What in the world is Corrective Neuroplasticity, and why should you care? Also, what does Qigong have to do with it and what is Qigong anyway?
What is Corrective Neuroplasticity
Corrective Neuroplasticity alludes to the brain’s ability to reorganize itself. When it performs this task, it forms different neural connections responding to changes in behavior, or if the environment has changed, such as a trauma. It’s a process through which the brain adapts and overcomes challenges. The brain also may be compensating for an injury or working to improve performance such as a new exercise that has been introduced.
In the context of therapy, corrective neuroplasticity aims to use this ability of the brain to treat neurological and psychological conditions. It involves various techniques that encourage the brain to form new neural connections and pathways that support healthy behavior and functioning. This is where Qigong comes in.
Corrective Neuroplasticity Using Qigong
Corrective neuroplasticity using Qigong can be applied to various conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, and anxiety disorders, among others. The techniques used may include cognitive exercises, Qigong, physical therapy, and other forms of brain training that encourage the brain to adapt and learn new ways of functioning.
Qigong is an excellent method that can be used as a form of corrective neuroplasticity. Qigong is a traditional Chinese practice that involves slow movements, deep breathing, and visualization. It is often used to promote physical and mental well-being and has been found to have therapeutic benefits for various conditions.
Qigong and Brain Health
In terms of neuroplasticity, Qigong has been found to increase gray matter volume in various regions of the brain, including the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. This increase in gray matter volume suggests that Qigong may help to stimulate neuroplasticity and promote the formation of new neural connections in these regions, which can support healthy cognitive and emotional functioning.
Furthermore, Qigong has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, among other conditions. These therapeutic effects may be related to the neuroplastic changes that occur in the brain as a result of practicing Qigong.
Overall, there is increasing evidence to suggest that Qigong can be an effective form of corrective neuroplasticity.
Scientific Studies relating to Qigong and Corrective Neuroplasticity
1. Increased gray matter volume: A study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that practicing Qigong was associated with increased gray matter volume in several brain regions, including the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. These regions are involved in cognitive and emotional processing and are considered important for neuroplasticity.
2, Improved cognitive performance: Another study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that practicing Qigong was associated with improved cognitive performance in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. The study authors suggested that this improvement may be related to neuroplastic changes in the brain.
3, Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression: A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that Qigong was effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in individuals with various health conditions, including chronic pain and cancer. The study authors suggested that these therapeutic effects may be related to neuroplastic changes in the brain.
4, Improved motor function: A study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine found that practicing Qigong was associated with improved motor function in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This improvement may be related to neuroplastic changes in the brain that support the development of new neural connections.
Does The Medical Community Support The Concept Of Corrective Neuroplasticity?
The concept of corrective neuroplasticity is generally supported by the medical community, although there may be varying levels of awareness and acceptance among different specialties and practitioners.
Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to experiences, including learning, injury, and disease. Corrective neuroplasticity specifically refers to the process of intentionally inducing changes in the brain with exercises, affirmations, or medication, to promote recovery from neurological conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or chronic pain.
There is a growing body of research demonstrating the potential of corrective neuroplasticity approaches, such as Qigong, neurofeedback, cognitive training, and brain stimulation techniques, to improve neurological function and promote recovery. These techniques are often used in conjunction with traditional medical interventions, such as medication or rehabilitation therapy.
While some medical professionals may still be skeptical or cautious about these approaches, the overall trend in the field is toward greater acceptance and integration of corrective neuroplasticity into clinical practice. As always, it is important to consult with a qualified medical professional before pursuing any treatment options for neurological conditions.
While Qigong is not typically used as a tool for behavior modification, research suggests that it may have benefits in this area.
One study published in the Journal of Health Psychology found that practicing Qigong was associated with reduced stress and anxiety, and improved self-control and self-regulation. These benefits may make Qigong a useful tool for individuals looking to modify their behavior, such as by breaking unhealthy habits or improving self-discipline.
Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Qigong was associated with improved mood and decreased impulsive behavior in individuals with depression. The study suggests that Qigong may help improve emotional regulation, which could in turn lead to better behavioral control.
Personally, I use Qigong together with Affirmations,
Visualizations, and Breathwork. Combined, these tools provide
a powerful reprogramming tool for behavior modification, pain relief, and mindset training. If interested, feel free to connect with me through Qiworks