Cerebral Palsy Parent: Neuroplasticity – Exercise and Brain

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Cerebral Palsy Parent: Neuroplasticity – Exercise and Brain

Postby CPFamilyNetworks » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:58 am

It’s difficult to find a professional who can keep you both reassured and calm when coping with a child who has cerebral palsy. From doctor appointments to scheduled therapy sessions, one’s patience and hope for a solid answers can fade quickly. However, with the rapid growth of technology today, new advancements are being made for children with cerebral palsy to narrow this gap of uncertainty. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as well as other imaging technologies help scientists and doctors look at the human brain more efficiently and gain new knowledge about how it functions. Scientists have learned that the brain continues to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Studies have shown that exercise increases brain volume and “brain workouts” stimulate brain reorganization, which could in turn, compensate for injury – a term called “neuroplasticity.” This new knowledge, of course, could be invaluable for families struggling with CP. For more information on these advancements and results and how exercise, of all things, could significantly improve your child’s life, please visit the following site:

http://www.cpfamilynetwork.org/cerebral ... ury-repair