While physical therapy can and should be a part of your recovery, it’s also important to give plenty of attention to the tiny powerhouses that are at work behind the scenes: your axons.
Whether you’ve hear of these thread-like nerve pieces or not, they are constantly at work carrying signals from your brain to every part of your body via the spinal cord. In fact, just since you’ve started reading this article, your axons and nerves have fired thousands of times – reminding your body to breathe, blink your eyes and read the words on your computer screen.
However, when a spinal cord is injured or severed, it’s like putting up a roadblock, leaving your nerves firing with nowhere to go. Over time, your brain will begin to register the impacted areas as “offline” and quit sending neural messages – resulting in partial or full paralysis.
Fortunately, your brain is a very powerful tool that that can ‘remember’ and re-ignite the neural pathways that were once there.
Dr. Lathrop has been studying this phenomenon and the role of your Nervous System in spinal cord recovery for years. Working with a varying range of injuries, he has found two factors that play a key role in regenerating your body:
- Using Science to Awaken the Nerves
The Nervous System sends currents (on which your axons move) throughout your body, much like that of an electrical current. In fact, it’s so much like an electrical current that we are able to use electrotherapy to recreate the natural processes that your body forgot due to trauma.
Doctors and professionals have been mimicking these naturally occurring currents in our bodies successfully for years – helping patients grow bones, reduce scar tissue and even regulate their hearts.
We use the same science to apply regenerative therapy as a spinal cord treatment, promoting healing at the neural level in clients. In fact, by applying these currents to the affected area, we can reawaken your cells, boost protein production and spark the healing process that your body turned off when that roadblock was put up during injury.
- Talking to your Brain
Regenerative electrotherapy is one of the fundamentals aspects our treatment program that will spark the reconnection between your brain and your nerves. But it is not a cure or complete recovery in and of itself. Getting your nerves back online is just one step of a process that can take several years, of tiny, ever-increasing successes to achieve your larger recovery goals.
It’s equally – if not more – important to adopt the right frame of mind for recovery, talking to yourself in a way that reinforces your belief in your body’s ability to heal.
We’ve seen it happen in miraculous ways!
But you have to know it deep down, too. That’s why we spend so much time focusing on your mindset and teaching you behaviors that foster a positive, tenacious mentality about life and recovery.
Much of your success relies on your ability and mental commitment to regaining full or almost full function, no matter what it takes.
To start, prepare your mind for a marathon – one of the most important marathons of your life – and make it your full time job to talk to your brain and body in a new way, helping it recover and celebrating each success as your nerves reawaken and you see what is really possible for you to achieve!