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Lankering: Need brain and physical fitness

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries have been challenging conditions to help people.
Fortunately, new research in the areas of brain and neuroscience is revealing exciting information about the brain’s neuroplastic abilities to heal. 

The brain’s responsibility is to coordinate and regulate the internal and external stressors and guide the body to function as best as possible. 

People are having to cope with more different types of stress than ever. This leads to what is being called a stressed brain syndrome. There is more stress than the brain can handle, and this leads to inappropriate responses in the body. 



Not only does the brain have to respond to stress, but it also needs to recover from stress. People are now in a mid/high levels of stress, and they don’t have the abilities to recover effectively. 

Think of it this way. If the fire alarm in a building goes off, what is the brain’s responsibility? Survival. The brain kicks into survival mode. When the alarm goes off, the brain can recover into a relaxed or healing mode. The problem is that our brains cannot tell the difference between a fire alarm or work, family, financial, and other types of stress.




People never get the chance for the fire alarms to go off. 

Neuroscience is revealing new methods that are natural and help bring the brain and the body back to balance. Holistic methods that include light, sound, nutrition, detoxification, chiropractic, emotional release, and other energy modalities can be effective to restore the brain. This work can help the brain reduce the effects of the accumulation of stress. The same approach is being shown to help people heal from different types of brain dysfunctions. 

While we know a lot about physical fitness, not many people are aware of brain fitness. We need both.

Dr. Tom Lankering

Basalt