Definition of Neuroplasticity
(Workbook Page 5)
Look at pages 4 and 5 of the Neuroplastic Transformation workbook. They are a nice introduction to the vast amount of information your brain receives from your body and then uses to tell your body what to do. The complexity of the brain may seem overwhelming, and it does its job so well, that people tend to assume that it can accomplish whatever it needs without help. When it goes awry, however, the brain needs to be directed to get back on track. Truly, there are massive changes happening in our brains all of the time. Think about the fact that the adult brain makes and breaks 7.5 trillion synapses a week.
When the first nerve cell fires the second it wires in new synapses and continues to fire the original synapses. When networks of nerve cells are involved, the networks that fire the most take nerve cells from those around them that are less active. When networks are inhibited from firing, more active neighboring networks take back nerve cells. This process is the moment to moment reality of how the brain works and it is this principle that both causes pain networks to take cells from surrounding nerve networks and give back those cells if the surrounding networks are more active.
We literally change who we are week after week. It is even more astounding that we are able to maintain a continuity with all these changes, but that is exactly what the brain does. Somehow the brain knows how to remain constant enough to provide a day to day connection to oneself, while changing both itself and the body so much that we appear and act very differently as time goes on.