What is neuroplasticity?

The term ‘neuroplasticity’ is often used as an umbrella term.

It refers to the many changes that happen (at many levels) in our nervous system. This includes changes in the physical and chemical structures of our brain and neurons, as well as how the brain reacts to external stimuli.

However, at its most basic level, neuroplasticity is the ability of our nervous system to adapt its structure and function throughout our lifetime – in response to changes in our environment.

Neuroplasticity allows neurons to regenerate both anatomically as well as functionally.

As with the muscles we use for physical activities, the more we use our ‘mental muscles,’ the stronger they become.

Our brains and bodies have evolved over millions of years to be efficient in the way we use the resources around us. This also means that if we don’t use a muscle very often, our body won’t spend these precious resources making it stronger. This same thing is true of the brain.

If we want to strengthen our neuroplasticity, all we have to do is exercise it regularly.