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Brain Plasticity Concepts

Holistic Practitioners have always worked with the Concept of Brain Plasticity, even so there was no "scientific" evidence to support those concepts.

Brain Plasticity, probably not under that name, but the concept has always been "known", meaning, not proven but still used.

If you study Feldenkrais' works, you recognise that his concept reflected the concepts of Brain Plasticity. Same with meditation, it is not just in our mind, it actually changes pathways in the brain. These days this can be scientifically tested and shown by MRI's, but obviously Monks didn't need MRI's to convince them it was a good practice :-)

I know the arguments, that many Holistic practices can't be "scientifically" proven or double blind tested, however, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating".

What are the concepts?

First of all, it is a "holistic concept", Holistic Practitioners see the whole person as one entity, not as separate parts. The consequences of this concept has led holistic therapists accepting that the brain is influencing the body, and in turn the body is influencing the brain.

A more specific concept is:

Any kind of "stimuli", will influence pathways within our brain and proof plasticity.

However "stimuli" works in many ways. A violent stimuli to the brain like a stroke will cause havoc within the brain. Accepting however that the brain can change, treatment concepts can be developed to use "positive stimuli" to form new nerve pathways that take over the function of the damaged pathways.

Mild stimuli also has a profound effect, particulary with repetition. Once we accept that a "thought process is a stimuli", we can understand that physical or mental problems can be produced by "repetitive negative thought processes".

Anyone, who ever has "worried", knows that constant worry can have a detrimental mental and bodily effect. Repetition of the same worry, or rumination can result in a negative acting pathway, in a way, one has learnt to "worry", and if you are too "good" at it, may cause more mental problems as the worrying pathways which are now formed by Brain Plasticity becoming wider and deeper. With other words, people may be stuck in a self destructive "groove".

Phobias and OCD's (Obsessive Compulsive Disorders) are at least a part of the brain plascity concept.

How to get out of a groove?

That is where Brain Plasticity therapy strategies are developed. Holistic practitioners are well equiped to create their own therapy methods, based on their Holistic therapy modality.

Holistic Therapies that will influence brain plasticity are already well known, such as:

Affirmation, meditation, visualisation, art and sound stimuli therapies, Feldenkrais, remedial body work, acupuncture, emotional work as in emotional freedom therapy EFT, yoga, thai chi, and Naturopathy in supporting the nutirents for plasticity to take place effectivel.

Finally, one concept most important, the patient needs to become actively involved. Part of the therapy is to motivate the patient to self help, to do the required exercise or treatment.

In contrast, modern medicine has created "passive patients", who passively in their reaction take their GP's prescription or lay down to be operated on. It probably could be said that the conversion from a passive to an active patient is the failure while many holistic healing practices are not taken more seriously.

More Brain Plasticity Articles:

Brain Plasticity based therapies will include Self Help Techniques.

It is important for patients to be active in their own healing.

  1. What is Brain Plasticity?

  2. Brain Plasticity Therapy Concepts

  3. Brain Plasticity - Activity - Intensity

  4. Brain Change and Habits

Article by Dieter Luske - useNature Editor - ND


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22 Jul 2015

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