Yes, our brain continues to change throughout life! The brain’s abilities are in fact malleable and plastic. According to the principle of neuroplasticity, the brain is constantly changing in response to various experiences. New behaviors, new learnings, and even environmental changes or physical injuries may all stimulate the brain to create new neural pathways or reorganize existing ones, fundamentally altering how information is processed.
Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ. It is now understood that the brain changes throughout life. There is now ample evidence for the active, experience-dependent re-organization of the synaptic networks of the brain involving multiple inter-related structures including the cerebral cortex.
Rather than passively waiting to see how the brain might respond to circumstances, it is possible to direct this capacity for change, targeting improvements in specific key abilities.
At ChiroPro Performance Center, Dr. Carlson understands the principles of neuroplasticity and develop specific treatment plans and brain-based exercises unique to each individual patient. Whether someone has suffered a concussion or has changes in brain function due to aging or illness, we develop active rehabilitation, nutritional support, and focused therapies to promote the best possible strategy for maximizing brain health and promoting better neural connections.
If you would like to learn more about neuroplasticity, a great book to read is The Brain that Changes Itself by. Dr. Norman Doidge.
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