Brain Plasticity Concepts

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Brain Plasticity Concepts

Holistic Health Practitioners have always worked with the Concepts of Brain Plasticity, even so there was no “scientific” evidence to support those concepts.

Brain Plasticity …. not under that name, but the concepts have always been known and used.

If you study Feldenkrais‘ works, you will 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 by skeptics that Holistic treatments can’t supposedly be “scientifically” proven or double blind tested; however, often “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.

An even more specific concept is:

Any kind of ‘stimuli’, will influence pathways within the 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, particularly 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, it may cause more mental problems than 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 plasticity concept.

How to get out of a groove?

That is where Brain Plasticity therapy strategies are developed. Holistic practitioners are well equipped 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 supplying the nutrients needed for plasticity to take place effectively.

Finally, and one of the most important concept…  the Patient needs to become actively involved.

The main part of Holistic, as well as Brain Plasticity therapy, is to motivate the patient to be active in self help. Without the patients activity, there is no treatment. The patient has to be activated to do the required lifestyle changes, physical and mental exercises, diets and other treatment related activities.

In contrast to the holistic model, modern medicine has created mainly *”passive patients”, where patients have little or no impact on their own treatment or recovery.
There are exceptions of course, esp. in the field of rehabilitation.

Activation of Patients and Active Prevention in general are important concepts to be embraced by conventional medicine.

Active Prevention focuses on actual activities, such as educating, showing and demonstrating to a patient what needs to be done to improve health and wellbeing, and activate steps for compliance of the recommendation given.

Brain Plasticity therapy is mainly possible becasue of the direct, active involvement of the patient.


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.


Article by Dieter Luske – useNature Editor – ND


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