lifestyle-family-fitness_thumb.jpgJust as neurofeedback helps regulate and synchronize brainwaves to help the brain function easier and more efficiently, chiropractic helps remove interferences in the nerve system allowing the brain to have unobstructed communications with all the body systems; that includes the heart, lungs, and every other organ, gland and cell in the body. The brain controls all function in the body – chiropractic helps make it easier for the brain to do this.

Chiropractic is the science, art, and philosophy of all things natural. Philosophy is what sets chiropractic apart from every other healing art. It is based on the belief that at birth, a spark of universal intelligence was placed inside of you. Innate intelligence is the conductor of the body and from the moment of birth it controls and coordinates all function.

Doctors of chiropractic understand the miracles of the universe and understand human anatomy and physiology. With this understanding, we are able to remove interferences in the body’s nerve system which could be creating a premature breakdown in health.

The brain is the most important part of the human body. It is where innate resides and it is responsible for keeping your body functioning. How well it is able to do this up to each individual. The brain keeps everything working by sending messages up and down the spinal cord and then out to the spinal nerves. This super bundle of nerves runs down through the spinal bones (vertebrae) and bundles exit from between the vertebra at their prescribed location. From there, they branch of to the organs, glands, and tissues in their particular territory.

If a spinal bone should move out of proper alignment (subluxate) it may place damaging pressure on the nerves exiting that region. Once this happens the bones begin to degenerate and the hole the nerve bundle exits though will narrow (stenosis). When pressure is placed on the nerve, even for a short period of time the affected regions will begin to suffer a state of dis-ease. If left uncorrected for a long period of time, poor health with result.

Doctors of chiropractic in this office have been trained to locate, analyze, and correct vertebral subluxation. The benefit is increased health and longevity.

Why Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord, and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine called a “subluxation” can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.

Our Primary Focus:

There¹s more to chiropractic than the relief of headaches and back pain! Our primary focus is the integrity of your nervous system, which controls and regulates every cell and tissue of your body. The moving bones of the spinal column can impair this vital communication link between your brain and your body. We help improve the function and structure of your spine, reducing nervous system compromise. The result? Even non-spinal related health problems can show improvement. Without drugs or surgery. Regardless of age. For over a century. Naturally.


th8WWSV96KNext Level Wellness is a holistic wellness center which focuses on family healthcare and positive lifestyle training designed to help our clients create and achieve the lives and health they have always wanted. Using our unique method of brain/body resynchronization and personal wellness coaching we are changing the way wellness works and helping our clients achieve increased health, increased passion and vitality and an increased joy of living.

We are doctors and educators:

A new way to achieving maximum wellness, the Cagen Method is an integrated system of drug-free techniques and lifestyle training programs designed to help our clients and their families become a better expression of themselves. Using modern science, universal principles, and hands on bodywork we help our clients overcome past traumas and events which are holding them back from enjoying a life of good health and joyous living.

Next Level Wellness focuses on the brain/body experience and guides our clients towards achieving increased function instead of symptomatic relief. While our goal in the beginning is to get our clients out of immediate crisis the ultimate goal is to educate, guide and train them on their journey towards optimal health and peak performance.

Good health is not one thing; it is the combination of many things working together harmoniously to create an well-balanced inside and outside. Today’s modern medicine still treats the human body as individual parts never realizing the delicate balance each individual part plays on the whole or how a well-balanced brain/body can propel their health to the next level.

For over twenty years Doctors Steve and Nancy Cagen have been helping young and old alike achieve their dreams of having good health, a trim fit body and a healthy, wellness lifestyle. Our Twelve Weeks to a New You program known as the Cagen Method has helped thousands of patients and clients achieve a state of good health they never thought possible and we can help you also.

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Drawing on our experiences as natural wellness doctors, motivational speakers and weight loss experts we have become leading authorities and sought-after speakers in the wellness, weight-loss and motivational/goal setting industries. Our systematic, step-by-step approach to creating a new you introduces our clients to the world of wellness and natural weight-loss in a way which is easy to follow and creates permeant and lasting change – because we change you, the whole you.

