The Brain’s Way of Healing

July 22, 2018 | By | Reply READ MORE...

In our routine life we hear about so many incidences where people suffer from stroke , mental illnesses, meet with road traffic accidents and lose out a body part. People who suffer from this feel that they wont be able to live normal healthy life , wont be able to move or use the paralysed hand or would always be anxious and depressed. But you can reverse this condition by training your brain. This brain property which allows changes is called NEUROPLASTICTY/ BRAIN REWIRING.

Neuroplasticity is a condition where brain forms new connections with other body parts or other parts of brain to compensate for the loss of a brain function . When body suffers an injury it creates compensatory links to pick up slack in the areas of the brain that was devoted to particular function.

It is the ability of the brain to change throughout an individual’s life. The previous scientific consensus says that brain develops during critical period of early childhood and then remains unchanged, however,according to the recent study it’s proved that many aspects of the brain can be altered.

For example: If a person suffers from brain injury he/she might have a loss of body function like one side of body getting paralysed or not moving. In this case brain develops alternate ways to regain the body movement. This is termed as Neuroplasticity or Brain Rewiring.

Similarly if a person is suffering from constant anxiety or depression the brain sends negative signals to the body and the body reacts in a tensed or abnormal manner to any situation. The brain produces chemical changes to which the body reacts in negative way(fight/flight response). So an otherwise happy person might react differently to such situations or a person might react too negatively to a comparatively milder situation. This is also termed as Neuroplasticity or Brain Rewiring.

The brain responds immediately to negative responses than to positive responses. So if a person is constantly tensed or worried the brain gets permanently adapted to such negative patterns and sends signals to the body and the body reacts accordingly.

The brain activity alters according to the body’s needs, environment, experiences, any physical or mental trauma. It also alters if there is any direct injury to the brain(road traffic accident) or brain haemorrhage.

How does neuroplasticity work?

The process of neuroplasticity isn’t a quick or simple one; rather,it takes place throughout your lifetime and can involve many processes. It works by deleting few neural responses and adding others depending upon a given situation. It’s a continuous process.

For example: In depression or anxiety all the negative signals are sent or received from the brain and so the brain sends signals which affect normal body functioning. This includes palpitations, breathlessness, excess sweating, tremors, etc. You can get over these symptoms by training your brain how to react to such negative responses.Constant positive responses towards a given situation can make u win over a negative response. This is possible cause of Neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity happens continually as you learn and memorise new data, and as your brain develops;however it can also spurred be spurred by physical trauma. In such cases Neuroplasticity serves as an adaptive mechanism that allows someone to compensate for functional loss after suffering a injury.

For example: If someone suffers from brain injury Neuroplasticity allows the brain to “rewire” itself in order to restore or maximize brain functioning by rebuilding connections and allowing an uninjured part to take over the damaged area.

Exercises for Neuroplasticity

  • Physiotherapy: Physical therapy helps in promoting brain health by pumping up brain stimulating hormones. In stroke patients it helps to stimulate nerve connections by rehabilitation exercises.
  • Intellectual games: Playing puzzles or games available on the apps can also promote new brain connections.
  • Playing outdoor games, Music therapy, swimming ,dancing are other common ways for promoting brain growth.
  • Keep challenging your brain by taking a new route to home. By doing multitasking like cooking and listening to music etc.
  • Cognitive behavior therapy: These are techniques for behaviour modification. This also helps with people suffering from depression, anxiety or ocd.

This is how Neuroplasticity can help you win over any negative situation may be physical or mental.

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