The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
It is obvious that we do many physical things automatically. It generally takes little conscious effort to walk, gesture, chew, or balance while riding a bicycle. We routinely accomplish relatively difficult tasks without too much thought. It is frequently not necessary to think about how to accomplish these tasks because our brains have learned and practiced these skills so well that they occur with little or no effort. In addition to physical activities, we have learned certain cognitive skills that we typically perform with minimal mental effort, such as adding simple numbers, reading, typing, and recognizing certain patterns of speech as belonging to certain dialects.
The reason we are able to accomplish these feats quickly and effortlessly is that neural networks or pathways have been formed in our brains with connections to our bodies. These pathways are very specific and unique to an individual, and they consist of thousands of brain cells devoted to these tasks. They can be very simple or quite complex. For example, most people have the experience of driving somewhere familiar and not recalling exactly how they got there. They were in autopilot mode.
The more time we devote to learning certain skills, the better we get at them. Accomplished musicians or athletes can perform amazingly complex activities with ease, after years of practice. The more these neural pathways are activated or practiced, the more engrained and repeatable they become. Practice creates stronger pathways for whatever is being practiced. Practicing a poor golf swing or practicing procrastination tends to engrain habits that may be difficult to break.
Students of the brain know this process as neuroplasticity. Recent books by Norman Doidge and Sharon Begley describe this process in detail. When we encounter new stimuli, no matter what they are, our brains respond to the event and are changed by it. In addition to learning new physical and mental skills, our brains can also learn things that may affect our physical health.
What Are Migraines?
A migraine is marked by moderate to severe pain and throbbing in the head, and can be accompanied by nausea as well as sensitivity to light. In some cases, these painful headaches are preceded or accompanied by a sensory warning sign, such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.
How Can We Help Manage Migraines?
The therapy that John has developed uses a combination of his Nursing background, Anatomy and his Massage skills to train the Client to consistently reproduce a sensation in the head that will lay down new pathways to reduce and in several cases eliminate Migraine headaches.