Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity

We may have heard about neuroplasticity, but what is it exactly and how does it apply to healing from a stroke? My favorite definition of neuroplasticity is this: “The brain’s ability to change physically and physiologically in response to stimulation.” *

What does that mean? Our brains are changing all the time – every second of every day.   Our brains are not fixed. We are constantly making new connections, reinforcing old connections, tearing down connections that are no longer needed, and storing information. Our brains are made of tissues that connect to one another, store information and send signals in various directions. That’s what our brains do. They are information hubs. And everything that happens in the brain is affected by how we stimulate it. Continue reading