. Now I can hike for hours with no orthotics or pain!

Sarah H

What is the cause of a brain imbalance?

The cause of these imbalances are environmental and lifestyle changes that have come about over the past 20 years primarily with the advancements in computer technology. Lack of physical activity, poor diet, stress, inflammation are the primary factors that affect brain development, and can lead to imbalances in the brain.

 

The same factors causing a rise in obesity, diabetes and heart disease are the same factors behind the rise of developmental brain imbalances.

I am enormously grateful for having found Anthony. He has helped me with my rehabilitation and training. His patience and guidance has been awesome! He has also taught me how to love exercise and because of that, I have not only lost weight, I feel a lot stronger and more confident than ever before. It’s actually been life changing!
Marisa M

Can you correct a brain imbalance?

Each person has a unique combination of strengths and weaknesses, to correct the problem we identify the nature of the imbalances, target the weaker areas on the underactive side with a specific program of mental and physical exercise, sensory stimulation, lifestyle and behavior modification along with diet and nutrition. This problem can usually be corrected in a matter of months. It starts with adopting some simple lifestyle changes and some simple activities and exercises which will start changing your brain right away.

 

If there is no damage or pathology in the brain, there is no genetic mutation it is not a chemical problem, it is just a physiologic, electrical imbalance then it can be corrected.

 

When the imbalance in the brain is corrected all of the other imbalances are most often corrected as well.

I’m no gym junkie but I’ve been enjoying PT sessions with Anthony. He has helped me recover from shoulder, ankle and wrist injuries from skiing, working collaboratively with my GP and physiotherapist.
Stephanie P

About Dr. Robert Melillo

One of the most respected specialists in childhood and developmental neurological disorders in America, Dr. Robert Melillo has been helping children and adults overcome learning disabilities for over 20 years. His areas of expertise include: autism spectrum disorders, PDD/NOS, ADD/ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, bipolar disorder, and other mental, attention, behavioural and learning disorders. He is also an expert in diet, nutrition and neuroimmune disorders in children and adults.

Anthony is an amazing trainer. I have never met anyone who has trained me as good as he does. He has focused on my body strength and posture. Being a hairdresser I always have so much pain in my back due to bad posture from standing at work. I will definitely keep training with him forever.

Lisa

Retained Primitive Reflexes Questionnaire

What are Retained Primitive Reflexes?

Primitive reflexes are repetitive, automatic movements that provide the foundation for all motor coordination skills and we ALL have them in our early life.

Primitive reflexes are essential during infancy to develop head control, muscle tone, sensory integration and visual development.

Integration of these reflexes is necessary for a child’s development of spontaneous postural movement and proper visual-motor development.

However, these reflexes should not be present past very early childhood.

When they are still present beyond this stage, retained reflexes can act as ‘blockages’ to further development.

The obstacles they create manifest as everything from handwriting difficulty to a lack of balance or ‘clumsiness’.

By taking the “Retained Primitive Reflexes Questionnaire” will help in suggesting the need for a screening for retained primitive reflexes.

Below are the most common retained primitive reflexes and what they are.

What is a Retained Moro Reflex?

The Moro reflex serves as a baby’s primitive fight or flight reaction.

It is usually inhibited by around 4 months of post-natal life and replaced by an adult “startle” reflex.

When the Moro reflex is retained in an older child it becomes an automatic uncontrollable overreaction to any type of stimulus, therefore overriding the higher decision making center of the brain.

Retention of the Moro reflex can present the following challenges: hyperactivity, extreme sensitivity to sudden movement, noise or light, sleeping problems, impulsive behaviours, inappropriate behavioural responses, food sensitivities, emotional and social immaturity, poor adaptation skills.

What is a Retained ATNR Reflex?

The ATNR reflex (asymmetrical tonic neck reflex) is activated by turning the head to the left or right side.

As the head is turned, the arm and leg on the same side will extend while the opposite limbs bend.

If not fully integrated, the ATNR reflex can cause difficulties with:

  • Hand-eye coordination.
  • Written expression.
  • Crossing midline.
  • Visual tracking.
  • Bilateral integration (use of both sides of the body simultaneously).
  • Hand-dominance.

What is a Retained TLR Reflex?

The TLR (tonic labyrinthine reflex) is associated with balance and coordination of the extremities. This reflex is activated by bending the head forward or backwards (head forward – the body and limbs curl inwards, head backwards – the body and torso straighten and extend).

If not fully integrated the alignment of the head with the rest of the body will be uncoordinated.

Proper head and neck alignment is necessary for balance, visual tracking, auditory processing and organised muscle tone, which are all vital to the ability to focus and pay attention.

What is a Retained STNR Reflex?

STNR (symmetrical tonic neck reflex) – The STNR reflex causes the arms to bend and the legs to extend when the head is bent down and causes the opposite – legs bent, arms straight – when the head is bent backwards.

If the STNR reflex remains present in an older child, it can cause difficulty with:

  • Integration of upper and lower portions of the body.
  • Sitting posture.
  • Typical muscle tone development.
  • Poor hand-eye coordination.

What is a Retained Spinal Galant Reflex?

The spinal galant reflex exists to help babies move their hips as they move through the birth canal and is elicited when the side of the lower spine is stroked gently.

If not fully integrated, it can result in difficulties with:

  • Potty training.
  • Concentration.
  • Posture.
  • Digestion.

 

This can cause excessive fidgeting and hip movement while seated in a chair.

What is a Retained Fear Paralysis Reflex?

The FPR is a withdrawal reflex that emerges in the embryonic stage.

During this stage the embryo reacts to stress and stimulation by withdrawing and freezing.

As the foetus’s tactile awareness develops, withdrawal upon contact gradually lessens.

It is thought that this reflex is the first step in learning to cope with stress.

Ideally, the FPR merges into the Moro reflex and has become inactive before birth.

If the FPR is not fully integrated at birth it may contribute to life-long challenges related to fear.

People with the FPR active may often be very anxious and tend to veer towards negativity which can prevent them from easily moving forward to living a meaningful, interactive life.

An active FPR often goes hand-in-hand with an unintegrated Moro reflex.

What is a Retained Palmar Reflex?

The Palmar Reflex a.k.a. Grasp Reflex is seen when an infant grips around an object that touches their palm.

This is normal and helps the baby learn to grip and hang on to things with their hands.

The Palmar Reflex develops in the third month of gestation and should disappear at around 3-6 months of age as they gain hand control.

It is needed for hand-eye coordination, proper vision, and direction/distance judgement.

If it isn’t properly integrated it can contribute to an array of problems.