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Self Healing Physical Therapy

With the weather cooling down here in Summerville and Charleston, it is time to talk about change. At Made 2 Move, we know that our body changes just as much as the weather can change here. Our bodies are strong, adaptable, and resilient because of a property called BIOPLASTICITY.

What Is Bioplasticity?

Bioplasticity, when broken down to its roots, literally translates to bio= “life” and plasticity= “changing.” Life Changing. And bioplasticity truly lives up to this name.

Bioplasticity is the idea that all the systems in our body, from the muscles to the skin to the immune system, have the ability to adapt to the demands placed upon it. Every system is plastic, meaning that like plastics that can be melted and recycled into many different shapes, the body has the ability to change and adapt based on the different demands placed upon it over and over again.

Why is this relevant? This ability to adapt means change. This “change” due to the bioplastic potential of the body is seen over time after lifting weights. Muscles grow, bones get stronger, and the mind becomes more confident as the movements become more fluid. Bioplasticity is seen in the immune system when the body eliminates a pathogen upon second contact.

Professors Moseley and Butler of Noi group have popularized this idea of bioplasticity. The phrase “neuroplasticity” has been trending in the modern world of PT and pain science. Bioplaticity is similar to neuroplasticity but encompasses every system in the body, not just the brain. In the above weightlifting example, neuroplasticity would refer to the changes in the brain (confidence and actual learning of the movement patterns) while bioplasticity refers to all the changes happening as a result of weightlifting (increased cardiac function, muscle growth, and bone strength).

The Good and Bad of Bioplasticity- Bioplastic Pain

There is good and bad news regarding the bioplastic potential of the body, specifically in regards to persistent or chronic pain. Many times, pain is the result of bioplasticity. Referred to as bioplastic pain, this is when the body goes into overprotective mode in response to some change. For exam