If you are ready to take your health to the next level, we invite you to call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of the doctors and to tour our facility. (828) 885-7100

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1More often than not, when we tell someone that we are chiropractors, they immediately associate our vocation with neck and/or back pain. They usually say, “I used to go to a chiropractor when I threw my back out,” but, what they do not realize is that chiropractic is a health care modality that provides significantly more than just a solution for pain.

Chiropractic is a lifestyle that involves all aspect of wellness including exercise, nutrition, personal development, stress relief, etc. We have been fortunate to work with people from all walks of life (including newborns, children, and adolescents) and the outcome has been miraculous. Children, who were diagnosed with colic or about to have tubes placed in their ears, were able to find a solution that actually lasted for a lifetime by means of the chiropractic adjustment.

We define chiropractic as the discovery and removal of the vertebral subluxation, which is interference that is taking place in your central nervous system (CNS). It is important to recognize that our CNS is the master controller of our entire body and it directly correlates to our ability to function and exist. People who are suffering from allergies, asthma, headaches, etc. are living in a subluxated state, but when we provide these individuals with an adjustment, we are able to remove the interference, and the condition dissipates. In addition, patients who are under regular chiropractic care (1-2x each month) actually prevent these situations from impeding upon their lives.

Maybe you are wondering where a “subluxation” comes from, and if this is the case, it is the direct result of everything that we do. Lifestyle stresses, both perceived as positive and negative, result in nerve interference, which needs to be addressed. For example, during the holiday season, many people tend to consume a substantial amount of food and alcohol and also spend more time with family (which some would consider stressful). What we have seen, is that after the holiday season, people typically get SICK, which happens to be caused by a subluxation. The food, alcohol, and family represent lifestyle stresses, even if they are labeled as positive, because our body is extremely sensitive to external factors. This is why chiropractic care needs to be an essential component of your life and something that we encourage your entire family to consider.

When visiting our practice, we take the chiropractic lifestyle to a level where it becomes REAL for you. Not only do we offer the adjustment, but we combine these programs with tips on fitness, nutrition, and stress relief. We take into account your entire body and the lifestyle choices that you make when developing customized protocols for you to follow once you become a patient in our office. With this being said, please contact our office today that we can schedule a health consultation with you!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

If you would like to learn more about chiropractic and the services offered at Cagen Wellness, call our office to schedule a consultation with the doctor. (828) 885-7100


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While sitting on my porch one day, thinking of my present problem, I noticed a plant that looked dead. Its leaves were turning brown, the stalk and branches were withered and very dry. Life was nearly at an end for this plant.

As I studied it, the cause of the plants difficulty was evident. A large rock was lying across the stalk of the plant. I removed it for closed observation. The spot where the rock had been was in bad condition and had started to turn black.

I watered the plant and gave it a little fertilizer. I was proud that this plant would be saved from apparent premature death because a simple thing like a rock that lay across its main life supply had been removed.

Patience Pays

Finally one day, as if by magic, the stalk took on a new look. It seemed to be filled with fresh, new energy and the leaf stems had lost their dead look. The plant again seemed to express feelings. Gone were the wrinkles from the leaves, which now began to show signs of new life. Some of the bad withered leaves disappeared and to add grace to this mastery of art, the terrible brown spot where the rock had lain for so long was repairing itself, and new plant tissue was replacing old. The plant would live.

The Principles

Principles were involved. Life had to flow through the stalk to all parts of the plant to maintain its natural beauty and life that the rock had once removed, nature was again in control of the plant and nature alone knew what to do. And so it is with chiropractic. Nature’s processes of repair seen slow at times, but they are evermore sure.

Like a flash I remembered I had been to a chiropractor years ago who told me that life energy flowed out of the brain stalk and spinal nerves to all parts of the body and made us live normal healthy lives. He said there were vertebrae pinching on delicate nerves that were causing my trouble and that all I needed to be well and happy again was to have my spine adjusted to the normal position. The life energy is my body would then do all that was necessary to make me well again, if allowed sufficient time.


It was ten years ago that I had the opportunity to correct this trouble and learn how the body was controlled through the nervous system. I failed to do myself the favor and give the chiropractor time to do his work. I could have saved ten years of suffering if I had persevered just a little longer.

I look forward again now and give thanks. I have discovered the simple truth for myself that for every effect, there is a cause. I can plainly see that the cause of sickness is pressure on the nervous system that retards the normal function in the body and if it is not corrected, disease will be the result.

