Neuroplasticity is the ability of the body’s nervous system (brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves) to change through repetitive stimuli and input over time. Neuroplasticity is what allows people to relearn how to move and walk again after neurological injuries such as a brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and more. It is also what allows people with movement disorders to find more efficient ways to move.
At Neuphysio, our therapists understand neuroplasticity and use it to shape treatment and help clients to make real, meaningful changes and work towards their goals. The combination of specific exercises, hands-on techniques and education on how to move are all important to teach the body new patterns of movement. With repetition, the nervous system changes, making new connections and pathways from the brain to the body and people learn to do the action without support or conscious effort; the nervous system learns.
Neuroplasticity means that even with significant injuries, onset of neurological disorders, or movement challenges from birth, treatment can have a great impact on improving functional abilities, allowing clients to see real, meaningful changes.