How to optimize your recovery after stroke, brain injury, tumor
For a long time, researchers believed that the brain couldn’t change. It was thought that after childhood, the brain pretty much stayed the same throughout life.
However, science has proven this isn’t true. (Go science!)
And while it’s true that brains are more malleable in childhood, they can continue to adapt throughout life. Brains can change. And brains do change.
Brain cells can grow new branches to connect to other cells. They can also strengthen (or weaken) those connections, resulting in new pathways in the brain.
This is true whether you're learning a new skill, or re-learning skills after you have a stroke, brain injury, tumor, or infection.
However, this change takes time. And it requires repeated and specialized training. But if you understand how the brain responds to treatment and makes changes, you can optimize your recovery and create positive changes in your brain!
Here are the 10 principles of neuroplasticity, per research published by Kleim & Jones