The good news is that regardless of our disability we can improve our brain and bodies ability to thrive.
The good news is that by improving our brain and bodies ability to thrive (in the process) we will achieve what we never dreamed possible.
I sustained an open/depressed skull fracture and a severe traumatic brain injury when I was 10 years old in 1967 in an automobile accident. I remained in a coma for 3 weeks. In the accident, I also fractured my left femur and remained in traction for 8 weeks and then and in a Spica cast (full body cast) for 5 months.
Tenacity, Persistence, Commitment
I have used the principles of neuroplasticity, through repetitive mirrored movement, to enhance the ability of both sides of my brain and body to thrive. I have done so through using different martial art disciplines during the course of the past 19 years. I have done so training and drilling 4-5 times a week. In the process, I have been able to accomplish identical skills on both my dominant and non-dominant sides of my body. In the process, I have been able to accomplish skills and skill sets that I never dreamed possible.
In the process of using the principles of neuroplasticity my hand/eye coordination, overall coordination, agility, focus, balance, body awareness, dexterity, speed and accuracy have progressively improved. Not only have I improved as student of the martial arts, but so has my ability to use skills and skill sets on both my dominant and non-dominant sides of my body.
As my hand/eye coordination, overall coordination, agility, focus, balance, body awareness, dexterity, speed and accuracy have improved, so has my confidence.
For Hospitals, Universities, Colleges and Professionals serving People Living with Disabilities
My name is Craig J. Phillips. I am a master’s degree rehabilitation counselor, a neuroplasticity coach, author, advocate and a keynote speaker.
Please see and share my below article, Powerpoint presentation, and video presentations with your faculty, staff, and students. The information is free to use and my motivation is to be of service. I am available to share my experience, strength, and hope with your faculty, staff, and students. Please let me know how I can best be of service. Thank you.
As explained in MedicineNet.com: “Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment. Brain reorganization takes place by mechanisms such as “axonal sprouting” in which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or severed. Undamaged axons can also sprout nerve endings and connect with other undamaged nerve cells, forming new neural pathways to accomplish a needed function.”
Free Links and Resources
Below are links to YouTube video presentations created in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Each video presentation helps me to see the improvement that I have made using the principles of neuroplasticity. Each video presentation shows how staying committed to the process has helped my brain and body to thrive in ways that I never dreamed possible.
Invitation to Watch Each of the Five Video Presentations
Click on each of the 5 Links and they will open for you on YouTube.
Created in March 2017 and presented during a Keynote Presentation at the 11th Annual NKY TBI Conference March 31, 2017
Created in March 2016
Created in November 2015
Created in September 2014
Created in August 2013 and presented during a Keynote Presentation at the 2013 Southwest Conference on Disability October 9, 2013
The reason I share this article with you is do encourage you, if you have not begun, to start a program using the principles of neuroplasticity to increase your brain and bodies ability to thrive. Through starting and staying committed to the process your brain and body will thrive. In the process, you will achieve skills and skill sets on both sides of your body. In the process, you will achieve abilities that you never dreamed possible.
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