The Brain’s Way of Healing

Imagine graduation day, with so many plans and aspirations on your mind. How do you make each goal materialize? You forge ahead and just Do it…right?

That’s what I told myself over and over. Even with, at the time, a “mild” disability. Of course, things don’t always go as planned. 

Fast forward 18 years and I’m engrossed, reading Norman Doidge, M.D.’s book “The Brain’s Way of Healing.”

The book opens with one of the boldest statements I had read up to that point: With the Brain’s unique way of healing, Many “problems thought to be incurable or irreversible can be improved, radically, and in a number of cases… Cured.” (Preface)


Conditions that can be Radically improved and possibly CURED?

Yes, I’m in. 

Dr. Doidge explains neuroplasticity so that anyone can understand it. Basically, our brains are malleable and we are the shapers. We can learn or relearn just about anything, given the right conditions. Nothing is really “set in stone.” Although, keep in mind that this goes for learned non-use as well. I learned that the hard way. 

Two modalities are covered in the first two chapters: Brain mapping and exercise. Brain mapping is an interesting concept and takes a lot of work and dedication. The same goes for exercise. 

There are four key elements or stages needed to alter the connections in the brain in order to re-wire it. 

  1. Some type of energy-based stimulation of the brain cells would be required. Such as, light, sound, electricity, thought, movement, or vibration.
  2. Improving brain self regulation. 
  3. Accumulating and storing energy through relaxation. (i.e. sleep)
  4. Learning and making distinctions. 

He goes on to give detailed accounts of people who have made amazing recoveries from a broad range of ailments. From Parkinson’s disease to chronic pain and fibromyalgia to Multiple Sclerosis. Some of us really don’t know how much we are truly capable of. 

The research done for this book took many years and an enormous amount of energy and time. Not only does Dr. Doidge explain several patient’s experiences but he also includes follow up stories on these patients. I was so intrigued to learn about the progress taking place and skills becoming permanent from slow and steady work, which has helped these brains form new connections. 

I can’t say enough about this book, but if you have any questions, hit the comments below!
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