Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, once said: “Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work.”
Truer words have not been spoken. Especially when we realize that brain function is at the heart of our overall wellness.
Physical, mental, and emotional stress or trauma can affect the limbic system in the brain.
And when the brain is not working properly— our brain and body cannot work optimally.
When the brain is damaged in some way, it will naturally adapt itself in response to injury.
This innate adaptive response is known as neuroplasticity.
However, the ways in which the brain changes in response to trauma or damage are not always good or healthy.
Damage can alter the structure and function of the brain and also initiate an inflammatory response in the central nervous system.
This acute trauma can catapult the brain and body into a cycle of chronic illness.
Most people and physicians alike are completely unaware that impaired limbic system function is at the root of many chronic and mysterious illnesses like fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic pain and anxiety disorders.
When limbic system function is impaired, it can alter the way that your brain and body interprets, encodes and responds to any sensory stimuli.
The limbic system is also responsible for how we emotionally respond.
Damage results in heightened reactivity to stimuli as well as distorted sensory, mental and emotional perceptions.
This overly sensitive and heightened state activates a self protective stress response that does not shut off.
The brain and body literally become entrenched in a limbic system trauma loop.
Rewiring the limbic system is at the heart of what I teach people through the dDynamic neural retraining system.
And the results are nothing short of miraculous for many.
For example, take the example of Crystal. She had suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia since 1986. She said it was like she had a case of the flu that wouldn’t go away.
First thing in the morning she would have to hobble to the bathroom to take her pain meds, and then think about what she could accomplish with the least amount of energy and time so that she could lie down and rest again.
She had been to see many different specialists and was prescribed a cocktail of different pharmaceutical meds to manage the pain associated with her condition.
Crystal said she “basically existed like a zombie” and felt like a mere shadow of her former self.
Crystal took the dynamic neural retraining system in October 2010 in Ontario and in her latest update she wrote: “Last Friday, I was up early and had my house tidied, did my practice and exercises, rode the stationery bike for 20 minutes and walked the dogs for 30 minutes.”
Truly, the brain is the control centre for optimal health and when we learn how to self direct neuroplastic changes that correct brain function —anything is possible.
Annie Hopper is a brain retraining specialist and core belief counsellor.