Remember- Healing Takes Time

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What Is Happy Brain Therapy? 

Dr. Steve Cagen, clinical director and co-founder of Brevard Brain Training located in Brevard, NC explains Happy Brain Therapy as a form of EEG Biofeedback. It is a drugless approach to treating Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome (NDS) that may be associated with the symptoms of many brain based conditions such as ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Insomnia, Anxiety, Tourette’s, Pain and even Autism.

By using a computerized EEG (Electroencephalogram), electrical impulses known as brainwaves can be tracked and analyzed while the patient performs several different tasks such as reading or watching TV.  Ideally, the brain should switch between different brainwaves frequencies/ speeds.  If the brain cannot produce the needed brainwave it will use an alternate, less efficient wave to get the job done.  It is like taking the Neuro 1long country road to get to the store instead of the highway.  Effective, but not efficient. Over time this inefficient wave becomes dominant causing changes in outward behavior.

ADD/ADHD: When you perform a task, like making breakfast, you should produce fast brainwaves (Beta waves) to keep you focused and allow for quick communication within the brain.  ADHD sufferers struggle to produce Beta waves.  Drugs like Ritalin elevate the fast brainwaves for a short period of time reducing symptoms, however, these drugs are derived from Cocaine and can have serious adverse health effects.  The Happy Brain Therapy training program teaches patients how to elevate the Beta waves on their own, without harmful drugs.  Simply put, it is exercise for the brain.

How Does It Work?  

During a typical training session, sensors are placed on the scalp and brainwave activity is monitored by aNeuro 2 computer as the patient relaxes and watches a DVD.  If the correct brainwaves are produced the movie will play; if the mind wanders, the computer detects the change and the movie will pause. This protocol is repeated with video games, jigsaw puzzles and tactile stimulation.  As the brain learns it becomes “re-wired”. This is called neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt and open new neural pathways allowing for more efficient lines of communication to be created. Once the changes take place, the effects are permanent.  And best of all, there are no drugs and no side effects.

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Tooth decay occurs well before you get the first warning signs of pain. That is why the dental profession recommends regular check-ups which include teeth cleaning and gum care as well as the regular home care of brushing and flossing teeth. Wear and tear of the engine in a car will occurs well before the oil runs out, but everyone knows to change the oil every three thousand miles.

“Similarly, according to chiropractic theory and practice, vertebral subluxation [the area of the spine or other joint which is stuck and needs to be adjusted] may have a significant impact on health before the appearance of pain or other signs and symptoms. For example, loss of movement or stiffness in a spinal joint may lead to associated degenerative changes [osteoarthritis] – changes that can be prevented or even reversed if there is timely treatment to restore movement in the joint, but that may be irreversible before warning signs of pain appear.”

In several experiments, the knee joints of rabbits were immobilized [splinted so they could not bend] for 16 weeks. Within ONE WEEK degenerative changes began to occur and by week 12 the joints were completely fused. The follow-up experiment was even more interesting. In one group of rabbits which were immobilized for five weeks, the splints were then removed. Over the next 18 months, some were released to “normal cage activity” and some jogged on a treadmill five days per week. The rabbits in both of these groups had NO increase in the level of osteoarthritis once they resumed regular activity.

So what’s the bottom line: Loss of movement in a joint leads to significant degeneration (arthritis) and this may happen well before symptoms occur. Timely restoration of this movement by chiropractic adjustments and regular exercise will prevent, halt and may reverse these degenerative changes. From The Chiropractic Report, May 2004, p.1


Top feature 2Good health is a process which most people are capable of creating and, like most things worth having it requires learning and following a few simple rules.

Understanding that you create good health is the first step. Everything you do, every action you take and every thought you have affects your health, your waistline and every aspect of your  life. Just as you have created where you are today (yes you have) you can begin creating where you will be tomorrow. Achieving good health is something you learn, it is a process which requires change and it is a choice you make. Where you are now is simply a culmination of the choices you have made in the past  – good or bad. You can either choose to be healthy or you choose to be sick. You can either choose to be fat or you choose to be thin. The choice is yours and we guarantee the answers do not lie in drugs or dieting. The good news is no matter where you are at this very moment, no matter how sick or overweight you are  – you can learn the process or making good choices and we can show you how. 

