Our brain is super-efficient it is constantly rearranging and throwing out what it doesn’t need. When we become less active our brain tends to look a bit like an Autumn tree, the leaves are brown and withered and there are lots of gaps. The way our brain works is that we have certain areas that are assigned jobs. The front part for personality, the middle part for movement activities or sensory activities like feeling the heat from a fire, and the back part for seeing (well that’s a rough guide and tends to be a tad more in depth than that). But what happens say if we don’t use a part of our body or we stop performing a hobby (Like me I once played the clarinet, but I now could not read one single line of music to save myself) the brain prunes away the unneeded part and most often uses it for something else. Now that’s fine when it comes to me not being able to read music, I don’t have a need or want these days to play the clarinet.
But what happens when it’s something like your foot being able to lift up or your fingers being able to move well individually?? Then you get into trouble with tripping over objects or not being able to use cutlery to eat. This can then lead to not wanting to go out due to risk of falls or embarrassment when eating. We know that a person with Parkinson’s disease is 30 % more sedentary than that of someone the same age with out Parkinson’s. Not only are we working against a brain that is degenerating we have the secondary complications of sedentary behaviour, which can lead to other issues. What we want and need is for people to be active and not just plain old active we need you to be neuro active. We want to activate all those areas of the brain and turn those autumn trees into leafy green ones again.
Owner/operator and Senior Physiotherapist of Hibiscus Neuro Rehab.