Neuroplasticity

There are 100 billion neurons in our brain. Each neuron may be connected up to thousands of other neurons.

Neuroplasticity: The ability of the brain to reorganize and form synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury

Our brain is trainable. This is the process by which new habits are formed, gymnasts use to learn new moves, and that and stroke victims use to re-learn skills.

On the cellular level, neural synapses are formed when neurons are engaged simultaneously.  For example, learning to play a musical instrument will require coordination of body parts and senses (sight, sound) not previoulsy used. At first the coordination will be clumsy, but overtime the response time quickens.  This is equivalent to neurons learning to fire together quickly.

Neurons that fire together, wire together

Over time, neural synapses will form to facilitate repeated patterns. This is akin to a four-lane highway, supporting communication in the brain over longer distances.

To promote neuroplasticity, the brain and nerves require the correct fuel:  nutrition, blood flow, and proper balance of stimulation and relaxation (see Neurohealth).

Mindful Neurology uses principles of Neurohealth to create a supportive environment, and neuroplasticity to direct brain grown for long-lasting improvements.