The Computer Brain Machine Body
No one gets through life without injuries and trauma, minor and major. Medicine and science has made great inroads in helping us heal from injuries and trauma, but they are lacking in their approaches to rehabilitation. Today most rehabilitation treatments approach the body as if it is a machine, which makes sense since science, up until a few years ago, believed the brain was like a computer and the body like a machine.
The computer brain machine body treatment approach must not be working so well because statistics show that only 10% of people with stroke recover full functionality. Back pain is practically an epidemic that has become a huge contributor to the opioid crisis. Surgeries to replace and repair hips, knees, and shoulders are growing exponentially as we are becoming more sedentary and way less physically challenged! How come our joints are wearing out and why are we not recovering better after trauma?
The answer begins with science and its understanding of how the brain works. MRI technology has given science a birds-eye view into the brain and it has revised the computer brain model to now say the brain is a neural network that rewires itself as it learns and refines functionality throughout its life. Research also shows the body is the source of all information entering the brain through the senses, and that the senses are activated by movement.
Science recently discovered the brain creates neural maps of all functionality. Neural maps are damaged by injury, trauma, and neurological conditions and events such as a stroke. The only way to recreate and refine neural maps is through functionality. Movements make up a function. For example, a complex series of movements make up the function of drinking a cup of water. If we do movements that are not associated with a function they are meaningless to the brain.
In stroke recovery most people want to get basic functionality back such as brushing their teeth, getting a glass of water, washing their hair, walking unaided. Many movements make up a function, which means your brain is processing millions of bits of data in any given moment. If you think you can consciously relearn any function by figuring out what muscles should fire and when, your chances of regaining even the simplest functionality is about nil. Science shows the powerful two-thirds of your brain that processes all incoming data from your senses sends about 16 - 40 bits of that data to your consciousness in any given moment. That is minuscule! So how does the brain work to help you learn and refine functionality?
Brain Messages For Change
Your brain lets you know what to change by what you feel as you perform a function. And what can you feel? Stiff, fatigue, sore, discomfort, pain, numb, and more. When you feel muscles your brain is telling you they are being misused or overused. Your brain wants you to refine functionality by eliminating all that you feel, until you feel nothing. When you feel nothing, yet a function is effortless with full range of motion, it is optimal.
Since no one can be shown how to move, what must we do to naturally re-learn compromised functionality? We knew how to learn to function optimally at one time in our lives - when we were born. By observing how babies learn initially, I identified five critical elements that must be integrated into all functionality. The five elements make up the foundation underlying how we learn to function. We must also take into account how the body is designed to function in space, and the laws of physics and gravity that are intrinsic to all functionality. Every adult I have seen in the last twenty years has lost connection in varying degrees with the five elements. But then I only see clients with severe functional limitations and pain! The NeuroElements approach shows you how to reconnect and integrate the five elements into all you do.
You can integrate the elements using any functionality, but I recommend using the most common functions such as walking, reaching, bending over, and sitting. By using common functionality you have the opportunity to practice integrating the five elements throughout your day. The beauty of the approach is that you don’t have to stop whatever you are doing to practice! Get started now!