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 place over an extended 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 activities, such as dance and reflex training, to the metaphysical activities, including mediation and music therapy.

Every human action causes a neurological reaction, and 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 of the following practices or others not listed:

  • Breathing techniques

  • Body part movements

  • Dance

  • Drumming

  • Juggling

  • Martial arts

  • Meditation

  • Mindful nutrition

  • Music therapy

  • Relaxation sessions

  • Sensory stimulation

  • Tai Chi

  • Yoga

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.


Sources:

Dr. Joaquin Farias’ Dystonia Recovery Program

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