Maintain Your Brain
You know exercise is important, right? I work in the Neurological Therapy Department at Functional Endocrinology of Ohio and it’s important to know that, just like your body, you have to exercise your brain. After all; if you don’t use it, you lose it. Here are a few simple exercises that will keep your brain stimulated.
Gaze Stabilization: Hold your thumb in front of you at eye level, while focusing on your thumb. Turn your head slowly from side to side 15 times each direction. This exercise is the most basic form of an eye movement and will work on your eye’s ability to lock on to a stationary target.
Cross Body Complex Movements: Using your right arm and your left leg, (sit if needed), draw an infinity sign in front of you. Try to move as many joints and be as meticulous as possible for the most cerebellum stimulation. To make it a little more difficult, try going in opposite directions. Then do the other side.
Point Localization: Find any stationary point, whether it be a mole on your arm or a dot on the wall. A refrigerator magnet with a dot on it works well because it can be moved. Focus on the point. Close your eyes and touch the point with the tip of your index finger. Repeat 3-5 times with each finger on each hand changing your point after every few touches. This will stimulate your parietal lobe.
Math: Pretty simple, do some math. Make sure you actually have to put a little thought into it. If you’re more of a puzzle person, mazes are also a good way to fire off your frontal lobe.
Your brain is very complex. It’s a network of pathways leading from lobe to lobe, sending signals to get your eyes, hands, legs, and the rest of your body to do what you want them to do. It would need a neurological evaluation, (which we do at the office), to decide exactly what therapies you would need based on your specific neurological deficiencies. With that being said, this is a general maintenance guide that, if done regularly, will help to keep your brain in shape.
May 9, 2018
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Chiropractic Physician