Unfortunately and all to often people mistakenly believe that they are doomed to a life of poor health, but that is not so. The Cagen Method of Wellness combined with our Mind-Body-Thin program has helped thousands of people from all walks of life reach new levels of health they never thought possible and we can help you also.

The question for today are – Are you ready to take back your life, your health and your waistline? Are you sick and  tired of being sick and tired? Is your life is of control and most importantly – are you are ready to begin making massive changes. If you are ready, we can help – but you have to take the first step.

Call our office and register to attend one of our introductory classes held on the first and third Tuesday’s of the month at 5:30pm. We care. (828) 885-7100


images (1)See the world as an abundant, providing, friendly place. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. When you see the world as abundant and friendly, your intentions are genuine possibilities. They will, in fact, become a certainty, because your world will be experienced from the higher frequencies. In this first step, you’re receptive to a world that provides rather than restricts. You’ll see a world that wants you to be successful and abundant, rather than one that conspires against you.

Now switch the words successful and abundant with thin, healthy and joyous and see how your life changes.


Introduction to Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a technique in which we train the brain to help improve its ability to regulate all bodily functions and to take care of itself. When the brain is not functioning well, evidence of this often shows up in the EEG (Electroencephalogram). By challenging the brain, much as you challenge your body in physical exercise, we can help your brain learn to function better.

A better functioning brain can improve sleep patterns. When you sleep more efficiently, you are more alert during the day. It can help with anxiety and depression, and with syndromes like migraine or chronic pain. Secondly, it can be helpful in managing attention – how well you can persist even at a boring task. Thirdly, it can help you manage the emotions. Emotions may feel like the real you, but your brain has a lot to say about how you feel and react. If the emotions are out of control, that’s trainable. If they aren’t there—as in lack of empathy, for example—that, too, is trainable.

Finally, there are some specific issues where the EEG neurofeedback training can be helpful, such as in cases of seizures, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and autism. In these instances the training does not so much get rid of the problem as it simply organizes the brain to function better in the context of whatever injury or loss exists.

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 At the Neurofeedback Center we are dedicated to helping individuals attain their maximum potential through enhanced brain fitness. Neurofeedback can help reduce or eliminate a broad range of symptoms including: anxiety, stress reactions, depression, sleep problems, headaches and migraines, chronic pain, compulsive behavior, mood swings, stroke, traumatic brain injury, seizures, autism, attention deficits and many other dysfunctional states that affect physical and emotional well-being.

Dr. Steve Cagen discovered Neurofeedback in 2009 while searching for new ways to help his daughter recover from a severe traumatic brain injury and founded the Neurofeedback Center in 2011 after fully embracing its potential as an effective, drugless therapy for brain regulation.

What Can Neurofeedback Help?

Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. Good self-regulation is necessary for optimal brain function. Self-regulation training enhances the function of the central nervous system and thereby improves mental performance, emotional control and physiological stability.

With neurofeedback we target bioelectrical functioning of the brain which is actually a more important issue that the “chemical imbalance” that is often talked about. We are concerned with the brain’s internal regulatory networks. When we train the brain towards better function, the need for medication often diminished or falls away. Neurofeedback is somewhat like putting the brain on a stair stepper to exercise certain regulatory functions continuously. This is helpful with a wide variety of functional deficits.

Does Neurofeedback Cure Symptoms or Conditions?

In the case of organic brain disorders, it is a matter of getting the brain to function better rather than curing the condition. When it comes to problems of disregulation, there is not a disease to be cured, and self-regulation may very well be a complete remedy.

Who Can Benefit from Neurofeedback?

Individuals of any age can benefit from EEG training. Neurofeedback can help a variety of childhood problems including bedwetting, nightmares, attention deficits and other forms of disruptive and disturbing behaviors. Neurofeedback can assist adolescents who struggle with anxiety and depression or drug and alcohol abuse.

Neurofeedback can help anyone maintain good brain function as they age. Peak performers also use EEG training to enhance their abilities in sports, business and the arts.

If Neurofeedback Can Do So Much, Why Haven’t I Heard of it Before?

Neurofeedback is not yet taught in most medical schools or psychology graduate programs. Many professionals are therefore unaware of the power of this technique.