Our brains have a membrane and a skull to protect from blunt trauma; however, that protection is minimal. After suffering a severe injury, the brain looks for ways to self-heal, and this includes rewiring itself to do everyday tasks that are now difficult.
What is Neuroplasticity?
With neuroplasticity, our brains can not only change in a functional format; the actual structure of the brain can change and adapt.
Neuroplasticity is the ability to make or change synaptic connections in the brain
It improves learning, memory, and reduces the brain’s declining capabilities as we age.
To understand neural plasticity in its most basic form, we can compare a single neuron in the brain to a small battery. One small battery connected by filament wire to another battery is not enough to light your entire house. However, if you keep adding batteries, all connected; eventually, you could run your entire household on these batteries. The filament wire would subsequently break down, but there would be a solution. Just like neuron to neuron in the brain, you would not have only one wire connecting them. You would layer wire upon wire until you had a powerful cable made of wire from one battery to another.
As you work on enhancing the neuroplasticity of your brain, you are increasing not only the strength of the connections between neurons…you are also increasing the size of the strength of the dendrites that protrude from each neutron. The dendrites have been compared to tree branches, and having multiple healthy dendrites, allows for purer signal reception from neuron to neuron.
While the main focus on neuroplasticity is on the neurons, their connections, and dendrites, there are two other components we should not forget. There are two cells referred to as the glial and vascular. The glial cells have a three-part function, including the support and protection of those essential neurons. The vascular cells work on providing oxygen-rich blood to the brain to help support their overall functionality.
Neuroplasticity Books we recommend:
In "The Power of Neuroplasticity," Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D. presents the scientific discovery that the thoughts we think physically rewire our brains and change our lives. Dr. Helmstetter shows you how to use the latest research from the field of neuroscience to wire your brain to change attitudes, overcome negativity, improve health and fitness, reach personal goals, increase mental sharpness and clarity, improve usable intelligence, super-charge your thinking and reshape your life.