Rewire Your Mind and Body


Have you ever wondered why you tend to repeat having the same injuries even after you have had several treatments with your health practitioners? This is because our bodies continue to move in the same movement pattern that caused the injury. The body’s alignment and movement is a reflection of an individual’s habits and past injuries. Past experiences help mould the brain to develop neural pathways that allow the body to respond in a particular way. This is what we call neuroplasticity.

In neuroplasticity, neurons communicate with each other via electron chemical signals. These signals are transmitted through the synapse, the structural part of the neuron. Through repetition and studying the synaptic communication between neurons strengthen, has the ability to create new synapse and stimulate the neural pathways. This is what helps mould the brain to get the body to respond in particular ways. It is through neuroplasticity that can help re-educate the body to move in an ideal way.

This is why physiotherapy is essential. Manual therapy is ideally practised to optimise alignment, reduce stiffness and improve mobility. It is through repeating the right exercises we further improve neuroplasticity in maintaining optimal behaviour and eventually mould our brain and body to have the ability to do anything. The exercise itself does not have to be vigorous in any way, it can be simple exercise such as breathing in a different way or even just thinking tall, providing change to deep muscles.

For a patient, improving neuroplasticity to get rid of pain is not a quick fix. It will take time and effort. Below are factors that can help speed up neuroplasticity:

⦁ Repetition – To incorporate a new habit you need to repeat the movement 60 times every day for 21 days.

⦁ Mood – studies show that if you are alert, focus and engaged when performing exercises, the brain releases neurochemicals necessary to enable brain change. Whereas if you are disengaged, distracted or inattentive you are unlikely to create change no matter how many repetitions you do.

⦁ Repeating exercises aiming to improve postural alignment and neuroplasticity can sometimes only be temporary. To create long term neuroplasticity and change, the brain must judge whether the experience is fascinated or feels beneficial to survival.

⦁ The task/ exercises practised must be meaningful to the individual and be reinforced with positive feedback

In improving the body, you must first mould the brain through neuroplasticity. It is through repetition of meaningful exercises that can improve neuroplasticity and can eventually provide permanent change to the body. Without working on neuroplasticity treatments will only be temporary.

Movement Laboratory Google Reviews

tele jeletele jele
02:33 09 Sep 23
Anastasia is the most wonderful physiotherapist who helped us recover and improve our mobility and strength in record time. Highly recommend!
Sara PageSara Page
01:43 08 Sep 23
I saw the lovely Shannon for my first consult today. She was extremely professional, knowledgeable and patient. The lovely reception staff were also amazing! Thank you team!!
Emma PowellEmma Powell
11:14 07 Sep 23
The team are so wonderful and lovely to be around. They make your recovery feel effortless and no set backs are ever taken negatively. Thanks team!
paul nelsonpaul nelson
03:30 04 Sep 23
I have loved my visits to Movement Laboratory. Alannah has really helped me on my journey to overcome back pain. Highly recommend
Min ZhuoMin Zhuo
07:39 31 Aug 23
Anastasia is very patient and informative in my daughter’s point assessment. It was great to have someone guide us through this journey. Thank you
Karla KomeneKarla Komene
06:46 02 Aug 23
This place was amazing I was so happy about how I was treated and looked after . I liked how everything was explained to me and it made sense . I was grateful when I told my symptoms to the lovely lady she knew what I was talking about and ways we could improve things and that I wasn’t alone. Also I felt that the environment was pleasant calm and relaxing which is what I needed. I have already taken a few work cards to pass out to some ladies I know . Thank you 😊 Looking forward to moving forward
Mark WestmanMark Westman
10:18 05 Jul 23
Anastasia is a miracle worker! I'm a keen runner and I started seeing her a few months ago after a couple of broken backs and a (new) torn hammy. She diagnosed my hammy problem quickly and efficiently, provided immediate relief through some deep massage to allow me to survive a few more important runs before my wedding (honeymoon = rest), and has helped me rebuild through focused strength work and home exercises. She obviously cares about her patients and enjoys helping them achieve their goals. I'm now running regularly and pain free again! Thanks Anastasia 🙂

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