Neuroplasticity Training

Brain development does not halt during, or after, childhood. We are always learning; our brains never stop changing. This phenomenon is called neuroplasticity.

The practice of neuroplasticity training takes places over a period of time, harnessing that ability to change with focused exercises and activities meant to retrain the brain, better tuning it to heal and recover, as well as heightening everyday cognition and coordination. These activities range from the physical, including dance, and reflex training, to the metaphysical, including mediation and music therapy.

As any human action causes a neurological reaction, each can be wielded as a tool to stimulate, and in turn, alter the function in, the parts of the brain intrinsically paired with those actions. Think of it like taking your mind for a workout at the gym. Brain patterns during neuroplasticity training are modified by holistic means rather than surgical, as in the case of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

Neuroplasticity training programs are built individually for patients based on the type of dystonia being treated. They may involve some or all of the following practices:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Body part movements
  • Dance
  • Drumming
  • Juggling
  • Martial arts
  • Meditation
  • Mindful nutrition
  • Music therapy
  • Relaxation sessions
  • Sensory stimulations
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • and many more

The mixture of training activities undertaken and frequency with which a patient applies them is designed to positively impact specific parts of the brain, those misfiring or otherwise at the root of a patient’s dystonic symptoms.