Dr. Joe Dispenza states: “Neurons that fire together, wire together”. Whenever you learn something new, your brain actually physically changes. You can rewire your brain and body!
The below excerpt is from Dr. Timothy Gerhart’s book “Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion?”
What is Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in the environment.
Neuroplasticity makes your brain extremely resilient and is the process by which all permanent learning takes place in your brain such as playing a musical instrument or master a different language. Neuroplasticity also enables people to recover from stroke, concussion, brain injury, and birth abnormalities as well as overcome autism, ADD and ADHD, learning disabilities and other brain deficits. Neuroplasticity allows us to pull out of anxiety, depression, bipolar and addictions, and reverse obsessive compulsive patterns.
A powerful example of neuroplasticity is displayed with Gabby Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head in 2011. She had damage to the brain’s language pathways which is contained in the brain’s left hemisphere – leaving her with an inability to speak. Music, which is very closely linked with language, exists in both hemispheres of the brain. Science has found that music therapy can actually assist in rebuilding language on the uninjured side of the brain. Utilizing this therapy, Gabby regained speech by training her brain to create and strengthen new language pathways on the right side. Neuroplasticity in action!
What does all of this mean to us? From the words of Dr. Timothy Gerhart, “This means we are not stuck with the brain we are born with. The brain is continuously making new brain cells and rewiring throughout our lifespan. The old notion that we are born with a limited number of brain cells and we lose them throughout life due to drinking, hard living, and aging and nothing can be done is wrong.” What this means is “Hope=Neuroplasticity !”