It wasn’t until recently that humans discovered that the brain can regenerate connections between neurons, allowing the brain to heal or improve in function.
This is GREAT news for all of us, as we can fall victim to concussions and other sudden brain traumas at any minute.
Since we’ve discovered neuroplasticity, many Functional Neurologists are leading the way when it comes to ADHD research and treatment. There are currently many therapies that have been developed as a result of this research and modality:
Eye exercises may be recommended to help strengthen certain parts of the brain that affect function.
These brain exercises focus the mind on certain activities or puzzles.
Gentle adjustments may be performed to enhance blood flow to the brain and improve brain function.
Perfect for those with poor core strength, which can be observed in poor posture, or slumping forward when they sit.
VESTIBULAR (BALANCE) REHABILITATION:
This therapy is provided to children who have difficulty feeling comfortable in their space or have trouble with motion, spinning, or have other vestibular processing or proprioceptive problems.
LIGHT, SOUND, SCENT, AND TOUCH:
These stimulations help with the integration of some primitive reflexes.
If you’re interested in learning more, we’re always happy to discuss the correct treatment for each unique candidate.
We also encourage you to read The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing, by psychiatrist and neuroplasticity researcher, Norman Doige, MD. His books explore the vast world of research surrounding how neuroplasticity can be leveraged to heal the brain and recover function in many different circumstances ranging from chronic pain to Parkinson’s to ADHD, Autism, and even Sensory Processing Disorders.
Our day-to-day can make us feel frustrated with ourselves when we are doing the same things over, and over, and over again. While you may not be able to change your overall routine (eat, work, sleep, repeat), you can make minor changes to each mini activity to add some excitement.
For obvious reasons, most of us create specific routines for our work and other habits. This works out pretty well for getting through day-to-day tasks without having to think too much about it. However, by switching up the apps you use or exploring how others get their work done, you coax your brain into thinking more creatively about your workflow, even if you don’t decide to make a permanent change.
Broadly speaking, any time you force yourself to make a change to your workflow, you encourage your brain to make new connections (aka neuroplasticity). Routines can run on idle, but changing our habits force your brain to pay attention and learn what you’re doing more carefully.
Sitting at a different spot at the dinner table and relaxing with a puzzle instead of the TV are two easy ways to stick to your routine but still provide your brain the exercise it needs to stay sharp.
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