Brain Map

The saying ‘my back has gone’ leads to a question of where did it go?! Because the physical back doesn’t become invisible or fall off. The saying describes the experience of a back going from ones usual inner control. Normal movements cause pain and I am forced to become very careful about the way I move. But…

The map of the body in the brain is changeable and dynamic. To give it the technical name the map is neuroplastic. The upside is that we can learn to use tools weapons cooking utensils like they are part of the body whilst the downside is that we have no reference of normal. Without a reference we have no way of knowing (subconsciously) whether we are adapting toward a good way of movement or a bad way of movement. Even with practise we have no blue print or reference of how the body should be. When we heal we will likely follow the path of least resistance, exactly the same approach that Lee takes. He gives your body a way of following the path of least resistance.

Keeping three trillion plates spinning in the air is a tough call, given enough time we will inevitably drop some of the plates.

We do not need to have done anything wrong or missed doing something right for the body to go on us at any component.  


The Sensory and Motor Humunculus (map of the body in the brain)

Silverspring Monkeys
How do we know this, well the controversial animal experiment involving our close relatives enabled evidence to be gathered that the homunculus of the brain is mouldable. The research team demonstrated a change in body shape and or task can physically alter the architecture of the brain. A change in the brain map of the body begins in macaque monkeys by 2 hours for definite.

The macaques may be close relatives but they are also considered to be 30 million years behind humans in evolution. 30 million years of evolution probably means we are quicker to adapt in our brains than the macaques. Meaning changes in our brain can begin to happen inside a couple of hours.

Change is not a direct transfer to a new way. We must take the course of both and. This means the old and the new way will co-exist for about 3-4 months until the path of least resistance enables us to learn a new normal. It is normal for symptoms to oscillate in the first month. A time when we can second guess ourselves and think we must be crazy or it is all in our heads. Reassurance from your clinician can be invaluable to know you are on the way to likely recovery.

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