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What is a "functional" brain lesion?

Brain memory 3The brain is a changeable organ. Whenever you use your brain either existing pathways or connections in your brain are made stronger, or new connections are formed. This is neuroplasticity.

The more we use a brain pathway the stronger it gets. The reverse is also true. The less you use a pathway of the brain, the weaker it gets.

As pathways or areas get less use, they become less active and healthy, eventually becoming ‘lesioned’. Depending on the brain area involved this under-activity may produce symptoms of ill-health. This physiologic or functional brain lesion is an area of under-activity in a brain region.

How are physiologic lesions caused?

The brain is a network of activity. Different areas are connected together to perform different functions. Loss of input from one area may lead to a problem in another area. The loss of input can be due to things like nerve damage, spinal abnormalities, inner ear damage or even dysfunction with the brain itself.

How are physiologic lesions treated?

Functional neurology identifies the ‘lesioned’ areas and stimulates them at a rate they can adapt to in order to increase normal brain activity. Treatments can include physical or mental exercises, physical medicine therapy, visual and/or auditory stimulation. Nutritional support may also be prescribed. The exact treatment will depend upon your condition.

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