July 1, 2021

Neuroscience – Caring For Your Brain

Neuroscience - Caring For Your Brain

What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the branch of science that studies the nervous system in relation to the mind. It is a rich interdisciplinary field that combines psychiatry, chemistry, physics, psychology, computer science, linguistics, anatomy, physiology, biology & mathematical modelling to better study and understand the development and functions of the nervous system. Neuroscientists focus on the brain, being a major component of the nervous system, and how it affects a person’s composure, perception, reasoning, movement, and general consciousness. They seek to understand, treat or manage disorders related to the nervous system, which may vary from person to person.

The Nervous system

The nervous system is a complex system of the body that accounts for behaviour and transmission of signals between different parts of the body. It is a connection of nerves and cells that can be divided into 2 parts, majorly the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). While the CNS is mostly made up of the brain and the spinal cord, the PNS is made up of nerves that connect the CNS to the other parts of the body. Both the CNS and the PNS are responsible for movement, coordination and cognitive functions and a noticeable difficulty in any of these could point to a nervous system disorder.

Disorders associated with the Nervous System

  • Down syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Language loss and other effects of stroke
  • Schizophrenia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Brain tumours
  • Multiple sclerosis & other immune disorders

Some causes of the Nervous System disorders

  • Injuries to the head or spinal cord
  • Mental health issues
  • Infections around the brain or spinal cord
  • Organ failure
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Birth defects

Tips for maintaining a healthy Nervous System

Not all diseases can be prevented but it is important to stay ahead of one’s health game and live a healthy lifestyle to prevent degeneration of diseases. Here are a few tips to maintain your nervous system:

  • Provide your body with enough nutrients especially those gotten from fruits and vegetables
  • Protect your nerves with Vitamin B, especially B1, B2 and B6 as they aid proper sending of signals.
  • Engage in brain-stimulating activities like writing by hand, reading and playing mind games like chess.
  • Avoid exposure to harmful substances and chemicals
  • Live a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly

When to see a Neuroscientist

You know it is time to see a neuroscientist when you experience the following symptoms: 

  • Constant memory loss or confusion
  • Tremors, jerks, shuffling as a result of the difficulty in walking
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Numbness, especially in one side of the body
  • Blackouts
  • Unexplained dizziness

Evercare has a first-class facility and a qualified team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons who treat cases like Depressed Fracture, Epidural Hematoma, …

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